Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Senior citizen status- the big six-oh

Had a great birthday yesterday, 60 is only a number so I am not letting it get to me ! Had a roast turkey dinner, since we will not get one in Hawaii! then a great gig by the skiffle band The Dodge Brothers, with Mark Kermode.. they even sang me happy birthday!

Bags packed, ready for the off!

Happy Holidays to one and all.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Christmas blog not!

Not doing Christmas this year, off to Hawaii to celebrate my big Birthday- thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it!
Many apologies for abandonng the blog for some time- dads been poorly, work has been manic in the run up to the holidays, and only a small amount of sewing has been achieved.
That said, here is what I have managed to squeeze in-

My frend Susie, the best car booter on the planet, bought a bindle of precit fabric squares for a mere pound! With the addition of 2 cheap thrift pillow cases for the back, I turned it into this cute baby quilt

This Kate Spain xmas jelly roll had needed using for a while, so I did a bit of scrappy tripping around the world to refresh my memory of the process , and added some log cabin strips. This was backed by a tarton duvet cover- slight issue with the stretching of the fabric slightly , so for a tablecloth it doesnt sit quite flat! 

Experimented with the scraps to make 3 rug mugs. 

The only other outing I have had recently wa a trip to see Jools Holland at the BIC- 
brilliant night, one of the best live performances I have seen for a long time! Mel C guested, and was also excellent.

And here is my one concession to hanging xmas decorations up! These hearts I amde a few years ago and I always bring them out- still my favourites. 

Well, Happy holidays to one and all, and heres to a very happy and healthy 2014.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

West Country Quilt Show

Great day out in Somerset at the show, and a workshop by Alicia Merrett called map fragments.

Alicias work

and again

and again

and again

1st phase of mine!

2nd phase

the lovely Sarah( daughter)

mine with houses- just need to quilt it at home.

lots of kaffe....


Retrospectiv Rome......

Just returned from 4 great days in Rome- amazing city, good food, bad manners and rip off taxi drivers-  like most european cities really! here are a few pics from my travels...

a couple of cardinals..

st peters square

the colisseum

trevi fountain

spanish steps


piazza de venezia

the pantheon

st peters square again

popes garden...

more magic..

St peters basilica

view from the dome of st peters basilica following a 355 step climb!

look closely at the trainers- this beggar was not what she seemed- every single beggar in Rome seemed to have a hunch back and you couldnt see their face!!

The end