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vendredi 16 mars 2018

Ripples and a Mystery quilt

Couldn't resist sharing this picture again!! There was a large quantity of yarn left over from making Lily Pond - just over 550g in fact. And as we were still in Spain and I needed something to do, I started crocheting ripples!

I used a pattern from Attic 24 - her lovely Woodland Ripple blanket pattern

And so it grew on the beach and on the roof - I was enjoying it so much.

And then we came home. But I couldn't put it down and after crocheting away in front of the TV and by the fire (what a change!) I soon had a lovely shawl.

I managed to nip outside between showers to get a few photographs - notice our lovely broad bean plants in the above photograph.

In this one you can see where I have been busy digging.....
....and here our lovely pink Japonica blossom.

A close up of the ripple and the picot border I added to the two long edges. I must say that I am very pleased with this bonus make.

My little patchwork group met on Wednesday afternoon - there are four of us. Towards the end of last year my three friends were all coming to the end of projects and wondering what to do next. One thought it would be nice to make a lap quilt and our newest member wanted to make a sampler quilt. So I suggested that we all make a sampler lap quilt and that I would design it as a mystery quilt. We included a member who now lives in UK and so in January we started our mystery with Pat's Star. Here are our five stars.

I do love this star. On Wednesday I showed them how to make tumbling blocks for our next block. You will have seen mine in my last post. Today I have been cutting out our next block - but I am not telling yet!

Have a great weekend.

mercredi 14 mars 2018

EPP Tuesday

Well, it has been a while hasn't it!

Computer problems followed by a cold (which is still hanging around) have meant no posts from me. But, I am back and hopefully I can do a bit of catching up.

First of all though it is EPP Tuesday which means  Anthea's   Piece Yourself Together link.

While we were away I put together these 1 1/2" tumbling blocks for the Mystery Sampler Quilt I am working on with my patchwork group. I have used my hand dyed stash which really needs reducing!

I also made my swap hexie flower for February and sent it off.

These lovely flowers came in the post for me while I was away.

Ooops! That last one is a bit of a dodgy picture - sorry.

If you are working on some EPP why not pop over to Hibiscus Stitches and link up, we would love to see your work.

I have decided not to continue with the little tumbling blocks that I was doing for the RSC for a while. I love them but they are time consuming! Instead I have been putting together some simple blocks using the squares that I cut when I bought this book a couple of years back.

I have used many of the squares but there are still plenty left to chose from. So I have made one block for each month this year.

Blue for January
Purple for February
Green for March
And finally, before we get into the realms of total picture overload, the picture of my completed Lily Pond Cherry Blossom blanket that I could not load to my last blog post.

I shall be back soon with some pictures of our travels and more about the Mystery Quilt.

samedi 17 février 2018

FNSI and Lily Pond finish

My Friday began with a very pleasant few hours by Mojacar bowling green working on some secret stitching which progressed very well. Had hoped to include pictures of Mojacar in this post but my computer is playing up and the pictures are on there.
Once back at our apartment I started snipping off all the ends on my Lily Pond - Cherry Blossom crochet. Yes, I completed the crochet on Thursday. Sadly my tablet will not let me show you my photograph!
Hope everyone had a good Friday and enjoy your weekend.

Update - click on my Instagram link to see a picture of my Lily Pond!

dimanche 4 février 2018

Friday Night with Friends

Friday turned out to be a busy day - big local market in the morning, a drive along the coast in the afternoon and a meal out with friends in the evening! So not a lot done to report about here but I did manage to squeeze in an hour of crochet.
This is the penultimate block for my Lily Pond blanket at the beginning of the session.

I finished it and made a start on the last block too.

Cant wait to finish it and complete putting all the blocks together.

We have now been in Spain a week and have been enjoying the sunshine. There has also been some much needed rain but fortunately overnight. We have mostly been visiting favourite places but on Thursday found a 'new to us' beach south of San Jose about an hour from here. We followed signs through the town and down a dusty track to find this beautiful bay.

Los Genoveses
There were a few people around but mostly we had the beach to ourselves for a blowy but very enjoyable walk.
There were lots of these jellyfish on the beach.
I will spare you the picture of a large dead fish - we think possibly a porpoise - washed up on the shore.
When we returned to our car we saw this goatherd passing through with his flock.
The only domesticated animals that we see here are goats - there are no sheep or cattle. Yesterday we saw a herd of goats let loose in a field where lettuce had recently been cut, they were having a wonderful time!
Here is a view of Los Genoveses looking back from the track.

And a local windmill - there are a lot of these around, it's a windy area.
I am off to visit a few blogs - have a great week.

mardi 23 janvier 2018

It's EPP Tuesday!

And I am linking up with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches for another Piece Yourself Together.

Many thanks Anthea.

Not much to show from this end - the weather has been so awful that I have still not been able to get a decent picture of my Hexathon quilt. I have made my RSC tumbling blocks for the month - it's light and medium blue this month.

I have cut back on swap hexies - just one group now - here is my January flower winging it's way to Australia.

I love this colour combination.

Now, about the weather! After all the rain we now have flooding in the valley. Popped out between showers yesterday afternoon to take some pictures.

OK so back to packing for Spain - hopefully my next pictures will be sunnier!

I am also linking up with ScrapHappy Saturday RSC and
Heather at Books and Quilts for Stitch'n Time

samedi 20 janvier 2018


After a busy day out yesterday - and an exceptionally delicious lunch! - it was good to sit by the fire with some hand work in the evening. The weather here has not been good over the last week and today we have constant wind and rain - in fact I can not see across the valley at all at the moment. How the little birds manage to cling on to feed on my table I do not know!

So it was good to be working along side friends in the warm yesterday evening. Many thanks Wendy for hosting us again this year - you can see what everyone was working on by visiting Wendy's blog here.

I got out my Lily Pond crochet which I first showed you here and which I worked on while I was away over Christmas. Here is the block I made last night.

And here are all the components I have made so far.

I think I just have 8 more Lily blocks to make and then I can put it all together. I shall be taking this with me to Spain when we go next week and hopefully will come home with a finished blanket!

I am looking forward to visiting all the other FNSIers later today!

jeudi 18 janvier 2018

Happy New Year and a Craftpod!

Some of you have noticed that I have not been around for a while. Something went wrong with my computer while we were away over Christmas - the dreaded 'Windows update' I suspect. Anyway, although blog updates were coming through on email I was unable to connect to the internet so I was reading your posts but was unable to comment. But, thanks to our local computer whiz, I am back.

So I wish you all a very Happy 2018!
We spent three weeks in UK over Christmas and New Year visiting friends and family and had a lovely time. Not many photographs taken, I have no idea why, but we enjoyed a day out at Watchet in North Somerset and I did take a few there. It was a wet and windy day but it was lovely to be out on the beach and near the sea.

Before we went away I had read about Craftpods, a quarterly box of seasonal craft ideas in a letterbox friendly box. It sounded like a fun idea and so I ordered the winter box. I collected it in UK but did not open it until this week when I had time to appreciate it and enjoy the contents.
I opened the box to find a welcoming message from Jo, the originator of the Craftpod.
And underneath the beautifully wrapped goodies!

And oh yes, there is chocolate!
Essential nourishment for any craft project.
There are two projects in the box - one embroidery, the other a linocut stamping project. Everything that you need is included.
Three linocut blades, a piece of Mastercut which is a lino substitute and easier to cut, an ink pad and some simple designs to try out.
The embroidery project is of a pretty winter berries design and comes with a hoop for framing your finished embroidery.
Also included in the box is a sheet of winter themed stickers and a pretty postcard.
I have been planning to do more printing this year and so the lino cut project appealed straight away and so I soon made a start on my first print block using the pine cone design supplied.

In less than an hour I had unpacked my box and made my first prints. The Mastercut was really easy to work in to and the design very effective. I cleaned up my block and then used it with a gold pad to print into the sketchbook I made here
and love the effect I obtained. Am thinking about applying a wash of colour over the page now.
I shall definitely be ordering another Craftpod - a little box of goodies to brighten any day!
Friday night is the first FNSI of the year - hope to see you there!