Zing it’s gone that was 2017

Zing it’s gone, that was 2017!  Oh dear my UFOs seem to be growing.  This is one made at  a workshop I attended with Jane at The Sewing Barn

We sewed a collage of fabrics onto a sketch, simple but really fun.  I layered the squirrel and quilted it, then after cutting it out layered it onto a background sandwich and quilted again.  Because of all the layers it’s quite heavy so I need to find a way of mounting it for hanging.  Perhaps on a stretched frame but the size is wrong!  Next time I’ll work it out backwards.  Jane’s hare is lovely she’s going to do more.


Next UFO is a 24″ triptych challenge for my exchange partner in Idaho.  It’s part of  TQS’s miniature quilt exchange with over 300 couples across the world taking part.  I’m really excited about it and we’re hoping our quilts will be selected for showing in Houston this year.  I’ll share it later in the year and explain more then but for now we have to keep it secret.

This UFO (one block made in a year – oops) is a collection of Kaffe Fassett fabrics and will be for me!

Kaffe quilt


I actually completed a couple of challenges for Worksworth Quilting.  The first was to use a given piece of red stripey fabric in an A4 quilt any theme.  Here’s ‘Where’s Wally’ and the other entries.  Amazing what everyone came up with.  Lots of seaside but it was summer.

The second challenge was an A4 quilt of one of the 12 days of Christmas.  2 turtle doves, I’m glad I didn’t get 10 lords a leaping.  I moaned for weeks until inspiration struck after seeing an image on Pinterest.  It’s just simple fused applique and fused binding.  Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of the other days of Christmas, perhaps at our next show.

2 turtle doves


‘My Country Home’ BOM quilt is finally quilted and bound.  Only took 2 years and apologies to those who’ve seen it.


One of the big highlights of the year was to welcome Silvio into the family when he married Peter my eldest son in Copenhagen.  The building and room look amazing and they’re a handsome couple.


A photo of my immediate family blinking into the sun up at Middleton Top on boxing day before retiring home to one of my husband’s amazing curries and Exploding Cats.

Boxing day


and to finish I have to add a pic of scrumptious grandson Thomas

Thomas at 2





Painting exhibition, craft fair and Belper Quilting

It’s June already and tomorrow is the day of the craft stall at Peak Village near Chatsworth Estate.  Previously we mostly bought each others makes so hoping for more success this time if only to be able to buy more supplies to make things for the next craft fair.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the others come up with, Gill has a great sense of colour and makes really gorgeous understated items.  Sioux’s very experienced and her work is perfection.  Caroline is prolific and I’m amazed at what great ideas she has for projects.

I’ve made chicken pictures, book thongs, luggage tags and the usual bags and purses, baby quilt and embroidered birds.


Last Friday my painting group exhibited our work as part of a larger U3A exhibition of how creative we all are!

No pictures but imagine a room full of wonderful watercolour and pastel pictures.  We attracted people in by hanging fun bunting sized paintings on string along the corridor.  Wonderful I wish I’d taken pictures.  Instead I’ll share a few of my watercolours from the last few months. The vulture painting was to accompany a poem (named culture vulture) made into a bookmark to promote the WEA (Workers Education Association) in Derby.


So Chrissie and I have started Belper Quilting Group.   Up to 22 people turn up each time and we’ve stopped offering cake and coffee and they still come back so I guess it’s a success.   We’ve started making sampler quilts which most people join in or some do their own projects.  We’ve also made confetti quilts and I taught landscape quilting last time.  In the summer we’re learning Sashiko work and one member worked in textiles in his former life and is going to share his knowledge on dyeing followed by a practical session.

The family have been busy.  Eldest son Peter completed a middle distance triathlon last weekend and came 12th, the first I’ve watched.  Phew can those youngsters (and not so young) push themselves hard.  I did my best to encourage them from the side-lines.


Younger son and my daughter in law are doing a great job bringing up Thomas while leading busy lives.  He’s such a character and I find it a real joy helping out one day a week.  Here he is with his dad resting during a bike ride and with his granddad at Trent Lock.


Roll on July we’re off to France for a holiday with the family.


Catch up on Quilting

I’ve been a bit slow with quilting over the winter but one achievement is finishing the Lynnette Anderson 2015 Block of the month I’ve been doing with TQS.  Ok so it’s just another couple of borders and I still have to quilt it.  I am pleased with it and it feels like me.


Still behind with the ‘sew a row’ quilt exchange that’s been going on now for over a year. It’s been really hard to stay motivated over such a long time but I have received some wonderful work which I’ll show when I’ve put them together.  These are some of the rows I’ve sent with the themes of happy, winter, bright batiks, flavour of you (note chickens, batik, hand dyed and Kaffe Fassett), trees, beach and last one is jewel tones.


Our Wirksworth Group called Worksworth Quilting had a lovely couple of days sewing in Feb involving eating chatting and a bit of making.  I’d like to say my bag was made in a day but I spent most of the day undoing the quilting.  You lose the skills so quickly if you don’t quilt regularly.  On the wall next to it is a knitted wreath sent to me by a chicken friend as part of a Christmas craft swap.  Great eh!


Other quilting news is that together with a couple of friends we’re starting a quilting group in Belper so watch for updates on that!  If you’d like to come along please let me know.

So you see I’ve done a bit but most of my crafty time is spent watercolour painting which I’ll post about next time together with an update about my yummy grandson but I need to get the ok from his mum before I put any photos up.


Eek my first post!

I retired from nursing in January this year giving me time to pursue my interests of quilting, crafting, looking after my family of husband, cats and chickens and other interests. My sons have now grown up and left home but they remain very close to my heart together with my new daughter in law.

I’m starting this blog to share my quilts and how I create them and to talk about other bits of life.  I’d love you to leave comments positive or negative and suggestions and I’ll reply to them.  There’s a link at the bottom of the page.

I’ll start by showing you Belper my home town in Derbyshire just outside The Peak District.

Belper from the top of King Street
Belper from the top of King Street

All for now I have to learn how all this works.