Another long break!

Just where does the time go????

As promised, here is a picture of the finished quilt for my son to take to uni in Southampton: It’s “Pandora’s Box” from Pam and Nicky Lintott and made from a Fabric Freedom jelly roll. I was a bit concerned as to the amount of pink but it came out all right. I enjoyed quilting this over the August bank holiday – firstly by machining in the ditch then hand quilting in sashiko thread whilst watching lots of history programmes on i-player! 🙂

On Saturday, we went up to Minster Abbey for a special open day. They were showing the Northwood brasses which haven’t been on display for 30 years and there were replicas available to do rubbings. These particular ones date back to 1330 and the church itself is one of the oldest functioning churches in England, dating back 1,400 years. There were smaller brasses for rubbing and other children’s activities, including saints to colour, which is what my 2 girls are pictured doing. Unfortunately, my photo’s are not very clear but this little chap on a wall does show up! You can find more information on the church at  http://www.minsterabbey.org.uk/3.html.

I’ve been busy this weekend on various swaps and birthday postcards. This is a postcard featuring corn circles which I received from Mandi today: and this is the one I sent to Dot:

Last week I made this Friendship block for Marian: I used a Poppy Appeal poppy as the template, with tiny buttons as the centres. One of the poppies is also 3-d and I was pleased to find that one of my tone-on-tone whites had a poppy motif too.

On Saturday morning, I didn’t really feel like doing any of the quilting I need to get on with so I ran up this little table runner and quilted it and bound it later that day.

I spent the evening watching television and thought I had finished handquilting this block : It’s a monkey wrench and is block 2 in the Underground Railroad Sampler I am following online with the Popular Patchwork forum. I decided to quilt-as-I-go, in an effort to ensure it doesn’t become a UFO! However, the tv show obviously wasn’t quite long enough – I still have a section of border to do!

This Sew-a-Row came all the way from Germany from Kerstin. I’m going to have to start thinking how I’ll put this quilt together but I’ve yet to start my Friendship one! I’ve already made my next row to send off, as I was in the mood. It’s amazing to see how different the same blocks look in different colourways! This is the row which I sent to Kerstin in August:

In an earlier post, I showed a red block – here it is made up into a bag which I sent to Kim to use at the FOQ:

And finally, I made the trip up to Scotland last month to visit my mum and took her and my aunt to the Scottish Quilt Championships at Edinburgh. This photo shows the 2 of us with my Blue and White Delight entry, called Memories. I’m glad Mum liked it as she now has ownership!  There are pictures of us back in the early ’70s taken by my dad. We often went for a Sunday afternoon around Lanark Loch, which is where my parents first met at the dancehall, now long gone. The quilt was a long time in the planning but it was my usual rush to hit the deadline so I’m already thinking about next year’s entry! 🙂

Happy sewing everyone!

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About sheppeylass

Mum of 4, I live on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. I've always sewn but the quilting bug snagged me a couple of years ago and now, with the encouragement of my artist husband, I'm spreading my wings into textile art.
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