Sunday, 28 June 2009

48 Hours Of Peace And Quiet

We arrived here Friday afternoon and we were greeted by this on the table. There was also another bottle of wine in the fridge. We did manage to resist opening the chocolates for over 24 hours.

This is a picture of the master bedroom, the bed is very comfortable.

The best thing of all though is this view from the front door and it's what the weekend is all about - peace and quiet.

It really is very beautiful here and we have been so lucky with the weather. It was scorching hot yesterday and today the sun is shining with a light breeze. The birds are happy and chirping, the cows are mooing and the sheep are bleating. I'm not sure I want to go home, except I miss my sewing machine.

Yesterday we visited the Centre for Alternative Technology on the outskirts of Machynlleth. Set in stunning surroundings the whole site is a thought-provoking exhibition of the dangers of and remedies for global warming. After starting with a water-driven cliff-railway ride, we (well Neil actually) sampled waterless toilets and (both of us of course!) organic ice-cream. The whole site is like a giant Science Museum with inter-active demonstrations and exhibitions with lots of things to pull, twist and push. With no children evident Neil felt it his duty to push, pull and twist every knob! He even ran on a treadmill, which anyone who knows Neil will understand was something of a feat...

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Nothing In Particular

It has been pointed out to me that it's a little while since my last post (thankyou Barbara :-) )

I have been busy with my courthouse steps, homework and a couple of banners for a local carnival, and of course there's the shop. We have had a lovely week with lots of laughter and the odd fabric delivery.

Silly me though I haven't taken any pictures of my work so here is one of Barbara's baby quilt.

Tomorrow I am of to Wales for a long weekend. I think we are going to Trefeglwys ( hope I spelt it right). Hope you all have a good weekend.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Decisions Decisions


What do you do when you've had a fabric delivery and you can't decide which you like best?


Simple - you have all three :-)

And you use them to make a quilt, entirely out of Courthouse Steps. They look like dog bones and cotton reels.

It isn't finished yet, I just laid them next to each other to show you. Neil really really doesn't like it, but I love it. It's so bright.

This is Barbara's version. Barbara is making a baby quilt, the centre squares are burgundy not black as they look on blogger. The quilt is for a little boy and the colours are that of a football team, but I don't know which one- I forgot :-( (Angela I think it is Aston Villa...... Neil)

Today though I have been working on this. It is for my C and G course, we have to show the use of commercial ribbons.
I'm not sure I like it but as it isn't finished yet I might grow to like it.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Quilt Update

Just a quick post to let you know how quilt number one is coming along. I managed to get the sashing and a narrow border done today. I think I might add a blue border but make it wider on the sides, the quilt is definately long enough and then use the red for the binding.

I am quite pleased with it so far and a big thank you goes to Pam and Barbara for lots of help and advice, by the way that's Pam standing on the table holding the quilt up.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Surprise Parcel

I recieved a surprise in the post yesterday. Part of my course work has been to work with Lutrador but I just can't get on with the stuff. No matter how hard I try it never seems to go right. It's really staring to bug me especially when you can achieve beautiful results like this.

Gina clearly doesn't have any such problems. This notebook will serve as inspiration and isn't going to be used. It's so nice I can't stop picking it up and handling it, perhaps the magic will rub off. Thank you Gina.

These pictures are of Margaret's work. Margaret came to Gina's workshop last week and was so inspired by Gina and what she taught that she has carried on with it at home.

Margaret has been enjoying herself so much that she has added wool fibres, bits of lace and braid. She really is enjoying been experimental and is looking forward to Ginas next class.

I think Margaret has done very well and has every reason to be pleased with her achievements.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Bloody computers

My computer won't let me sign into my blog so I am having to use Neil's.

This is just another example of why I should never have got out of bed on a Wednesday morning - best laid plans and all that.

On Friday morning Stephanie was having trouble with her Wisdom Tooth and it soon became clear that she had an infection. So I told her not to worry I'd get her an appointment at the dentist and he would give her a prescription for some antibiotics. I re-assured her that he wouldn't take it out whilst she had an infection. Well how wrong can you be!

She went to the dentist Monday morning and yes he confirmed the infection but he wanted to take an x-ray before he decided what to do (that's when I started to panic). So of she toddled for the x-ray which didn't take long and then he said those dreaded words "it needs to come out" and I can do it now! Steph flew of the chair and sraight out the door leaving me standing.

Anyway to cut a long story short she finally agreed to go back later in the day and have it done. Luckily the root was dead straight and came out very easily. So Stephanie is understandably feeling sorry for herself and I feel awful for saying he wouldn't take it out.

They say things come in threes, she stitched her finger now her tooth so I am a little concerned about what's next.

On a more cheerful note this a picture of something I have been working on for the last month and a half. It's not finished yet but it has got to the point now where the end is in sight, and I am so pleased about that because I am doing one in pink and white as well. Why did I start two quilts at the same time and as my first patchwork project!

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Thursday's Workshop

We had Gina Ferrari at the shop on Thursday for a workshop. I know this isn't the most flattering photo of Gina that I could use but it does show you just how relaxed a teacher she is. Gina definitely looked happy in her work.

This is a nicer picture of Gina, she is helping Margaret sort out her machine which was playing up.

The workshop was a beginners class in Free Machine Embroidery. Some of the ladies were a little anxious at the thought of dropping the feed dogs and the fabric only moving when they moved it.
I am happy to say that they all managed it with ease and were happy with the work they produced.

Everything was experimental, they used fabric scraps and thread off-cuts to make new pieces of fabric. These new pieces of fabric can then be used to cover books, make cards, christmas decorations etc etc. Some of the ladies are going to make needle cases.

The pictures don't do justice to their work. There was a lot of sparkle but that doesn't show.

Every one went away very happy with big smiles on their faces. I have had phone calls since the class from some of the ladies to say how much they enjoyed themselves and how wonderful Gina is. They are all looking forward to Gina's next class.
Next weekend we have got Sally Holman coming to teach her technique for making crazy patchwork. I am sure that will be another happy relaxed day.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

What You Can Do In Two Days

Here are the results from the weekend workshop Weaver Fever.

The first one is Hilary's. Hilary has every reason to be very proud of herself, this was the first time she has ever done anything like this and she clearly accomplished a lot and it was also the first time she had used her new sewing machine.

The purple and pink on the left is Anne's. Anne was going to sell her quilt when she had finished it because they are not her usual choice of colours as she wanted to learn the technique and decided to use up some fabric from her stash. She has now changed her mind.

The green and cream one is Gail's. Unfortunately the photo doesn't let you see the patterns on Gail's fabric, but there are some little Gingerbread Men in there and they are so cute.

The blue and cream is by Fiona. The cream colours Fiona chose are patterned and it will be a vey pretty quilt.
Barbara made the brown and cream one. It is going to be a bed runner for her daughter. She came into the shop today and worked on it some more, I wouldn't be surprised if she finished it this week. Barbara was convinced that she wouldn't be able to do it but she has definitely proved herself wrong. It is a lovely warm and spicy colour combination.
I think they should all be proud of their achievements. I couldn't pick a favourite but I could have one for every day of the week :-)