Hens and Chickens

Hens and Chickens

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Hanging head in shame!

I can't believe it - it's been a whole year since I last wrote anything here.  Oh the shame!

You may have noticed that my Blog name has changed.  All will be revealed (hopefully by the end of this post)!!

I'm still working intermittently on my Blue Ribbon Sampler.  It's so close to being finished now, just a wee bit in the bottom right corner to finish, plus the two filet panels, and then I can finally get it off my frame and onto my wall.  I never thought I would start, let alone finish, this massive sampler. It's not challenging stitch wise, but the sheer size of it - well, it's big.  One more thing nearly off my bucket list!

Blue Ribbon Sampler by Olwyn Horwood
I have also been busy piecing and quilting again after a break of many years.  I do enjoy my sewing, my favourite part is hand sewing the binding on to my quilts. Come February I started a quilt for my OH.  The fabric is Makower Mocha, it's coffee themed which seemed rather appropriate given OH's love of coffee.

Assembling the centre blocks

I love the colours especially, and as there was no complicated piecing to be done it came together very quickly - until I got to the mitered borders.  I found these tricky because of the pattern match, but after a bit of practice, I managed a respectable mitre.

Mitered corner, one down three to go!
This quilt is now all sandwiched up and waiting for me to quilt her.  Unfortunately she will have to wait, as my all singing and all dancing Janome sewing machine is at the repair shop, never quite having managed to sing and dance for me :-(  

I managed to finish off a couple of table toppers before disaster struck though.  I have to say how great it is to be able to finish off all my UFO's now that I am retired.  Both of these quilts had been in the works for a couple of years (hangs head in shame again)...

First a little Xmas table topper, made out of a charm pack in a disappearing nine patch.  You can't see from the picture but I stipple quilted her in YL1 gold thread.

Next an Autumn Table Topper.  This was a first for me, as instead of using polyester wadding, I used Hobbs 80/20 cotton batting.  I wasn't sure if I would like it at first because the loft is so much lower than polyester, but now that she is complete, I love how soft she is.  I used the same YL1 gold thread to stipple her too, as it went so well with the autumn colours in the quilt.  The fabric is Moda Awesome, and again I used a charm pack and good old disappearing nine patch again.  I must have been in some sort of disappearing nine patch phase.

Retirement continues to be a wonderful adventure.  We are still very busy as the garden takes such a lot of looking after at this time of the year, which obviously cuts into my sewing time.  I have also reassembled my three knitting machines - a Passap E600, Brother 950i and a Brother 230 Chunky.  I did a huge amount of machine knitting when the children were small, but I can't remember a thing about it, so it looks like I will be re-learning from scratch.  I should have more time at the end of the year when the garden has gone to sleep.

I have lots more projects to show you, but I will end this post now by explaining the new blog title. On our way to our friendly sewing machine repair man, we passed a car on the motorway and on the boot was a sticker saying "we are having an adventure before dementia".  It made us laugh. Somehow it just seemed appropriate.

Ms Divers x

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