Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Got some things done....

My Quiltmania Mystery quilt designed by Di Ford is ready for me to mark the quilting. I inserted 3 extra borders to get it up to a useable size for me. (I don't have wall space for a 63" square quilt and my toes would stick out the bottom if I used it on the sofa).
And I used most to the width of the stripe for the last red border. I love how this has turned out. I shall quilt it with a double layer of batting. Cotton on the bottom and a layer of wool on top.

I perhaps should change the name of my Splendid Sampler, to Not the Splendid Sampler as I have only done one block as given.
This weeks one was pieced and I saw a star in it as the most dominant element so I just did that with a circle in the centre to soften it somewhat.
There was one with a naive vase of flowers, I shall alter it to something else, I might just formalise the vase a little. And the latest one is all embroidery of a cute kid under a quilt/blanket, I am going to replace this one with a tree....... At least this sampler is giving me a push to do a block or two a week. The one with the rings and the one with the rose were both supposed to be hearts.....
It was Mother's Day here last week and Fliss came up for the weekend. She got me this lovely book instead of flowers. Happy Mummy x
We went shopping in Hereford and saw snow on the hills in the distance. It looked so fabulous in the sun.
And I got myself some super comfortable but bling shoes! I love them so. The silver just pokes out below my trousers. In fact I adore them so much I have ordered a 2nd pair in black.
Needless to say Fliss ended up with a few goodies too. Her birthday is coming up so it was a good opportunity to find stuff.
I like tea in large bone china mugs. My older ones were starting to get permanently stained. I don't know if this is a fail of the dishwasher or the glaze so I treated myself to a set of these. They have a touch of Alice in Wonderland about them as they look like cups but are sooooo big.


  1. I love your DiFord quilt. Wish I had done one.

    1. I think Di is writing a new book and her last one, Primarily Quilts from Quiltmania has some other fabulous quilts in it.

  2. Exquisite work, Sally, and I love those shoes! :)

  3. Wow, Sally, your Di Ford quilt is spectacular! I can't wait to see it when you get it quilted. I love the Sampler star block. Those fabrics are so visually soft and appealing. Your daughter knows you well to pick out such a perfect gift :)

  4. Gosh, those extra borders on the medallion quilt fit right in perfectly & make it a grand and usable thing. Your experience with the sampler quilt is giving me chuckles. Nice to have a driving force & nice that you are experienced enough to go your own way with modifications.

    As for the teacups, I'd say it's a dishwasher fail. I had that issue with coffee mugs & it always made me smile when my mom would visit & take up the task of her own accord of hand scrubbing the stains away. She used a mildly abrasive product formulated for cleaning aluminum & stainless steel. The brand I use is Cameo. The stains come off quite easily with it.