City and Guilds design and Patchwork

 I decided last February to do a City and Guilds in design and Patchwork level2. I chose to do this with the school of stitched textiles. It has been an incredible experience. My husbands first response was “you have no imagination”. As I come to the end of this course I am aware how much it has revived my imagination and got me through a difficult year in other aspects of my life.

My final piece is complete but I feel this is only the beginning so as soon as I get caught up on other projects I will be signing up for another course. Ideally I would like to retire with salary and do both patchwork and embroidery courses, but I can’t see that ever happening.
The picture to the left is the centre piece of my wall hanging or in my case the off centre piece which you will understand when you see the finished piece.
All of the fabric used has been hand dyed or printed by myself. I chose the crazy quilt for the main point as I loved the effect. I used my template from the design part of the course and outlined it on the border with hand stitching. Machine stitching on the white fabric and quilted using stitch in the ditch. Prairie points applied before attaching to the main quilt base.


v I attached the border in the way Jenny Rayment had shown us at a previous workshop as I liked how it didn’t point to the hanging having to be a certain way up as it just goes round  and round.

Although the wall hanging is finished as such it needs a little time for my disappearing pen I use as a guide for my free motion quilting to disappear.then I will take a better final photo for my presentation

And sew on…

 My craft room got an accidental tidy last week but it was well over due. It was also fortunate that I didn’t find the pattern I needed until I had most of the room tidied.

Most of this year has been focussed on my city and guilds design and Patchwork course and I have just finished the last item so of course my mind is racing ahead to what next? I do plan further study with them as I have never been happier when lost in my room creating. However this next year I plan to finish projects and the one thing I really need to get caught up on is scrapbooks going and my dollshouse also cries out to me each time I pass it in the hall.
Coffee and crafters have been sewing a lot lately and in particular hand sewing.
I have made a number of cards for the January raffle
I have also tried to make ahead for family.
 I have also completed a piece of hexagons for the N.I Big sock and started in another piece. I find it so relaxing doing whip stitch.
The patchwork guild demo day was very interesting and my guests thoroughly enjoyed it too.


I loved how Joanne embellished her bag and will definitely try the technique that Lyndsey showed us. Despite my busy schedule and less coffee and craft sessions there is still a lot being done and thoroughly enjoying our monthly meetup, movie and meal.

And the crochet may have taken a back seat but far from forgotten. I just got another blanket finished in time for a new arrival this week.


Doggy Companions

 What can I say…Smudge being my closest companion next to the hubby of course. She is so understanding, sympathetic and cuddly. She can huff at times but then that just shows her intelligence. Minnie who I imagine considers our home as her holiday home is probably Smudges best friend. However you need to carefully consider Smudges criteria for a canine friend: they recognise her as too dog, they hate everything with her but expect nothing in return, they need her permission to sit in the same chair but only if there is more than adequate space for Smudge to stretch out first, they support her against all other canines and walk alongside her making no fuss.

Minnie and Smudge both accept my crafting and never interfere or sniff with materials. They interrogate all visitors before agreeing to their visit then settle down to their favourite pose when they get bored.
 Grand mothers are a particular favourite but nit so sure about cousins of the canine variety. Smudge happy to tolerate Gismo and Minnie is not. Smudge has decided Lola went a step to far after chewing her tail when all Smudge was doing was sampling her food.


The girls are not too happy in Winter when I close the curtains as they can’t watch for J coming home so they discovered if they sit half way up the stairs they can watch through the front door pane.


The new trails have been open at Mountstewartfor some time but after Smudges issues with her knee it’s only now we are starting longer walks so we set out on the longest of the trails to the blue route. I was pleasantly surprised and will be out in those trails in my next visit.

 Smudge walked so well investigating the new environment and particularly enjoyed the river at the Folly.


I hadn’t been aware of the piggery and would be lovely to see a new roof on it and maybe some artificial pigs at some time to encourage kids to go to it.

 The play area is still under construction but looking good.


Craft then Christmas


Christmas is a busy time for many people but not in our household. Our work continues as normal and we relax in between. Despite the colder weather we get out and about around our regular haunts.
I made this little wall hanging for my work secret Santa. Although many associate angels with Christmas I designed and made thus fir a special friend for her birthday. A little reminder she is being watched over at a difficult time as end of life draws near.


Dressed in a fabric that I knew she loved.



Edinburgh 2016 part 2 and Portadown

 Isn’t the chandelier amazing in the theatre house. I’m not a pantomime person in fact I would go as far as saying they irritated me but thoroughly enjoyed the Alice in Wonderland musical. The costumes were amazing especially the white rabbit who came to greet us in the balcony part way through the show.

I found a fabulous patchwork shop that I would recommend and definitely visit again as I picked up a few bargains especially for my next baby quilt. I had got a few bargains also in John Lewis but this shop was much more specialised and the owner lovely.
This is the only type of shopping I enjoy and J was patient as I browsed but then again I had spent a day with him on Princes street and those parallel shopping streets.
A quick visit to Portadown before Christmas in return from Edinburgh. We enjoyed browsing the markets but the two young ladies dancing with fire were excellent entertainment.Smudge got to meet Santa again.


 It was such a lovely atmosphere but not nearly cold enough for this time of year as the ice sculptures were melting as we watched them.