Sunday, 31 July 2011

Jinxed July !

July has been a strange kind of month .The weather has been the most unseasonable  we've had since we arrived in Brittany, staying wet and cold for most of the time.  The heating has been going just about every evening as the house has been so cold, and when it hasn't been raining, we've been plagued by those heavy grey skies that seem to be trying to push you into the ground !

On top of this there have been a number of minor domestic hiccups, like the new laptop playing up again and again, DVD recorder/player giving up the ghost and having to be replaced, moles digging up our lawn and mice eating all the roots on the runner beans - the one veggie we love and can't buy in France. The final straw was the oven door falling off in the middle of my cake bake to raise funds for the local Animal Welfare Charity !!  Needless to say I 'm very glad to see August and hope its going to be a better month weatherwise and less expensive !

All is not doom and gloom however,as I have not one but two finishes for July, so I'm still on course for one finish a month during 2011.

Firstly a sofa size Triple 4 Patch quilt,  which I just had to make after seeing several around and about Blogland.

My 'use it up' backing

During my holiday in June I was fortunate enough to meet up with a very talented quilter, Angelika, who doesn't have a Blog but if you're a member of BQL you'll know Angie!  Not only did she have some amazing (prize winning!) quilts to show me but she very generously shared some of her own designs with me and my second finish is one of Angie's beautiful Art Deco mini quilts.

It only measures 8" x 23" but I am very pleased with it as its my first attempt at stained glass quilting- will I use it again, well,  I do have a  second pattern which is a bit more intricate, but maybe I'll wait a little while until the tips of my fingers have recovered from a few close encounters with the iron fixing all that black binding  :-)

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Christmas Quilt Along - Post 2

On my wanders around Blogland, I came across this tutorial which I decided would make a great little cushion cover just right for my American-in-Brittany friend J (no Blog). 

I started with this

and now have this ready to back & quilt

Crumbles are all cooked, 2 apple and blackberry, 1 gooseberry and one blackcurrant, and before you ask, yes only three in the photo as DH has already attacked the fourth !!

See you later !

Just in Time !

I'm back again!  After 3 weeks wandering around the UK on a very enjoyable holiday I'm back just in time for this month's Christmas Quilt Along

If you've not joined in previously, go along and visit Sue and she'll be delighted to see you!

I've finished my (few as possible!) daily chores, have  4 fruit crumbles ready to go into the oven, solved a problem on my very own new laptop (Hurrah! No more sharing with DH) and, as the rain is  pouring down again,  I think I deserve to spend the rest of the day
sewing , don't you ?

See you all later

Monday, 4 July 2011

July 4th

To All My American Friends !!