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City & Guilds Patchwork and Quilting Wall Hanging Assessment WIP

Below shows the wip for my wall hanging assessment.  Some of the design work I has already been posted here.  I have transferred the pattern on to freezer paper.  Using a craft knife I have cut the sections up but left small tags to keep it all together; these tags will be cut as I remove each section to work on it, once the section is completed it will be return to the space left by the freezer paper and appliqued into place.  When all the sections have been worked in this way I will mark up the scalloped edge and remove the freezer paper pattern.  The section outside the scalloped edge has to be discharged and recoloured this I intend to do once the other parts are attached and finished.  Well that’s the plan anyway, but all best laid plans…………Wall Hanging Pattern

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2 Works in Progress

I have now layered up the quilt for Matthew’s 21st birthday present, it is ready for quilting.

My current knitting project is for me, a 3/4 sleeve bobbly cardigan, I wanted a challenge but after completing just a couple of rows of the pattern I am finding it too easy, I’ll have to go back to drafting my own stitch patterns again to make them more of a challenge.

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Sewing Box

Whilst in Primrose Hill we had a look around several other shops.  Plenty of places to eat and interior shops a deli, a sweet /chocolate shop, a shoe shop but only one food shop other than the deli.  I had hoped for more independent  food type places.  We did visit one interior shop which enticed us in with the display of textiles.  I came away with a little sewing box which I am going to use for my drawing pens and other drawing equipment, not sewing at all but hey thats me.

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Mary’s Living and Giving Shop, Primrose Hill, London

Mary Portas has two living and giving shops in London one in Nottinghill the other over the road from the Museum of Everything; so on our visit to the museum yesterday we enjoyed a trip to Mary’s shop.  My daughter bought 2 glasses and a bracelet and I purchased a tea set.  The quality in the shop was far superior to any other charity shop I have ever been into.  The fitting room was a step into Narnia as it is made from a wardrobe, all added to the enjoyment.

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Museum of Everything, Primrose Hill, London

Yesterday was our usual February sojourn to London.  This trip saw us in Primrose Hill to visit, primarily, the Museum of Everything; which up until 11th February is hosting their 3rd exhibition which includes items from Potters taxidermy tableaus, not really my cup of tea as I find them very creepy to the point where they would give me nightmares.  Needless to say we didn’t stay long but the art space was interesting and it was surprisingly busy.  Many people seemed to be just enjoying the atmosphere along with a cup of tea in the cafe.  Would I go to another exhibition here?  Yes I would and it was worth the trek down from Birmingham. It is a shame we don’t have a space like this that doesn’t cost an earth and could attract a major name like Sir Peter Blake.

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Bargain of the day

I happened to be in Sainsbury’s this morning just as the front of store manager announced buy 1 get 2 free on Goodfellas pizza, as the boys wanted pizza for tea- a Thursday treat – I would have a look at this bargain.  Well it turned out to be better than I could have hoped for.  In their speed to get the promotion rolled out, the staff had not considered the way the shelves in the freezers where marked up, one ticket said 2 for £4 another said 1/2 price £1.24, and finally the biggest tag of all buy 1 get 2 free.  So I picked 6 pizzas (3 for the freezer, can’t miss a good bargain plus it meant I didn’t have to make them which I had told the boys I would), trotted off to the check out only to find that the Goodfellas thick crust pizzas where only coming up as £1.24 each, so I was not happy even though I had paid that price before I wanted the promotion.   The front of store manager duly came along explained the problem; the promotion is only on the thin crust pizzas not the loaded thick crust.    I did point out that the shelf tickets where very misleading and should be looked at.  As it was their mistake  I got my 6 pizzas for £2.48 – making them just over 41p each – bargain or what!  It’s not very often that I am in at the start to receive the best buys but hey great bargain. Thanks Sainsbury’s.

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City & Guilds Patchwork and Quilting

Below are some images of the research and design work for the wall hanging assessment towards my City & Guilds qualification.  I am still refining the design but it will measure approximately 16″ by 22″

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Having for months and months been infuriated by a mother of four children, some of whom attend my sons’ school, I finally confronted her today, so why don’t I feel better?  Why am I worried about it now?

Let me begin at the beginning, well the middle really.  On Friday DH and I took our youngest son to school, yes we did go in the car.  After parking in Sainsbury’s car park, we set out to school which is just over a busy dual carriage way, we do have two very good, helpful crossing wardens, Sonia and Tony.  As we left the car park we were barged past by two very young children, the little girl has yet to start school, her brother is a little older as he appears to be in reception.  As we approached the crossing there was no sign of their mother, fortunately Sonia was already in the road stopping the traffic so the danger for these children was limited but Tony wasn’t ready having just allowed the traffic his side of the road to carry on.  The little boy hurtled across to Tony’s side of the crossing with no intention of stopping, Tony’s quick reaction with his lollipop saved the driver of an Audi from running over the child – the mother is behind us still at this point in conversation with her older daughter not paying attention to what her youngest are doing.  The boy was still teetering on the edge of the curb with the lollipop holding him back – the cars had stopped at this point, thank goodness, as poor Tony was fighting to keep the child from running into the road whilst trying to do his job – we all safely crossed.  The mother still behind us, still in conversation with her daughter was oblivious.  We still have to cross two more roads and a car park access way before we get to school, the little boy dashes across the first road which is a service road so thankfully is not too busy but in the morning just before school it can be.  Then we come to the car park access way, which in the mornings is very busy with parents dropping children off and delivery lorries arriving etc – does the boy stop? Does the mother react to her children running across this access way?  Does she hell!  She is still chatting away to the older girl, off in her own little world.  We then come to cross over the road to get to the school entrance, sometimes she tries to gather the children together to get them across relatively safely, I have not seen her hold the younger children’s hands for a long, long time at this crossing point – it should not be busy here but as a lot of parents are lazy they drive down the residential close, turn around and dump their children out at the school gates, so sometimes it is difficult to see what is coming or what is happening at the crossing.  This woman’s children often just run out.

Fridays incident really upset me and was the final straw, I ‘phoned the school fully realising that there was/ is nothing they can do but telling someone I was going to speak to this woman when I had an opportunity did help a bit.  Having seen a child being hit my a car myself it is not something I want to witness again.

I also spoke to both crossing wardens who agreed that these children where not supervised properly leaving them to do the mothers job regularly.

Another incident that bothered me happened last summer, the smallest child, a girl was lagging behind at the main road.  Her mother again deep in conversation with the eldest child had crossed one part of the dual carriage way, was on the second crossing whilst her youngest was still only just starting to cross the first part.  I let this go at the time perhaps I should have done something then.

There are many more incidents just like these.  If one of these children does, unfortunately cause or is involved in an accident the mother will never blame herself, will never accept responsibility for her lack of control or her neglect.

I did see the head teacher on the crossings yesterday morning but he has passed the buck on to the crossing wardens.  I know it is not within the remit of the school to have any say on what happens outside school but what else can I do.

So this morning on my way to do some shopping I happened to walk into her, so asked her if she was responsible for the children with her.  Then I asked her why she let them run wild in the car park and why she allowed her son to nearly get run over – which she denied, telling me to ask the crossing wardens, they knew nothing happened –  difficult when she wasn’t in a position to witness the event on Friday.  She stamped her foot saying that she wasn’t listening to me and for the children to not listen either.  Obviously she didn’t want to listen because she knew I was right about her irresponsibility.  So why don’t I feel better?  Could I have done more, said more?  Should I have another attempt at making her accept her role or just leave it and then not be surprised when I hear of one of her children being hurt in an accident?

Maybe I should offer to help to get the children to school safely instead of criticizing or would that get thrown in my face?