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Talking of Quick Quilts!

table runners 1

These two table runners were made from a layer cake my cousin picked up for me whilst we were in America in August.  They both took me less than an hour to cut out and assemble.

table runners 2

The top one of these two runners was made from some left over fabric I had purchased years ago, not really knowing what I was going to do with it.

The bottom one used recently bought fabric, again both took less than an hour to cut out and construct. 

Now all that’s left is the layering up, quilting, binding and labelling – Easy – I’ll do it later, maybe.

I think these will end up as presents and Christmas Fayre donations as Myton Hospice is having their Christmas Fayre on 17th November in Warwick.  They were very kind to someone very dear to me who is sadly no longer with us.

They do extremely good work and are well worth supporting.

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Charity Mug Rugs

Since my last posting I have made in excess of 30 mug rugs for charity.  Some of which have been delivered already and will be sold next week at Myton Hospice Christmas Fair in Warwick.


The others are in various stages of completion (they will all be finished off this afternoon) and will be put ready for DH to sell in aid of her degree show, unless something else deserving comes up in the mean time.

Once I have cleared the decks of the ‘stuff’ needed for these and all the associated scraps of fabric, batting etc., it will be time to start a new project.  I have several in mind including quilted silhouettes and a couple of art quilts.  These are all to be finished before Christmas along with an embroidery, the design of which is secreted in my head but needs to be drawn out on paper – another job for this afternoon?  No perhaps I will just do the remaining hand stitching on the mug rugs whilst I suffer in silence (yet again I have lost my voice) with my very sore throat and horrid cough, my ears hurt too.  Thanks to those who are kind enough to pass on their colds and share their germs around.  Enough self pity – I have a new sewing machine arriving in the next couple of days so I will need to be fit and well, with a cleared sewing table ready for that, I can’t wait, it has been a long time in coming.  I have bought it to replace the one I have used nearly everyday for the last 20 years, it’s about time it enjoyed its retirement although it will be still around as a back for when the new one is in for its service.

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I was commissioned by my little son to knit him a hat over this weeks half term holiday.  It’s now Thursday evening and this is how far I have got!


Hat in progress

To be fair, we have been away for two days, I started on Sunday evening and I am a really slow knitter – in my mind it should be finished by now.  The pattern is very easy – cast on an uneven number of stitches in multiples of 4 plus 3.  For example 83. Every row is knit 2, purl 2 to the last 3 stitches knit purl 1.  This should produce a ribbed moss stitch.




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The weather and the next project

Wasn’t the weather in the UK glorious last weekend?  This weekend I am freezing, my hands are so cold I am trying to warm them up on the keyboard with the residue heat being emitted.  The heating is NOT going on until at least early November!  Even if the weatherman in the house’s predictions come true.  He  has been saying for months now that we will be having snow at the end of October beginning of November.  It must be my age that is making me suffer the cold more these days, I used to be one of those freaks who throws open the windows on any day, rain or shine to get some fresh air, I can’t do that now – too cold.  When I was working in offices I could never understand why the other ladies would really complain if there was a slightest crack of a window open, sadly now that is me. 

Right, Ok, I have had the rest now.  My shoulders were back to normal after the quilting session but I knocked the left one yesterday making me shout out loud but this morning it feels fine at the moment.  So to work!

During my forced rest, I have been making small items some of which I have posted here, and I have been busy designing more quilts.  Having set my self the task of producing one small quilt for charity a month, I think it is the ideal opportunity to test make some of these designs before embarking on a larger scale of the designs.  It also gives me the chance to check my construction notes before publication, which sometimes I think is forgotten.  I have had friends come to me in the recent past, asking me to check a pattern they are trying to follow only to find that it is not their abilities that are at fault but someone has not proof read or checked the construction notes, making it very difficult for someone else to make the design up.  I really hope I don’t ever fall into that pot (but sometimes my proof reading is not good!).

You will have to forgive me as I don’t have any photos of these designs yet but I can let you see the fabrics I intend to use for the trial/charity quilt.


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Mug Rugs

I haven’t been idle these past few days, sadly I have had to do some cleaning!  I have managed to clear a whole load of Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Quilting Arts, Selvedge, Fabrications and Stitch magazines, along with several copies of British Patchwork and Quilting. I have rearranged my book shelves and discovered that I have two copies of one or two books (they’ll make someone nice Christmas presents).  The charity shop is due to have a visit so I can off load some unused toys, out grown clothes and shoes from the DD’s collection (I do have permission).

Below are just three of the mug rugs I have made over the last few days ready for Myton Hospice a charity in Warwick which looked after my step father during his last few weeks.  I hope to make them several things in the very near future.

mug rug 1mug rug 2mug rug 3

The last one I hand stitched as I find the process very relaxing and use it as stress relief, just sitting quietly hand sewing.  As you can tell they all need quilting and binding before they are finished but that is for tomorrow or next week, I have nine to do all together, all very similar.