Friday, 14 December 2012

July in December, Crazy quilt block

Now I now I haven't posted for a long time, but have managed to finish the July block and started the August block that yet lays unfinished. We have had an absolutely awful year. My son has been unwell for most of this year and then in July my husband's mother passed away. It was completely a shock and very unexpected. Throw in the deaths of our beloved German Shepherd, Ufton and our beautiful cat, Monty. Then my husband fell and broke his shoulder in two places. My health has suffered; and just to make the year end in the fashion its become used to - a well known pay day loan company took over £400 from our account fraudulently. Never been a customer, the bank were very good and we have the money back - but of course all the payments we had due didn't go out and so we have had to sort that out. Roll on 2013 and we hope its so much better for us and of course everyone else!!

Any how, not to get too despondent here is the July block :)

This is the start of the August block which yet lays unfinished.

Well I managed to almost complete 8 blocks this year. With the one from last December I now have 9 blocks to sew together. Next year I will start again and you never know maybe I will complete all 12!!    

Friday, 29 June 2012

May in June Crazy Quilt Block

Now if you have read the last blog, I managed to mix up May with June and so completed the June crazy quilt block in May and then started the May block in June. I'll just blame this on advancing years and a multitude of events going on in my life that was causing a lot of stress.
Anyhow I managed to finish Mays block by mid June which was quite an achievement. Here it is.

Back to the traditional patchwork base and managed to get the month aimed for right. Have done this in purples and black to signify that we did have a horrible month with an ongoing illness and a death in our family.

Did a bit of bead work on this block using some vintage beads from my stash. Also used a few more buttons - which I do seem to collect!

I think I am getting better with the embroidery and edging, maybe that is why I finished so quick or it could be that its been raining so much this last month that I can not get into the garden so easily!!  

Thursday, 28 June 2012

June's Crazy Quilt block now finished

Have you ever done something silly - like getting the month wrong. Unfortunately now days this seems to be quite normal for me lol. So when I started May's crazy quilt block I added the ribbons and started embroidering the date. I managed to get to the U of June before realizing it should have said May. So by this point I decided to continue and do May's block later.So here is the finished block.

This is different from the other blocks so far in that I decided to use ribbon rows instead of the traditional crazy patchwork. I liked the finished effect personally.

 Because it was the Queen's 25th anniversary, I had to include something royal.My crown however does look like an elaborate bobble hat!

Found some pretty flag ribbon in a vintage look which I liked and some orange butterflies and flower ribbon that was ideal to cut up for individual motifs. So that was my number 6 block since December, quite an achievement considering.

Friday, 25 May 2012

1950s Vintage Knitting Patterns

Over the last few weeks we have added many vintage knitting patterns and out of print knitting patterns for women and the rest of the family. Amongst those patterns are some original 1950s vintage pattern booklets to knit.

This knitting pattern has some very nice cardigan and jackets for women to knit. Fabulous 1950s style clothing that would not look odd if worn today with modern clothing or go for the whole fifties feminine look.

There are two booklets that have sweaters to make in the one above.

This one sweater is on the back. Some of the patterns are in black and white, not colour as with today. We had just started to get back on our feet following the long war years that had made things very difficult for the UK. But we still had rationing until the mid 1950s and things were still very much in short supply.

But there are the odd ones that are in colour. Enjoy owning and making these great knit, no one else will have the same on and accessorize them with real 1950s vintage jewellery to be even more unique.

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Monday, 14 May 2012

Gothic picture frame make over

For months I have had a large poster of a dragon and cross from Anne Stokes. I just love her work and have this poster, calender and some cards. But the poster needed a frame and the only one I could find was a plain light pine one that fitted.

So I jazzed it up with paper mache and a few discarded toys.

Had to stand at the bottom of the stairs to take this as its so large.

  It took 3 layers of tissue cut and pasted on to give a crinkled effect. Once dry I painted it in silver, this took a couple of coats. then a light sponging with a gold paint to finish.

My son had emptied his cupboards and thrown away all the left over toys he had when young. A rubber skeleton and plastic shrunken head were amongst the. So I rescued them, cut them up and added them to the frame with a layer of paper tissue mache. This was after the whole frame had been covered with the two layers of tissue.

The rubber skull head cut to a mask shape, glued on first and then mached over.

The rubber spine at the one side.

A couple of bone legs at the top. The arms are on the other corner but couldn't photograph that without falling down stairs. lol

Lastly the ribs on one side of the frame.

Now looking for a suitable frame to jazz up for a few cards.

Easter CQ block complete

Behind by two months I have managed to catch up with my April 2012 block, sewn by crazy quilting standards.
Of course April was Easter, so I had to have a themed quilt block!

Bunnies and chickens had to be added. Three orange chick are singing in this month where I can get outside and garden in peace.

Don't have rabbits in our garden - only big fat pigeons that love the flowers on our  cherry tree. Taken to going out and frightening them away as they tuck into the pretty white flowers.Just really want a few cherries later this year lol.

A little faint but there is reference on a piece for my husbands 51st birthday in April.  This is of course mostly a memory quilt block.

In the middle is a black spiral - representative of the depression that one of my family has suffered from, this month and the brick walls with high barriers that the NHS put up when we tried to get him treatment. Not a happy time for this family. Very stressful and unbelievably the service that should have treated him; had a couldn't be bothered attitude and go elsewhere. So in my time honored reaction I complained and will keep doing so until the attitudes and stigmatization changes.

Solihull has no Aspergers and autism services. So here's my box with these people left to fend for themselves. Unfortunately Aspergers Syndrome and people on the autistic spectrum are put into the mental health category by the NHS. But the Solihull mental health services are not providing for these people. I can not tell you how angry this makes me.  

The tree of life - it should be available for all.....................


Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Crazy Quilt Block for March 2012

Well I didn't meet the deadline for the 3 blocks submitted by April as my third block - this one was delayed due to an ongoing health problem with one of my children. But I did manage to complete and are well on the way with April's block, just slightly delayed. Hopefully I should catch up this months.

 For March's block. I decided to stick with just a few colours and a mainly white background. Most of the embroidery is done in metallic thread.

I added some ribbon, so was not so flat. Embroidered mostly bright flowers and colorful edging as this month was exceptionally sunny and I started on the garden early.

Now in all I have 4 blocks completed and another one almost half finished. Quite pleased with myself to have sewn so much recently.

Hopefully soon my child will receive the treatment that he should have had months ago. I am really fed up of writing letters of complaint. The NHS has really gone down hill. This was what was planned all along - get rid of the NHS and have private services in for those that can pay. Those that can not, well .................tough!! 

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Crazy Quilted Memory Block February 2012

Doesn't time fly far too quick. February is now well over and March is over by a week. Later finishing the February 2012 crazy quilted block. As far too many distractions happened last month.
This is the memory block for February 2012.

Well it covers the memories of our family for last month. Hearts and flowers for Valentine day. Had a lovely card from hubby - that I brought myself!. As he was a bit busy, a few days before he confessed that he had not brought me a card yet. Now unusually I had been organized and had sent for a Valentine's card from Anne Stokes. I love the dragon cards she produces and this year she had two Valentine cards - so undecided I had sent for the two. So I gave hubby the one that suited him most to give to me!
As for pressies - I said I would send for a rose bush from David Austin. We had seen "Ferdinand Pichard" at the NEC, Gardener's World show. Its a lovely old English rose of white with pink markings. Now just one?? No I had to send for two. the other is "The Mayflower" another old English rose, both for the front garden we are renovating.

The large black eye is for my oldest son. Unfortunately he was picked on by a large group of bullies and cowards in a night club last month. Not one onto one - they ALL had to join in. They broke his nose and gave him bruises around his face and eyes. Because not content with throwing lots of punches, they had to kick him on the floor. These six cowards, made a "Saturday night" routine" of going out to pick a fight on someone. They all now have a police record - which will stay with them for life.These cowards have made many enemies and lost friends in the process, as well as self respect - was it worth it? Not content with fighting not just once but twice - they followed my son and his friend to the local hospital and jumped him again and his friend also. Then they tried harassment to try to get him to drop the charges - it didn't work. 
My son has moved on and will become something far better than any of these cowards will ever be.

In this block have been trying out a few new stitches. Now just have to get out of the garden and start March's      

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Crazy quilt block for January 2012

Here's the next block for January 2012. When I started this challenge. I decided to make a quilt cover that held memories of each passing month.

This 8 x 8 inch crazy quilt piece will be added to the others by a black border and backing eventually. Well that's what I have planned.  So the outer edges remains just tacked together.

This cold damp month has started well - no snow here so far. But my daughter was made redundant from her job at Pumpkin Patch. So I found a label and used it in the quilt.

Then during this month our oldest son turned 21. Though he and his friends still seem to act like 15 year old kids!!

Finding bits and pieces for the quilt blocks has been easy. I have collected and still collect interesting fabrics, ribbon and pieces of lace. Though I will have to get some more thread soon. Love sewing over some of the patterns on the fabrics. Have found a copy of "Mary Thomas's dictionary of embroidery stitches, so that I can practice some new stitches and remind myself of some ones that I knew about 30 years ago. . 

Have really enjoyed sewing a little each night. Now to start February's block.