Sunday, 26 May 2019


All six of us together, the first time in a very long time! So busy catching up that I didn't take many images. Two could only stay a few hours but for some a sleep over was in order!

Corner 2 corner man blanket started by HS

Alternative sweet pea blanket CB
Another alternative sweet pea blanket HW - coming along nicely

Delayed birthday gifts for all the birthdays in April

Chocolates all round 

A wonderful bag made from scrap blocks HS

A project linus - TShirt quilt from CD

And a new hat!

And a massive cake!


Hooky all round!

Alternative sweet pea blanket HW

Using up odd and ends CB

Colourful blanket AB 
Felt animals from CD

A massive pile of finished objects from CD!

Not much left from the wonderful soup we had at lunch....

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Birthday Celebrations

Birthday celebration and much needed respite for all the QQ this month. Caring for others is a stressful occupation. We all do it, in different ways.  As we get older, more time is needed to help our families.  It is therefore even more important to enjoy a few hours in the company of good friends, laugh a little, talk a lot and NOT feel guilty while doing so.  We cannot help other if we don't help ourselves a little sometimes.

 HW making great headway on her Sweet Pea (Circle of Friends) blanket...…

CD, felt animals from a kit donated by AB.

Coastal C2C (join as you go) by CB - another blanket for the pile!

CD finishing some hand sewing from a QoS workshop. Looking great - a reminder how wonderful hand sewing is.

 AB starting a crochet beanie hat...

With everyone super busy, lunch was a simple soup but a CB had a go at Soda Bread - an interesting attempt - edible but a 'heavy' bread.

We had our first birthday celebration of the year - with Orange drizzle cake (a lesson learnt not to use half-fat crème fraiche!)

And the birthday girl in question …...

Many hours of unwrapping later......

Ta Dah!

Be kind to yourself and take time to enjoy what you love. Those we love and care for will be much better for it.

Monday, 21 January 2019

New Year Resolutions?

We had all been looking forward to the first meeting of the new year. A good start as it was a full house attendance.  We were light on the morning snacks, to be expected this soon after Christmas. Not much show and tell, Christmas got in the way of crafting,.

CB has been working on a C2C baby blanket using two strands of yarn to crochet, and crochet socks. Disappointingly the socks are not very stretchy, so she will be unpicking and trying a larger hook.

This is what we got up to on the day;

CB has been try to make sense of the sewing room, this lead to a 'few' UFO's surfacing. Time to make a TBF list (to be finished). This one was started at the Sandown show in 2010 with the Stitch Witch. Another, I failed to photograph, was from an NEC workshop a couple of years later, EPP with Celia Eddy. Both these and a few others are destined for a quilt using orphan blocks.

CD is making a pair of cushions for her youngest sisters 'OH NO' birthday. The fabric is from Oakshott in silver. This is expensive but gorgeous to work with, ideal for special presents. The design is from a Barbara Chainey book.

AB is crocheting a scarf in some colourful yarn.

HW is making a crochet blanket using the latest Attic24 colour pack, Sweet pea Posy, but with a different pattern, circle in a square motifs. She is using, what seemed like, a complicated process to work out the colour combinations. This is her second circle set.

HT is progressing with a quilt for one of her granddaughters, started at the last meeting. It has cute little bunnies and dainty flowers. She always tells us she doesn't read quilting patterns, but this one is from a book! We are impressed.

We had a great lunch all homemade, sweet potato and butternut squash soup with bread, apple crumble and custard for pudding. Lovely winter fayre.

After lunch we had a chat with EL in Florida. Unfortunately it was not a good connection, but we did get to see her latest woven basket collection. E has really got into this and is producing some very nice pieces. Apparently, Florida was only a couple of degrees warmer than here.

After that it was time for Secret Santa with tea and cake.

For AB table cloth, bunting and oil lamp for summer evenings in the garden.

For CB quilt pattern with sheep, fabric, ribbon and purse.

For CD Yarn and art materials.

For HT garden plants and glasses case(below)

For HW table runner
We finished with a bit more sewing and chat, before heading off home. Another enjoyable day spent with like minded people. Roll on the next one. 

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Another Year Over (or nearly)

Goodness where has the time gone - our last meeting of the year. Our lives seem to get busier and more complex as we move into another year. We missed HT who had her nurses outfit on for the day. Meeting dates set for 2019 in the hope that life will allow us the odd day to craft, laugh and eat cake with each other. We very much look forward to the return of our sixth member in 2019, making our group complete once more.

Projects happening during December.... and two were actually finished during the day!!

Bobble Cushion cover by CB

Binding a beautiful quilt for mum HW

Hand sewing by CD

Crocheting a little scarf AB

Lunch was good as always, with naughty snacks both in the morning AND afternoon!!


Happy crafting in 2019 girls!