I have been able to do a little bit of sewing and I managed to make some blocks for Judith's and Karen's charity bees
|Disappearing nine patch blocks for Judith|
|Feel free to admire my neighbour's security light!!|
|Square in a square blocks for Karen - beginning to wish I'd made the centre squares larger...|
|I wasn't happy with how two of the blocks turned out (1/8th too small) so I added a frame|
And whilst I was making them I discovered that an unpicker is indeed sharp enough to pierce flesh - my arm, to be precise! Don't ask, I have no idea how it ended up there!
I also did a job that's been long overdue...I cleaned and oiled my sewing machine! I'm not sure how long I've had the machine (possibly18 months) but I wasn't really sure how to clean and oil it (yes, I tried the instruction book but I still wasn't sure!) so I eventually remembered to ask an expert - thanks, Beryl! Now I know what to do and I'd advise all of you to have a go as my machine is a lot quieter since I lavished some TLC on it!
Look at that fluff...oh, the shame! I've been very good at cleaning inside the bobbin case, etc., but this was the first time I'd ever removed the stitch plate!
|No wonder it's running better now!|
I've also been doing a spot of crochet (very addictive!)
which is going to be turned into a cushion cover, just need to find something for the back and I fancy a bit of velvet or cord. The colours are slightly washed out here - there is much more aqua in the yarn than the photo shows. The yarn is a 50% Suri Alpaca/50% Merino yarn that I bought at Saltburn Farmer's Market a few months ago from the Willo Alpacas stall. I have to be careful with yarn as it often makes me itch - I seem to be particularly bad with lambswool but this is beautifully soft and not at all itchy...perfect for a snuggly cushion!
Speaking of cushions...I've chosen my fabrics for my Pillow Fight cushion.
Yes, I know lots of you don't like batiks but I think they'll look great with the design I've chosen - the subtle colour changes are just what's needed...trust me, it'll work! (And if not I've got a backup plan...)
Archie seems to be the same - it's very hard to tell how he is as there isn't an outward sign, no limp, etc., so it's a matter of waiting. We're going back to the vet tomorrow (Thursday) so Archie can have some blood taken (the first time that's happened to him) and if his kidneys are fine then the vet is going to consider keeping him on the anti-inflammatory indefinitely. I'm hoping that he says that Archie is allowed off the lead for short periods as he's really missing his favourite sniffing spots at the back of the trees. He also got rolled over by an over enthusiastic puppy* on Monday which was worrying but he doesn't seem to have any after effects but I suppose I'll find out for definite tomorrow morning...
* In the interests of maintaining Archie's reputation I should point out that the puppy was a 60lb Mastiff puppy rather than a little scrap of a thing!
When it's sunny (and sometimes when it's not!) Archie loves to spend the morning in the conservatory and then he moves to the front room in the afternoon as the sun moves round to the front of the house. This morning he was more than a little miffed to find something blocking out his sun
|Can't this thing be moved?!|
|It's not ideal but it'll do, I suppose...|
...but nasty Helen wouldn't let him stay there (worried about whether it's putting a strain on his back - another thing to ask the vet!) so he was reduced to this...
|It's just not fair...I wanted more than my head in the sun...|
|...but I'll take what I can get and it's bliss!|
Hope everyone is well and enjoying the cold snap?! Happy stitching!
P.S. Lynne's newest (&wonderful!) Christmas Gifts for Quilters post is up and this time you could win a fabulous pattern from the ever so talented and lovely Kerry who has just published her first paper piecing pattern (it's soooo cute!). Click on the button to go to the post and good luck in the giveaway! If you don't win why not buy the pattern and make yourself a Christmas gift?!