Friday, 18 April 2014

Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew April Link Party


With Winter all but out of the way here Christmas past is an almost forgotten memory and Christmas to come seems like such a long way away. However, Paula and I continue in our efforts to encourage you to get ahead this year with our monthly Link Party.

This month we have a lovely mini winter-themed Cross Stitch kit for one lucky linker, courtesy of the lovely Rachel at

Ray Stitch Haberdashery

To win, all you need do is link up a Christmas- themed or gift project that you have created this month and you could be the randomly drawn winner. So, not only will you have one reason for feeling smug by having a Christmas project done and dusted already, but you could be a winner too :)

This month's Link Party is hosted by Karen at Practically Pippy, who happens to have been the winner of last month's thread bundle from Fluffy Sheep Quilting :) Don't worry winning the giveaway doesn't mean that you will be asked to host the next Link Party!

As ever I would like to thank all of our lovely prize sponsors for their generosity in supporting our efforts to make this your most organised Christmas crafting year yet!

My PhotoQuilting Fabric at the Fat Quarter Shop
Ray Stitch HaberdasheryPosie: Rosy Little Things

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Fluffy Sheep Quilting

I do have a Christmas gift project made and tucked away for December, but it has to remain secret for a while longer, so all I can show you is this sneak peek!

Liberty and Lace, weren't they just made for each other? There is also a bit of linen and Lizzie House in this project too, how much alliteration can one person fit in a project :) ??

Head on over to Karen and get linking up those projects!

As ever you have until the end of the month to link up, so there is still lots of time to finish off that project that is on your to-do list every December but then put away every January for next year! This year we are going to be so organised we won't know what to do with ourselves in the run-up to Christmas :)

Monday, 14 April 2014

Dicing with deadlines!

Months ago I signed up for the fourth round of the

The deadline for sending out the blocks for this round is April 15th. Needless to say I have left making my blocks until the last minute!

As ever the requests for the blocks are a great test of my stash. This quarter the requests included


Jewel tones,


Bright, bold saturated colours


and bright, happy colours!

I hope these hit the mark :)

Can't wait to see what wings my way too. I think with one more round, which signs up on May 1st, I will have enough to make a quilt!

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Yorkshire - God's Own County!

We recently celebrated my husband's birthday with a family weekend in Yorkshire, and had a lovely time visiting some of the "Jewels in the Crown" of "God's own County" as it is sometimes known as. Yorkshire folk are nothing if not proud of their roots :)

We stayed in this village called Sutton on the Forest, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book, so has been around for rather a long time!

Walking to the local pub, as you do, we came across this plant stall which had, amongst its other offerings, some Yorkshire rhubarb for sale.

Yorkshire is famous for its rhubarb, and has the growing area known as the Rhubarb Triangle within its boundaries. Forced rhubarb which is grown in sheds and picked by candlelight is a delicacy prized by many, although perhaps like mushrooms it is best not to dwell too much on what the rhubarb is growing in! The euphemistically named "night soil" covers a multitude of sins :)

Apparently you can hear the rhubarb popping as it grows, and you can even take tours of the candlelit sheds! You live and learn :)

York is also famous for its Minster, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals of Northern Europe.

The Minster has had its fair share of damage and destruction throughout the years and even as recently as 1984 was hit by a lightning strike, which destroyed a large part of the roof. On a sunny Spring day though it is the most beautiful building to see and contemplating the work involved in building it just takes your breath away.

Another thing that would definitely take my breath away, would be riding around the Yorkshire Dales on a bicycle! No such problem though for the professional cyclists who will be tearing around those hills and dales when the Tour de France takes a detour through Yorkshire this summer. In case you are wondering what this has got to do with anything, have a look at this.


A challenge to create a sewn block relating to York/shire and cycling! How could I resist ??

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