Thursday, 20 April 2017

Catch Up Is My Pole Position

Catch up seems to be my default position. I see these qal and decide to join in and in the blink of an eye I am playing catch up. Is it because I take on too much? Have too many fingers in too many pies? Sometimes but this time it is because we were on holidays and when I came home the dust fairy seemed to have sprinkled her dust all over my house. Or maybe the house needed dusted and cleaned before I went away and strangely still needed done on our return.

So the state of play with the Freefall  qal with Sandra musings of a menopausal melon? Last Monday everybody linked up their 8 falling leaves on the leaf background. As of today, I have one fallen leaf. One leaf does not a compost heap make but I am happy enough. And here I present my one leaf: It even has its own hashtag #dougieshirts on instagram.

Sandra gave us very comprehensive cutting instructions from yardage. I am making my quilt from some of my dad's old shirts. Now my dad was a smart dresser, a suit and tie man or at least polo shirt and sweater man, never a t shirt or sweats man, or even jeans. He didn't however have a huge wardrobe, after all you can only wear one shirt at a time. One on, one off and one in the wash was his philosophy for most things, and it worked for him. Because of the unknown quantities of my fabric, I am unable to cut following Sandra's instructions. I am hacking at these shirts as required, see how far it goes. There will either be creative sewing towards to the end, or a load left.

I love the way Sandra has put this block together. With the two larger squares, basically you have to make all the separate components to complete the whole block, no putting it together as far as you can and leaving the rest to later. The top right hand leaf point is paper pieced. Lovely. This part of the block has three separate paper pieced sections around a small square. Now, I know Sandra's instructions will be perfect and the maths correct. BUT, paper piecing can be tricky in itself, it involves mirror images, flipping fabric (?) and for me a certain amount of luck. So ... with a possible fabric shortage I simplified mine into just the one paper pieced section. It took me two goes to get it right, the first time my maths was wrong. Once I work out the basic math, I just cut bigger pieces of fabric, stitch and flip. The theory is once I get the first one, the rest will follow. Shame I didn't keep a master copy then.

Overall I am rather pleased, hopefully pride doesn't come before a fall. On this occasion I have had to overcome my dislike of stripes and direction of fabric not matching up. This time it will add to the flow and movement of the fabric. Speaking of fabric, the red stripe is great, a really sturdy cotton, a shirt from the Howick range. The blue Baumwolle shirt for the background is also cotton but being woven is rather stretchy and inclined to fray. I probably should have used a stabiliser, but I hate that. It puts me in a bad mood before I even start. I am just going to wing it and quilt or over stitch any dubious bits. This is for my sister, for her caravan and she will be extremely tolerant of any foibles, as a non sewer, she probably won't even notice any. As my younger sister she no doubt worships the ground I walk on!

If you have any time over the next day or two, check out the New Bloggers' Blog Hop. You may remember this from the last few years, yours truly took part a few years ago. It is a great way to find you blogs to read, gives great encouragement to the bloggers, and who knows ... you might find a new friend.

Last week was week 1, and here are links to Yvonne, Beth and Leanne who were the hosts. There you can see their hives from last week.

And here is the link to the week2 hives Yvonne, Beth and Leanne are highlighting. Yvonne's hive is Blooming Quilters. Beth has Better Bloggers (love that name) and Leanne has Let's Bee Quiltin'
The prizes for week 1 are all done and dusted, but great prizes in week 2.

Just one more thing, for anybody of a football bent, come on Chelsea, the good team in this week's FA Cup semi final. ~(sorry G Mul if you are reading this!) Chelsea v Man Utd on Saturday night.

Helen x

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Home Again, Home Again

The last ten days or so I have been on a visit to the Land Of Opportunity. We grabbed the chance to have a break in Philadelphia and NYC for a break. I apologise to any of my fellow bloggers whose emails I have yet to reply to. My phone tended, rather expensively, to jump off the hotel wifi, and Mr Security in Hotmail and Gmail tried asking me all sorts of awkward security questions when I tried to email using my husband's  ipad. I know, I set up the security questions, but, like, who remembers their answers? Now I am home, it is time to link up with Molli Sparkles again, handily enough.

Anyhow, we had a great time, the stateside son  is hale and hearty, I have to see him in situ to be sure of this! We did a bit of this.

And this,

And some of this,

And a little bit of this.
And of course this.

I hear stories of suitcases coming home full of Levi jeans, but in my case, I like to buy wool.
In Philadelphia I made my annual visit to Loop Knits and treated myself. They always have great samples knit in the shop. This suits me, as I see wool, love it, but am never quite sure what to do with it or how much to buy. I spotted this stone point poncho in Luma Knits yarn and tried it on. It fitted my criteria, "do I look the size of a house in this?" The answer was no, the hard bit was deciding which colour. There was a beautiful hot pink but in the end I decided on grey. I seem to graduating to grey these days.

A ball of bright multi coloured sock wool snuck into the basket as well, it is called "happy accident" and it will be a happy accident if I actually knit two socks the same that actually fit! My daughter really liked this wool, so here's hoping.

I also bought some more carbon sock needles and a short circular needle for knitting hats. I have plenty of circular needles, but never have the right size or right length. That seemed to be me and my pencil case the whole way through the school - plenty of pencils but never the right colour pencil - do I need therapy? Or did everybody in school feel like this? Anyhow, my yearly visits to Loop Knits meant I had $5 in loyalty points to use, brilliant.

In NYC we had, of course to go to Purl Soho. How can we not?  I had a little scrap of my camel fabric with me to pair up, but in the end I bought yardage of  Robert Kaufman Kona on sale. Two shades of pink, and a deep blue,  Soooo cheap compared to the price at home. They had one other yardage in their sale basket, a lilac, could have, should have, would have bought that too. One of life's regrets, for years to come I will say, I should have bought that lilac. I was there the next day to buy wool and forgot to check it was still there.

They had some lovely Carolyn Friedlander fabric too. But ... it is very high up and difficult to check out when vertically challenged with a tendency to vertigo when looking straight up. I didn't ask for help, as I reckoned I have most of it anyway. See how sensible and frugal I can be?

The last thing I bought was some lovely wool for the daughter in law. I was torn between buying her two skeins of lovely wool, or one skein of really lovely wool. I decided to go for the really lovely wool, hand dyed Anzula yarn. It is a superwash merino, with cashmere and just a touch of nylon, 4ply wool. It is called Squishy and that marketing team deserves some buns.

My second regret, and yes, I have a few, is that I didn't buy some yarn for myself. The problem of having peaked too early in Loop Knits or just that I treated myself to some Tiffany Return To New York earrings and there is so much treating you can do. Before Tiffany come to hunt me down, I must say I find their staff spectacularly unhelpful. Maybe it is just me. Three visits, three purchases, three experiences. Ah well, I will hardly be buying anything else, I have the necklace, bracelet and earrings, times two.

Helen x
linking up with Molli Sparkles and Sunday Stash

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Beeabee 2017

I mentioned in my last post I may inadvertently have joined a bee. I know. My name

is Helen and I am a beeaholic. I am also a fabriholic and a scrapaholic. And maybe a ginaholic as well.

Sue who I got to know last year in instagram approached me and asked if I would join a bee. Well, flattery and a personal invitation will get you anywhere and the woman from Belfast, she say yes. I was chuffed to be asked, but maybe they had asked everybody else and I was the last. I already know Anneliese from previous Modern Quilters Ireland Bee and Gina from instagram and I share a love of aqualegias and radio 4 extra and the others I look forward to getting to know.

Anneliese was queen bee the first month and requested stars for a starry night quilt. I made her a selection.

 Firstly I made her this orange one,

Then I made a few simple friendship stars.

I snuck in a top from a beer bottle, weird I know. It had a bumble bee on it, and I knew Anneliese would appreciate it. I also included a couple of cocktail glass markers I thought she could use as stitch markers in her sock knitting.

Anneliese's anchor background fabric is to be kona charcoal. I didn't have any at the time,  I do now. It is my intention to make another improv block for Anneliese and send it on.

Katrina's block for March is the pineapple block. I have never sewn this. Although it doesn't look particularly difficult it does need precision sewing and cutting. As I am a bit all over the place still, I haven't started this. No point in setting myself up for disappointment! I will hopefully give it a go over the Easter break and send it on then.

Helen x

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Kisses of Honey

No Bees this year, you remember me saying that. Well, I joined a bee that wasn't a bee and then I joined a real bee, that I don't think I have blogged about yet.

First the bee that isn't a bee. Molli Sparkles,  he who is the quilting queen bee, set up a Facebook group for a bee, that's a bee where you make just for yourself. No pressure, no deadlines, just a interactive Facebook page to participate. There are millions of people taking part, interesting to see how many fall by the wayside! Here I am so far:

I am nearly keeping up. I can play keepy uppy. I made my February blocks towards the end of March. I am a little hesitant in blogging them, they are not great. But then its no pressure isn't it? My cognitive powers seem to have a little awry at the moment. I sew a seam, rip it out, sew it wrong again. I decided not to follow the instructions, just do my version.

I'm pleased with my simplified bottle of buttons. The buttons are cotton and steel fabric and the lid a little of my rose and hubble spotty fabric. I have no idea what size the block is to be, but mine is 8".

Next we have the kissy kissy block. Unless you are a horseman galloping really fast you will have noticed the mismatched point right in the centre of the block. Yes, that totally missed point. I should really rip it out and fix it, but for now I am leaving it. It can be the goodbye kiss from the maiden whiskery old great aunt that children always hate. When we were children, we had an elderly maiden whiskery  neighbour who always wanted to give you a little kiss hello and goodbye. Yuck. She gave you a thruppenny bit too, that was ok!

Lastly the echo block. Shouldn't even have taken a photo of it, but then this is about me, warts whiskers and all. This block is disastrous. I don't mind the unstraight lines, echos and soundwaves aren't straight anyway. The greys are too short though. Trying to keep to the 8" block size, I ran out of inches! I will either take it apart to and fix or just start again. Or use that block for a corner one which hangs down the far side!

Helen x

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Are You Ready for Jam Sandwiches and Red Lemonade?

I have been working a little bit in the background on my jam sandwiches. Having cut all my Stash Bee 2016 blocks up, and sewn them all together again, I was pretty pleased with how it was going.

I laid them all out and started thinking about what I wanted from a picnic blanket. What is there to think it about? A picnic blanket. A blanket on the ground. You remember that old country and western song by Tammy Wynette .... just because we are married, don't mean we can't fool around. That's it, sing a long. And if you are from N Ireland it will be sing a long with Philomena Begley and Her Rambling Men.  I'm being a bit cruel aren't I? Ear worms.

Well, what do I want from a picnic blanket? It is a blanket on the grass, hum de hum. Well, I live in N Ireland, where the grass is so green. The grass is so green because it flippin' rains most of the time, and when its not raining, it was raining earlier. In reality, when we have a picnic we carry the picnic basket from the car, across the National Trust car park to the picnic tables nearby. Our days of hoicking all the picnic stuff across the field, spreading the blanket on the ground and lying prone on the damp grass/in the sunshine are over. Because you know, you have to get up again, roll over on all fours and haul yourself up. Not so romantic with a damp bottom.

What I have decided to go along with are his and hers matching picnic blankets for either side of a picnic table. If there are four of us, two bottoms will easily fit on each blanket. The number of times I look at a picnic table, and think, is that seat clean? Is that bird poo hard or soft? Will that wet wooden seat leave green marks on my nice clean white linen trousers? The perfect solution!

We went along the North Coast for a drive last week, and the husband says, we should have brought a picnic. Its time to get the picnic stuff together. Time to get these picnic blankets basted and quilted.

Helen x

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Daughter Dearest

Dear Daughter,
Remember I promised to make you the Houndstooth Quilt? For Easter? This Easter? The one to match your bedroom curtains? Well, I am sorry, I am a little bit behind with myself. Easter is only next weekend. Would a big Cadbuy's Easter Egg do instead?
much love
Mum xx

If the art of letter writing was not dead, that is what I would be writing. I promised to make the Houndstooth quilt designed by Just Jude Designs that was published in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine in late 2016. In February I cut out all my fabrics and started. Easy and quick. Then real life got in the way and it was set to the side.

Luckily enough I put all those cut up greys in Ikea bags and labelled them. Not like me at all, but I am glad I did. All those shades of grey look very similar. So what is the state of play?

All the greys and cut up and most of the grey and white hst  are joined either a white or grey square to make a 2 square block. So far so good.

The silver and white or grey blocks are joined together to make a 4 block square in the tooth shape.
I love the shimmer of this silver.

The shale blocks are finished likewise.
The shale blocks are, well, shale coloured. What can you say about shale?

The titanium, iron and pewter blocks are just waiting patiently for their 2s to become 4s.

The purples are as they were when they arrived in the post. Pristine and uncut.

Like my jam sandwiches and red lemonade quilt, I have a good feeling about this one. I look forward to getting further on with it. After Easter!

Helen x

Monday, 3 April 2017

Finish A Long Quarter 2 2017

Completely forgot about this, was just reading a few blogs and realised it was it time to make another unachievable list and then beat myself up. Or I could keep it short and sweet.

So, here is my list of finishes I hope to finish before the end of June. In no particular order.
  1. Finish my daughter's Liberty skirt. The pattern has a horrible waistband, so I need to fudge this.    
  2. Get stuck into this Houndstooth quilt, I am enjoying it but time has been an issue here. This is for my daughter too. (on a theme here)
3. Make a few more economy squares and make a fun quilt for a child. No rush.
4. My Liberty hexie quilt. This could nearly appear on Stranmillis University Lifelong Learning programme, this is my lifelong learning project. That's ok, I find this so relaxing I don't want it to finish.
5. My Jam Sandwiches and Red Lemonade Quilt x 2. These just need basted and quilted . Easy Peasy,
6. I have a one sock nearly knitted here. Should really finish it, and its friend.

That's it folks. All straight forward, short and concise.
                                                  See how this all goes at the end of  June.

Helen x

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Link Up Overload

Can we ever have too much of a good thing? Too much sugar certainly, too much gin probably, its not called mother's ruin for nothing. Too much internet connection overload? Not in this blog. Today I am multi tasking link ups and blog writing.

Firstly Sandra's two (not one but two) link ups. Sandra has a quilt a long which is very quickly gathering momentum. It is a smaller lap version Freefall of her Windfall quilt from last year. Now - initially when I saw this in process last year although I loved it, I wasn't sure whether to participate having finally finished my modern maples 20 year quilt last year. It wasn't that I don't like Sandra, I do very much, not that I didn't want to join in the fun, I did. It was just, you know, I had had 20 years of making maple leaves, not sure if I wanted to make anymore.

Then my circumstances changed. I thought it would be kind of cool to make a small quilt for my sister and myself out of some of dad's old shirts. Dad, having passed away so recently, I thought it would be a nice memory and use it up, use it out which he would approve of. (he would also say, have you nothing better to do with your time, but we will neatly bypass that). He would also be pleased I wasn't buying and stock piling more fabric, being an accountant he worried about tying up my assets. "Its a lot easier to spend it than earn it" was often heard at home. I haven't cut any of the shirts up yet, I need to get one more from home and then just lift the scissors and go for it. All the little bits that are left, I will sew improv style, ever so slightly influenced by Kaja of Sewslowly who has made some beautiful quilts from old shirts.

So, it was happenstance that Sandra's quilt a long came along at this time. Perfect. Dad loved walks through forest parks. He had season admission tickets for forest parks all through our formative years. Sunday afternoons were spent trekking along forest paths, hoping for an ice cream at the end. This will be perfect for my sister for her caravan, and she was really pleased when I asked her.

This leads us very nicely into my second link up. Sandra's DrEAMi  Moment. That moment when this squirrel thing gets you and you have to join in. Yes, its that damn squirrel again.  No more appropriate DrEAMI Moment than my sitting up in bed and going "yes! I know what to do now with dad's shirts".

Now, just in case you think this is a Sandra love fest, I am moving along here.
 One of my other great quilty friends, is Yvonne. Yvonne has previously designed and made a Lucent Quilt in various sizes. I always loved the bold strong design of this quilt, as I do all of Yvonne's designs. Last week she sewed it as Baby Carter Lucent  quilt with elephant fabric. I knew instantly I wanted to make this but with camels for a little one. Two metres of the camel fabric promptly arrived this week from Cotton Patch, ordered and delivered the next day! Fantastic service. Yvonne's pattern is on sale in her online store, and like all of Yvonne's patterns is a joy. Clear precise cutting and sewing instructions.

The camel fabric comes as part of the Indian Spice Market fabric collection from InPrint Fabrics but I am not keen on the coordinating fabrics. I am sure they are historically and culturally appropriate, but I would prefer something a little more vibrant and modern. The dad of this little one loves medieval and ancient history so would probably be more than happy with the designated fabrics. But ... hey, I am the piper here and the piper calls the tune!

This comes neatly to my last link up of the day, Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash, linking up dad's shirts and my camels.

Helen x
linking up with
Musings of a Menosausal Melon and DrEAMi Moment
Musings of a Menospausal Melon and Freefall Quiltalong
 Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash

Friday, 31 March 2017

FAL 1st quarter end 2017

Just as well my FAL list is short! Today is the last link up day and my daughter is waiting to take me out for lunch ...

So here we go.

I have two finishes

My green aran hoodie cardigan for said daughter, blogged about here.

My snowflake shimmer qal for Meeeeeee, blogged about here.

I didn't finish the Liberty skirt for daughter, to be honest, reached the waist band and forgot all about it. Nor did I finish the red and white plus stash bee 2016 quilt, reincarnated as the jam sandwiches and red lemonade picnic quilt. I have made a good stab at it, just haven't blogged up to date. And lastly my Liberty hexie quilt, this is a life long learning project, so that's ok too.

Helen x
Linking with Judith and Just Jude Designs for Finish A Long

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Ta Da, It's Finished!

Today is a momentous occasion. I have finished my snowflake shimmer quilt! This was part of a quilt a long that Yvonne Quilting Jet Girl ran just a little while ago. I kept up reasonably well at the time with the piecing but fell desperately at the quilting. I set myself all sorts of targets, first snow, family home at Christmas, more first snow. I missed all of them. No, I didn't, we didn't get any snow to speak of this year. I did unfortunately miss Yvonne's final link up but I will be like the little boy who comes in last in the sport's day running race. He gets so much applause, he is convinced he is a winner. He was a winner in my eyes anyway, every mother's son!

I really enjoyed the making of this quilt. I like the clean lines of Yvonne's designs, and I especially find myself drawn more to solid fabrics these days. I think everything in the USA must be bigger as this twin bed quilt more or less fits our double bed. I don't really like a quilt to hang too far down the side of the bed, our room isn't big enough for all the excess bulk, so I am happy for the neater fit. It hasn't been washed yet, hopefully there won't be too much shrinkage. My washing machine gave up the ghost on Sunday, so no real rush to wash it!

I know I have told you all this before, I used a blue variegated quilting thread  to cross hatch the dark blue parts of the quilts. I used three spools, all  different shades from the blue family to further accentuate the variation.

The mid blue snowflakes, I straight line quilted with a variegated aurifil thread. I did two straight up and down, and two left to right. I love the effect of this. I wasn't quite so keen on the gazillion thread ends I had to bury. It seems to have taken me about two weeks, every evening to sew in these blasted ends, it certainly feels that way.

There is no snow to get my final photos. We intended taking the quilt to our local high ground Belfast Castle at Cavehill for photos. There are lovely gardens there, great trees to drape quilts over and of course the hill behind you and Belfast Lough below.  Unfortunately the lovely weather of the last few days is to break tomorrow, so our garden it is. I used all the fabrics from the front and also other fabrics from stash that seemed appropriate. There is a blue snowflake, a pale blue star, darker blue spot, mid blue spot and of course pale blue spot. There is a also a little bit of the rocket fabric Yvonne sent me once, seemed the perfect place to use it.

My husband joked we could use the nearly finished photos of last week, nobody would notice. Of course they would! Thankfully he seems to like this quilt, always a plus when it is to go on "the" bed. He even commented  I have a falling leaves quilt, and now a snowflake quilt, that creates an opening for the remaining two seasons!

Here's Ronald, the head, admiring my quilt. You can just see the binding there.

 I was originally going to go with my favourite spotted binding but changed my mind at the last. I went with plain binding in runs of the different solid fabrics I used.

This is my second finish for the FAL first quarter, 2017 link up. I did it! This post will link up with my link up blog in a day or two.

Some of you may be interested to know that the Cavehill is known locally as Napoleon's Nose, the long hill looks like Napoleon in profile. It is believed to be the inspiration for the Gulliver in the Land of the Lilliput by Dean Swift who was a rector just down the road. When we get our next sunny spell I will try to get some photos in the wild.

Helen x

linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts, and her Lets be Social Link Up
also linking up with Finish Friday and Crazy Mom Quilts

Monday, 27 March 2017

It Is Like Riding A Bike, It's True

Way back last year,  I started a green aran hooded cardigan for my daughter. It was a long time since I had knitted anything so complex, but I was told it was like riding a bike. Its a learned skill you never forget. I was a little sceptical, but was keen to give it a go. A couple of my work colleagues dole out these aran knits like nobody's business, and what impressed me even more is these are aran sweaters or even dresses that "young people" wear. Always a worry when knitting, that it looks frumpy, but there's loads of aran type knits in the shops at the minute.

Well, I can report it is like riding a bike. It did all come back to me and I loved the process. It wasn't all plain sailing though, it was ripped out several times. More often than not this was because I had the length wrong rather than the pattern, failure to read the pattern being the culprit.

I knitted the cardigan in acrylic, Paintbox yarn I ordered online from Love Knitting. I chose acrylic as my daughter had sensitive skin,  no point in knitting her something that would make her itch. Also, I didn't want to tie up too much money in something that maybe wasn't going to be her pleasing. I am happy to report that the yarn was fine to knit with and actually feels quite soft overall. In fact I ordered a few more balls for secret knitting.

And as for the pleasing - she really likes it. That was the biggest relief of all. I have yet to get photos of her wearing it. The weather hasn't been right, or the hair, or my energy levels, but I can do that later.

The one weird thing is, the pattern said 1200 g  of wool. I bought 1500 g of wool, you know to be sure to be sure. I have 700 g of wool left. Go figure!

This is one of my FAL first quarter of 2017. I will be linking in with this blog post before the link up finishes.

Helen x

Friday, 24 March 2017

I Could Pretend

I could pretend This Is A Finish. I think I have been pretending for a while, or at least kidding myself. This finish has been almost a finish for, oh, ages now. It is still nearly a finish, so nearly a finish it is only a whisper away. It is on my FAL list (finish a long) list for the first quarter of 2017.

I have a couple of teeny tiny bits of blue to finish quilting.

I have unfortunately a gazillion threads to bury on the back.

 I have already buried a gazillion trillion threads. I think this is why I always straight line quilt from one end to the other - no threads to bury! And I have all my binding complete.

This is tantalisingly close.

The first quarter link up starts today for a few days.
Will I finish in time to link up?
No, to be honest, I probably will not. But sure, it is a long time to next year's snow. We did have a little smattering the other night, but by the time I got up and dressed it was too late.
I will however link up with Finished Or Not Friday with Myra and  Busy Hands Quilts

Helen x

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Jam Sandwiches and Red Lemonade

Jam sandwiches and red lemonade, does this warm the cockles of your heart or make your taste buds shiver? We were reared on jam sandwiches. Well, not literally, but my brother may as well have been. My brother was a picky eater. He ate his dinner ok, but for lunch all he ever wanted to eat was jam sandwiches, white sliced bread of course. My mum was quite concerned about this, but at least he was eating. She made sure all the jam in our house was homemade, strawberry, raspberry, blackcurrant and blackberry. He wasn't fussed on the seeds either, so technically our homemade jams were homemade jellies, strained through muslin bags into a basin.

He also didn't like milk, or any dairy. In fact he still doesn't. As a way of getting some milk into him, mum used to mix the red lemonade with milk for him. This suited me too, I loved all things dairy, still do, but I also loved these homemade milkshakes.

 Remember these blocks? These were my stash bee blocks from last year.  The plan was to make a calm collected red and white plus quilt. When I laid them all out, it just didn't feel right. Not calm enough, not sophisticated enough.

 A lot going on in these all individually lovely, but when together  a little too shouty for a quiet quilt. So, what do we quilters do when unsure?  I cut them up into fours and muddled them all up.

Now I like it. The different patterns are dispersed throughout and the shouty low volume just shouts out loud now and is perfect.

The overall look just reminded me of those long ago picnic, white bread jam sandwiches and the newspaper spread all over the grass. I know exactly where I am going now with these blocks, in fact I would say I am crushing these blocks (red fruit crush, geddit?)

It is absolutely lashing here today, but I will leave you with thoughts of lazy warm summer days, bees buzzing and those strawberry jam sandwiches, sponge cake and milk shakes.

Helen x
linking up with Beth Cooking Up Quilts and Main Crush Monday
linking up with Lorna and Sew Fresh Quilts and Lets Bee Social