Friday, 8 December 2017

A Finish But Not The One Scheduled

I have a finish.


I have two finishes in the one week. Incredible. My plan was to blog my finished Circles quilt but best laid plans of mice and men etc etc. This morning we woke up to a winter wonderland. This would have been lovely to take photos of the circle quilt, but honey it was cold outside. We were also invited out for lunch with friends and by the time we de-iced the cars and got organised it was time to go. You see, here in the UK we don't get a lot of snow. We get a few heavy days of snow a year, and so when it does snow, the country comes to a stop. Our infrastructure isn't really built to cope with it. Rain yes, snow no. Our cars go slippy sliddy all over the place and people can talk of nothing else.


Our friends live in the countryside, we would have got some lovely Circle photos draped in the snow over a field gate. I don't like to be a diva though. It was time to spend with friends, eating and chatting, which we did.

And so we have finish no 2. My Liberty triangles quilt. This quilt was inspired by the Prism Liberty quilt in Purl SoHo, NYC. I had admired this quilt on the website, and when I saw it in the actual shop, I still loved it. I have had it in mind for ages. And then two weeks ago I decided to go for it.

I say inspired by Purl SoHo, in that I looked at their quilt and then just went ahead and made it. I used 5" squares of white Kona with a 3" square of  Liberty fabric pinned to the top right hand corner. I drew a line from one corner of the Liberty to the other. Sewed along this line, flipped back and ironed, and trimmed off the excess. Quick and easy.


I had absolutely no formula as to what fabrics to use. My only criteria were I used floral Liberty fabrics, and the small scale prints as much as possible. A couple of bigger scale prints sneaked in to make up the numbers. I have various other Liberty prints in paisley or dark colours, but didn't use them. And then I just sewed all the 5" squares together. 8 blocks per row. 8 rows. 64 blocks in total. I decided not to stress by graduating the colours, it was totally random. There only forethought was that two blocks the same didn't become neighbours.


You may remember that I decided to take the plunge and use my Liberty for the backing too. There is no point in keeping stuff for "good". You are a long time dead, use it and enjoy it and when it is done it is done. Or so I have decided. I have had this fabric for about 3 years and treasured it and stroked it often. In fact I had looked after it so well, I had "borrowed" fabric from two opposing corners, which caused a problem when I laid out the backing. Grr.  A little frankensteining and all was well with the world.

After the freefall that was the quilting in the Circles quilt, I went back to my favourite. ~Three lines of quilting per seam on the vertical. And just to be different, three vertical lines of quilting on the  horizontal seams. One in the seam and another a foot width each side of the seam. Easy and no threads to spend precious evenings sewing in.

Now the binding. I really wanted to use my green spotty Rose and Hubble fabric.


Although my grandson, the w'ain, will use this, I was keen not to use blue binding. I didn't want to mark this out as a boy's quilt. Who am I kidding with all these florals?  This is just a quilt in Granny's house, neither specifically for a boy or girl. Just one problem. The green was all wrong. I thought the green might be refreshing, contemporary but it was just wrong. What this quilt really needed was a pastel blue binding, so a pastel blue binding it has.

 It just sets off the gentle florals, and I am very happy with it.


I love this wee quilt. My husband loves this wee quilt. My daughter loves this wee quilt. I hope my grandson loves it too. At the moment it is pristine, whiter than white. Nothing like a pristine white quilt to make your white leather chairs look grubby. Maybe I will frame it!



Magnus is looking after the quilt in the meantime.


 The daughter wanted a bear that was bigger than herself, some 25 years ago now. Granda, who didn't do shopping, went shopping. The shopping gods were with him, as in the shop owned by Mr Marks & Mr Spencer, there was a whole display of big bears. And so Magnus joined our family, living mostly in the roof space these days, until he puts on his Santa hat and joins us for December.

Helen x
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Monday, 4 December 2017

The Circles Of Life Keep On and On

We talk about the Circles Of Life, well, these circles or bubbles have been taking up too much of my life. I have nearly a finish for now. That's a bit of an oxymoron. I have a finish, bar the sewing in of the ends. And yes, those 3 bottom circles still to hand quilt.  I still have these circles in my life for a while yet.


I had plans on how to quilt the quilt. I had the plan I would quilt straight lines leading from the points of the circles. Straight lines at varying angles stretching across to the edges. I knew how it would look in my head.

In my head.

In practice there was too many big areas without quilting, particularly around the centre. I extended these straight lines across the black circles and inwards to the centre.
Some looked ok,

 and some looked ..........


Not the way it looked in my head.

In reality, some of the lines aren't straight. My straight eye isn't as straight as I thought.
The white thread over the black circles is .... well ..... horrible.

I decided to quit when I was ahead. I have already spent several afternoons quilting. I bound the edges, machine stitched down the rear of the binding, which I never do.

I left the quilt for several days, well, a whole week.

This morning I took the quilt out, laid it on the floor and took some photographs. It doesn't look as bad as I thought, but still not as it was in my head.

In my head.
I made a cup of tea and  read through my favourite blogs, as there I saw the blog post by Cheryl, of Meadow Mist Designs. Cheryl has completed Pop Rocks, a steam punk, broken circle type of quilt and her quilting is as it was in my head! Can Cheryl see in my head? Unfortunately no, or she could have kept me right.  Cheryl is a very accomplished quilter, I have always loved her work. Seeing Cheryl's quilt confirmed what I had already decided.

I am sewing the loose ends in this quilt and calling it a finish. Next year, I will steadily unpick all the wobbly seams, all the white on black. I will mark out my quilting lines properly. Neither eyeball it nor try to balance my ruler along the machine foot. I shall lay it out and mark it out.

WITH A PLAN

That's the plan. The plan is I have a plan.  And a very good plan it is . I have been in love with this quilt. I have fallen out of love with this quilt. Now I am feeling the love again.

Helen x who is feeling the love
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Monday, 27 November 2017

That Squirrel Moment

I can blame Sandra  Is she an enabler? No, of course she isn't. She has just given a name to what I am up to..... that squirrel moment. The moment the squirrel sees the something and has to go with it at full pelt.


I had had a thought of this quilt in my head for quite a while. Plain white kona, little Liberty triangles in the corner. Purl Soho has an organised version of this on the website. Their Liberty triangles are ombred down the quilt, colour grouped. Of course mine are nothing like that.

My sensible head came on and I realised it would be full hardy to try to make even a quick wee quilt. After all, I am still under pressure to finish my circles quilt, and don't even mention the knitting. Then I, on the spur of the moment, went for it. Just like that pesky squirrel.

Next thing I knew I was cutting 5" squares of kona white and 3" squares of flowery Liberty fabric. Basically the wee square goes on top of the big square and I stitch from corner to corner of the wee square.   The excess is cut off, and all the squares neatened off.
 



There was no thought at all in the layout, the squares were picked up at random. The only thing was I tried, hopefully, not to have two squares together. Each print is used twice, I think.

And there we have it. A quilt top, 36" for a visiting baby boy.



The backing? Well, how could I back it with anything other than Liberty. I had a metre of a particularly nice tiny floral. I had a momentary thought of "its only the back", but this is my special Liberty baby quilt. Do it right!



Rather foolishly, I couldn't believe it! I had "borrowed" off this meter, and had borrowed from opposing corners. The so frustrating part, is ..... one of the corners was borrowed to cut squares for the front ....... duh. If you look you can see the missing parts in both corners.


Easily mended, I am getting good at the frankensteining. Here we are, ready to baste .... and quilt ... a week or two to go .......

And don't worry, the circles are still circling. I am quite frankly sick of the sight of them!

Helen x

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Ray Donovan and Hand Quilting

Ray Donovan and hand quilting may not trip lightly off the tongue, but this is what I have been mostly doing this week. It is amazing how well a box set with language, sex and violence warnings goes with hand quilting. When the gory gets too gory or the sex gets too sexy I just get more engrossed in threading my needle and stitching my circles.

Yes, it is three weeks before this quilt has to be on a bed and I have decided to hand quilt it. The original plan was to machine quilt circles within the circles in red thread. The red cotton thread is bought and plan was in my head. I have never quilted circles on my sewing machine, I decided it might actually be less stressful to hand quilt.



I like hand quilting, I like embroidery. It is remarkably relaxing to stitch whilst watching television. Sociable with the husband, yet productive at the same time. Win win!


I have used a red perle cotton thread and used either a plate or my empty coffee cup to mark out the first circle within a circle. I say empty coffee cup because, I am very lazy. When I am lying up on the settee it is just as easy to use the empty coffee cup to hand. When I finish my coffee, my empty cup really is empty. And if it drips, well it is black fabric after all.

Having used this first circle as a guide, I either work inwards or outwards as needed. A bit like the convex concave of last week. Sometimes I have stitched a few circles close together, sometimes further apart, depending on the size of the circle. Hopefully they will all be the same but different. I am also happy with the irregularity of the circumference, I like that in the hand stitching.


I am about two thirds done. So nearly a finish? The goal was to have a Friday finish. That won't happen this week, maybe next Friday. I am more confident of getting the hand quilting finished than I am the directional machine stitching! My biggest decision at the minute is - black or white perle on the red circle? You decide, I have too many decisions to make with the Christmas shopping. One decision I have made, this is no longer the bubbles quilt, it is the circle quilt .



And Ray /Donovan? Very good and not half as gory or as much sex and Game of Thrones. If you have watched Game of Thrones, you can watch anything!

Helen x
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Saturday, 18 November 2017

The Colour for this Week is Red

This week I have a nearly finish, a finished flimsy, and basted quilt. It was a case of quilt wrangling yesterday, it was quite windy yesterday as you can see by my hair! Quilting holding up is definitely for two people.



Last Friday when I blogged, (was it really as long ago as last Friday?) I was metaphorically at least pulling my hair out. I had decided to make my bubbles quilt bigger. It was a leetle too skimpy on a double bed. It is not really a bed quilt, but will be used as a bed quilt over the festive period. Rather than making a whole load more bubbles which is very time consuming, I decided to go with borders. These borders should have been convex and I made the corners convase, or the other way round. I should have listened better in geography, convex and convase, mountains and valleys. What has this to do with quilting? Well, when it is all to do with the degrees of mitre in the corners. Rather, which direction the 45 degree goes in? Or something like that. Anyhow, instead of a nice flat corner in the red corner, I made a lovely box corner. Couldn't have done that if I tried.

Lucky I had so much of the cheap and cheerful version of kona cotton. I was able to make another whole border without having to make a join. I still don't understand the degrees and the corners, but I managed it anyhow. How I am the daughter of an accountant and the mother of two scientists, I really don't know.

Of course, this all had a knock on effect. I had previously cut the wadding and backing to fit. Duh. Of course now the quilt was bigger, they were two small. Luckily with the error of margin always built in, it was only a leeetle too small. A bit of jiggery pokery and frankensteining and you will never see the join in either.

I had intended to take a photo of this quilt beside our Japanese Maple tree, which this time of year is the most beautiful shade of red. The problem was, it rained some days, it was dark and gloomy,  I was in London last weekend with my daughter, I forgot. By the time I got around to it, guess what? Hardly a leaf left on the tree! Trust me, last week, this tree was beautiful. There's a red red robin likes to be rock rock rockin' in that tree, and it is a sight to lift the eyes. Just pretend there are a few more leaves! I was literally saying I must take my photo and the leaves were falling in front of my eyes.


At least the lack of leaves shows my disco ball in full effect. My sister bought me this for my 40th birthday. It lived in our conservatory for the first few years, then after the house renovation it moved out to the garden. It is one of my favourite things. She has probably forgotten she even bought it. Isn't it a great contrast with the bubbles? And you can't see but I am wearing a spotty cardigan and spotty socks. Yesterday was a circle sort of day.



I have started quilting this quilt. Time is of the essence, I don't want to be running around in circles. Ta Da! Next time, I will hopefully have a nearly finish to show you.

Helen x
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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Feel My Pain, Hear My Cry

Some days the stars are aligned against us, or so the ancient greek and roman philosophers would have had us believe. Then again some days are just a ******.

A couple of days ago, whilst sewing my borders for my bubbles quilt, I thought my machine was a little sluggish. Turned out there was enough fluff in the bobbin bit to make a hamster a woolly jumper. So far so good. Every time I tried to replace the race, the machine wasn't havin' it. The needle stuck, the wheel thing on the right stuck, and there was a horrible noise. I took this out and put it in so many times, even googled it on you tube, and looked at the manual. I took the executive decision to walk away and two days later discovered I had threaded my machine wrong! Techy I am not.

There was a window of an hour or two, and I thought great. I will get these borders sewn up. They sewed together very nicely, and then came the mitre bit in the corners. Now, you have to remember, I am pretty much self taught. I put the first corner together at 45degrees and sewed it on to the first two sides.

 And then I did the same with the second. This was sewing the mitre corner off site, so to speak, then attaching it to the quilt.


Next came joining the third corner. The red corner. The "feature corner". You know where this is headed. Miraculously the mitre looked really good, the black matched the black and the white matched the white and it all lay nicely flat. Feeling rather good about myself, I trimmed off the excess fabric and opened the quilt out.


You can probably guess what happened. My beautiful mitre had made a box corner in my quilt. A perfect box corner, but ..... look closely and you can see the join. Look in that vague direction and you can see the join.

I tried to explain how I had made this convex instead of converse, or converse instead of convex or whatever it is. He didn't understand. It doesn't matter anyhow, it is wrong. I tried sewing the cut off bit back on. In the Feature Corner. If I did a lot of quilting, would anybody notice? Yes, they would. It sort of defeats the purpose of the feature corner, to hide it down the side of the bed next to the radiator.

Luckily I had bought 4 metres especially for this eventuality! I am busy over the weekend, but come Monday, the stitch ripper will be out. This time I will also make the red corner the off site mitre, just to be sure, to be sure. Quilting is a very humbling hobby, none of us are perfect, and it pays to remember this.  So my mother used to tell me, unlike today's youngsters who seem to grow up believing they are perfect as is everything they do!

One last sneak in - a new project. Always good to start a new project at the busy time of year! Yvonne is having another quilt a long again. I loved hers last year, it was the snowflake quilt. This year Yvonne, quiltingjetgirl.com , is making Wayward Transparency, a version of her transparency series. I love the calm. quietness of these quilts, their tranquillity. In keeping of this tranquil calmness, I am doing mine in hot pink. Hot pink is for the summer. I love sitting in the garden in the summer. So far, we have made our half square triangles in our three graduated shades.


 I am up to date! I think I will leave my trimming until another day, and quit when I am ahead!

Helen x

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Enough With the Blowing Bubbles

I haven't blogged for over a week, and the world has not come to an end. I was trying for a finish, but it hasn't quite worked out yet. I thought I had finished the flimsy of my Bubbles Quilt. Last mention in despatches, I had eleven bubbles and was working on the rogue red.

The red bubble was actually finished last week, and the flimsy completed on Thursday, ready to blog on Friday. I have no idea where the last few days have gone, I would have thought the blogging was the easy bit.


I am not looking forward to picking off all the remaining papers on the back. I really am not a scab picker!
 
I think my daughter was struggling to hold the quilt up in the breeze.
 


On Sunday I laid it out over our bed, and I am just not happy. No. I am not happy. Twelve bubbles are just not enough, neither long enough nor wide enough. Now, to explain, our bed is kingsize. This is not for our bed. It is for me watching tv and blogging on the sofa. So, not too big and not too small is the required size. Sort of big enough to cover a 5' blogger. I do however want this to double up as a standard double bed quilt when my son and his fiancĂ©e come home at Christmas. It is just a smidgeon too small for that, at 60" square. I feel I don't have the stamina to make another  bubbles, much as I like them.

Monday morning I went to buy some klona, the poor man's kona fabric. I hate borders. Both in the quilting world and metaphorically! Take walls down, don't build more. This time, borders it will be. I want very much to keep the plainness of this, so I am going with a 3" white strip, a 2" black strip then another 3" white strip. As I am definitely not having joins in these borders, my particular pet hate, I had to buy 2 metres of each to get continuous strips. That is why it is klona and not kona, apart from the fact I can't buy kona locally. The actual bubbles are such a mix of fabrics, the stiffer, looser thread count klona will be fine. When it is quilted and washed, it will all blend in.

I have a few ideas about the quilting. Wait for it ......... I might try circles. That's straight quilting but in the round? Isn't it? Round quilting in the bubbles, and straight line quilting in the background in different directions, taking in the borders. It may end up with minimal quilting and further quilting added after Christmas!

Just in case you are interested on what I have been up to.  I have been so behind in blogging,, it has been go go go here. Last week we went to see the display of poppies commemorating those who died in the First World War. This is a travelling exhibition and Belfast is lucky enough to have it for a while. That same day I met up with a real life quilter, Suzanne from the Modern Quilters Ireland, who was visiting Belfast with her husband gorgeous little boy. We forgot to take a photo of this momentous occasion, we were so busy chatting.


Monday, I was feeling all Narnia, a cousin and myself went to see the Narnia sculptures. CS Lewis who wrote the Narnia chronicles, was a Belfast boy. Belfast has finally got its act together and is starting to appreciate those who have done great things and to celebrate them.

Aren't you tempted to go through the wardrobe?

Mr Tumnus the faun.

Aslan the lion.
And today, we were on the genealogy trail again. We visited the church my husband's great grandparents married in, in 1864. And, as you do, we got talking to a man in the churchyard, who knew exactly what family we were talking about and was able to direct us to the old family homestead!!! Only in Ireland!

 
 

In between times, I have made 3 Christmas stockings, 1 1hr basket for a gift, and made 2 further baskets with my daughter. No photos, it is her secret sewing!! She actually said, this is quite relaxing. I think she may have got it.

Today I noticed how red our maple tree is in the garden. If its not raining tomorrow and the leaves don't all drop over night, I will hopefully get a photo taken tomorrow. If I wait until the quilt is finished, there won't be a leaf left on the tree!

Helen x
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Friday, 27 October 2017

The Hedgehogs and Their New Home

Most adults feel an affiliation with or a fondness for woodland animals. This, I believe comes through their parents and walks in the woods.

With our children I think it goes slightly deeper. Our children are all winter babies, so they got loads of clothes as Christmas and birthday presents, and those toddler clothes all tended to have hedgehogs, or squirrels or foxes on the front. Anyhow, our daughter was instantly drawn to the Scion range of woodland animals bought for her in towel form by her brother and sister in law. So, when we went to look for fabric for cushions and we spotted the Scion hedgehog range in Peter Jones'  furnishing fabric department, here was no competition. Well, there was, the owls were a close run second.


The initial plan was we were going to make this a joint project. She would make the two lounge cushions in collaboration with me. As it turned out, she was away for the weekend with a friend, and I thought it would make a nice surprise to have these ready for her return.

Nobody reads my blog for a sewing tutorial, at least I hope they don't. I would find it hard to cope with the responsibility. But I will tell you how to make an envelope cushion.

Buy a 20" cushion filler.
Cut one 20.5" square from front fabric.
Cut two 20.5" x 16" rectangles from backing fabric.
Cut one narrow strip of front fabric, 20.5" x 3 or 4"
Border one of long sides of the rectangles with the front  fabric, making sure the pattern faces upwards. Lay the patterned strip on top of the rectangle and sew, flip back and over sew on the reverse, making sure the seam is aligned nicely on the "right side", either in the ditch or just on the edge of the patterned strip.

Turn a small hem on top of one of the long sides of the remaining triangle.
Next, lay the "dressed" rectangle on top of the table, face up.





Lay the "naked" rectangle on top.
The two rectangles will overlap each other. Sew along the overlap, at the edge of the dressed panel towards each other from each side for a couple of inches. Not too far towards the centre.
Lay the patterned front face up on the table.


Lay the rectangle with the patterned border face down
Lay the naked rectangle face down.


Stitch around the circumference about 1/2" from the edge.
Turn right side out and insert cushion filler.
Decide cushion is too floppy and resew around two edges, taking in another 1/2".

 
Model on our own settee. Then ...

Take to daughter's house and await her return.


Helen x
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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Heading The Ball Towards A Finish

I'm heading this ball towards a finish. I have precisely half a bubble to sew and then enlarge, and then the ball is in the net. Or the bubbles are blown in my bubble quilt.

The consensus of the straw poll, the last time we looked at this quilt, was to finish with a red bubble. A bit of va va voom.  I finished the last black bubble on Sunday and couldn't wait to start the red one. I tipped out my scrap bag and set all the red pieces to the side. Amazingly I think I have enough red scraps without cutting into any actual fabric. I must admit to be surprised, I didn't think I sewed with red as much.

Monday I headed to sew and quickly got two half bubbles sewn. I don't generally sew the quartiles together until all four are completed, but this time I couldn't wait. I really love how this is looking already. Today I headed in to finish but weirdly I sewed the centre red and white the wrong way round three times. I took that as a hint that today wasn't the day for finishing.


So this is were we are now. The state of play. Nearly a finish, so nearly.

This is a nice neat short blog posts so there is room at the end to tell you about a competition for some Liberty fabric. Lucy at the charm about you is hosting this giveaway, Duck Egg Threads have kindly donated the prize. Head over to check it out. I've entered!

Helen x
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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Shoppiing is Good for Me, the Economy and Me

Some weeks we just feel like buying stuff, or maybe some weeks it is just all stuff comes together. If you enjoy shopping vicariously, then this is the blog post for you.

Last post I was heading off to the hairdressers and hoping to pick up a little fabric en route. Least said soonest mended about the hair. Never tell a colourist you fancy a change. Now dark blonde rather than light blonde and I hate it. It's not me. It is all to stop the grey, I would rather have the grey! Strange thing is most people, including my sons, haven't noticed ... or maybe they were just being polite.

Anyhow, I sort of got my fabric. I was looking for the skull candy fabric I knew the Paragon stocked and had been waiting to buy.  Daft of me to leave it too near Halloween. The small neat skull candys I wanted were sold out. The one I bought is ok, the skulls are bigger and generally more girly. I don't remember the other fabric having bows in the hair. Back to hair again.
 

I bought a couple of metres. I think it will make a good backing for my Bubbles quilt.


Next up I spotted some universe/planet fabric. This was a lucky find. It was on my list too, but a dearer version I had spotted elsewhere. I bought 1.5m of this.

This will hopefully make part of a pieced backing for my Quatrefoil Quilt, my Beeabee2017 quilt. I think I will call this "what do you see through the quatrefoil window today" quilt, as a nod to Playschool. How cool it would have been if the presenter Brian Cant had said "what do we see through the quatrefoil window?" rather than the square, round or arched window. This will be for my little grandson.

Next up is something for me. For meeeeee. The last while I have been spotting the Skye Wrap in instragram land. I love the flow of it and it looks incredibly comfortable. It also looks like something my limited dressmaking skills could manage. I ordered the instructions from coolcrafting.co.uk and the lovely mustard wool blend from them also. And the coconut buttons ... I could look at them all day.


I didn't order  the lining fabric for my #skyewrap at the same time. I knew I was going to London last week and there would be the opportunity to buy some Liberty fabric. I had actually chosen the fabric on my last outing to Shaukat (home of cheaper Liberty fabric), but had waited until I ordered the mustard wool. This time, I went all around the shop and the fabric I chose was still the same as last time. Go with your instincts folks. A 1.5m cut soon went into my handbag. I think the security man searching the bags at the Chelsea v Roma match was mildly surprised to see the wad of fabric in my hand bag.

 This will go on the long finger for a while. My crafty daughter in law fancied this too, so we are going to collaborate and make one each.


And that was all my purchases. Except, I was still feeling a bit, well, meh. Just not feeling my usual perky self. I spotted Judith's red robin cushion kit in instagram, and knowing I would see her at Beeblessed2 on Saturday, well ....... I must admit the packaging is lovely. Never mind the contents! I love the box. I will be reusing that come Christmas. I love robins and my much loved Uncle Robin passed away this summer. I will look at my robin cushion and smile. Or I will when I make it. Looking at the contents, the floral fabric is sort of similar to my Liberty fabric .... I have a plan.

One last little thing that snuck through the door the other day was a skein of Frostbite from Stranded Dyeworks. I love the icy blue tones of this merino/nylon sock mix, I have already cast this on to be a pair of Christmas socks.  Amy Florence's yarn sells out very quickly. Her shop was updated whilst I was at the rugby, there was me in the ladies, trying to get peace to order my yarn online! My friend nearly came looking for me, she wondered what was taking me so long.


That is all my purchases for this week. This next week is coming and the unfortunately the only dedicated quilting store in Belfast is closing due to retirement. Everything is 40% off. I hear my name being called.

Helen. x
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