Today here where I live it is so quiet , I have neither seen or heard any children even though it is school holiday . Just the usual 2 fellas walking their dog .
I did a bit of cleaning , I,m waiting for my lunch to finish cooking , a medley of veg , with penne and topped with a cheese sauce and after lunch perhaps an hour quilting . I,d like to think lots of other people are having a peaceful day too .
Could you ,would you ? I was blog browsing at the weekend and came across a site called dresses for Africa , It is in co,operation with Nancy's notions
All you need is a pillowcase that can be made into a sundress , it is the easiest garment you will ever make .
When you look at the site you will see a group of children wearing sundresses .They will melt your heart with their smiles .These children have so little , I think they would remember your genorosity all their lives .
We all remember and know how exciting a new dress is.
This project could even be hand sewn while sitting in the evening .
If you belong to a group perhaps all would participate, everyone has a spare pillowcase or a yard in their stash to spare , if every participating member put £1 with their dress it would help with the postage to the organisation that distributes the dresses
They also need short trousers for little boys , that is called britches for boys and a delightful little chap being helped into his .
Even if you feel you don,t want to be involved please take a look at the site . I think I read 40 plus countries have helped .
I,m showing a picture of pillowcases and of bluebell holding up two that we had made yesterday afternoon , we had a very happy afternoon making these dresses and now we have the hang of it we are making more. It,s just as much fun being creative on this project as it is quilting .
On Mondays bluebell calls to see if I would like to go shopping for grocery . This week off we went as usual but called at other places too. Being as we were going to be out awhile we decided we would have lunch at one of the stops .
While sitting eating my lunch I said " this chair is really hurting my leg " close inspection, the chair was the same as the other chairs , "stop moaning "says bluebell .
When I got home and bluebell had left I thought , right I,ll inspect my leg , Well it was the back of the left thigh that was uncomfortable , Oh yes," stop moaning " she said , I found 3 big bites on my thigh .
The next morning when bluebell called I showed her my infliction ," Oh yes" says she "you have 4 bites !!! one more my leg might have fallen off . That bluebell has no compassion .
Yesterday I needed to buy milk , so I locked the conservatory door, all was o,k . When I returned about 15 mins, later there were flying ants all up the window , after shuddering and tackling them with rentokill . I went outside to breathe fresh air only to get coverered with greenfly . The weather was very humid . I felt like a walking picnic . I cannot stand mosquitos , spiders or flies of any kind .
The mouse that took to basking on my patio has now moved into the garage , bless it !
Lovely evening , I sit listening to folk music , beautiful .
A very busy day yesterday, cutting 3 bushes down in the garden , (roots still there, that will be an ongoing job) shopping , wrapping stuff for the freezer , washing etc,.
Ahh, Ill relax , do a bit of blogging . just into my stride , starts to rain . run out there to get the washing in. I get soaked , the rain came so fast . Never mind , I,ll change my clothes and make a cuppa tea .
Make the tea , Mmmm I,ll sit in the conservatory to drink it , Whoooops I tripped . Tea everywhere , muttered and mumbled, surveyed the damage as you can see on the next photo ,changed my clothes again . put the settee stuff and cushion covers in the washing machine .
Whats the fuss , today all is back to normal It could have been worse , I put a white fleece over the settee so I can sit down straight from the garden . The tea went through that right to the seating. Ikea stuff , don,t knock it . the covers didn,t shrink and looked fine as you can see in the first picture
I seem to have aroused interest saying at present I,m making quilts with shirts from charity shops
There are always a lot of bits left over after cutting out the big pieces .The smaller bits I make hexagons and keep in a plastic bag, sew up when I have enough to make a flower , save the flower in a bigger plastic bag .This is hand stitched hand stitched , hand quilted
This quilt is initially 2" strips with a 2"sq square placed on one end and machined across diagonally to make a sort of fence post . This is not made from shirts but could quite easily be so . It is folded across the back of a chair in my sitting room. Hand quilted
This quilt with the blue is what I call my cottage quilt range . 4" squares machine pieced .machine quilted.This one is made up into blocks 3 x 5 ,easier for machine quilting and then joined in rows, real cottage looking, Browse further
This quilt is shirts, these were my late husbands shirts. These were made into 12" blocks , machine pieced , hand quilted .
It took me 5 years before I could cut these shirts this year . Up till then I was still periodically washing and ironing them . I knew I would make them into a quilt one day . I still could not cut all his shirts , His evening shirts , bow ties and braces still hang in my wardrobe
So ladies ,go to the charity shops , buy the shirts, cut your squares or strips , save the bits for your hexagons. Tomorrow I will post a picture to show how the current shirt quilt is going , Its different to these , I love it .
Now having just got wet through running to get my washing in I,ll change my clothes and have a cup of tea .
This is the design wall in my garage where I spend time planning and sorting through my fabric
I have started work on a quilt , It is now pinned together and ready for hand quilting . I will show the front when it is finished, hopefully the end of the month or just after .
I bought good shirts from a charity shop and added fat 1/4 s from my stash . The backing has a faded streak across the back , it was a reduced price but with worn and washed on the front I don,t mind about the fade mark .
I will call it my shabby chic quilt . In my eyes it is lovely, soft colours ,simple design . not out of a book . I have not made a quilt from traditional patterns for quite a while now . I have been using 4" squares to make my cottage quilts . This one is not squares . If you look closely at the photo you will see the faded line .
This afternoon I will watch a film with my work on my knees and start quilting . I have drawn round a dinner plate for my stencil . Everything on the cheap but the wadding is the best quality.
Bloggers are talking about their lavender .This is my hedge of Hidcote taken 3 weeks ago it was not fully in flower then , but now , it,s sensational . It,s growing in a gravel bed , I planted up 5 self seedlings for myself and swopped another 5 for 6 Penstemon with my neighbour .
Jenny puts lots of free patterns on her site . She also shows beautiful designs to buy . I have almost finished my shabby roses b,o,m . The designs for the shabby roses were just so pretty .Check out her site .
Thankyou all for the comments on crochet . There is no mystery about crochet , it is one of the simplest crafts to do . people find the most difficult part holding the yarn . It really is just a series of chains. Forget patterns , you are not going to be making doilies or lace tablecloths when you start .
My samples have been worked round a piece of fabric with the sides hemmed . Then a row of blanket st,. as a foundation for the crochet
Tie your crochet cotton into a blanket st loop to secure it
Into each loop work 1 treble st and 3 treble sts at the end and beginning of each row all around each side .
Now I can hear everyone saying how do you do a chain, and what is a treble !!
On your Google bar put in crotchet tuition , there are many sites with ladies showing how to crochet ,they do it really slowly , it will always be with wool that they are showing but the sts are the same whether you use cotton or wool or string
chain - practice tying a loop on you hook and just keep doing a long chain double crochet which is basically 2 chains then going into the next stitch and doing 2 more chains , continue along your row of blanket sts, treble which is 3 chains, double treble which is 4 chains ---it is simply wrapping the yarn 1, 2, or 3 times to lengthen the chain ---------------------------------------------------------- ----------- These ladies show you how to make shell edgings . No mystery , much easier than patchwork .
My friend bluebell wants to crochet edging round a pair of pillowcases , she is a novice at crochet but keen . The thing is she looks as if she is knitting , she holds the yarn in the same hand as the hook . I,ve sorted these sample bits out to see what she fancies doing . I didn,t use a pattern for these so no hard and fast rule ,when you get to the end of the round decide what the next round will be.
She will be taking this project on holiday next week . I will be all agog to see the pillowcases