Friday, 28 March 2014

March Breezes

It's certainly been windy up here in the North East of England, we've also had thunder storms.  So the BQLPC group's "March Breezes" theme was very apt.  Here are the cards, there were only six of us in the swap and I've waited until all were received so I could show them as a set.

These two are from Alice (top) and Jacquie (bottom).  I was a bit puzzled about Alice's card at first then realised she had sewn seed heads blowing in the wind.  The photo doesn't show Jacquie's card to advantage, you can't see the glitter blowing about in the wind.

Both Miriam (top) and Pauline (bottom) have shown wind blowing in the trees, I love Pauline's weather vane.

I love Helen's lady struggling with the March breezes.

As for me well here are mine, not a very good photo I fear as I scanned them all in at one to save time and the light has given them a blue haze.

I saw this lady adorning the March page of a calendar in a garage.  It had the caption of "A bit breezy" which I thought just the thing.  So
my cards show a Marilyn Monroe look-alike and the affects of a March breeze.  Well Keith liked them....

Friday, 21 March 2014

Been a bit of a mixed period lately

I've managed to get some sewing done, these are the leftover 3.5" squares.  I had thought to turn them into a fabric waste bin to match the throw but in the end the dog won out and they are going to be his new blanket, complete with fleece backing.

Keith has been quite well and is getting on with his walking sticks okay.
We've been out for lunch with the family.
And Keith managed to fall again on Tuesday night.  This time he landed up again the cooker and managed to bend the handles and break the lid hinge.  But he came off worse with quite bad bruising and naturally its set him back a bit.  All in all though he's doing okay and is very positive in his attitude.  He's telling everyone that I threw the cooker at him, as if.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

February Brings the Rain

Now got a full set of photos from the February Brings the Rain swap, I've been waiting for the final one but then found it had arrived earlier and I had buried it under a pile of fabrics!!

 From Helen and Alice
 From Jacquie, whose card I had buried - sorry Jacquie.
 From Miriam
And finally from Pauline, this card looks great in real life and is very tactile.

We had good news yesterday from Keith's oncologist.  He was so pleased with the way Keith looked that he has upgraded his prognosis from the lower end of months scale to the higher end.  He was pleased with Keith's positive attitude which he believes is helping him overcome some of his difficulties.   He has now acquired a shower seat and two perching stools.  One of the stools his OT has today adjusted so he can reach his lathe which has raised his spirits.  He has really missed playing in his shed.

I've got the top of Julie's throw finished, just got the border to put on then I'll take some photos.  She's already tried it on her sofa and is pleased with how it looks.  So a happy time all round.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

At last photos of Julie's throw

At last got to the bottom why my photos wouldn't load - I wasn't using Google Chrome, swapped browsers and low and behold there were my photos.  We are making headway with Julie's throw (I call it Julie's as Sy doesn't really care what colour it is or what pattern).  

These are the colours she chose, there also one or two fat quarters included in the same shade range.

The pattern she chose was, I think, called Hidden Stars and comprise of two basic blocks.  One a four patch and one a rectangle with a flying geese block attached.  I think the stars are hidden in the corners when they are all put together.  We will have to wait and see whether our stars come out to play.

Julie was keen to get involved in making the throw so to make things easy for her we used the Accuquilt to cut out the block parts.  I think Julie enjoyed cutting the out as we now have enough pieces to make a King sized quilt and one for Buster!!

Keith hasn't been too well of late, mainly down to the shock of him having had two falls.  Thankfully though he has been improving over the last couple of days.   His leg muscles are still quite weak due to steroids and his ongoing spinal problems. The outcome is that he will now be walking with a stick and has been referred for a wheelchair. He wasn't keen on the idea of either stick or wheelchair but after the pain of the last couple of weeks is more amenable to the prospect. It will mean that he can come for walkies with Buster and me and drive one of those buggies round the supermarket - oh the joys of having a blue badge.