Monday, December 31, 2012

Layering UFO's for the New Year!

Original Singing Garden 2008/9 BOM Quilt for Popular Patchwork magazine
 Autumn Version layered and ready for my JUKI in 2013.

Layering the Winter version yesterday

Hope to finish layering this quilt today - before the clock strikes 12!

Fifty Sh - ds of Grey!

Ah, that got you! Naughty little book via Amazon from my son, Tom. When I first opened the package thought it was the original 'Fifty Shades . . .' (which I need like a hole in the head) but do wear a lot of grey. Laughed when I saw the title. It's very amusing and witty - not very naughty at all. Well, not very . . .

Friday, December 21, 2012

A Very Merry Christmas to you all . . . .

"Chickadee" by Babs

This chickadee's not for roasting!

Nearest I'll get to George Clooney . . .

The Real Thing . . .

Here is Sergio - my handsome smiling waiter at the hotel in Playa Blanca -  a dead ringer for George Clooney - that is until he had a 'Christmas Pudding' haircut on third day of holiday -  see above/below - like Louis of Strictly Come Dancing fame - which immediately killed the George Clooney illusion.

Photo doesn't do him justice but says he is now growing his beautiful dark hair back again - ready for Hollywood!

Don't worry folks.  He's young enough to be my grandson but one can always admire beauty in a man or a quilt!!  Yum Yum.

LOVELY LANZAROTE followed by MRI Scan. . .

 View from my balcony on first morning
Looking down from my balcony
 Blue blue blue
 One of hotel pools
Looking toward Fuerteventura . . .

Spent 2 glorious sunny weeks in Lanzarote on my own - returned a couple of days ago. Not a drop of rain.

Initial idea was to build up Vitamin D and immune system before spine operation scheduled for mid January. Problem caused by lifting Stephen during the latter part of his illness when he was hugely swollen and heavy - falling. Following his death, I stupidly moved (shoved) an empty skip which was blocking the drive and then dragged a total of 40 bags of compost to back garden.

Had MRI scan yesterday.  Not a fun experience but not as terrible as some folks think. Shut my eyes before I was shunted in the machine and hummed the Hallelujah Chorus (well, it IS Christmas) to drown out the bangs. All over in 30 minutes.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Wild Ox-eye daisies at Thurstaston on The Wirral.

My Aunt Margaret used to live on the Wirral. She took me to see the ox-eye daisies which grow wild   -  in great profusion - on the coast in this part of the country. My painting does not do them justice - but remember I am a 'primitive' painter, unable to paint realistic 'pretty' pictures.
The painting is not quite complete - but I like it - some finishing touches are needed which I will do this weekend all being well.

Live Well - Laugh Often - Love Much Quilt arrived at destination . . .

I made the quilt to celebrate my daughter and son-in-law's Silver Wedding on Wednesday.
It was a complete surprise and they were both thrilled with the quilt.

About to layer my next project - Autumn version of the Singing Garden Quilt - designed as a BOM for Popular Patchwork magazine in 2008/9.