Sunday, 30 December 2018

BLOG 426

BLOG 426
We are now enjoying that in-between time, that gentle lull between Xmas and New Year and all is well at Y Gorlan. Nothing riotous has happened here, just a traditional family affair with plenty of fun and games, lots of local walks, a Dick Whittington pantomime and a Hansel and Gretel role-play adventure. The cupboards and freezers were stocked in December as if for a siege so we should be ok here till the end of February!
Now the question I usually ask for this last blog of the year is ‘where has the time gone?’ And I can answer that because I write a blog. I have always stressed that my blog is my weekly quilting journal; I quilt so I can blog and I blog so I can quilt. They go hand in hand. So here is a review of my quilting projects throughout 2018 for you to enjoy.
          Katie’s wall hanging

             A Wedding signature quilt (shown in progress): And the stars came out for Andrea and Simon…

          A willow hare

             6 Linus quilts

            A rag rug (in progress)

             A scrap quilt

           Norman panel for the group quilt

         Caveman panel (shared with Barbara)

            Contemporary Welsh (felt, synthetics, sheers, machine stitchery and soldering)

Quilt show in Poland (an honour to be invited to enjoy the quilts inspired by my work)

         Machine stitched cushions

          Felted houses

            Felted cushions

               Poppies for remembrance

             Shaded Liberty quilt

          Linus quilts (in progress)

             More Linus quilts
           Luggage labels

            Soldered panel
          Painting with fabric

             Thread bowl

            Xmas project

             Advent calendar 1

            Advent calendar 2

And the project for Tess (which I would rather not have had to do given different circumstances)

            259 Squares

          When life deals you scraps … a wallhanging

           Mud run

And finally, I had a surprise visitor between Xmas and New Year. Kirsty Hird came to show me her garden gate quilt which was inspired by my book ‘Enchanted Views’. It was an Angel gate placed in an archway and it was inspired by a postcard. It was thoughtfully created and beautifully constructed. And I shan’t ever complain again about my working space because, believe it or not, this was made on a boat!! Well done Kirsty and perhaps it will inspire me to dig out a garden that I made 15+ years ago which is just awaiting a gate! Happy New Year!

           Kirsty’s garden gate quilt



Sunday, 23 December 2018

BLOG 425

BLOG 425
We are nearly there now, only 2 more sleeps to Christmas Day. Thankfully we are almost finished with Aldi’s Wine Advent Calendar; there is only tomorrow to go and, if we survive that, we look forward to enjoying our usual family Christmas around the table and in front of the fire! Love and greetings for Christmas to all but especially to my regular followers, I know there are loads more than have signed up and you are welcome to drop by any time.

             Day 17

            Day 18

          Day 19

          Day 20

            Day 21

         Day 22

          Day 23

            Day 24 (courtesy of Tess and
Granddaughter Ella created a game using the now-empty advent calendar.


And Katie dressed as a Christmas turkey ready for the oven!





Sunday, 16 December 2018

BLOG 424

Blog 424
By way of a diversion this week, and to inject a bit of seasonal silliness into my Blog, I am going to post the pictures of my husband and me opening our WINE ADVENT CALENDAR! And it all started  in such a civilised way with me taking a video of Rog as he opened the first door. We oooh’d and aaah’d as he respectfully slid out the first bottle of wine and it was ‘so far, so good’! We are taking it in turns to open a daily door but we are also thinking up more imaginative ways to stop each other from trying to get there first. We are having lots of fun and we haven’t killed each other …. yet!! And this is before we have opened a bottle!
Enjoy what follows with our best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year. xx

           Wine Advent Calendar

             Day 2

          Day 3

            Day 4

           Day 5

             Day 6

              Day 7

         Day 8

             Day 9

               Day 10

           Day 11

           Day 12

         Day 13

          Day 14

         Day 15