Thursday, 29 April 2010

Sock & Other Things

I have finished the 4 pairs of socks that are for my DBIL he asked me to do he paid for the yarn which is 4 ply Regia sock yarn he went for Green so all 4 pairs are green just different shades the darkest one is the only pair my DH said he be seen dead in certainly not his colour lol
I haven't been feeling great lately mostly pains in my leg I am still waiting on the results of the MRI scan I had on my leg which has a lump on it but funny enough it not that what is giving me trouble the pain in that leg is higher up near the knee & just over a bit where the lump is near to the ankle but on the shin.
But I am also getting a lot of sort of cramp pain it now not just at night it can be in the foot or the leg & it feels a bit like you tearing the muscle at times but even when I don't have the cramping part the leg still hurting a lot so difficult to walk & this is mostly on the other leg to the lump.
Then just as I don't like doing things by halves I went for my yearly check-up because of my heart they do weight, blood pressure ect well I am on tablets for my BP & guess what yesterday it was low 80/60 so the practice nurse has said to come back in a week to see the treatment nurse & get it done again but also to leave the water tablets I take out as that could be making the bp drop too low
I wasn't feeling right yesterday anyway so I guess it was the BP also I am not sleeping very well that said had a better night last night took a couple of pain-killers but I have to be careful as sometimes even over the counter ones can upset my stomach so that why I don't take them much.
I did last week go to the library & got some large print Mills & Boon books plus Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber & another book, I have read the Summer on Blossom Street which was good easy light reading also 2 of the M&B ones I did order a book it is Lark Rise to Candleford trilogy this is by Flora Thompson she is Laura Timmis this has been made in to a series by the BBC they done 3 so far the first series had Dawn French in I really enjoy it set in Victorian times & is about a hamlet which is Lark Rise where the poor folk live & Candleford where the better off live & Laura Timmis at the start of the series go to work & live at the post office in Candleford so it will be interesting to read how she wrote the book & not just how they made it in to the drama that on TV.
I have started to cut some fabric for the blocks of my next quilt but DH has been saying give it a rest so that is partly what I will be doing resting & carrying on reading.
I sent my Silver machine for a service, well I knew it would possible need a new bulb but somehow I made a hole in the actual bobbin case so that as well had to be replaced neather came under the warrant so had to pay out for that which wasn't cheap well machine came back & the cover which covers the bulb was broken it where you screw it to it anyway got on to them & had a replacement sent at their cost of course so that arrived this morning.
Yesterday I got some flannel arrive that I had ordered which worked out at a very good price they was selling either pink or blue you got 2 x 2.5mts of a 90 inch wide piece of flannel so I ordered some of each then my friend has has 1 piece blue & 1 piece pink well I ordered this before the cost of the machine lol & it worked out if I order 1 pack or more same postage so ordered a few so I now have enough flannel for backing to keep me going for a good while if I want flannel on the quilt which if it for me I will be doing.
I am still waiting on some packages from the USA 1 ordered at the beginning of April not sure if the Volcano & the distruption to flights has caused the delay just hope they arrive soon.
This week-end is a Holiday week-end here in the UK as Monday is a holiday it the May Day bank holiday which is the 1st Monday in May weatherman says not going to be very good weatherwise but what new well you all have a good week-end especially if it is a holiday week-end for you also.


Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Quilting Talk

It been a while since my last post, not done too much had to redo the computer again but it does seem to be more or less okay fingers crossed there is one program that won't load hope to rectify that soon with a upgraded version of it when it arrives.
Been knitting am on the last of 4 pairs of socks that I am doing for DBIL he paid for the yarn & I am knitting them hope to share a photo when I finish this pair of all of them.
I been planning some quilts I been doing them on the EQ6 also I have heard that there will be a EQ7 coming out no news about it until next month hope then will know more about what it is & the differences not that I am planning to get it but it nice to know what is going on
That said I did get a set of 3 classic applique discs to go along with the EQ they are 1920s & 1930s blocks, Batimore album & Folk Art blocks
I am hoping to start a single quilt using mostly homespun fabric may also use some Thimbleberries or Moda with it but will see how I go when I pull all the fabric out for it.
I also have while playing on the EQ designed a Queen Size On Point quilt which I am hoping to do using 1930s fabric I design it as you will see from the image below I will have some plain squares these I planned using the 10 inch layer cake fabric I got so no cutting there then lol the blocks will be bear's paw the colouring may not be just like the image it was me messing around also you see one not coloured I left that so it would when getting yardage give me what they say for one block.
I am hoping to do 2 of each fabric for the blocks & using the same background fabric for all then it will tie in more.
Not sure when this one will be started yet, & my machine is off for a service on Friday so won't have it back until next week I can still use my other machine for blocks for the single quilt if I get the fabric cut so it be a case of watch this space

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Computer & Finished the Quilt

What a nightmare my computer has become I have had to reformat it yet again this time at least it seems to be smoother still having trouble my office 2000 won't load I only want Word for so I can have a spell check on my outlook express e-mails I have Works on the computer yet both being microsoft you think they would allow the spell checker to be either one but no so am not happy.

That said I finished the quilt, well I still need to do the label on the back it not quite big enough well I say generous enough for the twin single beds as they are fixed togetheri was restricted to the size as I used a really beautiful flannel on the back but it was only 45 inches wide so cut it in to two & joined it together.

But I really could have done with a extra half a yard or so on the whole thing so when doing it this could have been another 10 inches or there abouts but it okay I used a 100% cotton wadding DH can't take the weight of quilts & he didn't think I would be warm enough with this but it wasn't too bad last night had a rough night because was getting very bad cramp in my leg this is not the leg I had my MRI scan on yesterday (waiting for results now) but the other one & it was more the foot but it kept me from sleeping with the way it was.

Anyway here is the photos of the quilt I call it Sunbonnet Sue as every other one is a SS block I did buy these ready made so only had to put them on to the background fabric, then I picked 3 different blocks each different block was done in bright colours my DH said he never be able to sleep with this as it too bright it would keep him awake lol actually he said this morning as long as he don't have to wear such bright colours he has no problem with me using it in the home so may be more will be forthcoming lol

I haven't quilted it as much as I would have liked I found that the size has stopped me so I done stitch in the ditch that is the biggest problem I think with doing large quilts at home so am thinking of doing 2 singles next time this may land up on the back bedroom bed as that just a normal double size bed so this would fit nicely on there but will have to wait for the replacement quilts lol

Monday, 5 April 2010

What I been up To

First I hope everyone had a Happy Blessed Easter.
Today had a nice surprise my eldest son & his two sons turned up for a visit which was nice the grandsons are nearly 9 & 2 the 2 year old was full of it a right little tear-away lol
Well I have managed to finish the top to my quilt I had hope to take a photo of it on the bed but it don't look right as I can't get it all in so will wait until I finish it so sorry no photos yet.
All my books I ordered have now arrived the last one being Egg Money Quilt while it wasn't cheap it still worth the money & look forward to doing some projects from there.
I managed to finish 1 pair of the 4 pairs of socks I am knitting for DBIL & should have the 2nd pair finished in the next day or so.
Weather has not been great here we had it rain every day it may start out dry & not too bad but by afternoon it comes over dull & then rains also the wind makes it feel really cold not spring like at all.
I hope that everyone is being creative & doing well with what ever projects they are working on.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

A Angel for April

Here is your Angel for April this month is a very special month with it Being Easter so I wish you all a very Blessed Easter & throughout the month of April May you know the true meaning of Love & Blessings

Angel Of April
~Precious beauty April brings

With gentle touch of hand

The beauty of the earth we see

In heaven's guarded land

Where she tends the flowers

With gentlest of care

This angel of the April rains

Brings flowers always near

Smell the fragrance in the air

Let her touch your heart

Once she gives you precious gift

Her beauty never parts

Rays of light are breaking through

To show the gifts so rare

Where velvet is the precious gift

The flowers crown her hair

She waits to send these treasures

From earth they soon will spring

A flower of the treasures

That the April angel brings

With so much love and gentleness

Her hands will give repair

To soothe your soul in rapture sent

Her love is everywhere~