Sunday, 7 September 2014

Talking #Sharon's 48

Okay, so I still haven't got the hang of doing this blogging thing on a regular basis yet!

I've had a bit of a roller coaster year, and it's flying by at such a speed that I can't keep up. To slow things down, I've started doing some 'photo a day' projects via Instagram. I did #AugustBreak2014 first, and since then I've also started doing #fmsphotoaday for September.

I loved August Break, and took my time sorting and presenting many of the images, which I will present on here at some time. But it lead me to wonder what I do throughout the year, until it started again next year. I've therefore set a challenge that I'm calling #Sharon's48.

My mum is giving me a new word every week, in the run up to Autumn Break 2015, and I will take that photo prompt to take and present different images every week. Sometimes it may be one, others I may take half a dozen or more. It's all going to depend on how much time I have each week. All my photos are taken on my current iPhone 5c.

So back to this week, and the prompt is Talking. I will be honest, I was a bit flummoxed when that popped up, and wasn't sure how I would tackle it. When you live alone with a cat, the only talking you do at home is to them, and they don't often make sense when they answer you back! I therefore had to think a little more abstractly, and I didn't think I could get away with taking photos of random people having private conversations.

 Photo One - Talking from the radio, BBC Radio 4 and The Archers.

Photo Two - Arranging to talk to my boyfriend, a screen shot from our text messages.
Photo Three - Me. I used the selfie idea to take a serious of photos while I was talking, and then put them together on Diptic as a collage. No make up apart from a slick of lip balm!

I think I've covered this photo prompt well for my first attempt, and I am looking forward to tomorrow's new prompt word.

Thursday, 20 March 2014


Of course the half made toy, was in fact a bunny! 
He's made out of Sirdar Snuggly Baby Crofter, and I called him patch as I gave him a little patch inside his left ear. I was surprised how much I enjoyed making him and will definitely do more. Everyone who saw him fell a little in love lol My favourite bit was the uber cute tail.

Finally, here he is with his new mum :-D awwwwww

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Knitting a toy...

I'm well on the way to completing my first knitted toy in years, and yes you've guessed it, it's for Matilda! Isn't everything at the moment? Wonder if you can guess what it's going to be? 

Completed quilt for Matilda

As I've said in my prior post, this quilt is for my second cousin. I've used several different pink fabrics, many a roll of fat 8ths from called "Pinkberry" 

I used a design idea by Kaffe Fassett called 2x2, which is a series of 2" blocks joined together after I randomly placed them out on the floor. I did spend time getting the random pattern correct, and making it look balanced. Then these were stored in pinned rows and joined when I had time. 

Once when I had all 21 row if 15 squares joined, I picked a pale rose pink fabric to create my own bias binding (first time for this too!). I picked this from Viking Loom in York. I also chose a pink and white modern fabric. But upon finding out Matilda's name I couldn't resist ordering the Matilda by Roald Dahl fabric from Amazon. I picked a lightweight bamboo wadding for the middle of the quilt as I didn't want this to be a heavy quilt. 

As it divided by 3, I quilted large square 3x3 blocks across then down the quilt sandwich before applying my bias binding. 

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Matilda's Quilt

This is a quilt that I've been working on since New Year, for the gorgeous Matilda :-) 
This is it just prior to quilting,and below is it quilted and ready for some home made binding! 

Here are a few recent pieces of work x

A blanket made by crochet, for Sonia Christmas 2013 

A quilt I was involved with making in my quilting bee 2013

Testing lol

Testing to see if I've cracked getting photos directly from my iPad onto here! 

This is a quilted wall hanging made for Lesley, using the Lancaster Tree design. Christmas 2013.