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Another mouth to feed!

My blog has been sadly neglected … I just looked at the last post and it was in May!  To get going again I shall just list all the things that have happened and just show some pictures.

Another lovely quilt retreat with ‘Edward and the White Bear’.P1140175

A trip to Scotland for the Quilters  Guild Region 16 residential weekend.  I did a fantastic workshop with Linda Colsh  .  Lots of paint and glue and generally messy fun. IMG_2448

I also stopped off at Linlithgow on the way and saw the Palace for the first timeP1140320

and on the way home, I called in to see the amazing Kelpies at Falkirk.IMG_2486

The following week, Alicia Merret came to stay with me whilst she gave a talk and workshop to Priory Patchers.  I really enjoyed her company and  making a map – sort of Monifieth!IMG_2506

On holiday to Lake Como.  What a glorious place.P1140332

A few days in Venice too in the Jewish Quarter.P1140363

And a trip to Burano island.P1140410

Back home and my kids summer school at York School of Sewing really kicked off.P1140555

A quick week off to go to Festival of Quilts.  Amazing as usual and lots of children through the workshops.  Here are a group after they had made my ‘Funky Fish.P1140463

So many quilts but here is one that caught my eye immediately.  Its by Gillian Travis and is called Scandinavian Jumpers.P1140453

I signed up for a workshop with Jane Davies called ‘New England Houses’.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and was really pleased with the little wall hanging that I started during the 3 hour session.  This is Jane’s finished piece.P1140459

Back to York and children’s workshops all through the summer holidays.  We introduced Gym Bags and Pencil Cases which I am sure will be a favourite every summer.  Four more ‘Get to Know a Sewing Machine’ which was full every time and means we have a bigger pool than ever of children who can come to our other workshops.

If you are on Facebook, go to’ York School of Sewing’ and you can see a pictorial record of my life for the last few weeks!!  It has been hard work but such great fun 🙂

Now I suppose the most amazing news is that after lots of ‘should we, shouldn’t we’ we have got another dog.  I suspect most of you know about this, but if not – here is Molly.P1100938

9 weeks old.  We are not enjoying broken nights sleep …. but she is gorgeous.  Ella is warming to her and being a very good girl about the whole thing:-)

There!  Potted three months.



Busy Half Term



Since my last post I have had a couple of really busy weeks starting with another lovely weekend retreat at the Kegworth Conference Hotel.  It was a repeat of the one at the beginning of the month this time with 20 attendees.  More lovely bowls got created along with the other projects on offer.P1140188

And, just like last time, folks turned up with their unfinished projects and LOADS got completed …

The dolls were on offer during the first afternoon, and everyone got quite into that again and here is the result!P1140185

Sarah who runs the weekends with her mum Hilary is mad about Halloween, so I made her a little ‘Goth dolly’ as a gift ….. she is hiding to the left of the picture!

The week after that was half term in York and I had two classes scheduled for children at York School of Sewing.  The first was ‘Get to Know a Sewing Machine’, it was full with 6 children attending and was lots of fun.P1140197

The second was ‘Stuff Bucket’ –  six more kids and this one was an all day session.  It was a packed day and all of them had to work really hard.P1140209

At lunch time we went up to the roof garden to eat our sanwiches, but then it was back to get finished.

Look at all the stitching on this ‘bucket!’P1140208

All the children worked really hard all day and their ‘stuff buckets’ were fabulous!P1140210P1140205

The following day I tried something new; a ‘Baby Shower, Craft Party’ at Me and Mrs Fisher.  It was a new venture for them too and consisted of 8 ladies attending the party for 2 hours.  The first hour was a craft project, which is where I came in and the second was for them to have an afternoon tea 🙂  I prepped two pennants for each attendee and asked them to stitch letters to each to make the word ‘Welcome’.  Whilst they were eating the yummy food, I was in a different room stitching the banner together.  By the time they were finishing their party, I could give back the banner which was blue one side and pink the other.  Sadly I didn’t take my camera, but Hannah tweeted a picture on May 28.