Monday, 30 March 2009
Saturday, 28 March 2009
Monday, 23 March 2009
Sunday, 15 March 2009
You know you are getting old when you go to a gig and its just too loud - well that's what happened to me last night! We went to see Limehouse Lizzy - a tribute to Thin Lizzy - and my ears are still ringing!
Here is a photo of the band on stage but I actually prefer the photo underneath. The music was so loud it actually knocked the bottles and glasses onto the floor! (Yes, I did actually see this with my own eyes!) Talk about a health and safety risk!Also this week we visited an exhibition on album cover art at the newly restored Civic Theatre in Barnsley.
This exhibition runs until May 1st and is well worth a visit. Also entry is free!
Below are photos of just a few of the album covers some of which brought back memories for me and show that I was not always an old fogey!
Also on display at the Civic is this exhibition featuring photos of the Arctic Monkeys. They are a local band from Sheffield but some of them studied at Barnsley College. Talking of Barnsley College, one of the main buildings is being demolished giving me loads of great photos - here is just one of them.
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
Here is the finished quilt. It came out at just over 4 feet square - it should have been a bit longer but I had a few issues squaring up the fabric.
And here it is in its new home! We went to deliver it to Jamie last night. Jamie is on the right and Robert, my youngest son on the left.
He was very pleased to receive it and it now has pride of place on his bed. As you can see he is looking well although he still has about 6 weeks before he can go out and is having regular checks on the blood clot on his brain which they are hoping will disperse naturally.
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
I was late doing this and I felt so guilty that I had to make two! Actually I always enjoy the swaps and find that often I want to make more than one.
February was Sherry's month - she wanted black and white blocks 12 inches square.
This first block is from Judy Hopkins' Book Once More Around The Block - it is called 'squirrel in a cage' (??)
The second block I made up to use the pieces I had left over - this would've worked really well except that I cut the outer borders wrong TWICE and had to cut into much more black. Anyway I am going to make some little black and white HST's for my maverick stars border with what is left over.
Sunday, 8 March 2009
Thursday, 5 March 2009
This is the image I have been working with - it is from an XBox game called Gears of War. Quite appropriate for a young man with head injuries??!! First I drew the design onto paper and then made a freezer paper stencil. The size is 24 inches square.
Then I sponged it with red fabric paint - it is still wet in this picture but I think the overall effect should be good. When it is dry I will have to put in the lines of the mouth and fill in the bits where I had to leave the nose and eyes attached.
Monday, 2 March 2009
Bit of a rush to finish it though - I am really bad at leaving things to the last minute. It was finished late last Thursday - deadline was Friday and I knew I would have no time as I was teaching.
Sunday, 1 March 2009
However one of the techniques that I have been admiring is embroidery in quilts - sometimes known as 'stitchery' or even a variation of redwork. For many years I have been an embroiderer so was really drawn to this technique. I never was much of a 'freestyle' embroiderer but loved the primitive / folk art qualities of the designs.
One set of designs that I particularly liked was the Noah's Ark block of the month by Lynette Anderson. Here is the link if you want to join in.
This is my version of the first block. It was lovely and easy to stitch, so relaxing and easy to do while watching TV. The white fabric I have used is from a vintage cotton pillowcase I bought in a charity shop for 35p. There should be enough to do all the blocks and it has a lovely washed and worn feel to it.
I decided that I wanted to make my blocks double the size so my finished quilt will come out bigger. So this little block is approx 5 inches square. This has worked fine with the first two blocks but I have had a few technical hitches enlarging the others. Hopefully I will be able to resolve these as I really love the designs.
I am also working on a new quilt which needs to be done quite quickly. I am just at the design stage but will share on the blog soon. Last Monday my youngest son's close friend was in a very serious accident and will be in hospital for some time. He was crossing at a pelican (pedestrian) crossing and a car hit him going at high speed through the red light. He suffered serious head and neck injuries and it was touch and go for a few hours whether he would survive. He is in hospital in the nearest city to us but we are hoping that he will be transferred to the local hospital soon (which just happens to be a few minutes walk from our house). He has a blood clot on his brain and may need surgery so the doctors are waiting to see how the situation develops before they move him.
Obviously I thought about making him a quilt immediately. I mentioned it to Rob expecting him to dimiss the idea as childish as Jamie is 18 years old. However he thought it was a great idea and we have even been working on the design together. It will be a fabric painted wholecloth quilt based on an image from an Xbox game which Jamie happens to have tatooed on his arm!