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  • Cotton and Steel

    Thursday, 28 August, 2014

    Hello - how is  your week turning out? I have my 3 grand-daughters staying with me this week - they are 1,3 and 5 - so as you can imagine there hasn't been a lot of sewing going on here! Well I have been altering some dresses for them as they are flower girls at a wedding next week - so I'll save showing you  their photo until they are all scrubbed and dressed up next week!
    Needless to say I haven't had a moment to finish the bird table runner from last week - even though 5.30 a.m., has become a normal time in my day - so I'm afraid I'll have to postpone showing the finished item.
    So why is the blog called Cotton and Steel this week - well it's because I have a selection of fabrics from the collection to start a new project -


    There are quite a lot of fabrics in the fun new collection by some talented new designers - I love all the new colour and print mixes coming onto the market this year and hope it will continue for a long time. 
    I have been given these to make a padded cover and top for a coffee table - we saw a picture of one we liked but decided that the budget wouldn't stretch to buying it - so we are going to make our own variation - so watch this space over the next few weeks to see how it progresses - and if it turns out the way we imagine!
    Well the sun is shining and I have some little girls waiting to go shopping for a present for a birthday party tomorrow. When we come back we are going to use the Big - Shot and some Bigz dies to cut paper and card shapes to make some birthday cards and gift tags.
    It won't be long now until bedtime - not the girls - mine!!
    That's all for this week - I'm off to have some fun with 3 little beauties - more sewing news next time.
    Angela

  • Birds on a line - table runner

    Thursday, 21 August, 2014

    Hello. the Festival of Quilts already seems a long time ago and Christmas projects now beckon! which feels crazy - but that's the way the deadlines work. - So before I really start thinking about Christmas - and ideas for decorations and quick gifts to make I thought I'd show you some of the table runners I made for the Festival.,
    This week I'm featuring the Birds on a line - it uses a Bigz Die - Bird w/Wing #2 by Rachel Bright - 659824http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/659824/sizzix-bigz-die-bird-w-wing-2 , which are appliqued into place -




    You can either make it using co-ordinating fabrics or use up some of those scraps you've been stockpiling.
    For the background, and backing, I used a cream on cream print - 48" x 44". Cut into 4 pieces 12" x 44". Join 2 pieces together to make a long strip, and repeat with the other 2 pieces for the backing.
    Choose your fabrics for the birds - you will need fabric 6" x 5" for each bird, and I made 14 birds.

    Before cutting the birds and wings iron a fusible web to the wrong side of the fabrics, then cut using die 659824 - I cut the birds with fabric RS and WS up so that they would face in both directions.
    Remove the backing from the fabrics and arrange along the length of the table runner, and then fuse in place. (At this point I reduced the length of the table runner to 82")
    Mix and match the wings on the birds, and fuse in place.
    I stitched the birds in place using a narrow zig-zag stitch in matching colours.



    Now as you can see I've added a binding but haven't quilted it yet - I know this is the wrong way to do things but it was the only way this table runner was going to be useable at the show!!
    I selected one of my fabrics for the binding and I cut 1 1/2" strips to give a total of 190" - I joined the pieces together to make a long strip.
    Layer up the backing, a piece of wadding 12" x 84" and then lay the top RS up and pin/tack the layers together.
    I then stitched the binding RS to the top of the runner, pressed to the wrong side, turned under a 1/4" seam allowance and slip stitched it to the back of the runner.

    So now I have to decide how to finish this - I can't make up my mind whether to create a 'washing line' for the birds to sit on - or to create 'twigs' with machine stitching.
    I'll let you know which I chose next time.
    The birds would also look good on a cushion, or pillows, and you could also make someplace mats to match the table runner.
    Or thinking about Christmas how about making some in silver fabric to hang on a tree - my ideas are now running away with me so I it's time for me to go!!!
    Have fun stitching.
    Angela

  • Did you enjoy the show?

    Thursday, 14 August, 2014

    Well I hope you did.
    As always I am very tired after the Festival of Quilts - 27 workshops in 4 days is a lot, but as always it means that I met a lot of lovely ladies, and we also had a few lovely gents join us this year.
    The only down side for me is that I hardly saw any of the quilts on display - just a quick run round after the show had closed on Saturday evening, and also I don't have much time to be tempted to spend my money - although our stand was right by a rather lovely fabric stand which did cost me a bit - photos to follow in the next few weeks showing my creations.
    So for now I thought I'd show you the project we made at the show -


     

    a useful jewellery roll using one of the new Nel Whatmore applique dies - http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/659599/sizzix-bigz-die-paisley-daisy
    I think I'm going to have some fun with this die - I'm planning a little clutch bag with lots of beads or sequins on it for the Christmas session.
    Nik from The Cotton Patch http://www.cottonpatch.co.uk/ had also been very busy creating a couple of new quilt kits which were on display at the show -
    This quilt was made using the 5" Half Hexagon die - http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/658880/sizzix-bigz-die-5-half-hex and almost creates a 3D effect
     and this quilt uses another of my favourite dies  10" Dresden Plate - http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/658884/sizzix-bigz-xl-die-10-dresden-plate
    I love the vivid colours Nik used in this one.
    Well that's all for now folks - back to work on a quilt for Christmas.
    Next week I'll show you some of the completed ( yes I am giving myself a pat on the back ) table runners we used at the Festival of Quilts - as long as I've located the boxes they were packed in!!
    Enjoy stroking your purchases, reading your books, dreaming of having time to make lots of new projects. How about a nice cuppa?
    Angela
     
     
     
    

  • The Festival of Quilts - it's begun!

    Friday, 8 August, 2014



    Hello from sunny Birmingham - yes we have a lovely blue sky over the NEC, and there are so many lovely stands, and quilts on display.


    I've already purchased some fabric -  just a little to make some fabric books for my youngest grand-daughter - and that was before the show started!!!

    So did I manage to make everything ready for the show - yes I did  - and we think the stand looks fantastic as you can see -




    I love the new colours for the bunting and the table runners - apparently they are this summer's wedding colours.




    The workshops are in full swing -




    if you want to join in remember to come early to get a seat at stand E1, or visit our demonstrators who are with The Cotton Patch, Lady Sew and Sew, Abakhan Fabrics and Popular Patchwork.

    Enjoy the show - I'll show you my highlights during the next couple of weeks.
    Angela

  • Festival Madness

    Thursday, 31 July, 2014
    


     OK so that's a slight exaggeration - but if you have a look
    then you'll see that there is still quite a bit of work to do - but after a while - all this will look like this --
     432 workshop kits - all neatly packed in individual plastic bags - ready and waiting for all of you to come and take part in the workshop!! We'll be on stand  E1 and workshops start at 10.15 each day - they're free - chance to have a try out of the Big Shot and Bigz Die. ( also a chance to take the weight off your feet!)
    We will also have demonstrators with Abakhan Fabrics, Cotton Patch, Lady Sew and Sew and Popular Patchwork - it will be difficult to miss us.
    Now you may be wondering how the table runners are coming on - it has taken me 2 days to cut fabric, 2 days to fuse and iron fabric - so they still all have to be finished!!! How many sleeps do I still have until the show  - 7, well only 6 really because we have to set up on Wednesday.
    To find out if I manage to get everything completed in time - you'll just have to come and see me at the show!!!
    Don't forget - E1
    I'm off to pack some more kits - see you next week.
    Angela
     
     
     
     
     
     

  • Pin cushions and tablerunners!

    Thursday, 24 July, 2014
    

     Are you enjoying the summer sun? I'm  hoping that it will be sunny tomorrow morning so that I can have breakfast on the patio - I'll pretend I'm on holiday and that the Festival of Quilts is still weeks away!
    I'm working in the office today - and have a fan blowing straight on me - it's the only way not to melt.
    I am making progress with the preparations for the show - this week the pin cushions are all completed - and one of the patchwork table runners is ready to be quilted - I've used the tessellating pinwheel for the table runner -http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/658661/sizzix-bigz-die-tessellating-pinwheel-4-1-2-assembled , and the pin cushions were in last weeks blog.
     
     
     

    the next task is to make 2 more patchwork table runners -
    As you can see the pieces are already cut a nd ready to sew - the dies I've used for these are - Equilateral triangle -http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/658663/sizzix-bigz-l-die-triangle-equilateral-4-3-4-h-x-5-1-2-w-unfinished and the Half Hexagon - http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/658880/sizzix-bigz-die-5-half-hex.
     
    Without the Big Shot and the Bigz Dies I wouldn't even contemplate trying to get so much done in just under 2 weeks - because I haven't mentioned the applique table runners still to be made.
    I know I've mentioned counting down to an event by the number of sleeps - well in this case I feel it might be a case of how many sleepless nights are left!!!
    Well I'm going to switch from the computer to the sewing machine and see how much I can accomplish this afternoon.
    I hope you can keep cool and enjoy the summer.
    Angela
     
     
    

  • Countdown to Festival of Quilts!

    Thursday, 17 July, 2014
    

    In just 3 weeks time the show will be open and in full swing! As I write this I'm holding down the panic and telling myself calmly that everything will be ready in time! So what has me in such a spin - to start with  - I need to prepare the kits for the workshops - 432 - and make sure that we have all the necessary pins, needles, scissors and threads.
    Then I'm making new pin cushions - to co-ordinate with our new bunting ( which is complete ), and then there are table runners and some cushions for display - so these items will be appearing on this blog over the next few weeks, and of course you'll be able to see the real things if you come by and see us at the Festival.
    So this week I'm previewing the pincushions - I saw a pincushion similar to this one in Love Patchwork and Quilting - so I've adapted it and altered the size a bit to fit in with our dies -

    To make this I used small pieces of 4 fabrics - and the new 1" finished square die -http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/659987/sizzix-bigz-die-squares-1-finished-1-1-2-unfinished
    This really can use up some of your scraps - and you could start now to make a basket full for little Christmas gifts  -
    Using the appropriate dies and Big Shot  cut 2 x 1 1/2" squares from 2 contrasting fabrics
    Cut 1 x 2 1/2" square from fabric 3 and finally cut a rectangle with the 4th fabric.
    Join the small squares together in pairs -
    and then join the pairs together and join to the larger square -
    Join the front to the rectangle back with right sides together - leaving one end open turn right side out
    Stuff the pin cushion and slip stitch the opening shut.
    Attach ribbon around the middle to complete -
    I think it's cute - and if you slipped some plastic or cardboard in the back then you could attach elastic to the back and make it a wrist pin cushion.
    So 1 down 15 more to go!!
    More projects with new dies next week - and it will be only 2 weeks until the show - have you got your tickets yet?
    Have fun.
    Angela

  • Adopted blocks - the final chapter

    Thursday, 10 July, 2014
    


     It's with a slight sigh of relief, that I'm at the point of completing the instructions for this quilt - so without more ado here are the final 4 blocks -
    The following Bigz dies are used throughout this quilt, with the Big Shot machine -
    657606 Square - 2 1/2" finished http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657606/sizzix-bigz-die-square-2-1-2-finished-3-unfinished
    657620 - Quarter square triangle 2 1/2" x 5" finished  http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657620/sizzix-bigz-l-die-triangle-3-1-8-h-x-5-1-2-w-unfinished
    657610 - Half-square Triangles 2 1/2" finished http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657610/sizzix-bigz-die-half-square-triangles-3-finished-square
    657624 - Rectangle 2 1/2" x 5" finished http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657624/sizzix-bigz-l-die-rectangle-2-1-2-x-5-finished-3-x-5-1-2-unfinished
    657627 - Trapezoid 2 1/2" x 5" finished http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657627/sizzix-bigz-l-die-trapezoid-3-x-5-1-2-unfinished
    I am trying to keep the instructions simple - so use the photo of each block as a guide throughout.

    Block 17 Geese and Squares
    White fabric - 18" x 4" - cut 4 x 1/4 square triangles
    Assorted prints - to cut 8 squares and 8 half square triangles.
    Lay all the pieces out to create a mix of the prints.
    Join the 8 half square triangles to the diagonal sides of the 1/4 square triangles to create the 'geese'.
    Join the squares in pairs to make rectangles.
    Join the rectangles to the 'geese' to create squares.
    Join the 4 squares together.

    Block 18 Kings Crown
    White fabric - 16" x 8" - cut 8 triangles
    Aqua fabric 7" square - cut 4 squares
    Green print, and pink print - 7" x 3 1/2" of each - cut 2 squares of each.
    Bright pink print - 18" x 4" - cut 4 x 1/4 square triangles
    Join the white triangles to the bright pink triangles, to make a flying geese,and then join aqua squares to each end of 2 of these.
    Join the pink and green squares together to create a square.
    Join the 2 remaining flying geese to each  opposite sides of the flying geese.
    Join together to finish the block.

    Block 19 Endless Stairs


    White fabric - 14" x 6"- cut 4 rectangles
    Blue print -  fabric - 14" x 6" - cut 4 rectangles
    Join the blue and white rectangles to make squares.
    Join the squares to create the stairs as in the photo.

    Block 20 Simply Squares
    White fabric - 14" x 6"- cut 4 rectangles
    Pink/black print 14" x 4" - cut 4 squares
    Bright pink print and blue print - 7" x 4" cut 2 squares from each.
    Join the pink/black squares to each end of 2 white rectangles.
    Join the bright pink and blue squares together to make a square, and add rectangles to opposite sides. Join the pieces together to complete the square.

    HOORAH - all the blocks are now complete.

    To finish the quilt I cut 3" wide strips for the sashing.
    Lay the blocks out on the floor,  4 blocks across and 5 down. Arrange as you like to create a balance of pattern and colour.
    I created 4 rows by 5 blocks with sashing in between, and then joined the 4 rows together with the sashing.
    I then added a 5 1/2" border to all 4 sides of the quilt top - 58 1/2" x 70 1/2".
    I used the same fabric for the back, piecing it to create the right width.
    Finally I added the binding to complete the quilt.




    I t feels like it has been a bit of a marathon - but I wanted to finish  it, so that we can move onto preparations for Festival of Quilts - and to give you little glimpses of what I'm making to prepare for all the workshops! and the stand display.
    It's only 4 weeks away - still too early to count sleeps - which is what I do with my grandchildren as a countdown to any important events! but there is still so much to do!!!
    However it is only 1 sleep until I go to stay with my grand-daughters - and I have plans to be creative with them - so watch out for something new next week -  as well as a sneak preview of some things for Festival of Quilts.
    Keep sewing.
    Angela














     

  • Adopted blocks 2

    Thursday, 3 July, 2014
    


     Hello again - technology is driving me crazy today - I keep loosing what I've written and have to start again!!
    Let's hope that I manage to complete this now - or I may have to go and lie down in a darkened room!!! or watch the tennis - I love watching Wimbledon - and the quality of the tennis has been amazing -even if some of the favourites have lost, my favourite is still playing, but even if he doesn't win it will have been a good year!!
    So to continue where I left off last week - I've included all the dies and codes in case it will make it easier for you!
     
    The following Bigz dies are used throughout this quilt, with the Big Shot machine -
    657606 Square - 2 1/2" finished http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657606/sizzix-bigz-die-square-2-1-2-finished-3-unfinished
    657620 - Quarter square triangle 2 1/2" x 5" finished  http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657620/sizzix-bigz-l-die-triangle-3-1-8-h-x-5-1-2-w-unfinished
    657610 - Half-square Triangles 2 1/2" finished http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657610/sizzix-bigz-die-half-square-triangles-3-finished-square
    657624 - Rectangle 2 1/2" x 5" finished http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657624/sizzix-bigz-l-die-rectangle-2-1-2-x-5-finished-3-x-5-1-2-unfinished
    657627 - Trapezoid 2 1/2" x 5" finished http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657627/sizzix-bigz-l-die-trapezoid-3-x-5-1-2-unfinished
    I am trying to keep the instructions simple - so use the photo of each block as a guide throughout.

    Block 8 Pinwheel
    White fabric - 8" x 11" - cut 4 squares and 4 half square triangles
    Blue fabric 7" square - cut 4 squares
    Pink (and black print) -  8" x 11" - cut 4 squares and 4 half square triangles.
    Join together the pink and white triangles.
    Join 2 blue squares to 2 white squares and 2 blue squares to 2 pink squares.
    Join 2 pink squares to 2 pink and white squares, and join 2 pink squares to 2 pink and white squares.
    Lay the rectangles out to match the photo and join together to 4 rows.
    Join the 4 rows together.

    Block 9 Lotus Flower
    White fabric - 16" x 8" - cut 2 squares, 6 half square triangles and 2 rectangles
    Orange print - 8" x 4" - cut 1 square and 2 half square triangles
    Blue print - 20" x 4" - cut 3 squares and 4 half square triangles
    Join the orange triangles to 2 white triangles. Join 1 orange and white square to a white square and join the other to an orange square - join these all together to make a square.
    Join the blue triangles to the white triangles.
    You will need to look at the photo to see which way to join the blue and white squares to the remaining squares - 1 to a white square and 3 to blue squares - lay them out to make sure that they are correct before stitching.
    Lay these pieces out with the white rectangles to create 3 squares - stitch together.
    Join the 4 squares together.
     
    Block 10 - Star
    White fabric 24" x 8" - cut 8 half square triangles and 4 squares.
    Orange print - cut 8 half square triangles and 4 squares.
    Join 2 orange triangles to 2 white triangles.
    Join 1 white square to 1 orange and white square, and 1 orange square to 1 orange and white square.
    Join these together to create a square which is 1/4 of the complete block. Repeat 3 times and then join the 4 squares together to complete the block.
     
    Block 11 Return of the Swallows
    White fabric 16" square - cut 16 half square triangles
    Green print and pink print - 16" x 8" of each fabric - and cut 8 half square triangles from each.
    Join a white triangle to each of the pink and green triangles.
    Join a pink/white square to a green/white square - repeat 7 times.
    Join 2 pairs of squares together to make a square - repeat 3 times.
    Lay the squares out so that the 'swallows' are spinning around as in the photo.
    Join the squares together.
     
    Block 12 - Steps
    White fabric - 20" x 4" - cut 2 rectangles and 4 squares
    Orange print and pink print fabrics - 7" square - cut 2 rectangles from each.
    Join a white square to each end of a pink rectangle. Repeat once.
    Join an orange and a white rectangle end on. Repeat once.
    Join the rows together to match the photo.
     
    Block 13 - Checkerboard
    Pink/white print - 14" x 8" cut 8 squares
    Pink/black print - 14" x 8" cut 8 squares
    Join 4 squares together alternating the prints - repeat 3 times.
    Join the rows together to create a checkerboard.
     
    Block 14 - Windmill
     
    White fabric  and orange print - 12" x 7" of each fabric - cut 4 rectangles from each.
    Join the orange and white rectangles together to make squares.
    Join the 4 squares together to create the windmill.
     
    Block 15 - Single Chain
     
    White fabric - 24" x 8" cut 12 squares
    Pink print - 8" square cut 4 squares
    Join 3 white squares together and 1 pink, repeat once.
    Join 2 white squares, 1 pink and 1 white, repeat once.
    Lay the rows out to create the diagonal chain and join the rows together.
     
    Block 16 - Quartered Log Cabin -
     
    White fabric - 10" x 4" cut 1 rectangle and 1 square
    Pink/white print - 4" square - cut 1 square
    Blue/white print - 16" x 4" - cut 2 rectangles and 1 square
    Pink/black print - 22" x 4" - cut 3 rectangles and 1 square
    Join the white and pink squares, and join to the white rectangle to make a square.
    Join a blue rectangle to the white rectangle.
    Join the blue rectangle and blue square together and join to the side to create a square.
    Join the pink/black square to a pink/black rectangle and add to the square.
    Join the 2 remaining pink/black rectangles and add to the square to complete the block.
     
    Well I think that was a good mix of  blocks and we only have 4 blocks left for next week!!
    It's now only 5 weeks until Festival of Quilts! at the moment the amount of work to prepare and complete before then is crazy!! the new bunting is almost complete and I think it's looking lovely. Then I need to make some new table runners, using some of our lovely new dies and pin cushions - and that's just for a start - the stand is going to look amazing and I'm beginning to get excited ( as long as I don't look at the pile of fabric still to be used, oh and did I mention the 400 plus project packs that have to be put together.
    I think I need a cup of tea!
    Have fun.
    Angela
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    

     

  • Adopted blocks part 1

    Thursday, 26 June, 2014
    

    Well hello again - I hope you've been able to enjoy some beautiful sunshine - although today the sun is hiding behind the clouds at the moment - I still have hope of seeing it later!
    I am pleased to say that I have completed 'Katy's' quilt and really like it - so here are the instructions for some of the blocks - I will give fabric quantities for each block.
    The following Bigz dies are used throughout this quilt, with the Big Shot machine -
    I am trying to keep the instructions simple - so use the photo of each block as a guide throughout.
    We will start with
     Block 1 Crockett Cabin -

    For this block you need to use the square and half square triangle dies.
    You need white fabric - 8" x 12" - use die 657606 to cut 4 squares and die 657610 to cut 4 half square triangles.
    Blue print and pink print - 8" square of each - cut 4 squares from each fabric with 657606
    Green print - 4" x 8" - use die 4" x 8" 657610 to cut 4 triangles.
    Join the green triangles to white triangles to create 4 squares,.
    Join 2 pink and 2 white squares together to make a 4 square block, repeat once.
    Join 2 blue squares and 2 green/white squares together to make a block, repeat once.
    Using the photo as a guide join the 4 squares together to complete the block.

    Block 2 - Patchwork Pinwheel
    White fabric - 8" x 16" - cut 8  half square triangles and 4 squares
    Pink fabric and peach fabric - 4" x 8"of each - cut 4 half square triangles of each
    Blue print 8" square - cut 4 squares
    Join peach and pink triangles to white triangles to make squares.
    Join the pink/white squares to a white square and the peach/white squares to a blue square - using the photo as a guide.
    Join these rectangles together to make 4 squares and then join the squares together to make the complete block.

    Block 3 - Chevron

    You need 16"square of white fabric - from which you need to cut 16 half square triangles.
    Pink and blue print fabrics - 16" x 8" of each to cut 8 half square triangles of each.
    Join the white triangles to the pink, and blue triangles to make squares.
    Lay the square out to create the chevron pattern and join together in rows, and then join the rows.
    Block 4 - Railroad crossing
    White print - 16" x 12" and cut 6 half square triangles and 6 squares.
    Aqua print - 12" x 8" cut 6 half square triangles
    Pink spot print - 8" square - cut 4  squares.
    Join the triangles together to make 6 squares.
    Join the pieced squares to 2 white squares to create larger squares.
    Join the pink squares to the remaining white squares and join to make 2 larger squares.
    Join these 4 squares together.

    Block 5 - Susannah
    White fabric - 16" x 8" - cut 4 half square triangles and 4 rectangles.
    Pink, orange floral, orange spot and blue prints - 6" x 3 1/2" of each - cut 1 trapezoid from each fabric.
    Join a triangle to the end of each trapezoid to create a rectangle.
    Join a white rectangle to each pieced rectangle to make a square.
    Join the 4 squares together.

    Block 6 Squares in squares.

    White fabric - 10" x 7" cut 2 squares and 2 rectangles
    Pink and black print - 14" x 7" - cut 2 rectangles and 4 squares
    Pale pink print - 7" x 3 1/2" cut 2 squares,
    Join a pink and white rectangle together on short side, repeat once.
    Join a pink and black square to a pale pink square, add a pink and black and then a white square. Repeat once.
    Join the rows together to complete the block.

    Block 7 Half square triangle study
    White fabric 16" square - cut 16 half square triangles
    8 different prints - 4" square - cut 2 half square triangles from each.
    Join the white and print triangles together.
    Lay the squares out and then join together into 4 rows of 4.
    Join the rows together to complete.
    Wow -we're now 1/3rd of the way through the blocks - so look in again next week for the next set.
    Also for those of you who remember my plan to re-organise my sewing room - a brief update - I sorted and tidied until I could see, and hoover the floor!! I have removed a large trestle table that I think I can manage without. The next stage is to put my quilting frame together - I'm just hoping I can remember how to do it - and then I will be able to cut lots of fabric to make some quick quilts so that I can practise my quilting.
    It's a plan which I hope to achieve and if I do I'll share a couple of photos!
    Meanwhile I'm off the hunt for some sun while I have a cuppa.
    Before I forget - just a reminder that the Festival of Quilts is only 6 weeks away - cheer or scream -depending on how much you have to do before you get there!!!
    Angela


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