After such an awful week last week, I had something today that made me laugh out loud, thanks to the lovely Debbie who comes to my group, but is more a friend .

I have to give you a bit of background first; I entered a competition on the radio and if you win they ring you up, any time of the day, so you ought to listen to hear if they are going to be ringing you, well this afternoon I was sewing with my radio on of course and the announcer said, I am just about to ring someone and make them £2,000 better off….. then my phone rang..


Hello says I all of a dither, Hello Jan says Debbie, well from that moment I wasnt over sure of what she was saying as I was half listening to her and the other half to the radio and wondering how can I finish this call without seeming rude before the piece of music ends. ha ha well we had a reasonable conversation and said bye see you in May.

Then, the announcer said I am just about to ring a lady in North…that was all I heard folks, my heart was about to give up on me for sure, but it was Northumberland, not Northampton. Not to worry, I wish the lady who won a lovely time in her flight in a Spitfire which is what she wanted the money for. I have until Friday evening to be pulled out of the hat as it were. The phone is by my side all day. ha ha ha

I rang Debbie back and told her why I seemed so vacant on the phone and we had a good laugh about it, she has wished me luck, thanks Debs, see you soon.

I am still laughing about it folks, the timing was just sooooo perfect.

For those of you who read my previous post and wondered what the 2,208 was about… it is the approximate number of pebbles sewn on the quilt I am entering in the FoQ this year. Just in case you were wondering…….

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Those of you who follow me will know I have been quilting a quilt for the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, to be shown this year, well, I am pleased to say, in fact I am over the moon to say I have just finished the quilting on it. I now have to make sure it is square!!! Bind it. Make a sleeve and attach it. Do a label. Fill in entry form and tada.

Oh yes what do you think of this number…..

2,208 approx  


The quilt for this competition has been made using fabrics my friend Maggi Birchenough dyed especially for me, sadly Maggi is no longer with us, but she did get to see the quilt top just not quilted. I hope she would approve of the finished quilt I have loved every minute [almost] of quilting it, thank you Maggi. These are the three fabrics used for this quilt. I particularly wanted the blue and mauve, and Maggi suggested the lime green, at first I thought she was mad, but it works beautifully with the other two on the quilt, thanks again Maggi, miss you.

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Many thanks first of all to all the lovely people who have advised me on how to get rid of those pesky holes left behind after frog stitching… I do appreciate all the advice you have given me and have tried most of them, the holes are still there, but each day I wriggle them a little more and they seem to be disappearing, so by the time the show comes around and I have to post the quilt off, maybe they will have gone away altogether, I can live in hope!

I am still quilting this same quilt, I cannot believe how long it is taking me really, well I can because I am my own worst critic. A part of it was done and dusted or so I thought, but yesterday, I looked at these particular areas and thought, uhuh, not good enough, so have had to go back to the centre and add quilting to the spaces that I had left clear, I have 20 of these spaces to do over the quilt, I have done 6 so far, yep, long job, lot of quilting.

I have also been drawing out designs for the final border and am still unsure of it, I liked the first one I drew, but then another day I drew something totally different and yep, I liked that too. So I am in a bit of a quandary at the moment, may end up doing, dip dip do with it hahaha.

My daughter Suzanne brought me the form you have to fill in to enter a quilt and the paperwork for all the registering and timings, it is getting close I know, but I refuse to be rushed on this quilt. It will be done in plenty of time it’s just me always leaving things to the last minute. The part I am dreading most is the hand sewing of the sleeve on the back, I know that will take me ages to do as my hands are so bad now, but hey-ho I will do it, as Manuel used to say…e-ven-tu-ally….

Maggi is in my mind the whole time I am working on this quilt and I feel sure she put the doubt in my mind about the un-quilted areas and now the border, maybe, maybe not, I just feel her so close as I am doing this.

When it is done [yay] I am going to do something simple. Annette my other daughter suggested making a Postcard, ha ha ha sounds good to me.

All for today folks, off to surf.

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