Oh No!

Welcome 🙂

I was hoping to share some photos with you from my Church’s flower festival but I have discovered that I have used up all my allocation of space on this freebie blog – so there’s simply no room for more photos 😦

My options are to either pay for an upgrade or to start a new blog and after a bit of a think I’ve decided to go down the route of a new blog – truth be told that after almost three and a half years I quite fancy the idea of a new blog name!

I hope you’ll all come with me and become followers of my new blog. It’ll be more of the same starting with a post about the Flower festival 🙂

My new blog is called

The Mulberry Mouse

and can be found at themulberrymouse.wordpress.com or just click on the link above.

It’s so brand new at the moment that I haven’t had the chance to pretty it up – but just like moving house it’ll all get done in time.

Hope to see you soon.

Until next time,

Chris x



Trips Out

Welcome 🙂

Hubby and I had a trip out to Malvern a while ago and while hubby wandered around sightseeing I spent Saturday happily wandering around the Malvern quilt show. I’d never been to this show before but had been told that it was a particularly nice one.

It certainly had enough going on to keep me busy all day.

I was lucky enough to get a space on a workshop with Sylvia Critcher which was the highlight of the day for me.

She taught us the very basics of trapunto and boutis and we whizzed (really! I’m not joking when I say whizzed – steam was coming off our fingers 😉 ) through making a little project which used both techniques. As with all these mini classes there was no way anyone could have finished it but when I have a bit of time between making flowers for the flower festival I pick it up and do a bit.

This is it at the moment.


But the next couple of days are ALL about the flower festival as it kicks off this Saturday. Wish us luck please!

Until next time,

Chris x

Flower Power

Welcome 🙂

Every year my Church holds a Flower festival at the end of June, the ladies who arrange the flowers are very talented and always make the Church look beautiful. This year the group of ladies who make banners for the Church (i.e. me and my super team) have been invited to join in and make an arrangement too. We were very pleased to be asked and especially so when the reaction to us making a display of fabric flowers was met with enthusiasm.

So a talented member of our group is keeping us in order (I understand that’s called ‘co-ordinating’ !) and we’re all getting busy making flowers – very exciting.

The theme this year is ‘Reaching Out’ and is highlighting what the various groups in Church do for the community we serve.

Our humble group has chosen this Bible verse to explain what we’re about and that we try to sow seeds of faith using visual art, as well as making the Church building look welcoming for everyone.

‘Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms’                                              1 Peter 4 v10

Everyone’s been working away making flowers and here are a few that I’m working on.


We’ve still got a long way to go but it feels exciting 🙂

Until next time,

Chris x

The Cross and The Crown

Welcome 🙂

I hope you’ve been well while I’ve been away from the computer.

You may recall my little Blog Hop a week or so ago where I managed to over stretch myself and ended up not quite finishing my Blog Hop quilt.

I’ve been busy doing 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there quilting away and without realising it I’ve finished all the hand quilting – so with apologies to those of you who saw it first time round, here is my little lap quilt all completed.


The red quilting stitches really finishes it off and adds that little bit extra.


All that’s left to do is to decide what to write on my quilt label (a block I cut too small during construction!) and then sew it onto the back.


Any ideas?

(UPDATE – This quilt seems to have captured people’s imaginations over on Pinterest so for those who want to know, this quilt is based on a freebie pattern. The link to the pattern is on this blog post here. Happy making!

Oh and if after having a look around my blog you like what you see why not come and join me at my new blog The Mulberry Mouse just here 🙂 )

Last night I went to my monthly quilt group and learnt how to do Somerset patchwork. I thoroughly enjoyed the sewing and chatting that went on. The lady who taught us went to a lot of trouble in preparing the tutorial, even making up a board for us to refer to as we stitched so a big thank you to her.


I came away with a partially completed project – as ever!

However today I managed to finish it off and here it is,


It just needs to be made into something now – watch this space 😉

What have you been up to lately?

Until next time,

Chris x

Oh Jane

Welcome 🙂

How lovely to have so many visitors to my little Blog hop entry, and how lovely to have so many comments – it’s really encouraging to know that others enjoy my little ramblings!

So the winner of my little Tilda giveaway is:


Well done Gloria, please email me your address details and I’ll get the parcel in the post for you.

My Dear Jane seems to have been on the back burner  recently while I worked on my Cross and the Crown quilt but as that is now nearly finished (I’ve been doing bits of quilting in my lunch hour at work so it’s progressing nicely) I really need to get on with Jane again.

Here are a few blocks which I did a while ago but didn’t post about.


A& Dad’s Plaids – pieced, appliqué and reverse appliqué, nice and straightforward.


A9 Cabin Fever – foundation pieced, not quite so straightforward!


B7 World Series – appliqué.


B10 Jud’s Trophy – foundation pieced.

Hope you all have a great week end – here in the UK we have a Bank holiday on Monday and I’m planning a bit of decorating.

Until next time,

Chris x