Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Summertime sun!

Hello everyone!
Well as the weather has been so wonderful here, the quilt has taken a bit of a "back seat".
I did quilt a few blocks the other day, but it was so hot, I decided to go out in the garden and do a bit of cross stitch instead!

I thought it might be an idea to talk about other things in my life.

As I have mentioned, we have a spaniel/labrador cross dog called Toby and one of his favourite things is going to the beach. Now we live in Leicestershire, which is right in the centre of the country, so it is a bit of a trek! Our favourite seaside place is Old Hunstanton, where dogs are allowed on the beach.
One of the things Toby loves most is digging in the sand & making a big hole that he then sits in. It must be cool for him.

It always makes everyone laugh who sees him!

Recently we visited our friends who have recently moved to a new bungalow with a paddock. It was always their dream to have alpacas & so they are now the proud owners of three gorgeous young alpacas.

Aren't they lovely?

I hope to get some of the fleece next time they are clipped, so I can have a go at felting it. 

Readers of my blog in the UK will perhaps remember a television programme a couple of months ago, in which Tony Robinson walked through Britain.

Well, we decided to visit somewhere called The Magpie Mine. This is situated in a field not far from Bakewell, Derbyshire and is amazingly unspoilt.
 It was a former lead mine and has a very interesting history.

The earliest recorded workings date from 1740, and the Magpie Mine was one of several working different veins of lead in the same area.
Magpie Mine was also troubled by disputes with neighbouring mines over who had the right to work each vein. Miners from Magpie Mine and Maypitt Mine were both working the Great Redsoil Vein, and would light fires underground to smoke out their opponents. The arguments raged for years, both underground and in the courts.
In 1833, three Maypitt miners were suffocated by the fumes, and 24 Magpie miners were put on trial for their murder. Several were freed immediately, and eventually all were acquitted because of the difficulty in identifying the individual culprits, and the provocative actions of the Maypitt miners themselves. It is said that the wives of the "murdered" men put a curse on the mine, and the effect of the disputes was to ruin the mine, which closed in 1835.

Production of lead continued on and off into the 20th Century.

There is an interesting website http://www.pdmhs.com/magpiemine.asp

The replica horse gin.

Me at the mine

Next time we are Derbyshire way, we hope to explore Cromwell village. Another place with an interesting history.

Well, that's all for now. A bit different, but I hope you enjoyed it.

As always, please feel free to leave a comment!

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Vintage Sewing.

Hello everyone!
As promised, I have taken a few pictures of my lovely vintage sewing book.
It was written in the 1940's, and is very much in the wartime spirit of "Make Do & Mend".

I treasure it, although am unlikely to be making any garments from it!

The cover. Not bad for over 70 years old!

The inside cover.

Giving Bodices a new style! (As you do)!!!

Giving sleeves a new style........

Mending table linen.

And of course, we all have buttons on our undies.....!

I wonder how many of us even wear gloves, let alone mend them!

Well, I hope that gives you a little insight into the fashions & trends of wartime Britain. Hope you enjoyed it.
Thought you might like this cartoon I found. It is SO true!!

Be back soon!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Good to be back?!

Hello everyone.
First blog for nearly a month as I have been away on a wonderful cruise to Italy to celebrate my husbands 60th Birthday.

I have finally caught up with all the washing and ironing now, and last night decided to start thinking about quilting the top that I have put together for the village show in August.

I finished the top before I went away, and tacked (basted) the quilt on to the backing & wadding.

Usually I quilt "in the ditch" with a little free motion quilting around the edge. However I thought that it was about time I "branched out" and decided to experiment with various designs.
The one I settled for was a leaf design, which I worked out on tissue paper.
I have now started the quilting using a multi-coloured thread and am quite pleased with the results so far.

It is always difficult to quilt on a standard sewing machine for a larger quilt, so I roll it up and use bike clips to keep it together.

When I have got it quilted I will publish a picture of it.

So that is all the sewing I have been managing to fit in recently.

Next time, as promised in my last blog, I will show you some pictures of my lovely sewing book from 1943. Haven't got round to photographing it yet, but it is on my "to do" list!

Thought you might like to have a look at some piccies from the cruise.

Thanks for reading, and be back soon!

Carved fruit & ice. Amazing!
Sunrise over Lisbon.

Mum & baby, Gibralter.


                                                             Colosseum, Rome.

                                        Our cruise ship, Royal Carribean's "Independence of the Seas".

                                                             I would not like to do this!

                                                 Creating an ice sculpture of a swan. Amazing, considering it was 30 degrees +!

Bye everyone. See you soon!