Monday, 26 May 2014


Hello everyone. Welcome to my somewhat belated April blog!

Things have been a bit crazy recently, and although I had sewn the blocks, I hadn’t got round to actually photographing them or typing it up.

As the blog was due to be written, we decided to go on a very last minute cruise.

Life has been somewhat stressful this year, and we decided we definitely needed a break.

I saw a “Strictly Come Dancing” themed cruise on P&O Oriana advertised, and booked it on the Saturday morning. We sailed 24 hours later!

We hadn’t been on this ship before, but we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We were lucky to have a spacious balcony cabin, which was lovely. (Even better, it had a bath!)

There were four professional dancers from the show, as well as Craig Revel Horwood, and Lisa Riley. There were lots of events and show dances which I really enjoyed as I am a fan of the show.

There were also several costumes displayed from the last series.

The cruise went to Spain, Portugal, Madeira & the Canary Islands, and the weather was glorious.

We came back feeling much more relaxed!

Here are a few pictures you might like to have a look at.

                                               Some of the beautiful costumes:

Worn by Sophie Ellis Bextor
 This was worn by Abbey Clancy.

Worn by Fiona Fullerton
Another one of Sophie Ellis Bextor's
Worn by Ola Jordan.

This was taken at the back of a shop!
Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote 

Hubby & me.

The Oriana by Lisbon  Bridge. Our balcony is the last on the right..

                               Well on now to my belated block of the month:

It is possible that April’s name comes from the Latin ‘aperio’ meaning I open, referring to the opening of buds and flowers.

April Fools Day 1st April

Easter, Good Friday & Easter Sunday, (Dates vary each year).

St Georges Day 23rd April

April showers.

Easter: Remembering the death of Christ on Good Friday, and him rising from the dead on Easter Sunday.

Easter is also the Spring festival when new life begins.

Easter Easter egg rolling (depending on region).

SIGN OF THE ZODIAC: Aries (The ram) 21st March to 20th April, & Taurus (the bull) 21st April – 21st May.

Easter eggs, April showers, wellington boots, umbrellas, rabbits (Easter bunnies), chicks, tulips & bluebells.

I made two blocks for this month. I wasn’t sure if I was happy with the first, and now I still can’t decide which one I will use!


My favourite April block.
Wrong way round, but you get the idea!
I think the colours are a bit muted.

I hope to be putting up the May blog in the next week or so. Hope you liked looking at the pictures from the cruise.
As always, feel free to leave comments. I always enjoy reading them.
Bye for now!




  1. They're beautiful quilts, Sally-Ann and the colours compliment each other. It sounded like a fabulous holiday, too and would do you the world of good. Cheers, Sally Wragg

  2. Thank you Sally. It was a wonderful holiday and we feel much more refreshed now! Thank you for the kind comments about my quilts too xx