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Saturday, 6 February 2016


Yes, it was that time of month again - get together over at Cheryll's; although she wasn't in, she still let us used her blog - thank you Cheryll! 
I missed last month, so it was the first one for me this year, a chance to meet up with everyone last night.
The weather in this part of the world is definitely "stitching weather", the rain is coming down in sheets and the wind just takes your umbrella away.

So, what was I up to?

In my post "2001 Blocs", just before the end of January, I wrote about a book of the same name, published by Quiltmania. 
The lovely people at Quiltmania are now running a Mystery Quilt 2016, The Tuesday with Flowers,  
using blocks from the book. On the last Tuesday of each month they publish 2 blocks, which are free and downloadable. The first 2 (very easy) blocks, published in January, are now on their website.

Last night I started with block no 2 (I could not decide on a colour combination for block no 1);


and finished block.

A month is a long time for 2 blocks, so it is easy to fit them in between other projects, and at the same time to use up some of the fabric stash we all seem to have.

Earlier in the week I did some more embroidery on the side panel of Yoko Saito's box.
I am doing embroidery instead of applique here, because the applique pieces would be so, so small.

I am not happy about the green, it just doesn't look anything here; I will have to unpick it ( I hate doing that!) and think of another colour......

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016


That's how I feel about February, my least favourite of all months; in fact I would say that I don't like February. I think about it as a  "waiting month", when winter can still hit us hard, but all we really want is spring. 
The winter this year has been mild and wet, the endless greyness; it seem like every time I look out of the window, it is raining; nothing to inspire.

DH and I took an advantage of some blue in the sky today, to take a walk around the town.

I like to take pictures of old roofs and chimneys - this is in the old part of Shepton Mallet.

The centre of the town,

where we still have our own library.

We passed by the Shepton Prison, which closed 3 years ago. Until then it was the oldest operating prison in UK. Now empty listed buildings, nobody really knows what to do with the depressing looking complex.

Walking through the town park is much more pleasant, 
although even the park looks little sad at this time of year.

The blue sky and snowdrops lift the spirit.

Seagulls and ducks enjoying the lake in the middle of the park.

At the top part of the park is a shelter,

all the walls inside decorated with a mosaic. Pretty and - not vandalised. 

The blue sky did not last long and we just made it home before the next lot of rain.

The kitchen still is the best place right now. Last weekend I made a potato pancake tea for DD and her family. I had 3 frying pans going at the same time to cope with the demand; served with cooked sauerkraut (as opposite to raw one, which can be eaten as a salad). Yes, I am showing my roots here.

So, not much stitching going on, but I have picked up my crochet hook again, the Bohemian Rhapsody Wrap, working on the second block - nearly there.

Soon to be joined to the first block.

Some new fabric arrived today (one has to have something to brighten up the days),
for the Quiltmania  "The Tuesday with Flowers"   project.

This is a free downloadable pattern, 2 blocks on the last Tuesday of each month.
The blocks are from the book "2001 Blocks" - see my post on 28th January.

I think this is an easy project to do "in between"  others, and a good opportunity to use some of your stash; I have already pulled out some fabric from my one.

Do you have a "in between" project?

©pleasureinstitching.blogpost.co.uk 2016 

Friday, 29 January 2016

baking Friday

I know, this is the time of year we should think "healthy eating" to get over all that Christmas food.
But this weather doesn't inspire, my body is screaming "comfort food"!
And I find baking so comforting, just the process of it;
the kitchen is such a great place on a cold and windy day.

This is a slightly healthier alternative
 (if there is a such thing as a healthy cake!), 
banana and cinnamon 
using maple syrup instead of  sugar.

It is delicious!

And it is never around for long!

©pleasureinstitching.blogspot.co.uk 2016

from my bookshelf - applique

For those who like applique, but are not quite sure how to go about it, or just want to learn some tips - this is a very nice book, easy to follow, with clear instructive pictures.

The authors show you how, using and mixing 9 simple blocks, you can achieve quite impressive results and how to tackle curves and those tricky points on the way.

This is a beautiful book, I love it.

Taking an inspiration from Turkish tiles,
Tamsin Harvey creates some beautiful 
I love the designs, I love the colours,
I want to make it all!

©pleasureinstitching.blogspot.co.uk 2016

Thursday, 28 January 2016

2001 blocks - Quiltmania has done it again

All you patchworkers out there - this one is for you, specially if you like applique. 
Yes, really - 2001 blocks; you never need to run out of ideas for that wonderful stash you have.

Published by Quiltmania; they are currently running Mystery Quilt 2016 - "The Tuesday with Flowers";
each month using 2 blocks from Chuck Nohara's book.
There is a free tutorial and video on their website.

To find out more, click here .

©pleasureinstitching.blogspot.co.uk 2016
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