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Mask Making (again)

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I only wanted to make a quick six more masks. And everything that could go wrong did. I’ve made dozens of face masks already so I thought it would be a breeze. Well it wasn’t!

The thread tangled around the shuttle. I reckon that this wasn’t helped by using a thicker thread on top. I was trying to use up odd bobbins of thread but should have known better.

The whole shuttle assembly got wedged in at an angle and was clogged with dust bunnies. I’m not very hot on the maintenance so must try harder.

The elastic was too “elastic” I used a different product from previously but should stick with what works.

The back of the masks was a knotted up mess and I spent ages trying to unpick it. I travelled 10 miles to buy a seam ripper to put the faulty stitching right. Surprise surprise whilst I was in the sewing shop some lovely trim jumped into my bag! Great though isn’t it?

All in all lessons learned. BUT I’m still in a stunning location, the sun is shining and ( nearly) all is right with the World.

The finished quilt

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Way back when( January), I posted about a quilt I was making. This was to be my “lock down project.” The quilt kit was special as I purchased it from a lady I met on my trip to India in 2019 Kim Porter at http://www.wornandwashedfabrics.com

I enjoyed the jig saw puzzle pre construction

Well! I did actually finish it and was delighted with the result.

It was lap quilt size and lovely and soft

As it was made from pre used linens I wanted it all to be 100 percent natural. I used 100 percent cotton wadding and for the back chose vintage linen tray cloths which were very soft.

I machined the blocks together and hand quilted the finished quilt.

I gifted the quilt to my lovely Sister and she was thrilled with it. So much so that she said when she dies she wants to be wrapped in it! I cried!

Vintage Book Wrap

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Back of the book cover

I made this book cover recently using vintage scraps of embroidery, ribbon, lace and other scraps hiding in my stash.

Front of the book wrap

The front and lining of the cover was a vintage tray cloth sandwiched around cotton wadding. The cover was quilted with embroidery thread scraps and bound and fastened with vintage lace acquired from a friend.

The book wrap opened up to show front and back

I embellished the finished cover with buttons and beads and a motif that was hiding in my scrap box.

The book was made for my Granddaughter who was thrilled with the gift. She loved the book and I hope will treasure it for a long time.

Let The Quilting Begin

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When I went to India I met a lady by the name of Kim Porter who has a business selling “worn and washed fabrics”I purchased one of her kits with a view to making a quilt.

I had saved the quilt kit as a project for my recovery. Recovery therapy I suppose.Well recovery time is here and I have no excuse not to get quilting! The plan is to machine stitch the blocks together and then to hand quilt. I will buy 100% natural wadding as the blocks are pure cotton or linen. I will use a vintage textile as backing. The backing is yet to be decided. I will report back my progress so watch this space

Progress

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Yesterday I escaped the cottage confines and went shopping. Not real shopping just picking up click and collect stuff in Marks and Spencer. I need to get better quickly if only to stop me doing so much shopping on line!

Hubs drove and I used both crutches. Around the home I’m not using crutches now but trying to walk tall and proud! ( I need to straighten up) I can’t wait to walk out in our local countryside properly. One step at a time. So for now I’m just putting one foot in front of the other.

Crafts as Therapy

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I mentioned that I am a great believer in the power of positivity but I also believe in “helping yourself”.

One method of self help is to use hobbies as a form of therapy and relaxation. As I mentioned on an earlier blog I have struggled to pick up any of my planned hobby projects.One craft that I have been bumbling along with is one ( of many) knitting projects. I am knitting squares from re-used yarn, into a blanket ( or Afghan). The yarn was originally knitted into a sweater but turned out as big as a marquee so was unravelled and is now in a new life as a throw.

I will assemble them using a contrast yarn and crochet. I also plan to back the finished throw with micro fleece for cozy snuggles. Goodness knows when it will be finished but I will let you know!

I am collecting brooches, broken or not, with a view to making a collage. Here is one that I found on Pinterest

Day Sixteen

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Today is day sixteen since I had my operation to replace both hips. All is good and I continue to progress with baby steps. I’m working on the principle that the slower I go the further I get. Each day I see some small improvement. Remember life is a Marathon not a sprint!

Room with a view!

Boredom is the main issue as I can’t seem to motivate myself to do any crafts. I have done a small amount of knitting but seem to have lost my Mojo so if you find it please return marked urgent!

I use an app called “Audible ” and on this I am listening to various books Even this seems lazy as someone else is reading the book to you! Still, I’m enjoying the luxury.

Positivity is definitely the name of the game . So watch this space and you might find I’m running that marathon!(maybe not!)

Card making-Me??

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Today was the final craft class onboard the SAGA Sapphire. Paper crafts have been the name of the game and as you know This is not my first love in crafts. However, it’s been a delight to try new ideas and learn something new.

Today we made a Christmas card using a technique call “tea bag folding” It’s all an adventure!

A Different Craft Class

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As most of you know I often teach crafts on cruise ships so you won’t be surprised to learn that I’ve been to the craft class on my current holiday. It was really good to see how someone else deals with the craft Classes. Lyn the tutor on this SAGA cruise has a completely different take on the situation. But you can always learn something new. Lyn works in paper craft which is not my first love but I am really enjoying a fresh outlook. I am delighted to make a Christmas Tree from a paper back book! Seasonal, appropriate and fun.

Life at sea with SAGA

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Hi guys life on a cruise ship is never boring. (If it is it’s your fault) !

Today is my first day of my first cruise with SAGA Ok the ship is full of golden oldies but what an enthusiastic lot! I’m not working and I am actually enjoying a holiday with Hubs and have the time to attend other activities!

please note that this is NOT Hubs!

Mr Motivator (AKA Derrick Evans) is a guest speaker on board!

This is a gift for me as I prepare for bilateral hip replacements in a few weeks. Mr Motivator is certainly active, enthusiastic and positive! I’m also able to swim daily, well excercise my legs and hips! Just what the doctor ordered!