We had a large new shed erected at the end of June, with double the capacity of the two old sheds. It is racked out and filling up with stuff from the old sheds and the garage, and there is still room to get at stored stuff. Long may that last. The garage is to be knocked down before the end of September, to make way for a workshop for my husband. A workshop will allow him to keep all his tools in one place, and thus facilitate whiling away many happy hours without, 'having to get up in the loft' or 'go down to the garage'. So he assures me! Handily, it is to have an opening window at the end near the house, so he does not miss out on a cup of tea.
I am still doing the sporting stuff. I decided to take up golf this year, it is improving slowly. I really do need to play more, but struggle to find the time with everything else. My badminton has improved a bit too, as I play more often these days. The advantage of badminton is playing inside, light and weather are no problem.
Craft wise, I have attended two workshops, with Jennie Rayment and Mary Gamester. I have completed two panels as a result of Jennie's workshop and made a book cover from one of the transfer painted pieces from Mary's workshop. The book cover can be seen here Quilters of Sutton under the August 2015 post. I also made the items either side, the Lil Monster pencil case, a free pattern from Moda, and the Julia Gahagan mini quilt.
|Hand dyed blue Sudoku panel JR workshop|
|Hand dyed purple Sudoku panel, birthday present for a friend.|
|JR tote, expandable and quick to make|
|Robin or bat!|
|One 20 strip jelly roll, plus borders and spotted binding.|
|Husbands old shirts made two masculine quilts.|
A selection of my fundraising items.
|Cat panel tote bag|
|Pouch bag from orphan blocks|
|Runner from 5 inch charm squares|
|Wall hanging. UFO - finished for fundraising|
I had a go at making the owl pattern much bigger. These two larger owls were made as doorstops, one for me and one as a present.
|Large owls with a bag of pebbles to weight them = doorstops|
I have also made three crochet blankets for myself as well as one cot blanket for charity, with another charity blanket in progress. I have decided to finish a knitted cardigan I started about 15 years ago! It was a nice pattern, but after unpicking the sleeves three times as a result of dropped stitches in the lace panel, I have decided to make the sleeves plain.They are coming along much quicker, and it should still fit. I also made a mini quilt from a Julia Gahagan pattern. There could be loads more but I think this is enough, except for one more picture of the dyeing I have been doing this weekend.
|Tray dyed sample - magenta, turquoise, lemon yellow|