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The simplest quilt

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

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A year or two ago I bought some lovely simple blue and grey fabrics at a delightful little quilt shop somewhere in the middle of nowhere in Switzerland. They are German fabrics, but I have about as much chance of remembering the name of the producer as I have of remembering the name of the shop – is this old age setting in? My memory is shocking these days.

The plan was really to make a large bag with the fabric, but you know me: why make a bag when you can make a quilt? So over the last couple of weeks I’ve whizzed this little thing together out of 4 inch squares, backed it in Ikea words fabric and quilted it very simply in the ditch. Probably the easiest quilt it’s possible to make. It fits perfectly in my bedroom and is right in line with my move to live a simpler life.

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It has made me very happy.

Both in the making and in the having and using.

(It’s small by the way – just sits ontop of a double duvet, with no room to drop down the sides of the bed).

Helen

Simple Things

Friday, April 18th, 2014

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If truth be told, there is way too much going on in my life at the moment. Mostly worrying things over which I have only limited control, but where I would/will be the person picking up the pieces when all goes pear-shaped. There are an awful lot of health, family, school, work things which are sitting over my head like a big black cloud that is about to explode.

Surprisingly it isn’t getting me down too much. I seem to have absorbed a lot of my husband’s attitude towards life over the last 25 years: a problem is only a problem when it really is a problem. Until then put it out of your mind, because it may never happen. So no running through what if scenarios in the wee early hours and not being able to sleep because it. is. all. just. too. much.

Maybe I’m sticking my head in the sand.

But it seems to be what I need to do to get through all this and keep my sanity.

I’m taking one day at a time. Doing something about the things where I can actually do something and putting everything I can’t control to one side. I’m taking time to enjoy the simple things. The spring flowers in the garden, having a laugh with my lovely work colleagues, running and doing yoga. It makes me feel like my feet are firmly on the ground and I’m as ready as I can be to deal with what life throws at me…..but only when it actually does.

It’s the life of the middle-aged woman I suppose. It comes to us all.

Now I’m off to Newcastle to see my mother and to take my 15 year old to his first Premier League football match. I hope we win, but we’ve been rubbish lately, so it’s possible that the highlight of the trip will not be St James’ Park erupting with joy, but rather eating fish and chips out of the paper at the fish quay.

Happy Easter!

Helen

Siblings Together

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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There hasn’t been a massive amount of sewing going on here recently…..life just seems to keep getting in the way, but I did manage to finish my Siblings Together quilt with the help of all the lovely ladies in the European Siblings Together bee.

(For those of you who haven’t heard of Siblings Together, just let me tell you that it is a British charity that organizes summer camps to keep siblings who have been separated while in the care system in contact with each other. All the kids who go to camp go home with a quilt….hence this one).

I hope whichever little girl gets this quilt will enjoy snuggling under it ;-)

Helen

Marrakech…have you seen this before?

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Last weekend Di aka Quiltova and I went off on a little jaunt….and we flew off to visit Marrakech in Morocco. You may know Annabella, who lives there and who we ‘knew’ through various bees, most notably Stitch Tease. Here we are with Annabella’s first Stitch Tease quilt…..

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If you ever get the chance to visit Marrakech please take it. It is a fabulous city with a 500 year old souk, ancient palaces and madrassas, hidden gardens, scents of orange blossom and other less appetizing things, spices and pointy toed slippers…and don’t forget lots of couscous and tagines. Quiltova and I had a fabulous time exploring and getting to know Annabella, her son Zaki and husband Youssef as well as her mum, who was over visiting from England. We stayed in Annabella and Youssef’s lovely little riad right in the Medina!

Here are just a few of the sights of our weekend. Only three hours from Switzerland and yet soooooo different.

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Normal life has now been resumed and I’m slowly coming back down to earth.

Thanks girls for a fabulous weekend!
Helen

European Siblings Together

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

I’m sorry If you’ve stopped by in the last few days and discovered that the blog has been down again. It’s those horrible rotten spammers again…..more to the point apparently Dutch rotten spammers who have been targeting my blog in a bid to bring down the server..which they duly managed to do. So now if you want to read me from the Netherlands I’m afraid you can’t as we’ve had to block all access from there. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again..I DON’T GET IT! What on earth are these people trying to achieve and don’t they have anything even a teensy weeny bit more worthwhile to spend their time doing? Aargh…..

Rant over.

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Otherwise life has been trundling on as normal. I have finished putting together my European Siblings Together quilt top. Thanks to all my bee buddies for the blocks, which I think you will agree, have gone together very nicely. I added a scrappy piano key border to make the quilt a little larger. It isn’t a cool designer quilt, but it’s going to be something cosy to give a fostered child something to snuggle under. I hope to get it basted (yuk) and quilted (yay!) in the next week or so…watch this space.

Otherwise I’m trying to lose weight, trying to get fit, trying to simplify my life….you get the picture. None of it is very successful, but I’m not giving up. I have realized that with turning 50 the weight and fitness issues are harder to deal with, but I’m confident that I’ll get there!

The biggest problem has been the awful sport-related headaches that I’ve suffered from for years after running and which have been getting worse. After a lot of research and long conversations with our wonderful local chemist I’m trying the latest ‘cure’. having eliminated everything else I’m now thinking it could be a potassium deficiency. So supplements to the ready I tried out my new wonder mixture on Sunday. I didn’t run very far or very hard, but I also didn’t have a headache afterwards. A baby step in the right direction maybe…

Ah well, onwards and upwards.

What do you make of the missing plane. Now that is a mystery isn’t it?

have a good one,

Helen