Saturday, 31 March 2012

Quilt Top

Goodness me!  She's actually done some crafting!!  

It's taken nearly two months to hand stitch all those diamonds together, but at last this part of the quilt is finished and the papers have been removed except for those round the edges.  This is the work of 5 people and progress slowed down considerably as the top came together with only one person working on it at once.

We were deliberating at our last meeting how to proceed and we've agreed to appliqué the quilt onto some plain material to make it into a rectangle.  Then it will be hand quilted - probably around the outlines of the diamonds and then also the small diamonds inside each larger diamond.  This should ensure the seams are stable.  Still rather a lot of work to do!!

Sorry - back to travel blogging for the next post!  But I will have the sewing machine out this week for a commission and then I might get round to finishing some of the WIPs on my work table!

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Postcard from München (Munich)

So, we spent last weekend in Munich with friends.  They live not far from Schloss Nymphenburg and we went for a walk in the park.  It was a beautiful spring day!

This is the Schloss looking from a bridge across the canal.  I have to say it looks more like a French palace than a German one!

We also went for a walk round the city centre.  This is the Rathaus in Marienplatz shortly before (true to form whenever I'm in Munich, or so it would seem) a torrential downpour and thunderstorm.  

So we headed indoors - this is the dome of the Theatinerkirche.  Baroque isn't one of my favourite styles, but the shelter from the rain made me slightly more appreciative!

Munich is home to BMW and we headed for BMW World and the Museum on Sunday.

I'm not a petrol head, but the museum was very well laid out and there was something of interest for everyone.  I liked this 1939 328 (I think!).  Nice lines.

For more photos from my previous grey and wet visit to Munich in summer 2010, click here.  

I'll subject you all to one more photo post from last weekend in the next few days - we visited the concentration camp memorial site at Dachau on our way home and I think that deserves a post of its own.  

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Postcard from Nürnberg (Nuremberg)

Just back from a much-needed long weekend in Bavaria.  We visited my former pen friend and her family in München (Munich) but on the way we stopped off at Nürnberg just because we'd never been there before.

Nürnberg was the venue for Nazi party rallies between 1933 and 1938.  The design for the rally grounds was monumental - the grounds stretched over 11 square kilometres south-east of Nürnberg and included various grand buildings including the never-finished Kongresshalle pictured above.  At the back of the Kongresshalle is a fantastic museum documenting the rise of the Nazi party, lots of information about the rallies plus (of course) a section devoted to the Nuremberg trials.  It was fascinating.  I had thought we'd visit the museum quickly and be on our way, but we were there for most of the afternoon and we had it more or less to ourselves!

This meant that by the time we got to walk round the old town, the shadows were getting longer and photography was quite difficult.  But I persevered.  This is a photo of the Lorenzkirche.

Another lovely church in the market square with the market in full swing.

Beautiful half-timbered houses up by the castle (in the background) and with the old town walls on the left.

This knight standing guard in front of the castle tickled my fancy ... and I just love the dragon clinging on for dear life.  I have to say, the knight doesn't look too concerned, does he?!!

This was a beautiful view from the Museum Bridge towards Hospital Bridge.  I'm guessing that the building extending over the river was once a hospital.

And of course, we were in Bavaria, so beer is a big deal.  I liked these signs for the old brewery.

More photos from München another day.

Saturday, 17 March 2012


It's a lovely spring day ... time to neglect that To Do list and go for a walk (in my defence I scrubbed the patio tiles yesterday and I cleaned the BBQ this morning .. a job I had forgotten to list yesterday).

It's a very pleasant 17 degrees outside with a light breeze ... perfect!

One of the local stables that we passed by ... there are many around here.

I do like this house (oops -  I should have straightened the photo up) and I would love to see the view from the top of the turret.

There's still a very autumnal feel in the woods with all the crisp, fallen leaves.  

Right ... off to clean some windows (honest!)

Friday, 16 March 2012

Normal Blogging Will Resume Shortly

.... once I've worked my way through my rather tedious To Do list:

  • tame the garden ... the weeds seem to be winning already *sigh*
  • clean the patio again ... the tile cleaner I bought didn't work, so I guess it'll be a scrubbing brush and some elbow grease instead
  • clean the windows ... absolutely my least favourite activity mostly because even if you're 100% convinced you've got them clean, in a different light they will always still appear dirty / smeared
  • plus a little bit of spring cleaning, although to be honest I got most of that out of the way in February when I was trying to rid the house of dog hair after Pip died.  

Happily the garage cleaned my car when I took it to have the winter wheels changed out for summer ones during the week :-)

I rather foolishly agreed to host the quilting group's meeting next week, so I better add tidying the house up to the list and then we're away next weekend - a flying visit to Nürnberg (just because we've never been) on the way to München to visit friends.  I'll take my camera and post some snaps when I return.

There has been the odd bit of crafting thrown in - a top that's almost finished and some crochet.  More of which when I get back.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Joining the squares


I've only made 2 blocks for my blanket this month as I've decided that I'd better learn how to join them all together before I make too many more.  I certainly can't face the thought of getting to the end of the CAL in December and having to start joining them all then.

I'm not a fan of the top block - it wouldn't lie flat until I blocked it and now the pattern is slightly twisted.  I'm admitting defeat - it'll do!  

The second block I love - it was fun to make and taught me a new stitch.  Happy days!  And it made me think that I need to hook a simple granny square for this blanket - that's effectively what the base for this second square is.  It's on the list.

So for the last few days I've been researching how to join these squares up.  The discussion forums on Ravelry are a gold mine of information on things like this for us newbies and I soon found myself clicking across to You Tube to watch some videos demonstrating joining techniques.  I've opted for flat braiding and it's coming along slowly:

Due to a cold that refused to go away (although I'm feeling tons better today), I haven't made much progress on other projects.  I have a jersey top cut out ready to sew, but I need to dig out my course notes to check what I'm doing with the overlocker before I dive in.  I haven't used it since I did the course last autumn, so it's wise to wait till I've found the notes and my head is a bit clearer.

And my next priority is going to be turning some skull and crossbones fabric that I inexplicably have in my stash (zero recollection of where it came from!) into some pirate-y flags and things for a friend's nearly 4-year-old son's pirate-themed birthday.  Better get my skates on ... the party is soon!

Friday, 2 March 2012

Not feeling like it

Give me a week with oodles of time to craft and what happens?  Yep, got a stinker of a cold and completely lost the ability to co-ordinate my head and hands.

So there isn't much to show you.  Last weekend I whipped up a zipped pocket purse using a Keyka Lou pattern using some offcuts of some lovely Japanese cottons (see photo above - this one was to test the pattern out) but when I tried to make a second one on Wednesday for a gift (under the influence of the cold), it all went horribly wrong and ended up in the bin.  Sigh.

I'll try again next week.  I should have regained control by then!

In the meantime I did manage to finish the handles on this crochet bag.  I bought the extra yarn needed a month back when I last posted about it and never got round to it.  Even with a cold I can just about manage single crochet!

Might have to leave the March blocks for the blanket CAL until I'm feeling more like it though - they tend to be rather challenging even when I'm on form!

Linking up belatedly with Our Creative Spaces.