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Textile Tuesday

This photo challenge is based on all things Textile and is organised by Wild Daffodil – link here

So I thought combine the challenge with some sewing of textiles.

One of my Gonna Does for this year involves trying to make a quilt for my oldest grandson H . He asked me to make him an Oxford United one. He had no idea what a big ask this was. No pattern, no instructions, just muggins here trying her best.

January I produced a tracing of the Ox which the club uses for its symbol. February I paniced. I determined that today I would move on a bit…..

 

Attach tracing and some bondaweb to fabric. Cut out neatly and attach to main fabric. Iron. Wonder why nothing is happening. Remember then that need to remove backing paper from bondwweb to get it to stick down when applying iron.

Iron

Remember how to do zigzag stitch on scary new sewing machine- yes I know it’s 7 years old but it still scares me every time. Wonder how on earth have stitched the sewing foot instead of fabric. Realise have wrong foot on machine. Change foot and stitch.

Figure out how to add facial markings.

Straight stitch for horns. Realise first version of eyes a mess. Unpick and hand embroider.  Realise a sensible person that knew what they were doing would have added facial features before appliqueing onto main fabric.

Anyway quite pleased with today’s effort.

Need a lie down and a cup of tea now!

Next step add batting and backing fabric- a breeze………………….

 

 

 

St David’s Day

The 1st of March is St David’s Day, the patron Saint of Wales. Far back in my maternal family I have Welsh ancestors. My Mum and my brother returned to live there, both dying less than fifty miles away from where a branch of the family started.  Mum was a teacher and she always aimed to have daffodils (the national flower of Wales) ready to share on this day with her puplis. As it happens daffodils are one of my very favourite flowers, so I am writing this post to share out some daffodil love and to wish you all a Happy St David’s Day.

I only have some tete a tete daffodils in bloom at the moment -Yorkshire is a little behind Wales as far as flowers go, – this picture was taken in late March 2016, bulbs planted in the lawn by me.

This lovely display is on my way into town, also taken late March 2016.

This picture taken in April 2016 at Newburgh Priory where we had gone to a Spring Plant fair.

April 2017, home grown daffodils as part of my Easter display.

March 2018, shop bought ones- there seems to be snow on the ground outside.

Wild ones in Farndale last year.

And to conclude- Rhayader, Wales, because I couldn’t write this post without a picture from Wales could I? I wonder what is your favourite flower?

Happy St David’s Day.

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