Sunday, 6 April 2014

bonnie scotland

I've been having a great time in Edinburgh this weekend with 7 friends and we are visiting an old schoolfriend who lives here. We've visited the castle and other sites, had great meals, a few drinks, plenty of chat, some shopping and just had a great time. Hope you all have a great weekend.


Sunday, 23 March 2014

New York and other things

I had a wonderful trip to New York with my friend in February.  We were there for five days and I loved it, especially because there were so many dressmaking fabric shops and I also got to visit The City Quilter where I purchased some New York city fabric, a cushion kit, a book for using charm squares and some fat quarters.  I could have easily spent the whole day there. We visited Ellis Island which was the best $18 I ever spent.  We were there for three hours going through the exhibition and listening to the audio tour.   You can feel what it was like there for the immigrants and how frightened they must have felt waiting to see if they would gain access or not.  If you are ever in New York and you have the chance to go, please do, it is the best history lesson ever.

Inside the hall in Ellis Island.

We also visited the Empire State building at midnight.  It was very cold but the views were worth it.   We even managed to get to see Mamma Mia on Broadway (loved it).  We didn't get to see everything in those few days so I am definitely going back and I have some willing volunteers at home who want to go with me.  Maybe it will be the holiday for next year.

We had a "do what you want" workshop with my quilting group in early March.  I decided I wanted to start on making a blouse for myself.  I used New Look 6232 pattern and a tan/cream spot cotton fabric.
I have the front button facing, collar and buttons to finish it off so hope to have it to show in a couple of weeks.  I have some nice fabric for a skirt so need to get started on that as well.

I'm working on my New York beauty scrap quilt.  I just have the binding to finish so here is a work in progress photo.  I'm using a strippy fabric for the binding.   I used charm squares and some solid bright colours for the blocks and grey for the sashing. 

I've also started working on a hand pieced foundation by the yard kaleidoscope quilt.  I'm using black, some charm squares (which I got in a rainbow colour charm swap) and some of the strippy fabric left over from the binding of my New York beauty quilt.
I hope you all had a great St Patricks Day.  I'm heading off in a couple of weeks with some schoolfriends to Edinburgh for a weekend to visit a schoolfriend.  I know there is a patchwork shop in Edinburgh so I am determined to find it.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend and keep sewing (anyone else watching The Great British Sewing Bee, I'm shouting for my namesake Lynda).

Sunday, 2 February 2014

The big 50!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

I knew it was coming but it still sneaked up on me, the big 50!!!.
I've hit this magical number and have had a great time celebrating.
The lovely ladies at my quilt group gave me a bag of wonderful fat quarters which I will have great fun making into bags, quilts etc.

I also finished my initial heart swap item (which I can't show yet until it arrives at it's new owner's house) so I have kept my swap pledge (yippee).

Here we are now into a new month and my friend and I are heading off to the big apple, New York City.  I have to plan out my visit to the City Quilter and hope that I have some space in my suitcase to bring home some goodies.

Hope you all had a great weekend.

Friday, 3 January 2014

I've taken the plege

I've taken the pledge.  Chez at Gone Stitchin has put up a swap pledge.  I have joined the Initial Heart Swap so I am taking the pledge


I, Linda, will try my utmost...
·        To always swap on time.
·        To always email a THANK YOU to my partner.
·        To be considerate and thoughtful when choosing a gift.
·        To give my partner the quality of gift that I would like to receive.
·        To communicate when it’s required.
·        To NEVER over commit and let a partner down.
·        To advise the swap mama when I receive my gift.

This I sewomly pledge....

Tuesday, 31 December 2013


Wishing everybody all the best as we leave 2013 and move into 2014.

May your friends be plentiful
May your family be loved
May you enjoy good health
May you have all you need
And may you get to make what you love.

I hope that I will get to enjoy making, baking and losing a few pounds.  This is my new years resolution.  Wonder how many I will manage to keep?

Best wishes

Thursday, 26 December 2013


I hope everyone enjoyed a lovely Christmas Day.  As usual we all ate too much, watched tv, played games and had a great day.

I opened my secret santa soiree presents and I love them all and just want to say thanks to whoever my secret santa was.

I also received a great quilting book and a mug rug book in my presents which I am going to enjoy reading today and I'm taking Friday as my sewing day.  I have a nice break from work as I'm not back until New Years Eve.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Santa's Secret Soiree

I took part in Colorado Lady's SSS (Santa's Secret Soiree).

I sent my goodies away (I was a bit late due to everyone in the house being sick, it was the worst flu we've ever had).

A wonderful parcel arrived with some fab goodies (I know I'm not supposed to open them yet but I had a little sneak peak).  I don't know who my Santa is (they haven't put their name in) but I want to say thank you to them.

Above is a photo of the wonderful package.  I am going to open the goodies on Christmas Day and will put a photo up of what wonderful things I received.

We've have some terrible storms here over the last few days and our electricity has been off for a couple of days so I haven't been able to get onto the computer until now.  They're predicting more bad weather for the rest of the weekend and next week so Santa might get blown away with the strong winds.

Hoping you all have a wonderful weekend before the big day.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

What have I been doing all this time?????

Time has slipped by so quickly.  I had great intentions of writing a post at least once a month and here I am 4 months later and nothing done.  Oh well, start off now.

Firstly we were on holidays on a wonderful cruise for two weeks.  Coming from Ireland we are not used to really warm weather but this year we had a really hot summer but it was nothing compared to the temperatures we had in Spain.  We ate plenty, drank some, were entertained nightly and visited some wonderful places.
 In Vigo
 Barcelona Football Club
 In Cadiz, you can see the ship in the background
In Valencia
It was a great holiday despite putting weight on but I suppose that's what a holiday is all about.
The reason we had such a big holiday is because my eldest daughter did her leaving cert this year so we all needed a good break after that.

Then we had to anxiously wait for the results which she didn't think were good enough for the science course she wanted but they were more than good and she was offered her science course in Dublin City University.  

We then had two debs dances, her own and then her friends. Here is a photo of her at her friends debs with two of her other friends.  I'll post a photo of her own one soon.
Then we had youngest daughter starting secondary school.  Here she is in her uniform on her first day.
Time has slipped by and I don't have much to show in the way of makes.  Our quilting group have been busy making a quilt for the RNLI to raffle.  It's a crazy patch quilt in all different blues.  

I've also joined four swaps for Christmas (I must be mad).  I've finished one and it is happily winging its way to ????? and here is a photo.  
We had to make a fabric basket except I made a big mistake on my first attempt and sewed it up the wrong way so it turned out as a flat box shape.
The other swaps are for a table runner and xmas decoration, a secret soiree swap and a handmade swap.  I better get my sewing machine into top gear to get them all finished on time.

I'll leave you with a photo of hubby and myself at Halloween.  We always dress up for the kids calling to the house, we enjoy it as much as they do.

I promise I will do another post shortly.

Best wishes