Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Bits of This and That

After several weeks of working with the fuglies, I really wanted to play with some pretties.  I had found my Road to Oklahoma blocks I had made for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge way back in 2014 a couple of weeks back while searching for something else, so they have come out for me to play with.  I have been using this project for my Friday Quilter's sewing, so its taking me a while to do. 
I've chosen to lay it out in stripes of colour, and after a couple of Fridays I have sewn half together.  I use a flannel backed plastic table cloth as a portable design board.  Its great as you can fold it up to carry it around and the blocks don't move. 

I'm in no hurry to finish it, so it will be a few more Fridays before its done.

I have been missing my hand sewing in the evenings, so I've also dug out an ancient UFO to finish off. 

Its a Christmas banner and last in a set of 3.  I completed the other two at least 5 years ago in pre-blogging days and have been hanging them each Christmas.  Time this got done!  These are the other two; photo taken at Christmas last year.
"Peace", the one I'm working on now is going to go in the middle between these other two.  It will be good to hang the completed banners this year at Christmas.  I have begun the stitching, but not much done yet.  Its nice to be working on hand stitching again.
While ratting around looking for my banner, I found this......

I made it back in July 2014 as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, and blogged about it here.  I talked about the Road to Oklahoma blocks there too.  All this flimsy needs is a border and it will be a little lap quilt for Stitching Hearts.  I have pulled it out to do - it will be the next cab off the rank.  When its done, that will be 2 UFOs done.

A totally amazing thing happened a couple of weeks back.  This lovely old clock is a Sessions clock and made about 1920. 

I've had it for years - but for the last 10 years or so it has not been a happy clock.  It simply won't go.  I've had it serviced etc., at great expense, but still it refused to tick.  This year, when packing up the Christmas decorations, I accidentally jolted it.  And Bingo! It started to tick!  I held my breath and waited and it kept ticking.  It chimes on the hour and half hour, and its so nice to hear it.  The only problem is that it is supposed to be a 7 day clock, but it very definitely isn't.  I need to work out exactly how often I need to wind it to keep it going continuously.  I don't care.  It's going and I am pleased as punch.

Til next time.....Keep on stitching