I put some bacon chops in the slow cooker with a bottle of Mr T's cheapest Cola and served them with mustard mash, cauli and broccoli. Jam sponge and custard for pudding. Yum.
I did manage a quick visit to Burton-on-Trent Saturday, a quick look round the market and a zip in and out of the Charity Shops.
I picked up this single duvet cover for £1, it is very good quality and in new condition. I plan to turn it into aprons with a frill round the skirts. My local Cats Protection CS can sell them as fundraisers.
The quilt for James and Cerys is done, I could not settle on fabric to back it so used a fleece blanket and it is really warm.
One thing that I noticed in the Burton CS was the price of pillowcases, £1 upwards!! I pay 25p at most. The one in this pic is one of a pair for 35p. I stuff them with 3 or 4 layers of wadding offcuts, sew up the opening and do a little hand quilting and there is a very cheap pet bed. This one will fit a small to medium dog or a couple of cats. I sew the layers of wadding together as well so that when washed they retain their shape.
I got my November block swap on Saturday, I am not a happy bunny, it came with a letter saying that she had cut it wrong so had put a patch in one corner, did I mind!! if so let her know and she would try again!
Well yes I do mind, I take great care to send a swap as near perfect as I can make it. I am fussy and like to think that others are also. If it turns out too small I remake, if I am not going to do it properly then I do not do it at all. To me part of the fun of swapping is to match the swap with my partners tastes and to make them something with a bit of "OOH" factor. This is what I got. BTW my colours are Red, Yellow and Aqua on White, with no Batiks.
This is not square, it does not measure 12 1/2" and it is not Aqua, it also has grey and the blue is a Batik.
I am putting it in the post and sending it back. The block pattern I quite like but I could not keep this even to cut for scraps, evrytime I saw it I would seethe. My last block was nothing special but it was the right size and the right colours so I will use it. All the other blocks that I have had are really good and I look forward to turning them into a quilt.
This was our dinner on Friday, spicy fried chicken, in the end I did not make batter I dipped the meat in milk and then a spicy gram flour mix. The sausage gravy was lovely, I used a 50p pack of RTC honey and mustard sausages and added a little extra mustard to the gravy.
It was so tasty that we are having a version of it tonight on pasta.
Reasons to be grateful.
1. Pain free for 24 hours.
2. A visit on Saturday and a catch up.
3. Being made aware that my health issues are negligible.
4. Being made aware that our health service, with all its problems. does a very good job on the whole.
5. Feeling fortunate in having Francesca's family in my life.
In 2 weeks Fran will be moving to her new house-share in London, a time of change and for us all. I look forward to seeing more space in the cottage and seeing her social life actually happen. She will instantly gain over 5 hours a day by not commuting.
On that thought I really ought to drag out some of the things that need checking before they are packed, there are a lot of boxes that have not been touched for 2 years!
Oh that is really too bad. You join a swap, you send your best work. If you know yours isn't up to scratch you don't join. Simple as. I would have felt the same. We had bacon chunks yesterday, I obviously felt your bacon vibe going on! You won't know yourself with the extra space in the cottage, but you are right about people having a social life too.ReplyDelete
Enjoy the vibe, and the bacon. Francesca announced last night that, as it was to be her last Sunday roast for a while, she would like Lamb. That gives her Shepherds pie and lamb and mint pie during the week, there,s no moss on her brain, 2 of her favourite dinners. She also asked for apple puree crumble, she only likes cooked apple if it is puree. No probs. The offending block is on it,s way back.Delete
I received a bad block a while back and it totally put me off. I never thought of sending it back though. Love the duvet cover - so pretty.ReplyDelete
I did not know what else to do with it, I would not use it for anything. That duvet cover is lovely, I hope to get 6 aprons out of it, I will use the back for waistbands, yies and pockets.Delete
I had missed your posts, glad you are feeling ok. The duvet cover is lovely, really must start builfing up a stock, I have been picking up men's shirts during this year, but have done no patchwork as I have really been enjoying crocheting. Such a shame about the block, very disappointing but it does have to be right. XReplyDelete
Men's shirts are great for quilts, have you seen Bonnie Hunter deconstruct one, it is on you tube and well worth a look.Delete
Have just checked out the video. I have never seen this before, but unbelievably it is basically how I deconstruct a shirt, I am far too impatient to use a seam ripper - and I always keep the buttons, even if they are just normal shirt buttons!
Hello Pam, I'm your swap partner for the Christmas Cracker Swap - will chat soon, just exploring your blog a little to get a feel for your style. BettyxReplyDelete