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|Thread: Belated Hello from Middleton Manchester :)|
Thank you for the welcomes. I've been told by hubby that I have to have a semi feet up day. I say semi because the dogs still need to go out and I still had to sort poultry feeds. He's fussing as I had a bad medication night when I woke up at 4am which is an hour and half off my pain patch being changed having started going into withdrawal So hubby got my top up Oxycontin to stop me contorting. So I'm a wee bit achy today. But the dogs have been huge fusspots and even my son's cat came and sat with me on the sofa. She normally just meows AT me till I get her treats. But because the dogs don't get treats without at least giving paw, the cat does also cause it wouldn't be fair otherwise. Had a SKY fitter's eyes almost fall out when Posh ran in the room and Sat when I asked and then gave Paw, left and right for treats. He asked if he had just seen what he had thought he'd seen. Yes, a cat who sits and gives paw. She also does Lie down and bedtime Soon as I said she's my son's Autistic Support Cat it suddenly seemed completely logical that she would. She's a Blue Tabby Point Birman who came int our lives 6 years ago. She'd actually been dumped on an industrial estate. She is like Nanny to the kids and fusses over them endlessly. She just gets bored if they are at school so follows me around
Hubby is on pins waiting for his sketchbook quit to come back in the post as with being his first ever thing he's made all on his own, he's rather proud. I am chuffed he loved doing it, tho I do really wish he'd learn to plaster (I wanted to but now can't) so we can get some rooms sorted properly but he can Tile (walls and floors) and is quite handy really as I have taught him most things in the 21 years we've been together. His dad was a landscape gardener and all he'd do was mow huge lawns when he worked with him. I ended up taking over while at Uni and holidays as I'd been brought up around farming and enjoyed proper gardening. I'm trying to get back to having a nice garden or at least section of it. We have 160ft x 40ft split into 3 sections. Currently the animals have 2 sections and we have the first section and patio tho the poultry don't hold to this and do tend to find ways to come and sit at the back door wanting to come in lol The Turkeys are just as bad as all were hatched in house and spent first few weeks being carried around on shoulders or sleeping perched on one of the dogs backs. They are just a lot larger now and having a bird 15kgs plus in weight with 5 to 6ft wingspan trying to fly to your shoulder or arm can be a bit disturbing of you didn't know that they then snuggle up to your face wanting kisses and hugs. We've kept turkeys now for the last 10/11 years. We can't eat Turkey now.
Just realised I haven't posted a hello post. I'd posted on the sketchbook quilt thread but hadn't actually said hello.
HELLO!!! I'm Laura I'm 39 and I live in Middleton, Manchester with my Husband Stephen 39 and 2 Children. Alex, our daughter, who is 15 in November and Beren, our son, who has just turned 13 in August. Both are on the Autistic Spectrum.
We like collecting Vintage things. Anything that catches our eye really. Alex loves Hornsea and has been collecting Heirloom storage Jars and table wear. She has collected a fair amount with my help. She also has a passion for vintage bedding like the wool blankets or Candlewicks. Again, she has a fair amount of these that she has found at an amazing Jumble sale we go to, mainly for 25p each!
Me, I collect Fabric. For the past 20 years plus I have been amassing a hoard of a stash. Anything that takes my fancy really. Vintage textiles, Bargains that you just can't live without and they will never be seen at that price again.....so I'll buy the roll if I can. I don't have nights out or Holidays (last one was 3 years ago and that was St I'd been on in Ayers). I'm spinally challenged so I have had to give up a lot over the years so sewing has become something that I have thrown myself into. I've done Custom Fleece Hats and Scarves, Curtains, Cushions, Adobes, Bed sheets, Costumes, Copley, Children's clothes, Shirts and shorts for Hubby. Bags, Purses, Pencil cases, Dog collars, Horse blankets and Field rugs.......the list goes on hehe. I use to do a lot of hand sewing but because of Arthritis in my fingers I have had to almost give it up. I share a 1950s Janome New Home Sewing Machine with my daughter, it's very basic but it's such a lovely machine to work on. Have to get hubby to lift it for me as it is very heavy.
As well as having Spinal issues (Degenerative Disc Disease), Arthritis and Nerve Issues I am also on the Autistic Spectrum as I have Asperger's. I struggle with crowds, tend to chat on (even typing lol) but I am very giving and if I can help someone in any way, sometimes I have been hurt because of this but I try not to let it stop me from helping the next person.
Well, that's me. I know it's rather a lot and I am sorry for that but hope I have given an insight into me.
|Thread: Sketchbook Quilt Competition|
Not had ours back yet. Thinking about getting daughter's framed with it having been her first ever quilt. Hubby has even been sketching out plans for his next quilts. He's planning on doing a few on a theme (seems like it's all Star Wars at the moment lol). This is from someone who, tho he has supported and fed my fabric addition, he's always said there would be no way I could ever use it all in my lifetime lol. Well, now, he's in and out of my storage bags looking for 'I'll know what it is when I find it' fabric lol. He's even planning on making himself a 'Mad Max' inspired Cushion.
Can't wait to see the winners tho. And to see the ones picked to show in Octobers mag as those who weren't at the show will be able to see them better and be able to see the actual stitching and quilting (I hope lol) as I love to see the amazing ideas that others come up with, specially on the same theme
We haven't heard anything either so looks like none of us won tho I knew I certainly wouldn't. It was good fun just entering as it has lifted my spirits somewhat.
We've been on pins in this house lol. Me and hubby kinda guessed we wouldn't be in with a chance and after seeing the photos of some seriously amazing quilts that put us to shame we know that we aren't lol But entering and just enjoying the whole process has been awesome. My daughter has been checking the facebook page daily tho and can't wait tofind out. She's been really busy sewing for the last few weeks and her Dicebags have been well received by friends of hubby's on the facebook groups he's in. So far she has raised enough to pay for her school trip to CERN and is now hoping to raise enough more to buy her brother something to make up for all the trips and things he doesn't get to go on being as he's at Special needs high school which we think is a rather sweet thing to do.
I'm loving seeing the close up photos of the quilts. You miss so much in a joint photo. All the detailing and such. They are all beautiful.
We were in such a rush to get them in the post that we forgot to take photos at home . Sadly, we weren't able to get down to the show but it has been amazing just to see them hanging up with so many others.
My daughter's quilt is the 4th one. It's Lavender Fields. She even stuffed the Lavender rows with dried lavender from our garden. I really couldn't have been prouder as Alex had never made a quilt before and having enjoyed making it on her 1950's New Home Machine that she is flying away making Purses and Dice Bags to sell to raise money for her school trip to CERN. She's already sold 5 of the first 6 Dice Bags she made and had a couple of orders coming in for mock suede Dice Bags. I have given her 100% access to my epic fabric hoard that I have been building since my teens. Thankfully with Hubby being a Crafter he has large amounts of model building craft supplies (not as mad as mine but close lol) so he doesn't mind thankfully lol
Hubby Stephen's quilt is in the red section. It's a Star Wars Themed quilt of an X-Wing flying down one of the Death Star Trenches. He drafted his own templates and used Piecing, EPP and Applique. Again, same as Alex, he had never made a quilt before. In fact, he'd only ever stitched straight lines on the machine.
I was thinking Purple would be the predominant colour Then maybe Pink, followed by Reds, Blues and Yellows. Then some random colours and shades.
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