Poppy Patchwork

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Thursday, 17 March 2016

Amazing Grace

Normally when I get my camera out Grace is not happy
she manages to turn each time I click
and I delete loads of shots of her rear end
Yesterday I got lucky
 Hubby had a parcel arrive yesterday, it was for me
after I told him about the book I just finished reading
he found the sequel at a good price on Amazon
 Not being able to do much
means I sit and stitch hope to finish this soon.
I have also cut out another two fat quarters, so loads of sewing to do. 
Did a swap for a couple hot peppers, 
I always have too many tomato and cucumber seedlings
My car has been picked up for it's service, so I am at home today, hubby has gone to play golf, I'm not sure if that is wise, but he made his mind up to go, on the plus side it is dry and sunny outside.
So few hours at home, I am going to have a cleaning morning, get it out of the way.
Over the weekend I will tidy my garden, last year I followed Monty's advice and left all the seed heads for the wildlife, and with such a mild winter, they lasted well, but now I have loads of dried material needing to be removed. This year should be rather easy, it's our 7th spring in the garden so most of the main work has been sorted, it's just a case of ensuring we have plenty of colour.
A helpful tip, I do not buy kits, I always find the fabrics supplied are too big for my love of fine stitching, so I have over the years saved DMC threads. DMC threads were used because the village wool shop sold this brand when I was a child. When I pop them on my plastic bobbins, I always take the long sleeve with the colour number on and tuck it next to the card and then wrap the thread over both, this saves you having to put the number on the bobbins. When I finish the colour, I pop the sleeve in my purse, nice and safe ready for when I next pop to a shop to ensure I replace the correct colour. These days when I find a design, often I have most of the colours in my stash, and if I don't have the correct colours I will have something very close.


  1. Thats a great tip about the floss, its good you can swap some plants, there is so many seeds in a packet its impossible to grow them all and what you do sow if you have good germination you end up with too many :-)

  2. Dear Marlene
    I have just bought Me before You on my Kindle after you reminded me how much I enjoyed it. The sequel is on my wish list, although I was reading the reviews which were mixed. One to make up our own minds about, I think.
    Great tip about the embroidery thread. I use the plastic bobbins, but totally failed to keep any sort of record of the colour numbers! It's always guess work when I have to replace a colour. Now, I just need to remember to actually do it!
    Best wishes

  3. Dear Marlene
    I forgot to add that the photo of Grace is beautiful. Our cat, Scruffy, always closes his eyes when he sees a camera, but I did manage to get a shot of him in the garden on Sunday and his eyes were open!
    Best wishes

  4. What a lovely photo of Grace, she's such a beautiful cat. I loved Me Before You but I don't know if I want to read the sequel, do let us know what you think of it and if you think it's worth reading. I often find that sequels don't live up to my expectations after the first book has been so good. That's a great tip about the threads.

  5. Lovely kitty! Your stitched piece is gorgeous.
    Me before you is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time and I'm looking forward to seeing the movie. Interested to hear what you think of the sequel. Have you read Me without you by Kelly Rimmer I can highly recommend this one too.

  6. I do love cats, Grace is beautiful
    Your new seedlings look nice and healthy
    I hope you are feeling much better and hubby enjoyed his golf in the sunshine.
    You'll have to let me know if the sequel is as good as the first book

  7. Very sweet photo of Grace, I took over 40 photos of my sisters blinking dog & I think only five were of any use. Love the tip about the floss xx

  8. What a lovely cat. I know what you mean about pet photography, The White Bunny always runs towards the phone/camera whenever it comes near.



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