Wednesday, 24 March 2010


Completed at last!! I decided I would make a lap quilt for my sister, so that she could cuddle into it, after chemo. I did the simplest pattern I could find - a central square, with borders all round and then joined together. Her favourite colour used to be blue. I just hope she hasn't changed her mind! There was no way I could ask her, without letting the cat out the bag.

I used to make a lot of wall hangings and small samples, for when I was demonstrating a technique, so I used to stipple these examples using what is now called micro stippling. I always hand quilted larger objects. Because I wanted to get this to my sister as quickly as possible (the chemo started last week), I decided to machine stipple it. I always use a large herringbone stitch to baste the sandwich together (you can see a great picture of how it looks on Lynn's blog, 'Nebraska Views' here), but when I have fully basted one way completely, I turn the quilt and baste at right angles. It doubles the work, but ensures the quilt layers will not move during machining. I forgot to take a picture of the quilt, when I had finished basting it. I found the stippling really hard on my neck, when I started. I was tensing up, trying to manoever the quilt, but I bought a pair of machine embroidery gloves, when I was at the Sewing and Hobbycraft Exhibition, and they made life so much easier! They have rubber 'bumps' on the palms of the gloves, and they grip the surface of the quilt, as you lay your hands on top. I was able to quilt for longer periods of time, and my neck did not get so sore. I stippled using a dark blue thread. This is a picture of one of the blocks below. It is not, by any means, perfect, but it got me started again.

Thankful Thoughts
I have a couple of friends, who send me funny emails every day. I must admit I enjoy a good laugh, and I have a quirky sense of humour (a typical Glaswegian!). Occasionally I get an email from one of them that makes me sit up and think. Appropriately enough the email I got today is called 'Think'. I hope you enjoy, if that is the correct word, and I hope it makes you think. (see below)

There was
a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She
hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always
there for her. She told her boyfriend, ' If I could only see
the world, I will marry you. '

One day,
someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages
came off, she was able to see everything, including her

He asked
her, ' Now that you can see the world, will you marry me? ' The
girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The
sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn ' t expected
that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life

led her to refuse to marry him.

boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her
saying: ' Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before
they were yours, they were mine. '

This is
how the human brain often works - when our status changes.
Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who
was always by their side in the most painful situations.

Life Is a

before you say an unkind word - Think of someone who can't

you complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone
who has nothing to eat.

you complain about your husband or wife - Think of someone
who ' s crying out to GOD for a companion.

before you complain about life - Think of someone who went
too earl y to heaven..

whining about the distance you drive - Think of someone who
walks the same distance with their feet.

And when
you are tired and complain about your job - Think of the
unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your

And when
depressing thoughts seem to get you down - Put a smile on
your face and think: you ' re alive and still

Till next time.


  1. I love blue too and I'm sure your sister will appreciate this lovely quilt at this difficult time. I'm thinking of doing an I-spy quilt for a friends little boy and this design would work well xxx