Friday, 3 July 2015

Double first!

In the last year I joined my first ever Charity Quilting Bee,the Siblings Together Quilting Bee, who make quilts to be handed over to children in care who have been separated from their siblings.

March was my month as Queen Bee and I asked my fellow Bees to make Merry-Go-Round blocks for my STQB quilt. Needless to say my fellow Bees were all prompt in making and sending their blocks, the delay in putting them all together was entirely down to the fact that I took ages to make my own Merry-Go-Round blocks to complete the top!

Well, I am delighted to say that I have not only finished the last block but have even managed to join all the blocks together, so I now have a completed quilt top to share :)

STQB quilt top complete

Not only is this the first Charity Quilt top I have completed, but it is also the first completed top from any of the several Bees that I have been part of, so a double first!

Tomorrow there is a fabric sale in a local village hall, so I am heading off early in the hope of bagging some wadding bargains and fabric for the backing, wish me luck :)

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts

Thursday, 2 July 2015

A different daily commute

For those of you who regularly travel by Metro or Underground, I thought you might like a glimpse of some of the amazing Metro stations that we visited recently in Moscow. We were very proud of ourselves for managing to negotiate the network on our own, as all the Cyrillic language station signs took a bit of deciphering. However, it wasn't until we took a guided tour of the Metro stations in the evening that we realised just how stunning some of the stations are.

The Ploschad Revolyutsii station is the stop nearest Red Square, so it is probably not surprising that it is one of the most beautiful.

The platforms were decorated with 76 bronze statues like the one above, and even included 4 bronze hunting dogs whose noses supposedly needed to be rubbed for luck!

 Clearly lots of Moscow commuters think they need some luck :)

My favourite station was the Kiyevskaya Station, which is the underground station for the railway line from Moscow to Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine.

The Metro stations on the first line built in 1935 were intended to be seen as "people's palaces" and the Kiyevskaya Station certainly lives up to the billing.

The Ukraine was Russia's bread basket so the station is decorated with wonderful plaster mouldings of wheat sheaves as you can see above, and frescoes depicting life in the Ukraine.

I thought at first these ladies were sewing but alas not :)

The lighting in some of the stations was another highlight,

 Check out the platform lighting at Novoslobodskaya Station

and the chandeliers at Komsomolskaya Station. I felt that I should be in a cocktail dress and evening gloves :)

Wouldn't this make a wonderful quilting pattern?

This one just made me think of Discworld!

Apparently the Moscow Metro system is the busiest metro system outside of Asia and the world's busiest by daily users, but every station that we visited was absolutely spotless so you would never have guessed. If you ever get the opportunity to visit some of the beautiful stations on the Moscow Metro, then I highly recommend that you take it. We will definitely be going back!

Linking up to

Live A Colorful Life

Thursday, 25 June 2015

New to Me in June

Welcome to another New to Me Link Party, where we celebrate flexing our creative muscles and trying something new, whether we have succeeded or not :)

My New to Me activities this month are definitely a mixed bag.

First up, my very first published paper piecing pattern.

My Designer Shoe Boot cushion pattern that appears in the latest edition of

Next my first attempt at reverse applique for the Wine Bottle gift bag that was this month's Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew project.

Head on over to Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner  to add your own links and check out Ruth's wonderful So Frosty quilt pattern and Flying Geese tutorial whilst you are there!

And finally, the scary manual challenge laid down by Katy to ignore all those tempting automatic settings on my camera and try to fathom it all out for myself!

So, that's my New to Me activities this month, now it is your turn.

As ever please help to spread the word by linking back to this post in your post and/or adding the blog button to your sidebar.

Check out the other links too and, maybe, leave an encouraging comment along the way. The emphasis of this link party is to celebrate the trying of something new, whether it works out exactly as planned or not, so a little encouragement here and there would not go amiss! 

The link will remain open until 23.59GMT on June 30th, so you have some time to try something new and link up and join the party :)

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