I have been a bit conspicuous by my absence over the last couple of weeks for which I apologise. It's partly lethargy and not having a lot to show and partly being busy with a sick friend in hospital again. Our very dear friend G had a fall at home 2 and a half weeks ago and was taken to hospital and has been there ever since. At first she was making progress and we expected her home this week but over the last few days she has deteriorated and after a further x-ray today they now tell us her leg is broken at the top. Not good when you are 99 years old. We don't know what will come next but she is in desperate pain today. She is strong and will fight but her age and health are against her.
In between hospital visits, washing and rearranging G's home to suit her declining mobility I have done bits and pieces. I have managed to work on my Journal for Carole Brungar's class a bit more and the photo above is of the inside front cover.
I am basing the journal on memories, mostly of family and this page above is made on a card that I received from a blogging friend onto which I have stitched a digital image of my grandmother and her family that I had previously put into a small art quilt but which I have now cut up to use in the journal. The edge on the next page is an offcut from a journal quilt I made last year for Little Gems.
I still have lots more to include in the journal and I don't want to stitch the signatures (groups of pages) in until I have finished machine stitching things in.
This beautiful pin cushion was my prize in a giveaway from Pam who blogs as Calamity Jane. As you can see it is considerably bigger than the bottle top pincushion I carry around with me. It will be a lovely and useful addition to my sewing room. Thank you Pam :)
I'm jumping about a bit here but my brain's a bit like that at the moment so I apologise if you're having trouble following me. This photo above was taken in Liverpool a few weeks ago on a day out that I didn't get round to blogging about. I would have loved to have asked the girl about her gorgeous scrappy bag but she was deep in conversation and I was legging it to the coach that was waiting to take us home after a trip on the Manchester Ship Canal so I had to content myself with a quick snap. (Annabel, I have a photo of the couple if you wanted to see it for your portrait series).
I had sort of decided to have a bit of a blogging break this month as I have to get 2 journal quilts made by the end of the month and I am spending way too long on the computer so I may be missing again, especially with the uncertainty over our friend. I have everything crossed that I will get to the Festival of Quilts next week as I really want to see my quilt on the wall and I have classes booked. Enjoy the Festival if you are going and enjoy the rest of the summer iit's out there somewhere!) if you're not. See you soon!