Sunday, 18 January 2009

First Daffodils of Spring

A walk last week along the riverside at Wylam and I spotted these daffodils pushing their heads up through the undergrowth. I haven't seen any snowdrops yet so these daffs are very early. As the National Trust tea shop was closed we walked in the other direction towards Hagg Bank and the Points bridge.

As the sign says this is an early example of a suspension bridge built to connect North Wylam station to the Newcastle to Carlisle railway line in 1876. My Great great great grandfather worked on the railways at Wylam in the 1850's , so I like to think he too would have walked or ridden across the bridge when it was built. The railway line here is disused and the track is now part of the Tyne Riverside park.With the New Year comes the start of a new quilt project. I have started to make the Wish upon a Star quilt from Rabbits Haven for Jenny. I was so intent on choosing the design I did not pay any attention to how difficult the pattern might be. After asking Kim about a hundred questions I have at last started and here are the first four blocks waiting to be trimmed.

I didn't choose fabrics from a range but a wide selection from all over, they are a mixture of pinks, purples and blues , prints and plain. This is going to be a colourful quilt. The pieces are cut from a pile of five fat quarters with a freezer paper template on top. 20 blocks in total, four down 16 to go.

And finally a couple of late birthday presents arrived. This lovely book " Living the Dream" by Leanne Beasley is from my DS and the cute cup cake charm from my DS in law. Now I know which are my scissors. Thanks for the pressies.

Happy Quilting xx


Anonymous said...

Hi Pauline,
Well done on the first four blocks, it's looking good.Love the cup cake charm.

Anonymous said...

Love the first blocks, well done. Now then.....I have given you all a mission! Chelsea wants to make her own dress for prom so we are looking for red material with BIG white polka dots on! Good Luck! She wants a halter top dress with lots of tuile under the skirt. We think we have found a pattern but now need the material.
Love to all