Tuesday, 9 August 2016

July Mini Mania Reveal

The end of July saw another reveal in our Mini Mania Challenge Group.
Our subject was Seminole Patchwork






 Jo has not bound her Mini - she will be making a quilt with all of this years Challenges


 And last but not least is mine
 The quilt measures 6" x 12" so most certainly qualifies as a Mini!

 And so onto Augusts Challenge - Dresden Plate ....... We shall see how this one goes!

No sewing has taken place yet

We have had the lovely Christine and David from Kids Quilts staying with us for a few days of rest and recuperation, after a 30 hour trip up from New Zealand.

They are exhibiting at the Festival of Quilts and I am off there to socialise give a hand!

We let them acclimatise a little before a very relaxed day trip up to the lovely city of York

The Minster from the city walls

The beautiful Minster that too 250 years to build!

The weather was kind, with much sun but a lovely breeze to keep us cool.   Our visitors were amazed that they could touch a tower from the original castle that dates back to 107AD !
perfect spot to eat our ice creams
 A day spent meandering the city streets and visiting (more than one ) eating establishment before heading back to the station for the ride home.
The station is very "Harry Potter"ish
 then we spent a couple of very warm days exploring our village

ringing the church bells!
and sitting in the garden

 And included a visit to Foxton Locks

 A run of 10 locks to raise these narrow-boats 75 feet up a hill

 The Kiwi was fascinated by these feats of engineering that we do somewhat take for granted. 
and of course - had to have a go!
the boat owners and volunteers were very kind, and explained how everything worked. 

 So now to bed to have a good night before heading off to Birmingham for the set of of the Kids Quilts stand ready for the show to open on Thursday.

Christine and David last year
There are lots of new patterns and new fabric ranges to show this year. I wonder if I will be able to resist!


  1. Love Foxton locks and always try to take visitors there. Good luck with the Festival of Quilts

  2. enjoyed reading your blog. Have a good time at the show

  3. I have never been to York, must do that sometime. Enjoy the NEC.