Wednesday, July 19, 2017

WIP - Quilting and Cross Stitch

Gosh, Hi there everyone! It's been a while! Thank you for dropping by.

Today I'm linking to Esther Aliu's WOW - WIPs On Wednesdays


I don't know where the time has gone! There has been so much happening, but nothing too interesting!

Oh, I guess I could tell you about the day we went to a café in a little side street in Streatham (South London). DH and I were sitting quietly enjoying our food ..... I thought there was a bit of a commotion outside, looked out the window to see the road blocked by a few Armed Response Units and "plain clothes" police cars, oh and about a dozen very tall policemen, all armed with those mean-looking machine guns you see on tv these days. I thought "This cannot be real", and was looking around for the movie crew ..... but they weren't there, it WAS for real!

It was a bit scarey at the time, coming as it did not long after the terrible attacks in London.

Don't even know what happened, you never do with these things! A flash car had been stopped and surrounded, right outside the café, we had a grandstand view. But this was the one day I did not have my camera with me!

We could see the suspect with his hands on the wall, armed police surrounding him, we then saw the sniffer dog arrive ..... doggie was led to said car, did his sniff around - inside the car, and in the boot ..... and off went the doggie crew.

Dear Hubbie decided to have a look outside the café and one of the armed policemen's voices boomed out "Could you step back inside please, sir", next thing we had an armed policeman standing right across the open doorway of the shop to prevent any other joker from leaving. He then popped his head in and said "It shouldn't be too long now, once we've all gone you can leave the café whenever you wish."

We were reasonably happy sitting at the back of the shop out of the way, but I was still worrying in case we were about to see something like the awful scenes at Borough Market!

I disappeared to use the loo and by the time I returned all the police had gone, and the road was open again. So I don't know if the suspect was arrested or not! I would imagine so, as they seemed to know what they were doing.

It has recently been announced that the police have prevented 5 terrorist attacks within minutes prior to their taking place, due to their surveillance operations.

But anyway, I digress. I wasn't going to talk about all that, but now I have!


So ..... back to sewing matters ......

WIPS - Quilting

I've been following Lori Kennedy's Spring Quilt Along over at The Inbox Jaunt (which you can read about HERE) and had been trying to resist the urge to join in, but last week I saw a lady showing her version of Lori's quilt and I lost the battle!

I had some 3" squares I bought at a local quilt show a couple of years ago, and I'd been wondering what I was going to do with them ..... this seemed just the ticket!

I know! I'm a bit late ..... but better late than never, eh!

These are my HST's made from my 3" squares ..... if you quilt you will know what I mean ..... if not you can read about Half Square Triangles HERE.

Measuring and trimming half-triangle squares
I just happened to have a 2 1/2" square measure!
Trimming half-triangle blocks
I've been trimming all my blocks to 2 1/2"
"Design Wall"
Finished blocks on my "Design Wall"
Design Wall
Not sure I've made the best colour choices
..... but hey, I'm new to this sort of thing!

I managed to stitch my 4 rows but unfortunately realised 2 of them were orientated wrongly, so some ripping has ensued! I'm almost ready to stitch them together again now.

Should you be interested in Lori's Spring Quilt-a-Long she has sumarised all the details HERE.


Oh, and in the evenings, while watching recordings of  "The Chase" and Law and Order - UK I've managed to work on my cross stitch.

Last time I was here:

Cross Stitch

Since then I've stitched the green cotton reel and started on the other reels. 'Fraid this has been slow going as our sweet cat, Tom, has decided he needs some "me time" in the evenings, and demands to sit on my lap. As he is such a big cat there really isn't room for me to stitch as well as cuddle him!

Updated Cross Stitch

I have a few finishes to share, but no photos ready yet, so I hope to be back to show soonish!

Happy stitching!

Barbara xxx


Anonymous said...

Hi Barbara wow that all sounds pretty scary thank goodness the police were there it would've been awful if there was a bomb in the car.
You are doing so well with your blocks and i love your cross stitch,well done my friend xx

Magpie's Mumblings said...

'Nothing too interesting'???? Ummmm - methinks police and sniffer dogs right outside the cafe was pretty interesting (albeit, the better word might be scary!). You may not be really happy with the colours of your quilt - but if you look at them up on your design board they blend beautifully.

Pamela said...

Sounds like you were part of the "Law and Order" program. The quilting and cross stitch look great.

Queeniepatch said...

TV drama and real life drama are two very different things.
When you are not too pleased with the colour choice of some blocks, just add the right touch somewhere else in the quilt. Against the dark green background of the design wall the pastel HST stand out.

FlashinScissors said...

Thanks Shez!
What were the chances of all this happening right outside the door of the café we were sitting in!
I'm enjoying the blocks ..... hoping to get more stitched soon!
Barbara x

FlashinScissors said...

Thank you, Mary Anne!

FlashinScissors said...

Tee hee!
We love watching that program, but we've almost given up watching now ..... because the tv schedule doesn't always run to time and we keep missing the last 10 minutes!!!! We've had to resort to guessing "who done it"!!!! It's so annoying / disappointing!
And you're right Pamela ..... it did feel like we were part of it!
Barbara x

The Knitting Cross Stitcher said...

You certainly had an adventure not to be repeated.Younger son works in central London,I am always on tenterhooks if there is an incident,until I know he is ok!
I like your quilt colours,I have not quilted but I enjoy others' projects.Love your cross stitch project it is looking good.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Well that was a pretty exciting event!! I'm so glad the cops found out whatever that guy was up to. I live in a very rural area and we don't see much police action here save a speeder or two.

Your blocks are lovely. I like the fabric you have chosen. My days are full, but nothing so exciting as yours was that day.
xx, Carol

Meari said...

WOW! I'd be concerned about all the police outside the cafe. How scary. What an adventure, for sure.

Your quilt pieces look good... even if you are beginner.

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

Sorry to hear about your awful fright. I'm sure we only hear a fraction of what goes on. Love your design wall, clever.

DonnaleeQ said...

Stopped by your blog, I really like the floral fabric and great idea to use the mini dot with it. Eager to see the end results when finished.

Brigitte said...

Oh my, Barbara, that must have been some scary moments at the café. You never expect being in something like this but then it can happen. Good to know that nothing happened to you and the other guests of the café.
Your sewing WIP looks great. I love the soft coloured fabrics you use for it. And nice progress on your stitching project.

handmade by amalia said...

That sounds scary,Barbara, and unpleasant. It is a crazy world. But... crafting rules and your WIP looks so so pretty.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

That was an adventure! It shows how safe this country really is when seeing armed police in action is a such a rare occurence.
The quilt blocks look great and any progress is good progress on your stitching with such a cute distraction around!

Rachel said...

Love seeing your progress on your quilting and stitching. Lol I love that your cat demands your time :)

I'm sure that was quite scary! Especially with everything that has been happening in your country. I'm glad that no one was hurt and that your police force is being diligent.

Have a great weekend!

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Oh my gosh - how scary!!! Glad you were ok! I love the HSTs ... and the little square!

Justine said...

That must have been scary but also reassuring that the police were there so quickly.
I don't quilt and don't understand a lot of the terms but your blocks look gorgeous to me!

Mini said...

That's scary and adventurous at the same time.
Your quilt pieces look lovely as does the cross stitch.

Deepa said...

I know nothing about quilting..but I love your design wall :) That's an idea I may copy :)

Astrids dragon said...

Wow, glad to know they're on top of things! But still frightening to be in the midst of it.
Your blocks look good, I love the fabric. Nice progress on your stitching in spite of Tom requiring your attention!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

That's a bit more excitement than you expect in a Streatham cafe! Your hsts are looking good and your cross stitch is coming along beautifully :)

Sok Sareth said...

Such adorable stitching in miniature, you did a fabulous job!