Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Poised for Stitching !

Well not much actual crafting this week due to the funeral last Wednesday swiftly followed by our fabulous weekend in Jersey which we had had booked for months.

We love Jersey and our favourite place to stay (out of loads of places we love !) - is St Aubin's & this trip we found a great B&B called The Harbour View.

It is located - as you may have guessed from the name ! - right on the harbour with parking, quirky but lovely courtyard, delicious breakfast spread and well appointed comfy room - we will definitely be going back next year !

The Island isn't very big - only 45 sq miles but each coast is quite varied one from the other.

Our favourite is the West Coast with St Ouen's beach stretching virtually it's whole length !
Stunning !

And we had fab weather so it was just the perfect weekend - sun, beach & gorgeous food - could we have asked for more !

And the seafood is truly amazing - freshly caught Jersey Lobster - yum yum !

So many great restaurants & even delis to eat in - totally DE-LIC-IOUS !!!!

So it was back to work with a bump yesterday & I was on the road for 5am heading for a meeting this morning which was even more of a rude awakening !

I couldn't show you this card week as I had made it for Lynda's lovely hubby who celebrated his 60th this week and it would have let the cat (or is that bear ? ) out of the bag !

So today the trusty Work-desk is more a scene of "poised for action" !

I have been inspired by this lovely Summer weather and this nautical fabric to plan a quilt - so far I have just created hand drawn scaled-up images of the Beach Huts & Lighthouses - I am going to create appliqué blocks with these designs & use the inspiration fabric as the background for these.

I haven't made a quilt for years - so am dusting the rust off both my brain & my quilting equipment & trying to remember what to do - I am hoping it will all come back to me when I get started !

I also have a few souvenirs snaffled in Jersey and some Lumière fabric paints that I saw at a great price - and some stamps from past copies of Craft Stamper - on the desk.

And over on my "overflow" table is some oil cloth cut ready to make a bag for my swimming gear - just need to haul out the sewing machine now !

So hopefully by next week with a fair wind & the blessing of the Gods - you may actually see something stitched !!

Have a great week !
Ali x


  1. How lovely that you had something pleasant after the upset of the funeral! Shame about coming back to work, but hey ho!! Love the piles of stash on your desk. Helen 2

  2. Hullo Ali love the crafty stuff there - wonderful fabric etc .. and yes loved Jersey, I visited there, some of our family came from there waaaay back!! Happy WOYWW Shaz in Oz.x #10

  3. Hi Ali we are glad you had such a relaxing weekend after the funeral. Lots of lovely projects to get started on to!
    Lynda B 27

  4. I could do with a weekend like that! Sounds like you had a wonderful time.
    Love the fabrics. Would love to se the finished quilt.
    Happy WOYWW!
    Tertia #15

  5. Jersey looks beautiful, you deserved a lovely break after the past few weeks....that seafood looks absolutely amazing!
    I've seen that beachy fabric, it's great and will make a fab quilt. You'll have to keep us informed how that's getting on! Good luck with the oilcloth, I've only ever made one thing and let's say, I wasn't very patient with it!!!
    Hugs, LLJ 26 xx

  6. Oy, you're very busy! The idea for the quilt is lovely..beach huts are high on my list of favourite things..I don't know why. Jersey looks fab, I don't eat seafood and almost envy you for being able to enjoy it all. Jan made me an oil cloth bag which she hated doing..I used it half to death and now rotate it with a couple of others. Apparently, the top tip is to stick a piece of sellotape or scotch magic tape to the base of your machine foot and it stops the terrible slipping. But you prolly know that already!

  7. Lovely views of Jersey and scrummy food. I'm with Julia, love the beach huts.

  8. Ooh, look at the views.
    Oh! Look at the food!
    Eeeee! Look at the craft stash!!
    Happy Wednesday

  9. Oh Ali you have had a lovely holiday, and probably needed it after a bereavement. Hope you are coping. Those foodie pics are making me hungry and the bits for the quilt are beautiful. Looking forward to seeing it progress.
    Chris #6

  10. Great to see you back Ali and I your holiday is just what you both needed.
    I love the fabric samples, very fresh and summery, and gorgeous oil cloth, you will look very snazzy carrying your new swimming bag, are you making Rich one too, ha,ha?
    Jan x 56

  11. Nice, summerly fabric indeed... love the fresh colours! Happy woyww and a hug from Holland, Marit #56

  12. Beautiful photographs, and all that yummy fabric!!!! I mean food . . . well, yes, both!

    Happy woyww to you!
    returning to the WOYWW fold
    #62 this week

  13. So lovely to have that great Jersey break following the funeral, to refresh and revive you. It looks a lovely place to go. The beach hut quilt idea sounds wonderful - make sure you show us as it goes along. Enjoy a great week, Chris # 5

  14. I have been chasing my tail and by 9pm tonight, I think I might have even caught it. Luke and I were at the waterfront tonight for dinner after going to the Dinosaur exhibit at the CTICC centre nearby. Traffic was atrocious as it was 5:30 when we were done and it was also bucketing down with rain, so we went to the Spur for dinner and to do the dreaded homework. Glad to hear you two had a fab time, a well timed break after all you have been through. Rude awakening for sure to be going back to work, straight into a meeting.

  15. Lovely photos of a great weekend, Ali. Glad you could have such a wonderfully relaxed time after the past few weeks of such business and so many miles travelling. That fabric is great fun - all the best with the quilt and the bag.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #10

  16. I love Jersey though I haven't been for a very long time. Nice fabric.
    Hope everything settles down for you.
    Happy crafting, Angela x # 38