Thursday, 9 April 2015

Block of the Month & Friday Smile for Donna's Doo

I have been here there and everywhere, including two trips away from home) but haven't had time to post anything here for quite a while. 
Each month I am having fun swapping a Block of the Month with Diane the Cheshire Quilter and when I received this lovely blue heart from her I realised that it must be April. Hang on! Where did March go? My snail trail block still hasn't arrived so I guess I'll have to have another bash at it soon.
 I braved an attempt, or two or three at the Basket Block. It was a struggle for me to produce anything near perfect enough to send Diane. No 1 went in the scraps, this is No 2 below and I posted No 3 (the best of the three) to Diane. 
I forgot to take a photo of it, in my haste to get to the post office, so No 2 will stay here. 
If you'd really like to scrutinise and compare it with No 3, pop over in a day or two to Diane's blog, when it has arrived. 
Thanks so much to Diane for bearing with me and helping me on my learning curve and I did post to the correct house number this time so we don't have any more snail mail!!!

Now I'm joining in with Annie's Friday Smile
Why not share your smile and make the weekend brighter?
I got together last week with my lovely friend, Dolores, to join our mutual friend Donna in Derby for quite an unusual doo. It was a multi celebration as Donna had her 50th birthday, she is moving to live in France, she was married last year and her Dad was 80. Wow! 
The celebration was a ceilidh and we were all invited to dress as French Onion sellers. So we did!!!
Here's the birthday girl, Donna and we wish her and her husband, good luck and  every happiness in their new lives in France. What an adventure for them.
 I'm sure lots of regulars to my blog will remember Donna (Doone) and join us in wishing her well.
Bonjour from Dolores and her DBF (great 'tash!)
and "Allo, Allo" from Me and DH
I had spent ages stringing together dozens of heads of garlic to take with me and Dolores, wisely, bought a string of plastic onions but we both forgot to take them to the party! I came back home after our few days away and my house still reeked of garlic! As went to the party we had to stop at traffic lights and I can tell you, a few heads turned and smiled as they spotted us in our outfits.


pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow Jo! You never cease to amaze me with your quilting! Love your onion seller look!! Chrisx

tilly said...

love the party pics lol..... your basket is really fab and so is the pretty heart, all these comings and goings..... don't know where you find the time!
Tilly x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

So glad you showed Donna before she left for France. She told me a couple of years ago she was going, but now it's happened, it's a bit sad. What surprised me was she got married. That was a real shocker.

Looks like you and Dolores had a fun time, too. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos with us Friday Smiles. Have a super weekend, too.

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Jo...well I think your patchwork basket is lovely and do hope it arrives at the correct house. Dressing up can be such fun and a great idea as you friends leave for France...oh and I can smell the garlic badly luck you forgot to take it to the party.

Annie said...

Bonjour Jo :-) Love the outfits. I really hope Donna's move goes well and wish them all the very best in their new home in France.
Thanks for linking up your smile today.
Annie x

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Jo,

What a wonderful party! I love the costumes. Can you imagine what your car would have smelled like with the garlic in it! tee hee.

Happy Friday,

mamapez5 said...

Your party looks like lots of fun. I hope your friends settle into French life easily.
I like the basket block. It looks very good to me. You must have more faith in yourself! Thanks for visiting my blogs and leaving nice comments. Hugs. Kate x

Carola Bartz said...

That's a beautiful basket! For someone who can only swe on buttons (like me) I am in awe of everything quilting.
Yes, good luck to Donna! I'm still connected to her through Facebook, although more "silent".

fairy thoughts said...

Good luck to Donna and her husband on their new adventures. I remember her being very creative and inky at the first WOYWW crop .... The one where I had a bad cold....... You were brilliant ...... sitting next to me must have been a bit of a trial, with all the sniffing and coughing ..... I still remember it.
Don't be too hard on your block making ..... They look good to me ..... If you wanted something perfect you'd have brought a machine made one that s what I say when I'm teaching....... Just enjoy the process
Janet from WOYWW

Hettie said...

Great quilt blocks but the funny photos of you and Delores with Donna are great!