Friday, 8 April 2016

Sampler Swap Quilt, Mixed Bag & Friday Smile

Last year I swapped sampler blocks for several months with Diane of the Cheshire Quilter blog and I finally decided what to do with the 6 super blocks she sent me.  I never thought it would make a quilt but with the borders it has come out at 3 feet by 4 feet and I am really thrilled with it. 
Thanks so much to Diane for making these blocks and I learned so much from making her returns. 

This table runner was started 2 years ago and I have finally finished it. 
The fabric is Tim Holtz Ecclectic designs for Coats and the instructions can be found in one of Missouri Star Quilt Co's video tutorials. Believe me, it is so easy to get this one together, even though it looks complex, and the videos are a great step by step learning process.

Each Friday I try to join in with Friday Smile over at Annie's blog and nowadays it seems it is the main incentive to make me post on my blog. 
It's a great start to the weekend, it's fun, I have got to know quite a few really lovely people and we have shared so many laughs. Why miss it!!??
This week, this is my main reason for smiling as each time I see this special drawing on my wall it has me beaming. It was made for me by one of my grandies (aged 6) who knows how much I love giraffes and also purple. Perfect!
I love all the children's art work so much.

Early this year there was a radio appeal for BBC Radio Merseyside listeners to make fabric, paper, knitted or crochet poppies to create an installation after the "Weeping Window" poppies outside St George's Hall moved to their next location. Our group responded and made quite a few and, along with other people in and around Liverpool, the collection was put together to create this striking display. 
It is now on show in the Royal British Legion drop in centre in Williamson Street (off Church Street), right in the heart of Liverpool City Centre, in tribute to the service given by so many during WW1.
We are pleased and honoured to be a part of it.

How would you like this as your local pharmacist? (Or Apoteke as it is called in Germany)
I went inside just for some paracetamol, during my recent visit, so I asked if I could take a photo. 
The staff were so friendly and even offered me a bottle of water to take the medication.
In the days when old fittings are ripped out and discarded, this place is  historical treasure.

Have a good weekend and don't forget to SMILE.....may it be the only infectious thing you catch!!!


Annie said...

I love your visit each week when you are able Jo so I'm thrilled it's little old me that inspires you to blog.....keep it up my friend. Those poppies are stunning and how lovely to be part of it Jo. I have a fridge full of grandee's treasures Jo so know well how much that will mean to much to smile about. :-)
Have a great week,
Annie x

Angela Radford said...

Hi Jo, love your post today. Those poppies are amazing but love the giraffe even more. Doing some quick visits today as I'm off soon for a craft retreat. Have a great weekend with lots of smiles, Angela x

Glinda ♥ said...

Great post, I try to blog once a week now but time runs away, don't you think? Love the apothecary cabinet in the pharmacist ... I hanker after one but it wouldn't fit in our house! Doesn't stop me from looking though LOL ;)

tilly said...

Love all the poppies, I saw the display when iy came to Liverpool. such a pretty giraffe it made me smile and wow, that building.... inside and out!!!
Christine xx

Lisca Meijer said...

Oh what a beautiful pharmacy! A museum piece but still working as a normal pharmacy.
I love your quilt and table centre piece. Quilting is on my list of things I'd like to do but I haven't got the time at the moment, plus, the material is very expensive as I have to have stuff sent over from US or UK.
The poppies are impressive. So you should be please to have been part of it. I wonder what other places/groups have doen with their poppies...
Have a good week, and thanks for visiting mine,

Laura said...

Fantastic giraffe!

Lee said...

Oh WOW,what a lovely post,great creations as always Jo.I didn't know you loved Giraffes,so do I lol.Happy Weekend.xx

mamapez5 said...

Wonderful quilts Jo. Although it is not something I am tempted to try, I do enjoy seeing your work. The purple giraffe is wonderful! And those poppies - just beautiful!!
Out here the 'chemnist' is a Farmacia, but they are all a lot more modern than your German one. Isn't it wonderful? Happy times. Kate x

Dotty Jo x said...

Another fab post, Jo! Have a great weekend, Jo x

mammafairy said...

Love that pharmacy with it's old fittings!

And you could sew that fab giraffe from the picture, it is crying out to turn itself into a wall hanging or bed cover!

Hettie said...

What a lovely quilt Jo. The blues are lovely.
I have to say that giraffe is wonderful. Never seen purple giraffe before but this one is super. I hope it doesn't get a sore throat though!
The Pharmacy is gorgeous. Glad you were able to take photos. I doubt Boots would let you do that!!

Michelle Reed said...

Love your little quilt, it would make a great lap blanket for chilly evenings.
How sweet the giraffe is, I treasure all the "pictures" the little Gorgeous makes for me too.
That pharmacy is amazing, so old-world and elegant.
Have a great week!