River Mersey, Quilts and Wedding Week!

River Mersey and Liverpool skyline on a rainy day

River Mersey -Battle of the Atlantic ships leaving

Been a jam packed week this week!  On Tuesday Mum and I went to  Woodside in Birkenhead to see the ships sailing off after the Battle of the Atlantic parade.  Funnily enough the best viewing point was from inside Home Cafe – so we settled ourselves down with coffee and yummy stuff to watch the action.  My Dad, a merchant Seaman in Battle of the Atlantic, died 6 years’ ago and so Mum brough a cutting from his special plant in her garden and we threw it into the Mersey in remembrance.  It is still possible to see it floating away on the left on the picute above, although only if you know it’s there!

flower in the Mersey

Dad’s flower just under the water!


Here it is just floating away!!





Wednesday was my stay-at-home-and sew day!  I finally finished my quilt!! I have been buying Liberty Tana Lawn squares for quite a while and these make up most of the quilt apart from the very centre. It now adorns my settee ready to keep my toes warm at the chilly end of the summer days!


patchwork quilt - multi coloured

Patchwork Quilt mainly from Libery Tana Lawn pieces

And here is my latest effort – my jelly roll strip quilt – this is to take camping with me when it’s finished.

Hippy Camping Quilt

Hippy Camping Quilt

Thursday I went to my Quilting class at Voirrey Embroidery.  It was a very chilled out morning learning patchwork techniques which we had to sew by hand – very good for making sure you know how to do something properly!!  There were only four of us and we drank coffee, sewed and chatted while learning from Maureen, the talented teacher who made the process fun and relaxing at the same time! Oh and I had to buy some fabric too!   The choice is fantastic at Voirrey’s as there are lots of fat quarters to choose from and some already made up into project packs.  I will say more about the course after my next Thursday session.

To finish off my week on Friday I went shopping for my daughter’s wedding dress.  Mum, Daughter’s BFF (who is Matron of Honour) and I went from shop to shop admiring and criticising etc each dress until we found ‘the one’ in the last shop.  Daughter looked beautiful and we all struggled not to cry as she perched on a box in the centre of the room looking like a fairytale princess.  Why oh Why did I refuse to try on traditional wedding dresses when I got married and opt instead for a cheesecloth dress in true 70’s hippy style? !! What a special time I missed sharing with my mum.  But at least mum got to experience it with my daughter and me this time – only 30+ years later!!

Wedding is in August so not long to go  – I better get cracking with the Wedding bunting!!  However just for now I’m having a rest and going to check out what everyone’s been up to over at Handmade Monday at Handmade Harbour


15 thoughts on “River Mersey, Quilts and Wedding Week!

  1. August is not at all far off when it comes to weddings! It sounds like you have had a lovely mix of family time and your own time this week. Busy but lovely. The two quilts look so different but lovely in their own way. Hope this week is as good for you.xx

  2. You have had a busy week. What a lovely tribute to your dad and I’m sure your mum was over the moon to be asked to go wedding dress hunting.

    The Liberty quilt is lovely and I just love the vibrant colours in the hippy quilt xx

  3. What a lovely idea to do wedding bunting – I’m getting married next year, will have to write that down in my ideas book. Might have to do some for my friends wedding in August too.

  4. Beautiful quilts. I hope they won’t be needed for quite a while yet. We need some warm weather this summer 🙂

  5. Wow, what a busy week! I love the hippy camping quilt and what a special day to be able to share with both your daughter and your Mum, choosing “the dress” 🙂 Good luck with the bunting! Simmi x

  6. What a busy week! It was a pity that the weather turned so murky on the Mersey on Tuesday, it had been sunny at the weekend. I didn’t see the ships go out, but I did hear them.
    Both your quilts look lovely, especially the strip one, I love the colours. I’d be interested to hear more about your course.
    I remember looking for my own wedding dress with my Mum and sister, though in my case it was gor a dress pattern and fabric as my Mum was making it.
    I hope your week is a little quieter than last week.

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