Wednesday, 2 October 2019


Hello Everyone,

It's the first What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday of October and I'm running late. Nothing unusual in that, of course, but I have been busy in the garden - yes, the sun is shining and it isn't so very cold. We've been tidying up ready for the gales that have been forecast. Which means there's nothing much on my workdesk today so here's a shot of what's on the sewing table instead.
I've been working on this unfinished cushion cover. Progress is slow but it will be done before December.
The quilting class at the community centre has started again. This term I'm making a table runner.  This is the first block - an eight-pointed star. The fabrics are printed with fruit and vegetables - very appropriate.

And now the book bit.
Jane Gilley's 'The Woman Who Kept Everything' tackles, through the story of 79-year-old Gloria, the very important issues of  hoarding, senile squalor syndrome, and the financial abuse of older adults. Whilst living among piles of magazines, cardboard boxes and the many knickknacks that she treasures, Gloria is unaware of just how desperate her living conditions appear to others.  This changes when a smell of burning suddenly forces her to leave, not only her home, but all her much loved possessions too. Her bully of a son. Cleg, dumps her in a home, clears her house and puts it up for sale - this without her knowledge or permission. On discovering this Gloria decides to pack a suitcase and go on various adventures in Skegness, London and Eastbourne. It's difficult to believe that a hoarder can change her ways so easily and quickly, but that aside I found it an enjoyable and uplifting story.

That's it from me today. Be sure to pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground to visit so many more desks today.

I hope you are having a wonderful WOYWW and wish you a great week ahead.


dutchess said...

Fabulous work

glitterandglue said...

Hi Elizabeth. That cushion cover is lovely - soon be done, I'm sure - there is a huge amount of work in it. Well done. Fun square with your patchwork group - hope it all comes good as you work on that. The book is not one I have read - amongst he many I have actually read whilst away - but it looks really good. Have you ever seen the film "Mrs Caldecott's cabbage war"? certain similarities!
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #3

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Wow, love your quilting projects - you're so neat!! I've found that I don't possess the patience to do everything so meticulously. I made a pegbag yesterday and just eyeballed it. I'm bad. :-D. The fruit/veg fabric is fun, havne't seen that before...I Ike it but am not sure what I'd use it for but the quilting really shows it off!
Hugs LLJ 8 xxx

Annie said...

I love the sewing you've been doing but also love the thought of the two of you enjoying that garden of yours. Dod has been out tidying up ours today too and has made a new rose garden for all the special roses we have [yours included of course].
Annie x #9

Caro said...

Love your cushion cover and the table runner looks like it will be fabulous when it is finished. Happy WOYWW. With love & God Bless, Caro x (#12)

Helen said...

I fear I am turning into Gloria.... Love the cushion cover and the star on the table runner. Have a good week - hope you avoid the gales! Helen #1

Crafting With Jack said...

Beautiful work .

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Elizabeth, gorgeous cushion cover it's going to look great for Christmas relaxing. The table runner is looking good too. Hope you have a lovely creative woyww, Angela x15x

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Hi Elizabeth, your Christmas Tree cushion is looking fab, good to have a project on the go that you can work on with a deadline for Christmas. It will look super amongst the Christmas home decor. A sewing class is something I would love to attend but the thought of having a Teacher like my College Textile Teacher kinda puts me off joining any hee hee!!
Have a great week & Happy WoywW Tracey #5 xx

April said...

Love your quilting projects. I have a new appreciation since I've gotten back into sewing. Sounds like a good book. What a bad son!
April #20

Fonda said...

Stopping by to say hi, fellow deskie! Happy WOYWW! Fonda #23

Sarah Brennan said...

How nice to see the sewing table in use Elizabeth. Look forward to seeing the finished cushion and table runner. Happy belated WOYWW. Sarah #4

Catriona said...

Love your Christmas Tree quilting-you are so accurate with the quilting. I would love to be part of a quilting group mainly for the motivation to get on and finish things!

Sandra H said...

So lovely x

Julia Dunnit said...

There have been a couple of days of beautiful Autumn sunshine...sort of teasers to remind us how glorious it can be when it’s not raining, glad to her you’ve enjoyed some time in it ‘putting to bed’ my mother in law calls it, and for the first time ever, I’ve got some to do as well, although fortunately, not ahead of any major winds. Love the quilting E, you are so patient and clever. It makes me happy to think that you have decorative ‘soft furnishings’ for christmas too!

Neet said...

Your cushion cover is coming along very nicely and looks like it will be a winner for Christmas. Gorgeous work Elizabeth!
love the start of the runner - looking forward to seeing it completed.
Hugs, Neet 2 xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Running even later than you Elizabeth, but had to pop in and say hi.
And WOW 😮 love that cushion cover it’s amazing, and interesting Star with that fruit on it too, well done.
Thoroughly enjoyed your story summary too, are they all audio, think you said some were.. or do you read some real books too?
Prayer hugs Shaz in Oz xx🙏🏻🤗🙏🏻🤗❤️ #16 or summat?