For Downton Abbey fans

Back in November, right before Thanksgiving, I cut my cable TV service from Comcast. Aside from watching an occasional movie I rarely used it anymore and it made sense to do so.

I stocked up on a few DVDs at Walmart for the grands, sons, and other family that might want to watch something when they were here over the holidays. Everything was either on sale, old at minimum cost, or just enough to tide me over. I don’t put the television on when the grands are here aside from a last resort so the initial 3 DVDs for them have not been replenished yet. I have a community library close by and can always borrow a Disney movie here and there if need be.

Over the following months  I purchased a few old classic movies, and then Downton Abbey which just enthralled me.  I order the first season to see if it was as good as everyone said and then the following month I ordered more. After watching Downton Abbey at least 2 times to get my money’s worth, and because it was worth watching 2x,  I set out to try to find something that was close to being as well produced and acted. I read so many reviewers on Amazon raving about “Lark Rise to Candleford” that I decided to give Series 1 a try.

After 2 episodes I was hooked and it just got more absorbing. I can certainly recommend it and I just ordered the second season.

Lark Rise to Candleford


Here’s the thing to watch out for on Amazon.  Since it was over 25.00 I qualified for free shipping. That would be 42.95 from Amazon’s warehouse ( shipping FREE ).  Buying it from another company, still on Amazon, though, and still NEW, not used, the cost was 28.99 + 3.99. So the “Free Shipping” is not always the best deal there.

This series won’t appeal to everyone but I think it will appeal to those who like Downton Abbey. If you have any similar series to recommend I would love to hear! :)

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Work in Progress : Simple Nine Patch Couch Quilt

This is a very simple couch quilt that I had started awhile ago for my son’s home…he would not appreciate a fancy pattern and the work entailed in it,  and I was just using up some existing scrap fabric. I HAVE seen him appreciate  ” all those stitches! ”  in previous hand-quilted projects so I thought that whatever I did for him should have some hand-quilting in it.


blue and white scrap quilt on line


Simple nine patch with lots of white space for “all those stitches” …I am probably a little over half way through now.


quilt on line mostly wanted the white space


The white background fabric that I purchased has a zig zag design in it which I used for the hand-quilted blocks. I just followed the pattern in the fabric in several of them…in another I did a circle with the zig zag stitched inside.  I traced the grand children’s hands in one block. ( Pencil marks still showing : )


quilting the childrens hands


I would say that a good third or more of this is hand quilted but given that I am inexperienced with machine quilting I began to give that a try the other day. I just did some straight lines around a few of the nine patches and outlined white blocks that I had not hand quilted yet.

His living room is kind of dark…it has that ‘man-cave’ sort of look to it so I wanted to brighten it up with a couch quilt that had a lot of white.  I hope to finish this up soon as there are so many other things that I want to work on : )  This will be thrown on the floor, used as a tent, and who knows what other destruction will be heaped on to it by the grand kids :)

I’ll be working on another slow-stitching hand-quilting white block this afternoon…:)  The batting is Warm & Natural cotton batting. JoAnn Fabrics had a sale on battings several months ago and since they are not cheap I bought a Queen size, intending to use it up on several smaller projects. I really like needling through this batting…I doubt that I will ever use a poly blend again.

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