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Our last dance ...
My lovely Dad lost his seven year battle with cancer on  Friday, 2 January 2015. Rest in peace Dad. I love you, Ness xxx
My lovely Dad lost his seven year battle with cancer on  Friday, 2 January 2015. Rest in peace Dad. I love you, Ness xxx
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Happy Birthday Andy ...
I think he likes our present! :) I used a pattern by Allison Harris from Cluck Cluck Sew called Touchdown!  As Andy is American, I thought this pattern was appropriate and would help to remind him of home!     Barbara at Fir Tree Quilting used her usual mag...
I think he likes our present! :) I used a pattern by Allison Harris from Cluck Cluck Sew called Touchdown!  As Andy is American, I thought this pattern was appropriate and would help to remind him of home!    Barbara at F...
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Lovely to be back at Cupcake Cottons .....
this week working on my first angel quilt block ... this angel is called Charlotte the Shopper!  She was born to shop! the pattern is called An Angels Story and each month we will be making one or two blocks!  The pattern is just lovely with a little paragr...
this week working on my first angel quilt block ... this angel is called Charlotte the Shopper!  She was born to shop! the pattern is called An Angels Story and each month we will be making one or two blocks!  The pat...
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It was so lovely to hear from an old friend, Pat, this week ...
I worked with Pat many years ago in Derby and she contacted me to wish Mum and Dad a happy anniversary.  It was really lovely to hear from her and catch up with all her news.  And she made some complimentary comments about my blog and my sewing!  So thank y...
I worked with Pat many years ago in Derby and she contacted me to wish Mum and Dad a happy anniversary.  It was really lovely to hear from her and catch up with all her news.  And she made some complimentary comments about my...
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Mad River Quilting, Vermont ...
I was in this lovely shop two years ago - September 2012 - and I bought a kit for a table runner ......  however, I've turned it into one of my cushion covers .... and here is the back ... It's a little bit of Vermont in my sitting room!  I also bought this...
I was in this lovely shop two years ago - September 2012 - and I bought a kit for a table runner ......  however, I've turned it into one of my cushion covers .... and here is the back ... It's a little bit of Ver...
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A blue Cockerel in Trafalgar Square ....
Photo by Andy Zak from moving car! whatever next?  It's 4.72m high!  Amazing! Nothing to do with chickens or quilting but the poppies are beautiful  ... These two looked pretty good .... and this chap ... and the guy with his arm around me is wonderful! Hap...
Photo by Andy Zak from moving car! whatever next?  It's 4.72m high!  Amazing! Nothing to do with chickens or quilting but the poppies are beautiful  ... These two looked pretty good .... and this chap ... and the guy wi...
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One stunning quilt ...
made by my sister-in-law, Eileen Charleston!   In Eileen's words ... "The quilt was made for my wonderful daughter Katherine and I'm currently stitching a dedication to her into the work.  I hope that it brings her many happy memories in the future and that...
made by my sister-in-law, Eileen Charleston!   In Eileen's words ... "The quilt was made for my wonderful daughter Katherine and I'm currently stitching a dedication to her into the work.  I hope that it brings her many hap...
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Come on girls ......
I made this quilt for my sister-in-law Jo's birthday!  Jo loves chickens as much as I do, so I couldn't resist making her this quilt!  It's from a pattern by Pam & Nicky Lintott and the fabric is a dessert roll made up of Chateau Rouge by French General.   ...
I made this quilt for my sister-in-law Jo's birthday!  Jo loves chickens as much as I do, so I couldn't resist making her this quilt!  It's from a pattern by Pam & Nicky Lintott and the fabric is a dessert roll made up of Cha...
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Sew ...
Poppy is learning to sew!  She loved my tree cushion and asked if I could show her how to make one.  So last weekend we picked some fabrics and this weekend we started sewing ... Making a start! Work in progress! Finished cushion! Poppy loves owls! An old s...
Poppy is learning to sew!  She loved my tree cushion and asked if I could show her how to make one.  So last weekend we picked some fabrics and this weekend we started sewing ... Making a start! Work in progress! Finished c...
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A special delivery arrived ...
for my parents this morning ... a Diamond Wedding Anniversary card from the Queen! Needless to say they were totally surprised and thrilled, as they were with all the cards, flowers and gifts they have received! Congratulations Mum and Dad for 60 years toge...
for my parents this morning ... a Diamond Wedding Anniversary card from the Queen! Needless to say they were totally surprised and thrilled, as they were with all the cards, flowers and gifts they have receive...
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Chuffed to bits ...
that Margaret, my friend Julie Anger's Mum, picked my cushion as her raffle prize! Thank you and hope you enjoy it Margaret! 
that Margaret, my friend Julie Anger's Mum, picked my cushion as her raffle prize! Thank you and hope you enjoy it Margaret! 
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One for Mum ....
I've been busy making more cushions for the Village Fete next Sunday.  I showed the cushions to Mum and she loved them BUT none of them were the right colour - she wanted one for her spare room!  So I've spent a very wet bank holiday Monday afternoon making...
I've been busy making more cushions for the Village Fete next Sunday.  I showed the cushions to Mum and she loved them BUT none of them were the right colour - she wanted one for her spare room!  So I've spent a very wet bank...
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I'm Vanessa and I love quilting!  My son calls me Mother Hen which I love so I decided to call my blog Mother Hen Quilting!

I've been quilting since 2009 and I'm now addicted!  I attend a weekly class at CupCake Cottons near Burford and I'm learning new things all the time.  

As I enjoy reading other quilting blogs, I've decided to write my own.  It's my online quilt diary!