10/03/2017 § 4 Comments
There are some really strong retro fabrics in this quilt but they seem to work and balance out with the solid red at the top of the flags combined with the prettiest pastel candy stripe. I’ve added a solid red binding to frame it all and that’s this evening’s task – to hand stitch the binding all around the back of the quilt.
The 2nd quilt I’ve finished this week is Mini Road Trip – using up the left over patches from last week’s Road Trip Quilt, cut down and combined with more solid blues. It’s a smidge off finished as there’s an edge and a half of binding to hand-stitch!
I’m hoping to have them both ready for tomorrow’s first market of the season in Alton, Hampshire.
Today is damp, dull and cloudy – I need a sprinkle of sunshine so here’s a photo from yesterday afternoon …
What a difference a day makes!
Enjoy your weekend.
09/03/2017 § 1 Comment
03/03/2017 § 1 Comment
Thank you for your kind words and messages about Flora. I miss her so much. She was a remarkable creature who brought us joy and made us laugh. The garden is very quiet but there are signs that Spring is about to leap into action …
I’ve been teaching in my new Garden Room Studio and it’s a very calm, creative space that is much enjoyed by my students …
I do so love this space and yesterday morning, in bright sunshine, I wandered across the patio and into the studio to cut out a quilt – there’s nothing like a short commute to work!!!
This afternoon, after walking the collies I attached the binding to this new quilt that I’ve named Road Trip! It’s a lovely single quilt in soft blues and greens with bumper-to-bumper cars and a vivid orange binding (to be hand-stitched this evening).
By the way, thank you all for your suggestion for quilt names, last week. As each one came in I thought ‘That’s the one’ but then as I hanged them up in the new studio I decided on 2 different names – Fly Away is the floating squares 3-d quilt and Elements is the diamond one.
Do you approve???
Have a lovely weekend and see what signs of Spring are appearing in your neck of the woods.
27/02/2017 § 9 Comments
My darling Flora Puddleduck went to sleep today. I’m heartbroken but take some comfort from knowing that she had a wonderful life and was so much loved and well looked after every day of her little life. She’d have been 6 this Spring.
A while ago I did a post about her here with links to some of my favourite posts. When my husband passed away and I didn’t want to blog, I spoke through Flora who became my guest blogger. She’s been a constantly cheerful garden companion, a feisty character and a charming member of our family who has regarded me as her Mother Duck, since she first spied me that morning in Cornwall when she was a tiny, newly hatched scrap of feather and beak.
I’ll look back through the hundreds photos of her one day but it’s too soon at the moment. Today, the garden seems very quiet without her quiet quacking whenever I venture outside. She used to quack a louder greeting whenever I drew up in the car and Belle has been looking for her in all her secret places this afternoon.
This poem will always be a poignant reminder of my darling Flora Puddleduck …
With a bit of luck, a duck will come into your life.
When you are at the peak of your great powers
And your achievement towers like a smoking chimney stack
There’ll be a quack,
And right at your feet, a little duck will stand.
She will take you by the hand and lead you,
Like a child with no defence;
She will lead you into wisdom, joy and innocence.
That little duck.
We wish you luck.
Night, night Flora
24/02/2017 § 11 Comments
well, I can’t answer that because I have no idea what to name this quilt! Usually a name presents itself to me as I’m stitching and particularly when I’m quilting but this one has been silent. Do let me have any ideas – what does it make you think about when you see it?
This one finishes my ‘fling’ with solid blocks. In fact, there are 2 patterns in it as you can see and I think they add some interest.
I finished this one ahead of the other solid quilt (below) which is almost done – just the binding to go here and again nameless! Must be something in the air that’s not giving me names! Any ideas???
On my design wall is a Periwinkle quilt with a whole mixture of ditsy vintage prints and I’m loving it. No photos today ‘cos my memory card has packed up and I’m awaiting the arrival of another from Hong Kong (I wondered why it was such a good price on ebay)!
Flora isn’t too well, still. She’s fine in herself but her legs have been very weak and one seems to be pretty useless. She’s on meds from the vet so fingers crossed that she’ll make a recovery. She’s sleeping at night in my studio – we have quite quacky chats as I’m sewing!!! Bless her – she’s spent most of today in the sunshine inbetween the ‘hydrotherapy sessions’ in the pond.
Enjoy your weekend.
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17/02/2017 § 2 Comments
signs of Spring …
back yard (major) tidy-up …
and now …
lots of fun and hard work! I rediscovered a fair few muscles that haven’t been used for a very long time. There’s just the paving stones to set and some gravel to put down now.
On my design wall this week is …
a patchwork of solid diamonds. Rather a departure for me, as I like working with patterns but needed to get ‘solids’ out of my head. There’s a border to add and then it will be quilted with simple diagonals. There are already plans for the next one which has just been started, and is a mixture of solids & patterns so we’ll see which turns out best – maybe next week.
In other news, Flora Puddleduck isn’t very well. She’s on medication now and I’m hoping that she’ll soon recover. I really miss her waddling all around, following me up and down the garden and quacking every time she hears me.
She’s quite sorry for herself, as you can see. Fingers crossed for a quick recovery.
Have a lovely weekend
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11/02/2017 § 2 Comments
I gave a presentation to a Quilt Group at their annual gathering. When I arrived, there was an air of quiet concentration as the morning workshop session was still underway. Everyone was creating either a small bag or glasses case. I was the afternoon speaker and had entitled my talk ‘Patchwork & Quilting – my style’.
I was in the company of some extremely accomplished and experienced quilters (about 70 or so in number) and felt little trepidatious but there were LOADS of questions at the end and some lovely comments too. I did enjoy it and everyone was chatting along which was brilliant.
Here are some photos of my favourite quilts that were included in my talk …
Stories of each quilt were told – about the people they were made for and the people who had commissioned them, about the themes and colours that inspire me. What a fun day! I’m hoping to meet up with some of the participants again at my workshops.
Snow flurries ensured everyone had an eye on the weather and my final slide seemed to capture the mood …
Enjoy the rest of the weekend – and snuggle up under your quilts to keep warm!
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