12/09/2016 § Leave a comment
Will you just look at the colour of that sky? Who’d have thought that after one of the most miserable, dank and wet Saturdays of the year, Sunday would turn out like this? As I set off across country to the Taste of Wickham Food Festival yesterday, it was a pure Autumn morning with gentle layers of mist across the landscape and steam rising as the sun broke through. Then, with all the mist gone, the sun had the skies to herself, with not a cloud in sight!
Everyone for miles turned out – thousands of folk came along to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, good food, attractions, live music and of course, the patchwork quilts! It was an absolute joy to be a stallholder at this event and I met SOooooo many lovely people.
Just one more look at that blue sky – although we’re meant to be having a mini heatwave this week so maybe, just maybe we’ll get to enjoy some sunshine before Autumn sets in …
When my daughter *C* was a toddler, my Mum and Dad used to come to stay and Mum loved the tearoom in Wickham that overlooks the square. It’s a long time ago, but some memories stay with us and that simple tea and cakes is ingrained in my mind – it was lovely to go back to this pretty little town yesterday.
A busyish week lies ahead and then some R&R next week. See you soon …
09/09/2016 § 4 Comments
If not, then maybe you need a cushion?
We’ve just had week 3 of The Great British Bake Off. I haven’t watched this week’s episode yet but thanks to the radio that was playing in a shop yesterday, I know who’s gone – what a shame. There should be rules about not disclosing such things just in case somebody hasn’t yet caught up on ‘catch up’! If you’re watching too, who’s your favourite to win this year?
The retro kitchen cushions will be making an appearance over the weekend in Alton at the Makers’ Market and then on Sunday at the Taste of Wickham food festival.
It’s threatening to rain tomorrow so I’m probably going to get wet but last evening was warm and still and I couldn’t resist leaning out of my upstairs patio doors and spying my youngest J2 animating his sketches on his new tabletty thing.
I think he could do with a cushion!
Have a lovely weekend.
Linking up with Finish it Up Friday too.
Cushion commissions welcome – just drop me an email – email@example.com
02/09/2016 § Leave a comment
I’m going to join with Finish it up Friday a little later on this afternoon and after watching busy tractors over on the farmland where I walk the collies every day, I was inspired to make this jolly quilt …
It’s been a busy few weeks on the land, gathering in the corn crops, baling up the straw and then harrowing the stubble back into the ground and getting it ready for ploughing and sowing again. I think the weather has been kind to the farmers this year – we’ve had weeks of brilliant weather and the warmth of the sunshine has ripened the fruit and veggies in the garden so J2 and I have enjoyed many meals from our own backyard!
Occasionally I find a piece of vintage fabric that brings back happy memories and old Laura Ashley cottons are right up there amongst my favourites. When I spied a piece of untouched vintage fabric in the famous Sweet Pea pattern, I gathered together a few other vintage pieces from my collection and hey presto – a quilt happened!!!
This one’s called … guess what??? … Sweet Pea!
Do you have a favourite vintage LA fabric? I SOooo loved Emma and until quite recently had some in my bedroom before moving over to a more subtle grey scheme.
I’m off to Salisbury Artisan’s Market this weekend – just as the weather breaks, and then next weekend will be busy with Alton Makers’ Market on 10th and Taste of Wickham Festival on 11th – all go! No rest for the wicked etc!!!
Enjoy your weekend whatever the weather
30/08/2016 § Leave a comment
or maybe that should be bobbin-along …
This one is for keeps – and I used SOoooo many bobbins of thread, what with all those seams. Worth it though – I love this quilt. Yesterday I sat on my favourite rocking garden seat in the sunshine and hand-stitched the binding. Of course, I have to sit on a quilt – an old one that I made maybe 20 years or so ago …
Today is bright, warm and sunny and from my office nook where I can type away whilst looking out over the fields, I can also see through the internal window right down to the front door. Misty is on guard, waiting for the postman. If he’s quiet, she may not notice!
Enjoying the every day …
26/08/2016 § 1 Comment
enjoying the sunshine …
If I’m in the garden, Flora is never far away. She loves my pink slippers and given any opportunity, and if I’m still for long enough, will waddle over and comfortably settle herself next to them!
She is a rather plump duck who has, for a week or so, been spending a generous part of each day sitting on an egg. I left it in her ‘nest’ (a leafy bower by the pond) as it’s been a shady spot for her during these long hot, humid days that we’ve been having recently. However, I relieved her of her nesting duties last week and now she’s totally forgotten about it all and is back to being a busy presence around the garden, gobbling up slugs and snails.
I can’t quite believe that she’s over 5 years old. That tiny scrap of feather and beak that followed me back to the cottage we were staying in by the sea in Cornwall, with such an instinct to follow and make herself heard so that I would rescue her from the seagulls. To this day, I’ve never seen any domestic ducks in that village!
Here are a few posts that follow her progress over the years …
I’m busy quilting – I know, as my daughter says ‘Same old, same old’! But I LOVE it and am trying a new technique, so will take some photos when the quilt’s all done. I can’t put it down, so hopefully it won’t be long before there’s another quilt finished. I’ve posted some photos of recently finished quilts over on my Patchwork Quilts page (look left) and am trying very hard to keep up-to-date with all the photographs as I make them here. Such fun!
It’s a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK, this weekend and the weather’s set fair. I think the roads will be packed, so I’m going to put my feet up in the garden and enjoy watching Flora as she snuggles up to my slippers!
Enjoy the sunshine …
05/08/2016 § 2 Comments
This week has passed quietly and slowly. No major events (always a good thing), a leisurely lunch with friends at a village pub, long wanders with the collies, gentle quilting, a bit of gardening and some cushion-making …
Soft china blues and pale aqua screen-printed birds – how I love these fabrics.
I’ve had a last minute space allocated to me at the annual Stockbridge Summer Festival – Trout’n About -for this Sunday. So the cushions will be making their first appearance on my stall.
Stockbridge is an ancient drovers’ town in Hampshire, famous for its proximity to the River Test and fly-fishing. On the outskirts of Stockbridge is Drovers House, a former inn that specialised in accommodating Welsh drovers and their livestock as they walked from the green fields of Wales with their flocks, all the way to London. There’s an inscription on the front wall which reads in Welsh ‘GWAIR- TYMHERUS-PORFA-FLASUS-CWRW-DA-A-GWAL-CYCURUS’ which translates as ‘Seasons Hay, Rich Grass, Good Ale, Sound Sleep’! Sounds like the recipe for a good life!
Trout are usually to be seen in the main street where a channel of the river is open by the pavement. Some of those fish are huge and the water is crystal clear as it’s a chalk stream and pure. If you’d like a look, click over to the Stockbridge Pocket Guide.
I’ve finished the aqua, pink and white quilt …
and I’ve made some bunting for my stall …
I was so pleased with how it turned out, I’ve made up some Bunting Kits with printed instructions too!
Well, that sounds like quite a lot – and I thought I was taking it easy! There are a few clouds gathering overhead so I’d best make tracks and take those collies out and about.
Enjoy your weekend and if you’re in Hampshire, come along to Trout’n About and say hello.
29/07/2016 § 4 Comments
Yesterday it was my friend’s birthday so we went to one of my favourite places – Bath! It was an easy drive but hunger had set in by the time we arrived so we had a wonderful ‘brunch’ at Cafe Rouge in Milsom Street. Suitably refreshed, we set off to wander around some old haunts, taking in the sights and a few fabric shops along the way …
Country Threads is well known amongst the quilting community and someone somewhere is missing a trick – a tearoom in Pierrepont Place would be stacked out – with husbands! But back to the fabrics – wow – what a great selection. I did have a few treats in there! We didn’t visit Wool yesterday, I must do some stash-busting yarn work before treating myself to any more, so I didn’t look.
Had to choose a favourite from the vintage sewing machines displayed in the fashion shop window – I chose this one because of the folk-art style paintwork – amazing …
We enjoyed tea and cookies from Ben’s Cookies then sampled lots of different handmade fudge. Our Christmas lists were filled up at Shannon, the Scandinavian Home Shop – ahhhh, such wonderful style. Then back home for fish & chips – a celebration with style! My Redcurrant Gin was also consumed with our meal so maybe everything tasted that bit better … just because!
Today’s been a bit blustery with the threat of heavy showers but little rain – I actually would love a heavy shower for my runner beans, that need a good soaking. I know what I have to do – set out for a long walk with the dogs but without an umbrella – that should do it! Then me and the runner beans can have a soaking!
There’s been lots of quilting this week …
Red Courthouse Steps – a sizeable double quilt and a proper scandi red & white colour combination. I never tire of these colours – here it is again!
A while ago I found some magical fabric called Guess How Much I Love You inspired by the books about Big Brown Hare and Little Brown Hare. I love this fabric – absolutely love it!
and there’s one more quilt that’s almost done … a lovely combination of aqua, pinks & white – it’s going to be a classic!
More on the Quilt Kits too with a newly printed front sheet to match my banner …
and 2 new kits in production :: Soldiers (with vintage Laura Ashley fabric) and Little Bird …
Now listed in my Etsy shop.
Now – off out with those collies – umbrella/no umbrella – that’s the question!
Enjoy your weekend.
PS I’ll be teaming up with Finish it up Friday too.