26/07/2017 § 2 Comments
This is proper ‘Forward Planning’!
I’ve been designing kits and creating samples for my Autumn/Winter Workshops and there’s a decidedly festive theme here in the Garden Studio …
There are Christmas Stocking & Placemat kits with wonderful Lewis and Irene fabrics, each kit supported by an online tutorial here.
The Christmas Star table runner and Table Centre are samples for workshops that will be held in my studio. I’ll be publishing the Autumn/Winter Workshop timetable in late August so do keep a watch on my website. I may also be teaching at other venues in Hampshire as well as my own Studio. Exciting times!
If you’re in Hampshire then do try to come along to Trout’n About in Stockbridge on Sunday 6 August. It’s the annual festival that takes place all along Stockbridge’s wide High Street and it’s always an absolute feast for all things foodie as well as arty.
If you’d like to put your name down for an early listing of workshops then please email me: email@example.com
Enjoy the school holidays …
12/05/2017 § 1 Comment
Wednesday night was clear. Stars twinkled and the moon was full. May’s full moon is called the Flower Moon – don’t you just love that moons have names?
So far this year we’ve had January’s Wolf Moon, February’s Snow Moon (and it did snow just a little), March’s Sap Moon and April’s Pink Moon.
I went to sleep on Wednesday with moonshine in my room. A mere sliver of light shining through a narrow chink in the curtains. It was magical. Before darkness fell, I’d had a wander around the garden and found to my delight, the first rose of the summer in bloom.
And the flowers just keep on coming – clematis in full and glorious bloom, shy Sweet Woodruff in the shade and sweet Pansies in a basket.
Enjoy the weekend. I’ll be in Alton tomorrow with some new quilts and cushions.
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 …
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
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.
18/07/2016 § 5 Comments
Yesterday, I relived some of the happiest memories ever when I revisited Lainston House Hotel in the village of Sparsholt, near Winchester. Happy memories – indeed – it’s where we held our wedding reception many years ago and it was a day I hold right up there amongst the best in my life!
Gosh, I was a skinny thing in those days! The avenue of trees stretches down from the front lawn of the house with spectacular views of the Hampshire countryside.
I wasn’t just visiting yesterday though, a Family Food Festival had been organised and I was a stallholder …
Flora came too – on a cushion!
A stage had been set up on the front lawn and the Military Wives Choir and Military Band entertained the crowds. On the South Lawn a demonstration area had been set up for cookery demonstrations throughout the day. It was SO busy – everyone had a wonderful time and on my way home, I had a wander around the grounds and discovered a wonderful garden, planted since our special day with borders in full and glorious bloom …
Oh, it was a good day! So many lovely people to talk to, friends popping by to say hello throughout the day too. Hope you had a lovely Sunday – we’re having a mini heatwave here at the moment and I’m cutting out quilt kits on the patio in the sunshine. What a way to spend a day!
I’ll be back with photos of my latest quilts, very soon.
10/06/2016 § 3 Comments
to Wales, to see my Dad …
It’s a very long way to travel by myself with only the collies in the car for company, but I fastened my seatbelt (and theirs) and we took a jaunt to West Wales for a few days. Flora stayed behind with Aunty B.
We saw Red Kites swirling and twisting in the skies, dolphins off New Quay beach and lots of the neighbouring farmer’s cows! Like many rural natives they’re both nosey and friendly at the same time!
they have such expressive faces – I’m sure I’ll use these photos as inspiration for some cushions in a week or so.
I was delighted to be able to zoom in on this red beauty – in the purest blue sky on the coast road to Cardigan.
We enjoyed lunches in local towns and meals in the local hostelry during the evenings, as well as ice creams by the beach and far too many welsh cakes!
I’m definitely going to serve up some of these spicy little cakes next week, cooked on an old-fashioned griddle. I found quite the best I’ve ever tasted at a local bakery – they were absolutely delicious.
And Dad – well, he’s fine and dandy – at 90 years old!
This is quite the best photo I’ve ever seen of him and it wasn’t taken by me. His neighbours have a young daughter who is just two and half years old (she and he share the same birthday in December)! I took some snaps of them all together and then handed the camera over to her and under her mother’s watchful eye, she pressed the button and just look at that wonderful photo. She’s a very gifted portrait photographer – and at such a young age! “Thank You, G”.
I’m pleased to be back home again though it’s always a huge wrench to leave him, but he’s fiercely independent and loves his home – as I do mine!
Alton market is on tomorrow – for those of you who are in the area.
Enjoy your weekend, wherever you are.
27/05/2016 § 3 Comments
the stage is set for the fair …
The kitchen garden is amazing – not a weed in sight!
Lyme Regis is also magical this evening …
and here’s a sneaky peak at some of the new quilts & cushions that will be on my stall over the weekend …
So, I hope you all have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend – I’ll be here …
Fingers crossed for some sunshine!
22/05/2016 § 1 Comment
Since taking the photos at the beginning of the week, everything has grown about 12″ it appears – especially the grass! I’ve had to invest in a new lawnmower as I found the petrol mower impossible to start with it’s pull-handle. The runner beans sprouting in the greenhouse and I hope to plant them out before the weekend. It’s wonderful to see my grandfather’s lily and all the cottage garden self-seeding favourites springing into life.
Yesterday must have been the ultimate boost for every plant in the garden – warm rain all day. However, it proved to be a good day for quilt-making and I finished the commission quilt that I can’t show you yet. Others are flying out of my studio along with cushions and pincushions ready for this weekend’s River Cottage Spring Fair. I can’t believe it’s a whole year since my first RC Fair – time certainly flies. This year the dogs will be staying at home, with AB who is on dog & duck duty whilst I’m away. I’ll be staying in Lyme Regis which has become one of my favourite places to visit and I’m really looking forward to it all.
Expect photos of the seaside in my next post …
08/04/2016 § 3 Comments
it’s a quilt – for cowboys!
The colours remind me of prairie cowboys and the focus fabric has bucking broncos galloping across the western plains, lassos whirling! It’s a perfect single bed quilt for a little boy who dreams of becoming a cowboy when he’s grown up – and this is a ‘college’ style quilt that could easily be taken off to university, as a reminder of home comforts.
I’ll be taking this quilt with me to Alton Makers’ Market tomorrow and some cheeky little foxes will be coming too …
I’m really enjoying getting out and about at the weekends, though I didn’t have far to go last Sunday as the Antiques Vintage & Retro market made it’s monthly appearance on Winchester’s High Street. It was a beautiful day, with just a hint of warmth in the Spring sunshine.
In the garden, colour is beginning to appear in the Spring bulbs …
and a secretive visitor was ‘spotted’ in my curly willow tree …
down by the pond, the snowdrops have disappeared, the daffs are in full bloom alongside the later flowering and taller ‘Snowflake’ snowdrops – and the bluebells are almost out
Enjoy your weekend.
PS – linking up with Finish-it-up-Friday