03/02/2017 § 9 Comments
I went, I watched and I came home! Have you been to see the latest Hollywood blockbuster? As I walked out of the cinema I said to my daughter, without any particular enthusiasm “It was a very pretty movie”! Now, a few days later, I can’t remember anything about it other than that there were SO many close up shots – of what, I can’t remember! Pretty actors, pretty music, pretty colours – that was about it for me. Maybe I was missing something?
By a strange coincidence, I have included lots of ‘piano keys’ in my latest quilt and it’s VERY JAZZY (maybe my subconscious has been influenced after all) – what do you think?
Here it was this morning, pieced and hanging over the studio balcony. Looks a bit like stained glass! And now, I’ve started quilting in a simple grid which is time-consuming …
It looks a bit wonky, hanging up on my design line here in the studio but I think it’ll work out OK when the quilting is all done and the binding added. Bright orange for the binding – don’t you think?
I’d quite like to call this quilt La La Land but guess that brand has been well and truly claimed!
It’s dull, raining and generally very dreary here today so I’m hoping it brightens up over the weekend. If not, then I’ll be doing more patchwork – happy days!
06/01/2017 § 6 Comments
When I said that colours keep me happy, I didn’t think it would extend to breakfast!
Yesterday I treated myself to a ‘nutrition blender’ and this morning, my breakfast was green – and surprisingly quite delicious. As you may know if you’re a regular visitor here, I can’t do recipes, so I gathered together a heap of fruit and some curly kale, added some water and whizzed. The result was refreshing and as I’d added a spoonful of oatbran, satisfyingly filling too. Is it a fad? Well, maybe but I do use all of my kitchen appliances regularly and hope that this one will be a useful addition to the range.
Quilt finishes this week …
A vivacious half-square triangle quilt for my daughter. It’s certainly colourful and will keep her very warm when she returns from her travels in SE Asia. She loves bright colours too and she sent me this wonderful photo yesterday …
The 2nd finish of the week goes to a small quilt with hand-pieced hexi’s – Grandmother’s Flower Garden …
I loved spending the quiet evenings throughout the festive season, watching favourite films and hand-piecing all those hexagons together, using lots of offcuts from C’s quilt. I haven’t done patchwork like that for a very long time indeed! The result is very pretty and will be a sample piece for one of my workshops.
On Christmas day, I opened two lovely patchwork book presents that are wonderful and inspiring so, whilst in the creative groove I promptly went online and treated myself to a quilt pattern …
Not sure when I’ll fit this in though it may be a whole year-long project. It’ll definitely be a keeper!!!
How’s the first week of the New Year been for you? I’ve loved putting up my new calendars and generally having a bit of a tidy up around the place. A vase of tulips in the kitchen has paved the pathway to Spring, which I’m sure will be upon us in no time.
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 …
Edited to add “Flora’s little life ended on 27 March 2017 – she was very much loved and is hugely missed”. Rest Easy Flora
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.
22/07/2016 § 2 Comments
Woodland Quilt (80 cm square) – I just love those little foxes with their babies all snuggled up. Lots of swirls and leaves and ditsy blooms in this quilt. Backed with a chocolate brown fleece, it’s very practical for little people, me thinks!
Peace Quilt (156 cm x 125 cm) – what we all wish for, some peace and calm in our lives. Think leafy prints, little birds and feathers … … … and relax!
City Bright (1m square) – a quilt designed for modern living! Vibrant colours and jolly city prints, with pretty houses, stylised flowers and calm pools of polka dots.
There’s another quilt that’s almost done too – with little brown hares, called Guess How Much I Love You! I hope to spend this afternoon sitting out in the garden, hand-stitching the binding on that one. And then it’s the weekend – yay! I must get to grips with the vegetation that’s beginning to take over in the garden, dead-head the roses in the hope of a second blooming and maybe stain my little deck with preservative. That’s boring though – I’d much rather be quilting or stitching in the sunshine!!
Enjoy your weekend – what have you got planned?
PS – I’ll be joining up with Finish it Up Friday later on this afternoon.
17/06/2016 § Leave a comment
We’ve been having some thunderstorms here lately so I thought I’d join in with the weather and give a lightning round up of some recently finished quilts …
Round the Mulberry Tree
It’s pure nostalgia in a nursery quilt with happy children holding hands and playing around the mulberry tree. The top border is magical …
is a perfect little quilt that captures the retro vibe!
Bonnie’s Quilt …
A commissioned quilt – a present from mother to her delightful daughter for a very special birthday.
Guess How Much I Love you
Those heart-warming words captured by the hares’ tale.
It’s been a busy ol’ week and next week is looking promising. Maybe a trip to the coast is called for … pop back to see what’s been happening!
Linking up to Finish it up Friday
13/05/2016 § Leave a comment
This week has been a week of cushions …
I always love it when customers return to order from me. Flora has been added to a very pretty pink cushion cover, to match one with a little campervan that I made last year. She’ll be taking up residence on a beautiful window seat – lucky ducky!
The boats have gone to another very good home where they’ll meet up with a quilt called Sailing By …
and some little quilts will also be making their first appearance on my stand at the River Cottage Spring Fair over the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of this month …
(you can almost hear those little birdies chirruping away)
and Retro Baby …
It’s been a busy ol’ week up here in my studio!
Another quilt has also been finished but it’s a commission and I’ll have to keep it a secret until the beginning of June. A landmark birthday with an heirloom quilt to match!
Hope the sun continues to shine over the weekend. I will take a trip around the garden in photos very soon – there just aren’t enough hours in the day at the moment!
I’ll be linking up with Finish it up Friday too!
10/05/2016 § 4 Comments
A while ago I met J & M who are celebrating their Silver Wedding anniversary later this year. J was interested in the quilts that I had on my stall and I agreed to pick out some fabrics for her, then sent a photo so that she could choose the fabrics for their quilt …
Definitely a countryside theme going on with woodland creatures, subtle Autumn tones and cheeky foxes
Measurements were taken and this quilt was going to be a monster – 2 metres square!!
Over the next few weeks I stitched and pieced the patchwork. A narrow border was added and then the quilt sandwich was pinned together (polar fleece for the backing, lightweight wadding in the middle then the beautiful patchwork top) before the quilting began. It took a while but soon the rhythmic diagonal lines began to transform 3 separate layers into a proper quilt.
Then, on a glorious sunny day last week, I settled down in my garden rocking chair and stitched – over 8 metres of tiny hand-stitches to complete the binding.
Everyone says ‘It must take you ages’, but hand-stitching is surprisingly fast and I LOVE it – I can’t begin to imagine finishing a quilt in any other way. It was several hours’ work though, with Belle and Flora at my feet!
I usually photograph quilts on the washing line, but this one was BIG – so I took it inside and up to my studio, flung open the doors and carefully pegged it over the balcony!
Then J2 obliged my request to take a few snaps of me with one of the largest quilts I’ve made – I absolutely LOVE this quilt …
A label with names and the date of their anniversary was embroidered and stitched in place with silver thread – Ta Dah!
The quilt was collected over the weekend and I was delighted to see how much obvious pleasure it gave them both. J kindly wrote me a note of thanks …
“What can I say…?! The quilt that you have worked so hard on for our silver wedding anniversary has exceeded all expectations! The selection of the fabrics for the quilt has encapsulated our personalities and lifestyle perfectly. The workmanship is of the highest quality. Thank you so much for helping us represent a landmark year with such a very beautiful quilt.” Mrs JF, Hampshire
If you’re thinking of a special gift to mark an anniversary, birthday, naming day or landmark of any kind – send me an email so we can discuss your ideas.