11/07/2017 § 5 Comments
It’s time to gather in the winter wheat.
Early last Sunday, the most perfect summer’s morning you might imagine, I set off while the air was still cool with faithful Belle at my heels. We took our usual route down around the corner then up the hill, across the road and onto farmland where the farmer has been taking advantage of the heatwave to gather in the first of his wheat harvest.
It was so still and already, as the sun rose higher by the minute into the clear blue sky, it was hot. Belle and I had a good walk, met some other dogs including a whippet who Belle chased at high speed, but couldn’t catch! Then home again, already puffing slightly in the heat, on the final stretch up the steep hill to home.
I couldn’t stay inside. Such a perfect day wasn’t to be missed so I gathered an armful of quilts and my camera but this time drove back up to the farm. Five large quilts are quite heavy so I had 2 bags, one over my shoulder and the other with handles to carry – I must have looked rather eccentric. But it was so worth it. Those straw bales were crying out for some quilt therapy …
Quilts named Gypsy, Happy Weekend, If Wishes were Horses, Down by the River and Summer in the Park all had an outing on what was definitely a morning to remember!
Hope you had a great weekend. I can’t believe how fast this year is speeding by. Sunday’s full moon was the Buck Moon and I have a little deer or two to show you next time – and I haven’t forgotten I promised you boats too – there’s some catching up to do over here!
Linking up with Finish it up Friday
15/05/2017 § 3 Comments
I’ve had a flurry of cushion-making! Two of my sewing machines have been threaded up and put to good use, as they have very different skills. My huge Janome Horizon has a beautiful blanket stitch (in fact it has about 6 blanket stitches), but my favourite is just plain old blanket stitch which I can adapt for stitch widths and spacing. I’ve used it for applique work on cushions, with great results. This is the machine that I use every day for stitching and quilting and it has a phenomenal range of stitches, most of which I’ve never used!
I recently purchased a retro Bernina 807 that I’ve long coveted for its ability to do freehand embroidery. I took advice from 2 sewing machine engineers and they both recommended the same machine. The mechanics of this machine mean that it stitches in every different direction and churns through freehand. I used a whole host of coloured threads to add embroidery to the stunning Japanese print with budgerigars and cockatoos. Love it!
I was looking for inspiration for patchwork cushions and did a Google search for images. The photo that caught my eye was one of my own! I made this trio of cushions way back – probably 5 years ago!
I just love working with reds and warm colours. Simple square shapes using checks and patterns bring a homespun simplicity to my most recent one …
This week I’m going to be busy putting the finishing touches to my stock so I’ll be ready for the annual Watercress Festival that takes place in the pretty little town of Alresford in Hampshire at the weekend. It’s a huge event that has grown in popularity and size over the years.
If you’re able to visit on Sunday 21st then do come and say Hello – I’ll be in Station Road. And if you could keep everything crossed for fine weather then I’d be really grateful!
Have a good week.
08/05/2017 § 4 Comments
I’d better do it in photos otherwise I’ll be writing a book!
It’s busy here every day with new quilts and quilt patterns whirling around in my head and in my studio. Yesterday I found something that I’ve wanted for AGES – a prop for my stand when I’m out and about, on which to display my quilts – a Victorian metal Cot Bed. So perfect and I can’t wait to show you but it’ll have to wait because the collies are huffing and puffing and none-too-gently reminding me that it’s time for their walk!
21/04/2017 § 2 Comments
Amaryllis, bluebells, tulips, apple blossom, cherry blossom – it’s all happening!
I ventured to Bath to snatch a couple of hours of ‘me time’ and to break up my recent journey to Wales. The weather was wonderful and the clip clop of hooves as the horse-drawn taxi trotted by, made my visit even more special – I so love Bath.
The amaryllis – a surprise from my daughter, to welcome me back home – arrived in a massive box and the fat buds opened into the most magnificent blooms.
Apple blossom & bluebells – well, need I say more – sheer perfection.
And cushions – I’m on a cushion-making mission at the moment with some fairly large fairs looming this month and next. I even treated myself to a new (but very old) sewing machine yesterday – one that loves doing freehand embroidery – so there’ll be some more cushion posts shortly.
The weather has been awesome. A long dry spell for about a month has meant that the water butts I installed last year are in use most days for watering the seedlings in the greenhouse. Ah Spring – such magic!
Enjoy everything, wherever you are.
31/03/2017 § 4 Comments
A new baby in the family is always a cause for celebration. My cousin is Poppy’s Grandmother and as soon as we heard there’d be a new addition I began collecting thoughts together (and fabrics) for her quilt. ‘Cos every new baby needs a quilt – right?
Springtime colours, little birdies, blossom, poppies and stars – pinks, blues, golds and greens.
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.
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!