02/11/2018 § 4 Comments
I’m behind with blogging, but just about keeping up with the pace of life – it’s good to be busy – right? I’ve always hated those ’round robin’ year end, long rambling notes that people put in with their Christmas cards so I’m not going to bore you with what happened when, but here are a few wonderful moments from our amazing summer and autumn …
in no particular order (as the Strictly saying goes) …
Summer Tea Party for my students – bring a quilt.
We had our very own mini Festival of Quilts!
Hampshire Open Studio – August 2018
J2, J1 and *C* – all 3 of them together – a very rare occurrence!!
Students with their workshops makes, new kits and holiday makes
It’s been busy, peaceful, amazing, sunny, satisfying, fulfilling, funny, flowery and now it’s getting cosy, snuggly, chilly and at times quite exciting. It’s my birthday on Bonfire Night and it’s one of those with a ‘0’ at the end – fortunately, in my head I’m still about 25 – long may that last!
Have a great firework night, if you’re here in the UK and I hope to be back before too long.
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.
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.
30/12/2016 § 8 Comments
It’s always been a quiet week,
this week between Christmas and the dawning of a New Year.
This week has been slow and calm, gentle and relaxing. I’ve been doing lots of stitching …
rather forwardly-thinking this Summer in the Park patchwork has been on my design wall for a while – but other projects have overtaken it.
I’ve had a notion to do some soothing hand-stitching …
I’m hand-stitching all the hexi’s and then cheating a bit with a machine-stitched blanket edging to attach them to the white background squares. Why? Well, why not?!?
The evenings begin at tea-time so dog-walking, dog & duck mealtimes and my own supper time have all moved forward, allowing time for favourite-film-watching so, with feet up and a movie, these little hexi’s are flying together very nicely!
My darling daughter *C* is away travelling and last year (2015), she requested a large quilt. Well, it’s been a long time happening but I’ve finally set myself a deadline of her return in the New Year to have this colourful creation completed. Think BIG COLOURS!
The light is so dim and dreary today, but believe me, these are powerful colours and fabrics. Over 20 fabrics and here you see the strong, positive prints on the left and the quieter colours on the right.
Then they get all mixed up …
I began laying out the patches yesterday – I’m half way through making them. With this style of patchwork, you have to choose your fabrics and then trust your judgement as there’s very little you can do about what fabric lands next to another.
I LOVE IT!!
This is my kind of patchwork and I can’t wait to show you the finished quilt.
It’s almost a New Year. I’m reflecting and at the same time looking forward. My ‘motto’ for 2017 is yet to land in my space – any suggestions, I could do with some, please?
Wishing you all a Happy New Year
11/03/2016 § 8 Comments
Fibre Art – my new fun-thing-to-do …
Take a load of snippets and scraps and then turn them into something wonderful …
I’ll do a tutorial on the process of turning fibre scraps and tiny snippets into fabric next week.
It’s fun and oh-so-good to use up what’s in your fabric bin!
Tomorrow is the first fair of the year in Alton, a pretty market town in Hampshire. A few of us ‘Makers’ and the farming crowd from the Farmers’ Market turn up with our tables and goodies and the good folk of Alton and the surrounding villages come out with their baskets to fill. It’s always busy and there’s a really friendly vibe about this market.
In preparation, I’ve made a couple more cushions for my stall …
I’ll also have lost of patchwork kits and quilts for sale. Let’s hope the sun keeps shining like it is today. I’m off out with the collies for a long walk and then will load up the car ready for the morning.
What do you have planned for the weekend?
Whatever you’re up to, have fun!
31/12/2015 § Leave a comment
I’m not going to do a full round up of 2015 – I’ve made quilts, made commission quilts, been out and about to new venues, built a new studio, renovated our home and landscaped the garden! The renovation works are still underway but not for too much longer.
My motto for 2015 ‘Onwards and upwards – I’m heading for the light’ was appropriate for the whole year and I mentally revisited it quite regularly.
I’m yet to decide on 2016’s motto – but I am making a New Year Resolution (which is something I never usually do). Having moved what seems like a ton of fabric and sorted out a ton more …
“I’m not going to buy any fabric for the first 6 months of 2016”
(unless a quilt order specifically requires something that I don’t have)
There … it’s in print so I’ll have to stick to it!
I’m going to start the year with a bloggy photoshoot of the newly renovated rooms (or most of them) and I may start tomorrow with my new studio.
Best wishes to all my family, friends, readers and customers
~~~ Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy 2016 ~~~
01/11/2015 § Leave a comment
Over on my Houzz projects page, I’ll be posting photos at the end of each week in November so you can track the progress of two memory quilts that I’ll be creating.
I hope you’ll follow along and enjoy seeing the quilts transform from 2 bags of cherished baby clothes into 2 patchwork quilts …
On Thursday, I’ll be another year older. Not that I mind – I’ve always loved Bonfire Night!
This year I’ve treated myself to a wonderful present – a new toy for my sewing studio! I’ve already unwrapped it and tried it out but you’ll have to wait till Wednesday to see it!
Looking forward to a bit of sparkle!