15/04/2015 § 7 Comments
What do you think of my beautiful table cover? Ultra pretty colours and oh so practical. I’ve got 4 of them! One’s round – for the patio table; all the others are rectangular – to fit the larger garden tables. Have I been busy or what???????
Well no, I haven’t been busy with my crochet hook !!!! They’re from our local discount supermarket and cost under £4 each – ultimate bargain – and they’re huge. When I popped in there yesterday another lady saw mine at the till and whizzed off to buy a couple for herself – they really are pretty and machine washable. The crochet stitches are so lifelike. It’s Aldi, if you want one – but I think you’ll have to be quick!
Here’s my garden sewing studio – can’t believe I’m sewing in the garden in April …
Misty and Mrs Quacky say Hello – Belle was too busy to be photographed. She was ‘helping’ J2 with his latest artwork. She lays there and gazes at him all day.
All the photos are with my new little pocket camera – a Canon SX600. Zoom x18, video recorder and so much more – I’m very pleased with the photos too.
Now, I’ve another quilt on my big machine upstairs so I’ll do my sewing indoors in the morning, and set up some tasks for outside for the sunny afternoons – long may they last.
09/07/2014 § 5 Comments
Didn’t we have a loverley time …
Yes, we certainly did (apart from my badly sprained ankle on day 4, which is still grumbling) …
We had awesome weather – wall-to-wall sunshine most days and even when I was ‘iced-up’ and strapped I found I could do some sewing with one foot up on a garden chair! A sewing studio with sea views – that’s definitely on my wish list!
I stitched up 3 patchwork quilt tops last week and have finished 2 of the quilts this week. I’ll post some photos of the finished quilts in the next day or so. Now – back to the end of a boring game of football – so different from last night’s semi-final. Have you been watching? I’m no footie fan but find myself drawn into a tournament like the World Cup. I’m picking up the lingo and whenever I hear the whistle (‘cos I’m usually stitching around the binding of a quilt rather than watching), I just say ‘Offside’ with conviction. Amazingly, I’ve been right on many occasions – Himself is really quite impressed!!!!
12/06/2014 § 2 Comments
early mornings, garden roses, quacky duck, evening strolls, quilting days –
sewing in the garden – oh yes – I’ve been doing a lot of that!
I’m pleased to have caught up with a few photos of my recent designs and makes. I’ve been to two fairs in June so now I can concentrate on my sewing (and quiet evening knitting – even more lace-weight – photos soon) and enjoy the summer sun.
16/02/2014 § Leave a comment
Maybe it’s just arrived …
In the midst of recent storms, I gathered together soft pastels and blossoms. I couldn’t rest, as the gale roared around us, until the patches had been placed, then quilted to make “Wish” – a patchwork quilt full of Springtime hope!
When I begin a quilt, I’m never sure what size it will end up – this one is large – 170 cm square! As the pile of fabrics grew, before I cut it out, I had a feeling that I’d be busy for a while. I couldn’t leave any out – polka dots and stars, Moda’s Bliss, my signature whites, blossoms and acorn spots – they all came together beautifully – there are a few earthy tones in there too, so it’s not too girly. Last evening, I hand-stitched almost 7 m of binding – phew – did I sleep well after that!
I’ve just added it to my Quilt Store where it will stay for just 2 weeks before coming to my first fair of the year (unless it’s snapped up before then)!
So is my studio table looking bear? No-Siree! I’ve been cutting out “Melody Maker” – featuring rock’n roll guitars, piano keys and musical instruments galore. It’s funny how sometimes a quilt name pops into my head as soon as I see the fabric and other times naming has to wait until it’s almost finished.
Enjoy the sunshine – let’s hope Winter’s cloak is being taken off to reveal Nature’s Spring beneath.
25/01/2014 § 3 Comments
I may have been quiet, but I haven’t been idle!
I’ve been planning, designing, ordering, quilting and having lots of creative fun …
Plans are afoot for some larger events this year – definitely maybe! I’ve been gathering together photos of my past and present makes so I can sort out in my head what sort of stock I’ll need to have all made up and ready to go.
I popped out into the garden a little earlier today in a rare sunny spell, to mock up my stand and take some photos – well, talk about getting blown away! No sooner had I set up the table, back-drop and stand and staggered out into the garden with armfuls of quilts, dodging dogs and duck underfoot, than a squally gust almost swept me off my feet. I clung on tightly to my new needle cases and e-reader covers, and the towering stack of quilts, almost threw them in position on the table, stood back and clicked twice, then gathered up armfuls once again to get everything safely inside before it poured with rain. Phew!
The resulting 2 photos are in the top row – middle and right. I’ve made everything in those photos since Christmas and have a couple of draft ta-dah posts all ready to go – but missing the vital photos. The weather – it’s been dreadful so we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see Romance, Lullaby, Acorn Wood, Barn Dance and Flower Girl quilts to have their moment.
Batten down those hatches and keep warm. Winter hasn’t thrown off her cloak quite yet!
18/07/2013 § 8 Comments
The end of term was on Tuesday and I finally feel as though I’ve finished. I’ve had some lovely cards and presents but it takes a special sort of friend to fill a box with goodies that she’ll know I’ll absolutely LOVE …
Thank you SO much, *T* – I’ve been so lucky to work with you. Enjoy your summer too.
It’s been blistering hot, here in Winchester over the last few days. I’ve even had to set up a temporary daytime sewing pitch out on the patio, under the cover of a very large parasol …
I’ve been enjoying all the roses, marguerites and my geraniums – poor sickly little plug plants, bought for a few discounted pennies a few months ago – have suddenly taken off and burst into huge blooms …
I finished another quilt yesterday. I’ve called it Sugar Pips although many of you quilters out there will recognise the Sherbert Pips fabric – I chose the pinks and greys and whites and have used a vivid, fuschia pink fleece as the backing – bit too cosy for this weather, but it’ll soon be chilly again and we’ll need to get all homespun and warm again. But in the meantime – here’s Sugar …
It’s a pincushion-making day today, ready for the Art & Design Market in Winchester on Sunday. If you’re visiting Hampshire, then pop in and say Hello – town will be busy and parking is free, and there are SO many places to find some refreshments.
Hope to see you there
20/06/2013 § 4 Comments
I’m in love with my sewing studio …
This morning, very early, I popped down to let Flora Puddleduck out of her hutch and couldn’t resist choosing a few red roses for the old coffee pot I mentioned yesterday. What DO you think of that swan? I found him in Sherborne a week or so ago and he had to come home with me. He was made by the Dartmouth pottery – probably late ’50’s/60’s. I’m no expert, but I do love him.
And in Wales, last weekend, I found his brother …
Isn’t he handsome? One day I shall have a mirror with all my china swans gliding across – one day.
I’ve been using my little pincushion – I’ll show you my makes tomorrow or maybe over the weekend. The other addition to my studio is …
My wonderful Dad asked me if I’d like a present, to mark the end of my full-time work, this summer. Yes, I’m leaving my teaching job and will miss my lovely students but I know they’ll all be fine, and so will I!!!!! Summer days will be (hopefully) spent outside in the sunshine, possibly jaunting in our Dolly-van and certainly in my music-filled studio at dawn, dusk and quite a few hours inbetween. I knew immediately what I’d like – a new radio/CD.
“Get a good one” he said – so I did – it’s a Roberts Zoombox2!
“Thank you, Dad”.
It’s all shiny, new and digital. Here’s what’s playing …
This morning already, I’ve enjoyed Rachmaninov, Grieg and a host of other classic greats with melodies softly filling my room.
Midsummer’s Day tomorrow – the Summer Solstice and I suspect one of our children will be at Stonehenge – probably the one time he’ll be up in time to see the sunrise! Enjoy midsummer wherever you are.
19/06/2013 § 4 Comments
I tend to get into a groove when I’m creating. I have an idea in my head and after a few trial runs, I have a week or two when I’m in the groove and can’t stop making. Over the past few weeks, it’s been pincushions …
They’re lovely to make and I can sit in the garden or whilst sharing the sofa in the evening with Belle and happily gather up and stuff the little pincushions. I jaunted down to Wales to see my old Dad over the weekend – our boys came with me, which was lovely for everyone. I had some time during the mornings to myself, as all the boys like a long lie-in! Thrift shops were scoured and at an amazing eco shack, I found a set of 3 art deco coffee cups with accompanying pot. Unfortunately the glaze is a little crazed and the coffee pot lid badly damaged, so I had no hesitation about ‘refurbishing’ the cups and turning the pot into a wonderful vase – perfect for summer roses, in my studio. I can’t part with this one though – isn’t it sweet?
I brought back a whole box full of eggcups – Mum used to collect them and they were an eye-catching, dust-collecting display for many years. I don’t think I can keep them all, but will choose one each for the children and a few favourites for myself. If my current craze continues, some may end up as pincushions!
We’re all out of puff here at the moment – the grass has just been cut as there’s rain in the forecast for the next few days. Not that it matters – rainy days mean there’s a really good excuse to take it easy and possibly make a few pincushions!
Enjoy the rest of your week.
07/06/2013 § 2 Comments
A while ago I came across a panel of vintage barkcloth fabric, dated on the selvedge 1964! I’ve kept it for a couple of years, admiring the details and smiling at the characters, so familiar from my own childhood.
Yesterday was the day when the fabric panel was transformed into four cushions …
I LOVE, LoVe, love barkcloth – the texture with all that almost basketweave, the simplicity of the cotton and on these, the colours – they’re everything I remember about being a child in the 1960’s. I think that’s why it’s taken me so long to make them – they’re like a trip back in time – pure nostalgia. There’s Noddy in his little red and yellow taxi, Big Ears the Gnome and it looks as though Bumpy Dog is in trouble with Mr Plod the Policeman! There’s a toadstool house, some seaside scenes and lots of little Toyland houses too. The more I think about it, I reckon I’m going to have to keep one just for me!
I can’t believe it’s raining today and we’ve had thunder too. The skies are dull and overcast and there’s such a difference from the brilliant sunshine of yesterday – if you read the beginning of yesterday’s post, I reckon it’s all my fault – I jinxed it!
Cushions are for sale in my Adaliza Etsy Shop EDIT UPDATE: 3 now available.