31/10/2017 § 1 Comment
Rewind back to the Spring – see that old patio table that’s sprayed red in the bottom right corner?
It’s been sitting there all summer, with the odd pot stuck on top of it. It’s in the wrong place for a coffee cup and whilst sitting up on the top patio, over many cuppas, I’ve been making plans for it. Ta-Dah … an alpine garden …
I initially planned a stone edge but then on a visit to a builders’ merchant, I spied the bamboo edging and thought how easy it would be to wire it to the mesh table top. The soil is on top of a weed-proof membrane to allow easy drainage. It was easy – less than an hour’s work. But it needed something as a focal point …
aaaawwwwwww – I so miss Flora Puddleduck and she so loved water so when I found this little water feature I thought what a fitting memorial to Flora it would be, as well as providing my new alpine garden with a proper feature. The gentle sound of water is so relaxing and always reminds me of Flora’s splashing and bathing. She’s have loved to have ducklings, I’m sure!
I just love it – although I know it’s a bit ‘naff’!
I stained the bamboo edging with black wood preservative and I can’t wait for the alpines and sedums to cover the bare earth. Roll on next Spring! There are loads of miniature Spring bulbs already planted too.
The weather has been absolutely beautiful for the best part of a week – chilly, bright, golden Autumn days with the first overnight frost of the season just a couple of days ago. I haven’t been able to stay indoors and have undertaken a massive garden tidy up. The front gates have been stained smart black (well, the tub of wood preservative was open so I thought I’d better make use of it). And another paint pot was prized open this afternoon …
I recently acquired an unloved metal patio set and in today’s mellow sunshine, I donned gloves and an apron and set about removing all the peeling paint with a wire brush. I found half a tin of Hammerite in the shed and have finished one chair …
That’s better! All spruced up and ready for a sit down on a chilly morning with a steaming mug of hot chocolate. I just LOVE this time of year. Cosying up over long evenings, quilts and crochet blankets on the bed and layered up over the sofas, frosty breath in the mornings, golden leaves and red berries.
Do you love Autumn or are you craving hot summer sunshine already? Embrace cosy – go on, get quilting!
11/09/2017 § 3 Comments
is here and I’m taking a short break from blogging – added on to the rather long one I’ve already taken.
I’ll be back soon with lots of autumn colours no doubt, as they always inspire me to stitch up quilts, make chutneys and generally engage in pre-winter activities. I promise some photos along the way.
My Autumn/Winter Workshop timetable is published so do email if you’d like to come along.
07/06/2017 § Leave a comment
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.
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.
10/03/2017 § 4 Comments
There are some really strong retro fabrics in this quilt but they seem to work and balance out with the solid red at the top of the flags combined with the prettiest pastel candy stripe. I’ve added a solid red binding to frame it all and that’s this evening’s task – to hand stitch the binding all around the back of the quilt.
The 2nd quilt I’ve finished this week is Mini Road Trip – using up the left over patches from last week’s Road Trip Quilt, cut down and combined with more solid blues. It’s a smidge off finished as there’s an edge and a half of binding to hand-stitch!
I’m hoping to have them both ready for tomorrow’s first market of the season in Alton, Hampshire.
Today is damp, dull and cloudy – I need a sprinkle of sunshine so here’s a photo from yesterday afternoon …
What a difference a day makes!
Enjoy your weekend.