Advent Calendar links

20/12/2018 § Leave a comment

For those of you who have an Adaliza advent calendar, I’m sorry to hear that you might be having trouble accessing the tutorials that accompany your gifts.

Here they are:

19 December 2018

22 December 2018

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas

12/12/2018 § Leave a comment


The tree is up and adorned with all my favourite decorations – at least the ones that I could easily reach from the loft.  In the evenings, when the fire is alight, it’s such a cosy room with quilts over the sofas and my ever growing collection of Winter-themed cushions.  I just love vintage style Winter cushions – reindeer, red tractors and snowscenes – can’t get enough of them and they’re all lined up on the sofa!  TKMaxx always has a good stock of them and it’s one of my favourite early-December trips – to choose a new Winter cushion.


The little Russian pottery horse decorations remind me of happy times in Bath many years ago when there was an exquisite Russian Shop – I’m so glad I collected the little horses.  The felted fairy is by Yasmin who is a regular trader at the Alton Craft Market.  I can’t find her Etsy shop at the moment, but will add a link when I do.


My little Snow People have a new handmade coastal village to live in and it reminds me of Porthleven last Spring when the snow came – a very unusual event!  How I wish I’d been there to see that.  I can’t believe it’ll be almost 6 months until I stay there again but I am able to keep up with the state of the tide by daily visits to the Porthleven Webcam.

You can visit lots of local webcams on the same site and this weekend will be switch on of the Christmas Lights at Mousehole – a famous tradition and then they will be dimmed on 19 December between 8 – 9 pm.

Porthleven Snow

Photo on BBC website – by Charlotte Threadgold

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and good luck in the New Year.






Blue Sky Sunday

25/02/2018 § Leave a comment

and another NGS garden visit, to Little Court in the village of Crawley.

The village is just a few miles from Winchester and has an abundance of immaculately kept, chocolate-box, thatched cottages and even has a duck pond with little duck houses for their nests.   I remember we once viewed a very pretty cottage when *C* was a baby but I’m pleased we moved to our present home instead which, although not chocolate-box, nor thatched, is in such a convenient location and walking distance to Winchester.

Little Court itself is a beautiful red brick house set within its traditional 3 acre English country garden that features an orchard – today, carpeted with crocus.  There are so many secret seats and gateways and the garden leads up to a meadow with stunning views – especially on a day like today!  You can read about the house’s features and why it is Grade II listed here.  Teas were served in the Village Hall and the Victoria Sponge was excellent!

Hellebores are my current obsession and there were many varieties in full bloom today.  I have quite a few that I’ve acquired over recent weeks – I’m just waiting for the ground to thaw before planting them – it’s rock hard frozen at the moment.

Apparently, there’s heavy snow in the forecast for the coming week.  Winchester, set almost due centre of the south of England, frequently misses bad weather.  Storms blowing in from the south-west pass to our west and then head off up country; easterlies catch the middle of the UK and often miss us – am I tempting fate?  Maybe!

Wherever you are, stay warm – it’s definitely weather for snuggly quilts and crochet blankets!


Foxy Quilt & a day trip …

24/02/2018 § 2 Comments

Let’s start with some sleeping foxies.  They’re all curled up on a chilly night (of which there have been many over the past week), with their noses tucked into their tails.  Ears though are alert, listening for the sound of anyone approaching their secret den.  Snuggle up foxies …

I picked up a sample of Tula Pink fabrics that formed the starting point for this quilt and then set about teaming them up with others to create this vibrant pink, purple & mustard quilt with just a touch of cool aqua.  The colours are much prettier than in the photos.  Winter quilt photos are such a challenge!

On a day trip to Bath yesterday, I actually discovered another fabric shop – yes, I know – how could I have missed Mark Pickles Sewing Studio?  One of my students told me about the shop and it’s a treasure trove of beautiful fabrics, many from my favourite designers Lewis & Irene.  As you might guess, I came away with a few metres of this and that – well, it would have been rude not to!

Bath was very beautiful in yesterday’s chilly sunshine.  The easterly wind was bitter but the magic of this, one of my favourite, cities couldn’t subdue my delight at spending a few hours there …

Aaahhh – I must visit again soon.

This afternoon, I’m going to stitch around another quilt whilst watching Wales playing rugby in Dublin.  There’s a beef casserole in the oven, to which herby dumplings will be added later on – just what’s needed to keep out the cold.

Wrap up warm and enjoy the weekend.


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February Workshops …

05/02/2018 § Leave a comment

Modern Patchwork for Beginners
6 week course to make a sampler quilt – all materials included  £130
Wednesdays 10.30 – 12.30 starting 21 February
ONE place available

Stitch and Flip Patchwork 
Make a cushion using this fun technique.  
Wednesday 7 February 10.30 – 3 pm – all materials included (except cushion pad)
Bring a packed lunch  £55      ONE place available

Summer in the Park Patchwork
Create a variety of patches ready for you to use in a small project – cushion or bag, or to put towards a quilt top.
Monday 12 February 10.30 – 3 pm – all materials included.   Bring a packed lunch £55
2 spaces available – why not treat yourself and a friend!

Dresden Plate Patchwork
One day workshop to learn this wonderful style of patchwork and make patches suitable for a small project or put towards a quilt top.
Saturday 17 February 10.30 – 3 pm – all materials included.  Bring a packed lunch £55
ONE place available

Fibre Art Collage
Have fun with fabrics and free hand embroidery and applique to create a collage panel.
Saturday 24 February 10.30 – 3 pm – all materials included.  Bring a packed lunch £55
2 spaces available

Modern Patchwork for Beginners
6 week course to make a sampler quilt – all materials included  £130
Wednesdays 10.30 – 12.30 starting 21 February
ONE place available

More details with links to project pictures,  click here

To book email
Sewing machines available, or bring your own.
Toilets are located in a separate building, and include a short walk with 4 steps.

Quilts, cushions & blankets …

02/02/2018 § 2 Comments

oh – and snowdrops!

Let’s start with finishes – a matching pair of vintage French fabric cushions, lovingly quilted and stuffed with fat feather pads, all ready for Sunday’s Antiques Market in Winchester ….red retro


Photos really don’t do this fabric justice, it’s so soft with a slight texture – almost a barkcloth but not quite.  The colours are delicious!

Vintage Rose, my latest crochet blanket has doubled in size since last week and I’m now debating whether to keep it as a rectangle, and add a border or square it off.  I’m enjoying the crochet so much I don’t want to stop, but sometimes that’s the secret – knowing when to stop!  What do you think?  Ooohhh – I love this blanket SOooooo much.


I’m still dithering around with the grey hst quilt – it’s taking forever, for no reason other than that there’s always something more urgent to do.  Just a few more stitched rows of quilting then the border to add.  I’m hopeful it will make it to Sunday’s market!


and now for the stars of the show – snowdrops with a smattering of crocus, from the grounds of the Longstock Farmshop where I jaunted to yesterday afternoon, to meet a friend for a cuppa and a wander around the garden nursery


The long archway will soon be full of espalier apples and wonderful lavender as it was last Spring …


The year is absolutely flying by with the turn of January into February marked by an awesome full moon, cold, clear weather and surprisingly warm sunshine.  But the snowdrops are the stars of the show …

longstock feb-5 - Copy

Have a lovely weekend and stay warm!

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Keeping a tidy desk …

26/01/2018 § 2 Comments

In my ‘upstairs’ studio, I have a little nook which is my office.  There’s a window with a view out over the roof of my garden studio and I love to sit at my desk, beavering away with emails and officey-type duties whilst watching the birds and trains, dog-walkers up at the farm and ever-changing sky …

jan office view

Tidy isn’t my middle name!  I’m well organised but projects and bits of paper do tend to accumulate on my desk.  I’m a great notebook fan and have so many, it’s the same with pens and sticky notes …

office 2

I forgot to say, pairs of glasses too – so many – everywhere!

For Christmas, my quilting and long-time friend from the States came to visit and brought me a personalised thread-catcher.  I just love it and decided to keep it on my desk and use it as a desk tidy.  Now all my glasses, pens and desk scissors have a home and the transformation of my desk is wonderful (along with some neat stacking of notebooks)!

office 1

Ah, yes – that’s much better.  As you can see, I love to have a few favourite ornaments and jugs around – always horses and sometimes others, full of nostalgia and sentiments.

I thought the thread-catcher was such a good idea, I made some …

I think they’re perfect for any desk or in the hall for keys, on a dresser or just about anywhere as well as in a sewing room.  I’ve enjoyed playing with some of my Janome’s embroidery stitches too!  So these, (and a few more besides) are my finishes for the week.

As you can see, this morning’s sunshine has disappeared but before I head off with the collies for a walk around those fields, my crochet blanket screen saver reminds me that I should post a few catch up photos of my Vintage Rose blanket …

I’m just loving my crochet journey with this blanket.  It has a really quaint vibe and it’s really soft, being pure wools.  I’m still not sure what size it will end up but that’s part of the fun!

Have a lovely weekend – there’s a Corner to Corner Crochet workshop happening here, so there will be lots of yarny chat – and cake!


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