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.
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.
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.
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.
09/03/2017 § 1 Comment