11/07/2017 § 5 Comments
It’s time to gather in the winter wheat.
Early last Sunday, the most perfect summer’s morning you might imagine, I set off while the air was still cool with faithful Belle at my heels. We took our usual route down around the corner then up the hill, across the road and onto farmland where the farmer has been taking advantage of the heatwave to gather in the first of his wheat harvest.
It was so still and already, as the sun rose higher by the minute into the clear blue sky, it was hot. Belle and I had a good walk, met some other dogs including a whippet who Belle chased at high speed, but couldn’t catch! Then home again, already puffing slightly in the heat, on the final stretch up the steep hill to home.
I couldn’t stay inside. Such a perfect day wasn’t to be missed so I gathered an armful of quilts and my camera but this time drove back up to the farm. Five large quilts are quite heavy so I had 2 bags, one over my shoulder and the other with handles to carry – I must have looked rather eccentric. But it was so worth it. Those straw bales were crying out for some quilt therapy …
Quilts named Gypsy, Happy Weekend, If Wishes were Horses, Down by the River and Summer in the Park all had an outing on what was definitely a morning to remember!
Hope you had a great weekend. I can’t believe how fast this year is speeding by. Sunday’s full moon was the Buck Moon and I have a little deer or two to show you next time – and I haven’t forgotten I promised you boats too – there’s some catching up to do over here!
Linking up with Finish it up Friday
22/04/2016 § 7 Comments
I’ve finished 2 quilts this week – Daisy was inspired by a Liberty print I treated myself to a week or so ago whilst visiting London. I journeyed on the train and had a wonderful day – met J2 for lunch then went shopping (think fabrics & yarn, Berwick Street and Liberty’s plus a jaunt down Carnaby Street) – then a quick supper with daughter C when she finished work before trekking up to the Royal Albert Hall for the ClassicFM Live concert.
I so enjoyed it – amazing musicians and altogether an unforgettable day and a not-to-be forgotten display of flowers outside Liberty’s …
My seat in the front row had 2 bags full of fabric & yarn stuffed underneath it and I always try to have some beautiful blooms on my kitchen table these days …
So here’s the quilt called Daisy and that exquisite Liberty print …
My jaunt to Carnaby Street meant that I could visit one of my favourite shops – Pylones – home came Fairy (a washing-up liquid fairy) who lives by the kitchen sink and Demelsa (a hugely amusing cheese grater) who lives just along the worktop by the cooking utensils …
In other kitchen news (I’m still waiting for a full kitchen Ta-Dah but the decorator won’t be here till next month) so it’ll have to wait, but look what I found in a local charity shop …
How could I resist her? Isn’t she wonderful – retro kitsch foxy face.
Back to quilts and the 2nd one that’s been finished …
It spoke of New England colours, stars and stripes so I added a vivid scarlet starry border and called it
Star Spangled Banner!
Now Spring is definitely here and the garden is springing into life quite literally. Yesterday, in warm sunshine I marched up and down the garden behind the lawn mower hopefully working off a few calories in the process. I’m so pleased with the result – as seen from my studio today, in the rain!
What do you have planned for the weekend? Enjoy yourselves whatever the weather.
PS – linking up with Finish it up Friday
PPS – I almost forgot to show you … the bluebells are in bloom – it MUST be SPRING!
you can’t imagine how magical it is to step amongst thousands of bells – and the scent on a sunny morning is indescribable.
19/08/2015 § 5 Comments
There’s been quite a lot of quilting – the mixed weather has suited me just fine. I’m always happy to plan and cut out indoors if it’s drizzly, and then bask in whatever sunshine there’s been either with my sewing machine out on the patio or with my feet up in my outdoor rocking chair stitching around a binding. Lazy but productive days.
The children have been here, taking it in turns to stay inbetween house-moves (for them, not me), and holidays. It’s been a good summer. Whilst I’ve been away at shows, dogs and duck have been cared for by visitors, family and friends. Shows have been a new venture for me which I’ve enjoyed enormously – even though it’s a real challenge to organise absolutely everything – stock, livestock, orders and ME!
I’ve had trips out and about with J2 and his lovely Italian girlfriend, yesterday we jaunted to the west country and Gold Hill in Shaftesbury was bathed in golden late afternoon sunshine – simply lovely.
I’ve returned home on so many days, pleased to be back, tired and peacefully happy. My daughter C is a great motivator – “Just do it, Mum, you’ll be fine”. She’s right, of course! I’ve been fine and really enjoyed the challenges and buzz and meeting so many new people at summer shows. Both the boys organised an epic travel adventure to south-east Asia which took the whole of July. I was so pleased they went together, got on well and had a wonderful time. I was even more pleased to have them back. Where next????
There are projects happening here at home. The builder arrives on Monday and I’ll keep you posted, without too many of the gory details. I’m sure there’ll be so much happening every day which I’m quietly dreading, but the end result WILL be so worth it! I have plans … and an aiming for the end result – hiccups along the way will be dealt with!
Hope you’re enjoying the good old British summer if you’re here, and a heatwave if you’re elsewhere.
13/04/2015 § 3 Comments
latest quilts, now in stock in my Quilt Store …
just click on a photo to go to the individual listing with details about the fabrics, dimensions and lots more photos of each quilt
10/09/2014 § 2 Comments
For a photofest of quilts that I finished in August – just click on the photo!
If you’re in Hampshire this weekend, then pop along to Alton on Saturday 13 September and meet me and my quilts at the Makers’ Market – the Farmers’ Market is also in town so there’s lots to see and buy!
04/08/2014 § Leave a comment
Have you noticed the “2014 Quilts” menu on the left of your screen?
I’ve been keeping a month by month quilting diary of the quilts completed each month. This is July’s stack of 9 quilts:
From the bottom up ::
Summertime :: Love Nest :: Tuscany :: Summer Meadow :: Mazurka :: Little Giraffes ::
Campervans (with pinks) :: Retro Spaceships :: Campervans (without pinks).
More photos and chat here.
I’m in full production here now, for the Winchester Cathedral Christmas (YES – CHRISTMAS) Market where earlier in the year I was dancing around when I heard my application for a log cabin stall in the British Crafts Village had been accepted. There are so many applications for spaces and I was over the moon to have been given the chance to trade at such a super venue in Winchester.
I’m planning a cabin full of quilts and cushions with Christmas stockings and a few other seasonal makes too. I’ve decided that I’ll have to close my order book early this year – traditionally I accept orders for Christmas quilts right up until early November – but this year I’m going to be strict so that I can build up my stock.
I have a few more orders to be getting on with before my stock-building can continue this week. And I thought I’d be taking it really easy when I finished teaching a year ago!!!!!
Right – I’m off to do some cutting out in the sunshine on the patio. It’s SOOOooooo good to be able to take my making outside and enjoy the warmth of the sun on my back. I’ve enjoyed many happy sunshine sewing hours this summer – long may the warmth continue.
If you’re on holidays then have a wonderful time.