Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Project Bag.....


I've had quite a bit of secret sewing to do recently.....

My friend Lyn had a birthday - we sew together regularly and she always comes with heaps of paraphenalia so I thought a large project bag would be useful...

I also wanted to do some of my fun quilting on a vintage doily....



... so I did.... in addition to  a sweet stitchery in the middle (slightly adapted design by Anni Downs to make it fit into the centre)


It's quite a big bag with a boxed bottom ....


The pink is all quilted to give it some firmness... and so is this large pocket I added on the back....


lined with pockets on both sides for all those dohickeys we need when we sew and a little clasp dohickey to put your keys so they are easy to find when it's time to go home!!!

Lyn loves pink and birds so this fabric I thought was perfect....


A fun project to make ... and hopefully one that will survive many years of service....


Happy significant birthday Lyn.....  such a good friend...

Righto, Gotto Go..... quilting today!!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Giving a new look.....

This stool is part of a dressing table set that I got from my Mum (which she got from her Mum) .... so I have always loved it because of that.  I had the stool covered about 20 years ago - it's lasted well


... but this weekend it got a make-over....


My friend Christine had some of this tapestry fabric leftover from a cushion she made... and I had admired it and this week she gave me this lovely big piece which was just the right size...


I love the fresh new look it has given the stool - and in my eyes there is not much better than a fabric with bugs and plants ....


... isn't there a big difference now?


Whilst I was away Marina had a birthday - and although I had been well planned in making her a gift before I went away I had forgotten to post it!!  Oh well it has got there now - having failed to take pictures myself I have stolen this from Marina's blog...

A little project bag made from a pattern by Leanne Beasley, which had a long bag which would hold scissors, quick unpick, thread etc and I included a little mini pincushion to go in the bag.  I hope it will be useful ....


At least now I can say I have a finish for June/July!!

Righto, Gotto Go.... the day is cooling down and so it's time to set the fire!!


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Visiting some quilts....

It was fun seeing some of the quilts I had made and given away when I went visiting....

This is one I made my son and daughter in law.... It was done using Quilt As You Go method and the blocks sewn together with the black sashing.... (I made a smaller one with the leftovers a few years later and there is a tutorial for this HERE)


I backed each black and white pieced block with different Japanese fabrics so it is a totally reversible quilt....


As you can see I did this one in 2008.....

We had lovely warm weather when we were in the UK and whilst on the farm this was the quilt we used....  One of the black/white colours has faded but all the others have held their colour well...


This is one I made for my Mother-In-Law

It's actually one of my favourites - I love the colours and fabrics and the piecing and applique in it


I was just learning free-motion- quilting and though I am happy with what I did I can see how I have improved over the years....


It's easier to see from the back....


Mum always introduces me as her daughter in law who made her quilt (rather sweet isn't it?)


Another favourite of mine was this scrappy one which I made more recently


I have shown more about it on my blog HERE.

It was on our bed at my daughters house and I nearly took it back!!

So fun going to the houses and seeing the quilts being used....


Righto, Gotto Go.... I've got some crushed walnut shells to play with......


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hampton Court....

Henry VIII's majestic palace....


just a little entrance gate .....


not a very good picture but real mistletoe with berries.... (and yes, I insisted on a kiss!)


very hard to capture the scale of this place....


... and the gardens while standing at the same spot....


lots of space to go for royal strolls....


the stair case at the entrance.... those wall paintings seem 3 dimensional...


... and lots of ceiling painting too....


enormous tapestries against the walls..... 


behaviour of utmost importance!!!


enormous works of art..... 



I did get a crick neck looking up at the works....


there was lots else devoted to Henry and his many wives - very interesting.  The art and tapestries, silk covered walls etc was amazing too....

So much to take in.  Both Hubz and I do enjoy the Historical places - it's the type of place you could visit often and still see something new....

That was on our last day of our trip .... so I will be back to normal stitching posts.

Of course the main enjoyment of our holiday was with our lovely family..... very very special and just doesn't happen often enough...

Righto, Gotto Go.... creating to do!!!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Poppies at the seaside....

We passed by Stonehedge..... it was Summer Solstice and there was so many people waiting to go in..... 

A great view from the road side though.....


Off to Southend .... more beach houses but I didnt get a price on these ones!!


It is just on the estuary of the River Thames.... and must have seen lots of action over it's time...



Some may remember the wonderful poppy display at the Tower of London a couple of years ago.....  some of the poppies are touring around and while we were there they were at Southend


right at the end of the pier - you can see the poppies all the way up....


very clever feature...


It was called The Wave..... and is now dismantled from there and moved.


Lucky to have seen it....

Nice icecreams at the little cafe there too!!  

Righto, Gotto Go..... 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Beautiful Devon....

Hubz and I drove off to Devon, in the south of England.....

Oh my gosh what a beautiful area ...



Not the right place but I could imagine Heathcliffe and Katherine here.....


We stayed a couple of nights with a relative - she lives above the workshop at a huge Manor house and this is part of her lovely garden....


and we went for a lovely drive around the moors....


Up at the top was bits left of an old airfield used during WW11


 This pretty village was the setting for part of the film War Horse - I believe it was used as the little French village in the film...


up at the top the trees are a bit stunted and their trunks get all knobbly and interesting...


this lovely old bridge over the river was in such a lovely spot....


beautiful everywhere we went...


here is the tidal river and on the left is Devon and the right Cornwall...... Poldark country...... 


and one of the best things around this area is the Clotted Cream..... oh my gosh...


Needless to say my clothes all shrunk in that English water.....

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