Thursday, 26 May 2011
Monday, 23 May 2011
I know this range was one of the things that people knocked in 'that' post. (You know the one that opened up the whole dumbing down in quilting debate?) Well, I for one loved Pip's from the moment I saw the design. It did seem like it was being advertised everywhere for months before we could actually get our sticky-with-spray-baste-fingers on it.
I like Pip's because it is cute without being all shouty novelty. I like the fact the dot blender is actually little squares. This range reminds me very much in style of Mendocino by Heather Ross and maybe that's why I like it. I like that there is a little story going on with the main prints. I like that it could easily be for us grown up girls as it could be for a child. I haven't settled on the design yet, but I want to make a quilt that I can snuggle under when the nights draw out and Christmas approaches.
I've decided to put myself back on a fabric diet. Yes, I know that means I'll probably miss out on some Hideaway (the other range I am really coveting.) It's just I haven't been sewing that much over the last month and the last thing I want is to end up with more in my stash than I could ever make into quilts. So for the next little while I'll only be buying fabrics etc in order to finish up projects - ie materials for binding or backing quilts I make with my existing stash.
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Today I've spent some time just chilling and reading. Of course I've been sewing too! This is how far I've got with my design for the Brit Quilt Swap. I'm at that stage where I'm really not sure if it's doing it for me. I
Friday, 20 May 2011
I plan on a scrappy squares background with a little doggie in a hot air balloon. I've already modified the design in my head because the doggie is really in the hot air balloon because a naughty birdie has stolen the doggies bone and the doggie wants to get it back! So you have to imagine a birdie and a bone - ok?
I intend sashing the design in either white or a neutral - maybe some linen and then doing a scrappy postage stamp border and then some more sashing to match that already done. Then I'll pick a fun pattern for the binding. I haven't thought very far about the back. Although I have plans for the label so that might influence what I do on the back.
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Sunday, 15 May 2011
and stunning floral displays like this...
In the floral marquee you could buy many of the plants you see on display. Well, not the actual display ones but certainly the same varieties.
Outside in the rest of the showground there were all manner of trade stands selling everything from luxury hot tubs to gardening gloves - and of course more plants.
I am still deciding if it met my expectations. Mum had been several times in the past and she thought it was far busier than she'd remembered it being and not quite so easy to navigate around. I'm sure we missed stuff. Yes, I did buy a few plants and some veg' seeds. I'll let you know how I get on with those in due course.
If you want to see more pictures from the show you can see them over in this set on flickr.
Thursday, 12 May 2011
House of Silence by Linda Gillard. This book is really hard to put into one category. At the moment it's in the top five kindle romance books sold on Amazon UK. However, this story has so much more to it than romance. There is mystery, intrigue, family saga and quite a lot of quilts mentioned. Probably because one of Linda's passions (apart from writing novels) is quilting. When she heard about my hexagon charm quilt project last year, she kindly donated some of her fabric scraps to help me finish it. I blogged about it here.
Back to House of Silence: I don't want to give too much of the plot away. But if you think you'd like a story containing an eccentric family with secrets, a rambling old country house and a mystery revealed through family letters stitched into a charm quilt; not to mention a couple of yummy leading men; then this might well be the book for you!
Now this book is only available for Kindle at the moment. Don't despair if like me you don't own an e-reader because in seconds you can download from Amazon: Kindle for PC - completely free. This book is also a mere £1.90. Or $3.17 if you're in the US.
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Enjoy your day xox
Monday, 9 May 2011
Sunday, 8 May 2011
Thursday, 5 May 2011
This is the table I normally set my sewing machine up on. As you can see it maybe a while before I can use it again! I've had to relocate lots of kitchen equipment and 'stuff' from the kitchen so some damp issues can be sorted...behind the cupboards. It's going to be messy. It needs to be done. It'll be a chance to redecorate and have a good sort out of my kitchen cupboards.
Sunday, 1 May 2011
Book Crossing friends in Northamptonshire. It was a gloriously hot day (we shouldn't be having weather quite this lovely yet in this part of the world!) We had lunch at one pub, drove up the road to another only to find that due to it being Easter Saturday and St George's Day they had laid on entertainment in the form of a town crier, The Moulton Morris Men and also a beer drinking competition. If you don't have Morris Men in your part of the world it can look a bit strange. The man in the picture above, dressed up as a woman is known as the 'Betsy'. He was giving the dancers a smack on their bottoms with his blown up bladder on a stick! I think when he thought they were not dancing well enough. There was another man coming round with cake for the audience - a thank you for watching the dancing. You can just see the town crier sat down in the shot below as well.
As well as all the gadding about I've had work to catch up at home and in the garden. I have found time to read the odd book or 6! But not time for sewing. Unfortunately I'm having to have some work done at home next week and that will mean a lot of my kitchen's contents will need to be rehomed...to the area I sew in! So it might be a while before I'm back in the swing of things. Although I am missing it - a lot!
I hope you've had a lovely Easter, enjoyed the Royal Wedding and are looking forward to May Day celebrations tomorrow.