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samedi 17 octobre 2020

FNSI October

 Many thanks to Wendy for organising our Friday get together again. I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else was working on.

I started in the afternoon working on some secret stitching - here is a little glimpse. Ready now to move onto the next stage.

Then in the evening I worked on the quilting of my Red Manor House. The first section of this border is finished and I have now moved the hoop on to the next section. Here is the first section with is markings removed.

In other news I have completed my swap hexies for the month and they are somewhere in the postal system. Otherwise, the secret stitching has taken up most of my time this week.

We are having a few nice sunny days at the moment and it is good to get outside to rake a few leaves or just enjoy wandering round. I picked up lots of walnuts last weekend but had to throw at least half away as they had been infested or were just dried out or mouldy inside. The pomegranates are looking good though.

Have a good week.

samedi 10 octobre 2020

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2019/20

 This years final RSC colour was yellow and I completed my yellow Dresden on Thursday. Then came the fun part of getting out my 20 Dresdens and playing around with them - fortunately we had dry grass yesterday so I was able to lay them out in the garden. And here they are all machined together.

It rained last night so it had to be the bed for todays photo. I am very happy with how these are all looking.

Fortunately I have enough of the grey fabric to make a decent size border so I plan to spend 2021/2 making little hexadens to dance around.

I will need to source some yellow spot fabric for the centres though as I have used up all that I had.

I am linking up with Angela at Soscrappy  - thank you Angela for your inspiration.

Treated myself to these gorgeous cyclamen at the market yesterday - perfect for brightening up the garden at this time of year.

Have a good weekend everyone.

samedi 3 octobre 2020

FNwF's October

 Once again my thanks to Cheryll for getting us together again on Friday night - pop over to her blog here to see who else took part.

I had earmarked Friday afternoon for making a start on my RSC Dresden for October while catching up with the Archers. But - no news yet from Angela as to what the colour is for this month, so I had a much needed sort through some of my P&Q magazines while I listened.

This week I have been working on the quilting of my Red Manor House and that is what I carried on with on Friday evening. Having quilted around the manor house I have now moved on to cross hatching around the sheep, doves and flowerpots. Happy with my progress so far.

I seem to be a bit short of photos! Not nice weather today for taking pictures. I did spend an hour outside this morning in a brief spell of sunshine collecting walnuts. But it is raining again now with occasional gusts of strong wind. Knowing the wind and rain were coming I went out with my camera and took a few flower pictures earlier in the week. We have new borage plants popping up all over the place and I love the brilliant blue of their star shaped flowers.

Also thought I would get a few pictures of my fushias before they finish flowering for the season.

I am off to catch up with what everyone was working on last night. See you soon.

samedi 26 septembre 2020

Bit of a change!

 In the weather - last Saturday it was 33 degrees here, today the forecast is for 14 degrees! We have had some rain at last although a couple of big storms missed us and all we got was some light rain from the edge as they passed by.

Instagram has been tempting me again. There has been a stitch along this week for these tubs

which I thought looked very useful. The smallest one in the picture is made using selvedges and I need to make use of my overflowing box of selvedges!

So here it is. The instructions were really clear and easy to follow.

The small tub measures 4.5" diameter and is perfect for storing my label collection.

Now that the weather is cooler I want to get on with quilting Red Manor House and so it needed layering up. I took advantage of a clear dining room table to take a picture of my tablecloth now that all the flowers have been added.

It needs lots more leaves and I have ordered a few more batiks so this is now on hold for a couple of weeks.

I started layering up RMH on the dining room table but it really was not working so I relocated to the outside table which worked a treat!

Played 'thread chicken' with the safety pins!

And so I have made a start on the quilting.

Not easy to see in this picture but I am going round the window frames and the door before outlining the house itself. Nice to have it tucked around my knees now it is chillier although now that it is layered up it is very weighty!

Last weeks use of the new blogger seems to have worked OK thank goodness and all the comments have come through safely. Next bit to investigate is replacing my header picture - I wonder if that procedure will have changed at all!
Have a good week.

samedi 19 septembre 2020

Friday Night Sew In

 Well the old blogger seems to have disappeared without trace now so here I am back with the new version. Lets hope I can remember what I learnt first time around!

Many thanks to Wendy for kindly hosting us from ICU - I do hope that all is going well for Mr B, Wendy. Click on the link above to see who else was taking part and catch up with what they were working on.

I received a couple of packs of these papers

as gifts with orders from Lina Patchwork a couple of years ago and have been meaning to make them up for some time. Now that my RSC Dresden project is coming to an end I thought that it was about time to try them out. So I pulled out some pretty fabrics and here is what I got up to on Friday.

They measure 4" at the widest point and I am wondering now if I could use this size to make a border for my Dresden quilt. So I am going to put them to one side until next month when I put all my Dresdens together to see if they would work.

The rest of my Friday was spent working on my tablecloth - nothing new or exciting to show you there though so I shall move swiftly on. This week I made more hexie flowers which are now winging their way down under

and a new little pouch for my handbag.

 It measures 5" x 2.5" x 1" and should have been a quick little make, however, the first zip I used I cut with the pull tab in the wrong place (where was my brain!) and then while cutting the second one also managed to snip the end on my forefinger, ouch. There were various bits of unstitching and I am not toally happy with the zip but it is doing the job I wanted it to do which is the main thing.

We spent 5 nights away in the Pyrenees last week which was a lovely break. Good to be out and about in the fresh air and seeing some stunning scenery - just a few photographs!

This last picture was taken from the window of our apartment. The buildings on the left are the Thermal Baths, closed for the last three years, which means the little town of Eaux Bonnes is sadly dying.

On our last day we visited friends who have recently moved to a town about two hours from where we were staying. After lunch we went to visit the Abbaye de l'Escaladieu. Once a busy Cistercian monastery, the buildings are now mostly ruins but there is some restoration work taking place.

There was an art exhibition in the grounds a lot of which did not appeal but the one thing that we all loved was this enormous tree stump!

It is completely hollow so you can see how it was made using thousand of pieces of wood and even more nails with lots of struts inside - annoyingly I didnt take a photograph! - and we all squeezed in through the narrow opening for a look.

So here I am at the end of my post and I have not thrown any toys anywhere! They have changed the labels system which was my main gripe and everything else seems quite straight forward.

So with my fingers crossed I shall press the publish button!

samedi 5 septembre 2020

FNwF for September

Lovely to get together again virtually with friends around the world. Thank you Cheryll for inviting us - you can see who else took part here.

Friday was a lazy sort of day as we went out to lunch to celebrate friends 55th wedding anniversary. On yet another 30degree plus day it was very pleasant sitting socially distanced under a very wide tree and eating delicious food. Having given our hosts a lift to the venue it was late afternoon before we returned home and I spent an hour or so catching up with blogs and mail plus half an hour talking Paw Patrol and the return to school that didnt happen with my great neice in Ghana!

Then it was time for cricket and I finally got around to doing some sewing. Having completed the applique of all the vine and basic leaves on my tablecloth earlier in the week I was able to make a start on adding the flowers.

Not many done but the cricket got exciting! And having written England off early in the Australian innings there was a nailbiting end with England winning! Whew. And then it was time for bed.

In other news this week I have my autumn hanging in place with a selection of my favourite autumn postcards

My swap hexies for the month are winging their way to Australia.

This months RSC colour is red.

Just one more month to go and then I will have the twenty I need for a quilt. I may need to play around with placement of my Dresdens before next month to see if I have any gaps, or if I go with the colour of the month.

So thats me all caught up for this week. Things are winding down in the vege plot now with just courgettes producing and the odd tomato ripening. Philip has cut most of the grass that we leave long during spring and early summer for the wild flowers, and so we shall soon be pruning and tidying for the winter. Lots of digging to do but that might need to wait until we get some rain (?) as the ground is very hard.

Covid numbers are on the increase here in France - as indeed they seem to be everywhere and it now
seems odd to see someone out and about without a mask instead of the other way around.

Stay separate and safe and have a good week.

jeudi 27 août 2020

Autumn Mini

I have finished the Autumn mini hanging so it is all ready to hang next week - although it is feeling autumnal this morning with a grey sky. We had some rain overnight but once again only just enough to wash off the dust. Anyway, back to the hanging.

I ditch quilted by machine around my Migrating Cranes, the centre block and the little squares. Then I spent some happy time hand quilting the centre and around the hexies.

 I am very pleased with how this turned out and sad though I shall be to put away my summer flowerr baskets I am looking forward to seeing this every day on my wall.

Meanwhile work continues on the tablecloth....

Have a great weekend.