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Tuesday 28 June 2016

More Morris Hexathon blocks

Linking up with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches for EPP Tuesday.

And I have two more Morris Hexathon blocks to share with you.

#7 Avebury Stones

and #8 Greenwood

Are you working on some EPP? - if so then why not link up with Anthea and share your work.

Have a good week.

Thursday 23 June 2016

UFO update

Just a short post to update you on the progress of my latest UFO project. My Four Seasons crazy blocks have now been joined together using the velvet that I dyed olive green here. And I am really pleased with how the colour has worked with my blocks.

The first thing I did was to extend the 'forsythia' out of the spring block into the frame and also brought a climbing flower out of the summer block.

But I also wanted to do something that would unify all the blocks and so I have started to add a heavy chain stitch meandering around the frame with the intention of treating it differently as it touches each block. The first section is complete and I have given it a frosty treatment with sequins, beads and sparkly thread. 

I also added a button 'snowdrift' in the corner.

As a complete contrast to snow we have had a sudden heatwave with temperatures of over 30 for the last three days. Tomorrow they dip again with possible storms so ever changing here.

Back soon.

Monday 20 June 2016

Christmas Through The Year

Thank you Anthea for hosting this link up for our Christmas makes. Go to Anthea's blog here to see what everyone else is making - and to get some ideas for your own Christmas stash!

I am also linking up with Super Mom - No Cape and her Stitchery Link Party.

After FNSI I showed you this little peek of a stitchery that I am working on.

I fell in love with this design as I watched it being stitched on Instagram by designer LiliPopo so as soon as she released the pattern I had to have it! It's called The Flower Gardener. Isn't she sweet!

Sorry for the poor picture - she needs pressing which of course I can not do until I have removed the blue pen lines. I am really enjoying working on this. You can find the pattern in LiliPopo's Etsy Shop along with lots of other delightful designs and some preprinted panels.

Hope you have a super stitchy week.

Saturday 18 June 2016


June already and what has happened to the weather! It just seems to keep raining here and the garden is soggy but growing like mad.
I have taken the opportunity to do a bit of decorating. Some of you will have seen pictures of my 'studio' before. It is in fact an alcove in a corridor, so tiny. My desk is too big to get through the doorways - I built it in there and it is sort of shoe horned in place along with the tall chest of drawers where my computer sits. So it has not been moved in many a year! I decided that it was about time that the window and the wall behind were painted so on Thursday I moved everything except the desk into the adjacent dining room and pulled the desk back as far as it would go. I cleaned everything down and undercoated. So on Friday I spent the morning painting the walls and glossing the window. Of course putting everything back took so much longer as it needed sorting and reorganising plus I wanted to reline the drawers so they had to be emptied and tidied. By the end of the afternoon everything was back in place and looking clean and tidy.

So it was pleasant to sit and stitch for a while yesterday evening and here is a peek at what I was doing.

Many thanks for hosting us again Wendy - pop over to Sugarlane Designs to see what everyone else was doing.
Have a great weekend.

Tuesday 14 June 2016

EPP update

Hello everyone - it's Piece Yourself Together time and I am linking up with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches again.

Pop over to Hibiscus Stitches Here to see what everyone has been stitching.

There have been three new Morris Hexathon blocks since my last post

#4  Box Hill. I am afraid I chickened out of making a mini version of this block!

#5 Upton

And it's variation #5 Downton!

and the latest block #6 South Kensington Star.

Tricky to get all the points neat in the middle - my centres are not brilliant but could have been a lot worse!

Many thanks for organising the linky Anthea.

It's grey, damp and chilly again in St Victor - whatever has happened to the weather this year!

Hope your week is warmer and drier.

Friday 10 June 2016

Throwback Thursday - a Friendship Quilt

Linking up with Jen at A Quarter Inch From The Edge 

In 2002 five ladies from the Dordogne ( four English and one Dutch) traveled to Rotterdam for a week of patchwork fun. Our Dutch friend had arranged for us to meet up with three of her patchwork friends and to stay with one of them.

We were all given a basket pattern and asked if we would like to exchange blocks to make a small friendship quilt each. This was a great idea and memento of our trip and so while we were browsing fabric shops we were looking for colour themes for our blocks.

I chose these fabrics for my quilt and gave each of the other lades a piece of the leafy fabric and asked them to make my block using those colours.

This is the centre block of the finished quilt.

Several months went by and then I had all the blocks and put them together to make this quilt.

I added the 'windmill' blocks in the corners as windmills and Holland go together and I used the outline of the car we traveled in as a quilted motif in the border.

Happy memories.

Oh yes - I bought my Dear Jane book on this trip!

Have a great weekend.

Monday 6 June 2016

Party at the Chookshed

Last weekend we were all invited to party along with Chookyblue in the Chookshed to celebrate her fourth blogging anniversary. Great fun was had by all - click on the link above to see what everyone else got upto and here to see what Chookyblue herself was working on.

I had hoped to get more accomplished this weekend but the arrival of some decent weather at last meant that much of my time was spent in the garden. However Sunday afternoon saw me at the bowls so I was at least able to get a Hexathon hexi completed. Here are some pics of my work.

A bit of crazy therapy on Friday night. More pics to come soon!

Hexathon fabrics and templates cut and ready to sew Saturday evening.

Elderflowers picked ready for making elderflower cordial Sunday morning.

Hexathon stitching Sunday afternoon.

Many thanks to Chookyblue for the invitation.