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Saturday 19 June 2021


 It was time to sew with friends around the world again last night - and relieve the tedium of yet another football match even though it was England v Scotland. For those of you down under, its Euro 2020 (yes I know, it's a year late) and there seems to be three matches a day at the moment. Anyway, to more interesting things.

Friday Night Sew In and thank you Wendy for organising our get together - please pop over to Wendy's blog  here to see who else joined in and what they got up to.

In the afternoon I spent an hour working on my tablecloth and listening to this podcast about positive language and creativity. It's the latest in a series of podcasts about creativity and very interesting. 

My tablecloth has spent the last week or so on the back of the sofa as it has been too hot to work on it, but yesterday, following a few storms, was a cooler day so it was good to get back in the swing of quilting.

In the evening I was working on a new project. I am very fortunate to have 'inherited' the patterns for Field Journal from Fiona. I have so enjoyed watching her work on these beautiful designs over the last year. So last night I worked on this pretty lavender design.

I am not a fan of satin stitch so, being positive, I decided to get this one out of the way early on! My first instinct was to make these little designs into a book but when I realised how many there are I thought my book would be a little unweildy! So my next plan was to make them into finished hexagons which I can then sew together - no idea what the finished size will be but who cares - the fun is in the doing. So here is my first hexagon - the one I finished off a couple of times to get the sizing right!

It measures 4.5" side to side.

In other news my watercolour course has now moved on to fabrics, specifically stripey fabrics and lace, so nothing difficult lol!
For my first attempt I used one of the photographs supplied.

Having happily finished this and thinking that I would never be doing another stripey picture, I remembered my brightly coloured Basque napkins, so I couldnt resist having a go.

Happy with this one too. So then to move onto lace and this is the corner of a small tape lace mat which I have had for years.

This was not as difficult as I had imagined. My only problem was with the background as it was so hot the paint was almost drying as I put it on the paper!
So I have put my paints away now for a few days and am going to have a play in my sketchbooks instead. But for the moment, I am off to find some pretty lavender fabric to frame my embroidery.
Have a great week everyone.


  1. I love your watercolours! That lace is just amazing! They are all great! Love your Field Journal too. It will make a fun quilt. The flower in your header is a stunner! I don't know what it is but it is very intriguing. Is it from your garden? ;^)

  2. Love all your watercolour fabrics, Lin. Especially love the blue and white striped one. Cute little lavender stitchery. How fabulous the hexies will look with an embroidered pretty on each one.

  3. I love how you are doing the Field Journal's... and glad the patterns have found a new home... Gosh that is a lot of football you are needing to sit through!! thank goodness for interesting crafts! Love the paintings too.. have a lovely Sunday...

  4. Your stitching is gorgeous! The watercolors of striped fabrics is fantastic. I would not even attempt that. The lace painting is amazing! I wouldn’t attempt that either. Ha! You’re taking some very interesting lessons.

  5. Your watercolour work is lovely and so are your stitcheries

  6. Hello Lin ... the field journal stitcheries look wonderful made into hexies - what a great idea that was!!

  7. Beautiful paint work. I look forward to seeing your hexies grow.

  8. Lovely stitchery and such gorgeous watercolours …

  9. Busy as always :-)
    I can see that you have managed to change your header picture; no such luck here; been away from blogging, I need to catch up!

  10. Yes, watercolour has been drying quickly of late. You've made a really good job of the Basque stripes!

  11. Pretty stitched lavender design, good idea to use hexies, love the clever watercolour work, so clever.

  12. Your stitcheries are beautiful, great idea to make them into hexies. I am really enjoying your painting progress.

  13. Field JOurnal will be lovely - and as you say who cares how big . . .maybe table toppers when you are done??? maybe two??
    Your talents are widespread - painting drawing sewing - very creative!

  14. Yes, you have been hardworking again, dear Lin. Nice work ... with the hexagons I have to think of coasters for glasses ... in this heat ... so if there are any left :-)))) I hope you continue to have fun with the needle, paints and brush. I like the charming little lavender embroidery ... not much longer and it blooms in my garden too.
    Hug from me.

  15. love the lavendar.....enjoy those stitcheries......

  16. Lol I thought those paintings were photos! Clever gal. Love the lavendar embroidery.

  17. I love your lavender stitchery. I'm not a fan of satin stitch either but I watched a tutorial by Fee (Tilda Lovers Club on Facebook). Now I know how to do it properly, I enjoyed doing the satin stitch. Your water colour fabrics look great.


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