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Saturday, 18 June 2022

Friday Night Sew In and dashing along

 FNSI has come round again! Many thanks to Wendy for organising us and you can see who took part here .


I have joined in with Chooky's Churn Dash SAL which I am calling a Churndashalong! I had no intention of joining in as I do not want to start another quilt, but when I realised I could make anything using Churn Dash blocks then the idea of a wall hanging was born. I have plenty of the pretty fabrics that I am using for my Wings and Pretty Things so I thought that I would use those . I am also hand pieceing as there is no room in this house for my machine to be out permanently. Besides, I do love hand pieceing. It was how I learnt to make patchwork blocks all those years ago before rulers and cutting boards had made it to the UK and I resisted joining in with the fast machine piecing for many years.

Anyway, back to my Churn Dash blocks which I pieced for FNSI on a hot (for UK) afternoon and evening.


They are 4.5" finished. I will need 4 for my wall hanging, one of these and three more in different fabric combinations. The other one I will use as the centre of a larger Churn Dash block, then probably a third to make a small table centre/cloth. I enjoyed putting these together and am looking forward to next month when I shall make another block.

I also found time to cut out the applique pieces for my last Wings and Pretty Things applique block - here are two that I finished this week.



Have a good weekend everyone.

Saturday, 4 June 2022

Friday Night With Friends

 Many thanks Cheryll for another lovely evening stitching away with friends. You can see who else took part here

I spent my afternoon and evening watching cricket and working on appliqueing these RSC blue Dresdens to my top.


Then I moved on to my next Wings and Pretty Things block and got the stems sewn down and some prep done on the rest of the applique.


I have two completed Wings blocks to show you



Just three more to do.

Another finish this week was my hat.


I am very pleased with this finish - it is made from a lovely silk and merino mix from Perran Yarns. Lovely to work with and it is going to be very snuggly on windy days next winter.

I will be back soon.

Sunday, 22 May 2022

Friday Night Sew In, May

 May already, and once again the year is whizzing by. Friday nights come around very quickly too! Many thanks Wendy for getting us together - you can see who else took part by visiting Wendy's blog here.

Lunch out made for a lazy afternoon but I did get some work done on my latest Wings and Pretty Things block during the evening.


Sorry for the poor photo but I did most of the basting and started on the applique.

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It has been fun exploring West Somerset - lots of new places for me, familiar ones for Philip. I do love the narrow Somerset lanes with their high hedges


The hedges can be very deep - six foot in some places. I wanted to get a picture but it was not easy so will have to try another time. The other thing I love are these old sign posts with the miles marked with fractions, so glad they have never been replaced.


While looking for Holcombe Rogus, and more on that village in a moment, we came across the attractive church of St Michael in Stawley, pretty much in the middle of a field.


The church dating from the 13th century was open (BCP Sheila) and organ practice under way which was nice. It had a lovely warm and welcoming feeling, the sort you get from a well loved and used church.





Then on to Holcombe Rogus just over the border into Devon, which although a larger village seemed to be much harder to find! The village dates back to the Doomsday book. Holcombe Rogus Court  has been described as the finest Tudor House in Devon - here is the entrance and what I could see of the house.



The house is privately owned and has been completely restored over the last 20 years.

The church is next door and the family from 'the big house' had their own private entrance into the church yard.






This is a much larger and more formal church with many references to the Bluett family who originally built the manor house. These effigies are of members of the Bluett family.




This I felt was a name to conjure with!


Hope you enjoyed the mini tour - I will be back soon!

Saturday, 7 May 2022

Friday Night with Friends

 We had a busy day with not much spare time so I was determined to get something done during the evening. I managed six rows of this Tied Knots hat which I am making with the gorgeous merino and silk yarn that I bought from Perran Yarns at the Great Wool Weekend.


The yarn is knitting up nicely on my new Knitpro needles.

Many thanks Cheryll for organising our Friday night get together, you can see who else took part here.

Earlier in the week we visited Dulverton in West Somerset for the day. A pretty village to look around but our main reason for being there was to visit the gardens of Hollam House which are only open for one afternoon of the year. As it coincided with my birthday it made for a very pleasant day out.

The gardens are stunning. They are on the side of a hill and well laid out with water gardens, pond areas, formal gardens and more open informal areas. Just a few pics....















Sadly not a sunny afternoon but still very worth while the visit.


Saturday, 30 April 2022

A Couple of Finishes

 Well, small finishes! Two more Wings and Pretty things blocks are complete.



As usual not easy to photograph - the background fabric always comes out darker than it is and the applique lighter! Looking forward to moving onto the next blocks now.

Some gorgeous tulips have appeared in the half barrel that is planted up in our garden.


I had to use these in my sketchbook and these two pages are the result.




A long weekend here which means a car boot sale on the local playing field - I wonder what treasures we shall find! Which reminds me that I havn't shown you last times treasure yet - something for my next post!

Happy May Day



Saturday, 16 April 2022

FNSI

 Good Friday and it's Friday Night Sew In which Wendy is extending to Easter Weekend Sew In. Click here to see who joined in and what they are getting up to. I thought I would start by posting my Friday work and will catch up later with anything else I work on over the weekend.

 During the afternoon I worked in my #31daysartjournal sketchbook, now well into 40+ days but I finally have a couple of pages I am calling finished.



I love Ranunculus flowers and this one flowered on my kitchen window sill for most of March and into April so deserved a two page spread.

Then during the evening I added two pink RSC Dresdens to my quilt, they had been finished for a few days so just needed pressing and appliqueing.


Not many more of these little ones to do then I must do four rainbow Dresdens for the corners.

On Thursday I finished these Winwick Mum Easy Lace socks from her book More Super Socks. The lace bit really is easy and I love her heel. Next to try I think is the pattern for Easy Cable Socks - its some time since I did a cable. Meanwhile I can crack on with the hat that I bought the yarn for last week.



Enjoy the rest of your weekend and Happy Easter!

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

A Grand Day Out

 But before we get to that, Bloglovin seems to have gone AWOL so if I have not been to visit you lately that will be the reason why. Hopefully I will soon catch up.


Now to my day out! On Saturday a couple of old friends invited me to join them on a trip to RHS Rosemoor for The Great Wool Weekend - and what a lovely day we had. A pleasant drive through the Devon countryside, up hill, down dale and through narrow lanes brought us to the delightful gardens at Rosemoor.

We headed straight for The Garden Room which was housing the wool weekend not knowing what to expect but were very pleasantly surprised. There were a good number of stalls there and the quality of the products on sale excellent. Much of the knitting wool was locally produced and it was all top quality - not a ball of acrylic anywhere! Lots of local makers, spinners, felters and a lovely lady weaving on a triangular frame which we had never come across before.

It was very busy so after a walk all the way around we decided to regroup over lunch and plan our buying strategy! Lunch from the restaurant was delicious and served very quickly, we were impressed. Having regained our strength we set off around the Garden Room again making our purchases. By this time the crowds had diminished and we had more of a chance to chat to the stallholders and browse properly. I was very restrained buying just a pair of socks and a skein of beautiful silk and merino yarn with which to knit a hat for next winter.

One of our party was tempted by a triangular loom which you can glimpse being demonstrated in the picture below.


At this point she was showing my friend how to set up the loom having just removed a completed triangle which you can see by her left hip. The completed triangles can be sewn or crocheted together to make scarves, shawls, blankets, ponchos etc and the frames come in a variety of sizes. My friend bought the next size up from the one on show which luckily fitted in to the car. She was duly christened Rosie after Rosemoor!

These cheeky three made appearances throughout the day.


A couple of views of the Garden Room towards the end of the day when it was nice and quiet.



We did manage an hour to look around the beautiful gardens but there is a lot to see and so definitely worth a return visit.





The beautiful statue of a soldier is almost dead centre in the picture below.




Couldn't resist these in the apple orchard!



And these were in the kitchen garden.


Returned home tired but happy after a Grand Day Out.