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Sunday, 26 June 2011


It wasn't a good week as far as the weather went, cold and wet, I think you are getting bored with me telling you this. Heavy rain on Friday night, but we knew better things were on the way!

Saturday morning - much warmer but fresh, a good time for an early walk.

Stourhead is the nearest National Trust property to us, and so we visit often. Those of you who have been following my blog for some time, have seen pictures from here before.

"That" bridge

and the Temple of Apollo,

both of them "played" their role in the film "Pride and Prejudice" ( the later version, with Keira Knightley).

It is a time "in between" as far as plants go, the spring flush of colour now gone and the autumn colour a long way away, so colour here is mainly green, but here and there are some unusual plants and trees.

and some more views


Cottages by the entrance to the gardens, one of them is a holiday cottage, which you can rent for your holiday.

The entrance to the courtyard where you can find The Spread Eagle Inn

and an art gallery, in front of which were some interesting exhibits.

Of course we can not miss out the National Trust shop on the way out. Needless to say that we went home with another addition to our garden!


Saturday night and our two grandchildren are staying for a sleepover!


Sunday morning - at last we have SUMMER! And BBQ weather!

Grandchildren have gone home and DH and I are recovering:

Sunday, 19 June 2011

garden update

The weather has been absolutely awful, with a heavy rain yesterday and some showers today, the temperatures today only around 14C. The rain is destroying most of the flowers in the garden. We were asking for some rain a few weeks ago, well now we have it. There is a lot of work to be done in the garden, mainly deadheading and clearing the weeds, which have up with a vengeance.
We have managed to get out in the garden today, in between the showers, and do some tidying up.
I have also managed to take a few pictures of flowers not beaten down by rain .


I wish you all a very good week!

Saturday, 18 June 2011

quilting with a difference

I found this video on Cyndi's blog. It is not very long, so make yourself a cuppa, relax and enjoy!
Oh, and I love the soundtrack! Thank you, Cyndi, for sharing it with us.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

spring quilt - finished

A year ago we spent 2 weeks in a pretty town of Rattvik on the shore of lake Siljan, in Dalarna region of Sweden. (You can read more about our time in Sweden in "Sweden 2010" under "labels" on the left.)
I love shopping in Sweden, mainly for fabrics and items for home.
My favourite shop in Rattvik was this shop, on the main street:
full of things you never know you needed, until you visit.

I visited the shop several times during our stay and among my purchases was a selection of matching fabrics, which I thought would make a nice quilt.

I think this is the reason I love making quilts, seeing the transformation from a few pieces of fabrics

 to something hopefully beautiful and very useful at the same time

The green fabrics to compliment and for the backing, and also the pink for the binding I bought later in Midsomer Quilting .
It took me a while to decide on a design, I wanted to show the flower pattern at its best.
Eventually I found a design in the Magic Patch magazine.
All the quilting was done by hand, which wasn't always easy, due to a more open weave of some of the fabric.

I decided to call this quilt the "Spring Quilt", because the colours of the fabrics remind me of spring.
It will now live on our sofa to keep me warm during chilly summer evenings. It will always remind me of our holiday in Rattvik.

Threads used:
hand quilting : Aurifil 40, shade 2902 light sage
embroidery: Presencia Finca No8, shade 142

Sunday, 5 June 2011

wet sunday

We woke up this morning to a very wet day, a very good news of course, it has been so dry for so long, but it would be Sunday, wouldn't it? With the constant winds we have been having, everything is so dry, a big concern for farmers and fruit and veg growers. We have been watering our plum trees, using the waste water from the kitchen, as the water butts were empty. The trees are packed with green fruit, so it would a shame to loose it now. But it has been ideal weather for the strawberries and the grandchildren have been very "helpful" in picking them.

Before last night's rain at last we had a couple of days of "in the garden stitching" weather, so welcome.
I am nearly at the end of hand quilting my "Spring" quilt  and I hope I will be able to show the completed quilt soon.
I have also been collecting some more fabric to compliment the red fabric I bought at the T & T fair and should be able to get started on the "Red" quilt.
In the meantime I have started the first stitchery of the "Scandinavian Christmas" quilt, by Lynette Anderson, which I bought the pattern for after the last Christmas. It was a BOM last year, which I did not "discover" until it was too late to make it in time. With "only" just little over 6 months to go to the next Christmas, it is time to get started! This is such an ideal project to stitch in the garden.

I did not use to stitch "for Christmas", but I enjoyed making the Christmas tablecloth for the last Christmas, I am now hooked. I know the grandchildren will love this quilt/wall hanging!

I wish you all a very good stitching week!

Thursday, 2 June 2011

indian stitchery

This was the name of our Embroiderer's Guild workshop last Saturday, with lovely Tiggy Rawling.
Tiggy brought her "Indian Shop"" with her, with fabrics, felt and threads she dyes herself, and a large selection of embellishments.

We had a choice of making a cushion or a wall hanging, using cotton backing and bright fabrics, which were covered with tulle and then stitching over it, or a sampler worked on piece of felt.

This is Tiggy's tulle cushion.

First of all Tiggy showed us how to stitch on shisha mirrors, so they would not fall out. Her way is much better then I have seen in books, much more secure. It took us a while to get the hang of it, but then we were away!
I decided to make a small felt sampler. I know from the past experience, that if I get too ambitious in work shops, I will not finish the project and it will end up in a draw when I get home.
I used a piece of lovely hand dyed felt from Tiggy's shop.
This is the result.

Tiggy also brought with her various other examples of Indian embroidery to show us.

But my favourite item, the one I fell in love with, is Tiggy's blue quilt.

I promised myself to make one (sometime in the future).

In the meantime, I went home with some purchases from "Indian Shop".

Tiggy gave us a list of books we might want to look at for further information about Indian stitching, but when I got home and browsed through my books, I realized I already have a book on this subject.
It has all the basic stitches and some projects, however the technique for stitching on shisha mirrors shown here is not as good as Tiggy's.

Another lovely stitching day....

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