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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

It is cold; last night was the coldest night so far, with a heavy frost; we woke up to white roofs and frozen windscreens - so glad I did not have to go out early this morning. 
But the sky was clear and blue - just the right day for a walk in the local park.

Some of the autumn colours is still holding on here.

The embroidery on Mrs Beasley's Quilt is coming along nicely; 
I really want to finish this one this year and tick the box.

Another very cold night is here, around -5C, cold enough for us :-)

© 2016

Friday, 25 November 2016

more blocks and Vignette 13

We have been having some horrendous weather this past week, rain, wind, floods.....
Not the time to go out unless you have to, so I managed to catch up with with all the blocks of Les Fleurs du Mardi BOM;
 and I am curious to see how Quiltmania is putting them together.

block 19

block 20

I am sure many of you know "Vignette Magazine"; for those who don't, this is  magazine published by Leanne Beasley ; it should had been published every qtr, but it is not working quite like that.
I bought an early issue, but was very disappointed; I thought it was very overpriced for what was inside. If you have come across it, I would be interested what you think.

However, much later I saw issue 10, which had the first block of "Mrs Beasley's Sampler Quilt" BOM in it, to be published in 4 parts, and I got "seduced". I loved the design (the combination of patchwork and embroidery, which I love) and I got stitching. Later came block 2, and after some pause, block 3 in issue 12. That was more then 18 months ago! Since then I had been waiting for issue 13.
During that time there was no explanation as to when or if ever the next issue of the magazine will be published. Even magazine distributors (and my supplier) had not been given any more information, and Leanne Beasley wasn't answering any enquiries.
I was beginning to give up, thinking I would have to make up the last block myself.
It seems that Leanne was "too busy" with her new fabric collections, but at last the issue 13 has appeared, and I can finish the quilt.
So, I have pieced the last block together and started on the embroidery.

We are now short on daylight, and the days have been dull, so pictures are not as good as I would like them to be.
I will try to replace them another day.

© 2016

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

catching up

It seems like ages since I blogged about any stitching!

First of all - my granddaughter (age 11) also finished her wall hanging, her first one; 
you might remember - we started making the same project at the end of the summer holiday - same pattern, different ideas about fabrics and colours.

both together

Being away for a couple of weeks, we seem to had missed the best of the autumn colour;
a quick visit to Stourhead last week just proved the point - a sharp frost few days earlier brought down many of the beautifully coloured leaves.

But I did take several nice pictures, despite it being a very dull day.

We never go home without a quick visit to the farm shop.

At home it is a busy time in our small garden - new long bed of roses is being planted in the front of the house. 
At the back we changed alpine garden, which wasn't doing very well here; we planted an olive tree and grasses instead. There is also a "re-shuffle" going on in the rest of the garden -
we will have to wait until next summer to see if it all worked.

Our quince tree produced its second harvest, a big improvement on last year, but unfortunately we lost some fruit to the brown rot.  Never mind, we are learning.

Still, there is enough fruit to process,

quince jam,


and there is still quite a few in the fridge waiting for me to do something with them.

Today I finished block no 18 for Quiltmania's BOM "Les Fleurs du Mardi".

The end is near, only 2 more!

Do you remember my holiday project? 
It was a kit by Nancy Nicholson and I embroidered the nice bag the kit came in, before we went away. 

This is what was in the bag, "Cuckoo", a cushion cover embroidery kit, very easy stitching, with the design printed on the fabric, just the thing to take on holiday.
You can see more of Nancy's kits, if you click here .

But the weather was much warmer then expected, and even sitting outside on the terrace of our hotel, my hands were getting too warm, so this is all I managed!

It's OK, it is a nice project to have around when I don't feel like doing anything demanding!

I hope to see you back here soon!

©  2016

Monday, 7 November 2016

Montenegro - part 4

The last day of our holiday - visit to the Old Town of Kotor, in the Bay of Kotor.
Surrounded by fortifications, Kotor is one the best preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic and is a UNESCO world heritage site.   
It is probably one of the most visited towns in Montenegro and I imagine on most itineraries of Mediterranean cruises.

On the day we visited, one of the large cruise ships was in, just a very short distance from the gates of the old town.

Montenegro is being re - discovered as a tourist destination; it was very popular in 1980s, but tourism suffered for many years following Yugoslav war in 1990s.
The Montenegro government is set to make tourism a priority and a major contributor to the country's economy.
We visited neighbouring Croatia several times, but did not know quite what to expect in Montenegro.
All I can say is that we enjoyed our holiday very much and it was great to have the opportunity to see at least a part of this fascinated country.
The people of Montenegro are very friendly and we felt safe where ever we went. 
Our coach driver was a wizard coming down the mountains, negotiating hairpin bends on 19th century roads (as our guide called them). It just got little "interesting" when we met a coach going in the opposite direction. But these guys know what they are doing.
I have come across this YouTube video, yes, that's the road!

Yes, some of the roads are very old, but new roads and tunnels are planned. 
New hotels and holiday apartments are popping up everywhere, so may be now is a good time to visit, before it becomes too commercialised.
October is very much the end of the holiday season for Montenegro; despite the temperatures around 25C, the locals are wearing winter boots and jackets, where I was still wearing my cropped trousers and sandals. It is all relative :-)
And because of the time of year, we did not encounter any crowds in any of the places we visited.
It obviously looks all different in the summer.

Montenegro = Crna Gora = Black Mountain

I hope you enjoyed our trip.

And now - back to sewing!

© 2016

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Montenegro - part 3

Just along from our hotel was Hotel Splendid, with its "Casino Royal" and its helipad. 
Many famous people stayed here, Madonna, Rolling Stones, just to name few 
("Sea Dance Festival" is held every year on Jaz Beach in Budva).

Little further along the Becici beach is this interesting rock, rising from the sea.
We had few discussions as to what this stone is.

This is another holiday resort, just few kilometres from Becici - Petrovac.

I would not mind sitting there now :-)

Just few more pictures left for one more post.

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