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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

that's April,

during past 48 hours we had it all - sun, rain, snow, rainbow, hail storm..........

These are not flower petals on the ground, they are hail stones.

And I have been playing with more blocks for Calling All Birds quilt, sewing Courthouse Steps blocks. They look little wonky in this picture, I rushed the "photo shoot" and did not pin them out properly.
I will need 8 of these in total.

I hope April has been more kind to you!

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Monday, 24 April 2017

My granddaughter finished her miniature quilt/wall hanging, which she also designed.
 I think she has done such a wonderful job.

You can read about the method she used in my post 
"Easy miniature quilts" on 5th March.

Unfortunately we have lost the lovely warm weather; it has turned cold today, with some more frost yet to come. The weekend was still pleasantly warm and sunny, good enough for stitching outside. 
 I finished another bird block, the largest one so far, for "Calling All Birds" quilt.
I am enjoying playing with these bright fabrics.

I just want to show you this beautiful clematis 
which is growing through the fence from our next door neighbour .

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

three new blocks

After a long dry spell our garden is enjoying some soft rain today.

two new blocks for Calling All Birds quilt

and block no 5 for Quilters Patch quilt

sidewalk and log cabin roses

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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Easter baking



    We are having dry and pleasant weekend, (with little rain at night, which was very welcome by our garden), although not very warm.

I love all those fresh greens in the garden,

quince tree

with flowers buds just about to open

yellow and green shades of fresh shoots of marjoram in the herb bed

crab apple tree blossom just opening up

My Easter baking goes again back to my Czech roots; 
I make Easter "mazanec" (sort of giant hot cross bun).

 Actually, I make 3 - one for DH and me, and 2 for our children.

Enjoy rest of the Easter weekend!

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Monday, 10 April 2017

first Calling All Birds block

Sunday turned out to be just as promised, and yes, we managed BBQ, even the sunshade was needed.
Luckily we had our BBQ early, it got colder as the afternoon went on.

I took my sewing in the garden with me and carried on with the new block; I love stitching outside, the light is so much better then anything inside. 
Later in the evening I finished the first block of the Calling All Birds quilt.
I love doing applique, I like the freedom of it.

Baking Monday - 

I like making bread, I find it very satisfying; although we do buy some, most of our bread is home made.
I like experimenting, mixing various kinds of flour together.
Lately I have been making mainly sourdough types, so I keep a starter in the fridge most of the time.
Today I made a rye bread, similar to German Landbrot.

Thank you for stopping by; I wish you all a very good week, whatever your plans are.

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Saturday, 8 April 2017

FNwF - Calling All Birds

Friday Night with Friends

Firstly - thank you to Cheryll for letting us use her blog again to meet and stitch last night.
I will make the rounds later to see what everyone was up to.

I have been enjoying making Quilters Patch blocks, but I must admit that I am missing applique.
So, last night I started a new project, to run along side the Quilters Patch Quilt.
The forecast for the weekend was really good and I wanted to have something ready to stitch outside.

"Calling All Birds" is a quilt from the latest issue of Quiltmania Simply Moderne magazine; it got my attention the minute I open it.

That's what I was doing last night. Out came my collection of bright fabrics,

and I prepared the first block.

Today was a glorious day right from the start and up to dizzy heights of 19 - 20 C by midday; 
we even had our breakfast outside, first this year!
I took my block into the garden and stitched the prepared applique pieces.

We are expecting another great day tomorrow, so hopefully more stitching and even BBQ!

I hope you too are having a great weekend!

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Friday, 7 April 2017

Crafts4Crafters show

at the Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet - yes, it is that time of year again, although this year it is happening a couple of weeks earlier.

This is not a large show, and it has been struggling for some years to attract exhibitors. This year there seem to be even more spaces between stands. I have been told stories of high rents for exhibitors; throw in poor facilities and there doesn't seem to be a reason to come here.
From my point of view, this year was again top heavy with card making stands.

Last year, for the first time, we had Stef Francis here; not this year.

There are some newcomers - like a really nice needle felting stand, The Makerss; if you like needle felting..

For me, the highlight of the show was Jan Horrox, who recently moved from London to the West Country, and this is her first time here.
I have been admiring her dolls for a long time, even got the book ages ago....., but never quite had the courage to tackle one of those faces. Until I chatted to Jan today; I bought the Basic Doll Makers Kit and few other bits, so watch this pace ūüėČ

Comfort from Kindness

I enjoyed a small exhibition of quilts up on the gallery - rather special quilts - Canadian Red Cross Quilts.
Part of a much larger collection, these were made by Canadian women during the WWII; thousands of these quilts were sent by The Canadian Red Cross Society to Britain and other parts of Europe.

Another part of a social history of the quilt.

There are some interesting articles about Canadian Red Cross quilt here and here .

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Monday, 3 April 2017

another block

for "Quilter's Patch" quilt,

the Nine Patch Daisy block

and little bit more spring in my garden

first plum blossom

couple of last year's violas are in blossom

and this year's new addition

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