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Monday, 26 March 2018

Gardenhurst in the garden

Yes, really! 
We have had a couple of nice sunny spring days; specially today was really beautiful outside. 
I actually spent about an hour sewing outside, how great was that!
I managed to quilt a whole block of Gardenhurst, while enjoying the sunshine, before it turned chilly.

This morning the latest (May issue !) Landscape magazine arrived in the post.
I wrote about this magazine back in January and you can read it again here .

I quickly "scanned" the pages over breakfast, just long enough to read an article 
about a textile artist Rachel Sumner , who makes wonderful collage pictured from scraps of fabrics.

You can read more about her and her book 
"Stitched Textile, Birds" 
on her website here .

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Sunday, 25 March 2018

Just a quick post,

to show you the first finished Blue Pots block.

Also, I have (at last) started hand quilting "Gardenhurst quilt",
using threads of various thickness and colour.

Because this will be a wall hanging, and the back is not going to be seen very often, 

I backed the quilt with a plain, good quality calico fabric.

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Friday, 23 March 2018

morning in Wells

At last it has been feeling like spring the last couple of days; but will it last?
Just a quick trip to Wells this morning, to do some shopping.

The town was very quiet for Friday morning, 
so I took the advantage of that,
 to take few pictures without the usual groups of tourists in them -
of the Cathedral, the Bishops Palace and other beautiful old buildings surrounding them.

I hope you have enjoyed my walk.
The British Summer Time starts this weekend; I hope the weather is taking notice!
It is easy to get fooled into believing that the spring is really here ūüėé

Enjoy your weekend, where ever you are!

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Monday, 19 March 2018

blue pots

As I mentioned in one of my previous post,
I have been planning my new quilt project - my own design.

This is  "work in progress" on the first block.
I am calling this quilt "Blue Pots" (a working title, for now anyway), because the plan is to make 4 blocks with the same blue pot.

I am using both needle turn and raw edge applique (some of the leaves are very small, 
too fiddly to needleturn).

 On Saturday morning I made a quick trip to Midsomer Quilting
(before the snow came - they are right on the edge of Chilcompton and it could had been a problem getting back up the hill once the snow was down).
I wanted some new fabrics for this block. 
The nice people at Midsomer Quilting will cut min 10 cm of any fabric,
which is all I need for small applique.

This as far as I have got so far, using the new fabrics.
The blue fabric is "Hungarian Blue Print" from my stash;
I have several of these in various designs.
I bought them from Kekfesto Cotton some time ago,
and they gave me the idea for "blue pots".
The background fabric is a rather non de-script grey/green, hard to photograph.

Although we had some more snow during the night, today is much warmer and most of it has gone already. 
Lets hope that was the last of it! 

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

and it snowed....

Only two days ago I was posting the first spring flowers in our garden, 
and this morning we woke up to this:

All signs of spring covered up.....

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Friday, 16 March 2018

Spring in the air and baking Friday.

It has been feeling more like spring this past week, 
and there are little signs of it in our garden.

Unfortunately we are supposed to get a cold spell again this weekend; 
lets hope it is not going to last very long.

Today I decided to make a carrot cake; this is about the best recipe for a carrot cake I have ever tried out; 
made with vegetable oil, spelt flour and lots of carrots.

The huge lemon is a present from our English friends, living in Greece, who visited last week.

While the cake is in the oven, it is time to make some hummus.

This is a very quick job; I am using a very basic classic hummus recipe, but with an addition of some ingredients of my own - 
like fresh coriander and little peppers from a jar. 

I love home made hummus on some fresh toast or a piece of crispbread.
I find that it can keep well in the fridge for nearly a week (but very rarely does ūüėČ).

By the time I clear up, the cake is ready to come out of the oven.

I usually make a simple lemon icing for the top; 
it lasts much better than a cream cheese topping which the recipe suggests. 

Cut up into squares, it keeps well in an airtight container for several days
(well, that's the idea anyway, LOL).


Not very much sewing is going on here right now, I seem to be "between the jobs". 
Yes, there is the "Quilter's Patch" quilt to work on, but I don't feel I want to get tied to the machine right now, and Quilter's Patch is very much a machine job.

So, I have been doing a little bit of cross stitch on the "Santa's Village" project, and some "doodling " on my machine, to practise machine quilting; 
I will get hang of it one day!

I got very inspired by Gardenhurst, and by Irene Blanck's designs on a whole,
so I have decided to have a go at making my own design.
It is loosely based on an idea from her book, 
I plan to make 4 main applique blocks (about 16 in), but every one different. 
 I have been playing with some ideas.
I can't draw to save my life, but some loose idea is developing for the first block.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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