Thursday, 27 June 2013

Beautiful Blenheim

We had a great time near Oxford on holiday and I wanted to post some photos of the day we spent at Blenheim Palace.  It was a lovely day and we walked for miles around the gardens and estate.












We also spent some time in Oxford itself and my son and girlfriend joined us on the Saturday from London and we had a great trip down the river - during which it poured down for about 10 minutes-drenching us all  and then the sun came out again for the rst of the day!!.


A Raft of Finishes!
Since getting back I have finished my Applecore quilt and just
started a second one in"shabby chic" fabrics which I have had for a while and which will I think make up into a nice softly patterned quilt.





I have also completed all my postcards for the next FabricPostcard Swap so will mail these soon and also finished off the Mug Rug for a swap with this group as well.


I also completed a couple of table runners which are for friends of my Mum's who ordered them after my talk to their group about quilting recently. It went really well and I sold a couple of quilts which was a bonus. 
My Mum wants me to repeat it to another of her Ladies Groups but I will need to make up some stock before I arrange it after the summer! Think that some Xmas themed items and embroidered cards will be a good idea.  

  
So after a  good run of getting things finished off I ground to a halt on Saturday when my Brother machine stopped working !!!   An error message and a quick phone call to the shop where I bought it from resulted in it being returned to Brother for attention.  It was picked up on Monday at 5pm and it is being returned today (Thursday) by courier so that is very impressive and I am relieved it will be back so soon.   I have my small Janome as back up but I get used to all the "bells and whistles" on the Brother.

AND  then I went down with a Kidney infection yesterday ( something I am prone to get) so sitting watching the tennis at Wimbledon and looking for  possible new projects looks like being the best way to spend the next couple of days. I am considering Esther Aliu's new Block of the Month which launches on Friday - the Love Entwined  marriage quilt she has designed from a vintage original  and also might start a SWOON quilt  as I recieved an order from Jessica at SEWANDQUILT who has some wonderful fabrics - of some lovely  1930 inspired fat quarters which will be ideal for this.

So lets hope the weather stays good and the applecore quilt will keep me busy while Wimbledon is on the TV.

bye for now

Pauline

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Signing up to Bloglovin

Just a quick post as I felt I needed to do something about Google Reader and have decided to follow what seems to be the general consensus on blogs I follow by signing up to Bloglovin.   You can make sure you still follow me by clicking on the tab at the side.  

Still away in the caravan in Cotswolds.

Bye for now
Pauline

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Hands ON!

Hi everyone

I have been a bit lax in posting as I have been a bit busy with a family crisis which is now resolved but it has meant that I have spent a lot of time waiting around at hospitals and  hand sewing in the spare minutes I have had. 

I have been following " The HEXI Blog" and this week it has had a blog hop featuring a new book  "Quick and Easy Hexi Quilts"  and so I could not resist ordering it from amazon so that I could try out this new method which does not use paper.!



It is based on cutting circles and them folding them - a bit like origami- and the results are so quick and easy.  I have tried a range of sizes and intend taking some fabric with me  on our next trip which is to the Cotswolds.

I have also been hand quilting in the evenings  which is something I don't do a lot of but I finished my Applecore quilt and decided it would suit some large stitch quilting in cream thread in circles.  The applecore sizzix die is really useful and it went together so well I now intend to make another one - perhaps in pastels -pinks and greens.




I have also been making Flying Geese using a foundation fabric I have had  for ages using my Rowan/Kaffe Fasset scraps ( too good to throw away even the smallest piece!!!)  This strip is only 3 inches wide and I am going to make a mug rug -or two- out of it for a Swap group I am in on the  TradingFabric Postcards Yahoo Group.




My other new start is another quilt from my favourite book by Sue Daley - I am making the one on the cover called Icicles this time - but again in Rowan/Fassett fabrics so mine will be more vibrant. This is the third project from this book.



 It is all cut out and ready to paper pierce while on holiday.  
I seem  to have a thing at the moment about using up the Rowan/Fasset fabrics in my stash - maybe becuase they are so colourful and reflect this wonderful weather we are having at the moment - and hand sewing as I don't like sitting up stairs in my sewing room when I can be downstairs in the conservatory or in the garden!!

The garden is  looking lovely after about 10 days of really sunny and warm weather - the peonies are in bloom and even the lavender seems to have survived after our dreadful spring. 


I have signed up once again for Cheryll's Santa Sack Swop  and its not even July YET !!!! so will have start thinking about Xmas projects when I get back.
I do have an idea for a table topper using the new hexi method and some black, red and green fabrics I bought recently.

So I intend doing lots of hand sewing, taking lots of photos of the Cotswolds while we are away and maybe do some painting as well.


bye for now

Pauline