Sunday, December 18, 2016

Friday Favourites - on Sunday!!

Yes, missed the Friday post this week, busy, busy and achieving not much at all!

Quilting on Jacob's quilt - simple straight lines
given that this is for a five year old and needs to hold
up well.

Not a very pretty sight, threads waiting to be dealt with and the
lines just eyeballed so the resulting squares are never quite 
the same size!

Made a start on section 8 of Gypsy Wife

and deciding on fabric for the outer strips
of the block to fit underneath.  Still playing.

I'm going to have a break now until the end of the year
or the beginning of the New Year, lots of plans including
working on the blog. I already have a new photo for the header, the centre
piece of Northern Lights - albeit not yet quilted. Grateful thanks to Melody of
mixitupmel for sorting out the size, lettering and centering for the new header.
More work on a better set up
in my tiny studio is also on my list of things to do.

My clumps of Hellebore  finished flowering a few weeks ago
but suddenly last week up popped this

and isn't it a delight!!

I'll end this post with a view from the beach last week

I feel another quilt coming on!!!!

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy Christmas
and New Year!


Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday Favourites

A few photos to show you here, only one relating to quilts!

Our favourite restaurant down by the beach

The Windross

sit under the trees by the parking area at the side of The Windross

after your meal cross over to the beach

and you have a perfect evening!

Speaking of food I tried a new recipe this afternoon
from a book by one of our New Zealand cooks
Chelsea Winter, this one is
Homemade Happiness and here we have
Cheesy Courgette and Relish Muffins

absolutely delicious, and very moreish!!!

Who can't love Sweet Peas

grown in our garden,  cream with lavender edges and a perfume to
die for!! Two little pottery birds keeping guard on the sweet peas.

Not forgetting a quilty picture, I came across my stars
begun early this year as part of RSC 2016 and forgotten in a drawer.
I fell in love with them all over again and they'll be continued on
in RSC 2017.

5.45pm is a bit on the late side for photographing on my 
design wall, in my tiny studio,  the light is not great in here at this time.

All for now, hope you all have a great weekend and I'll
be back next week, probably have a break after that over Christmas and
back in the New Year. Lots of fabric sorting and working on my
blog to be done.


Friday, December 2, 2016

A Magic Carpet Ride and Friday Favourites

It's worked out that this week I've rolled two
posts into one.

The Kaleidoscope quilt is now a flimsy waiting to be quilted, I'm thrilled
with how it looks. You might remember I wanted
to create the impression of an old Persian carpet and I think
I've achieved that. So, here is


photographed early this morning in the back garden. I had to
maneouvre the display board down there to catch the light.
Measuring 48" x 64", the colours are a little lighter in this photo
due to the sun.
No border going on this quilt.

Isfahan draped over my much loved old bench seat

My Friday Favourite is an old Royal Doulton jug
from a pottery range made under the header
Under The Greenwood Tree

This jug belonged to a dear old Aunt of mine, her collection of pottery

came to me after she died. She was the Aunt who was born in 1903
and went into "service" at the age of 13yrs - shades of the downstairs
maids in Downton Abbey. I wish now we had been able to enjoy
more conversations about her early days. 

I'm way behind on replying to comments left on my
blog last Friday, apologies to those bloggers, it's been a funny old week made complete by two broken
teeth and two visits to the dentist.

One bright spot was a package of fabric received

I love artichokes but only to look at, not to eat!


I couldn't resist the colours in the fabrics below.

I think that's all from me this week but I'm off  to link with

Ann  and Cathy
Kaleidoscope of Butterflies