Thursday, 28 June 2012

Watch the Birdie!

My latest accquisition has been a heavy duty staplegun- yes I do know how to have fun! So........
I spent a day, when I should have been sitting at the beach basking in glorious sunshine, making up canvas pictures with the old frames purchased from boot sales with fabric from Ikea.(sun failed to make an appearance until late this afternoon and the wind was blowing a hooley!

Help-the birds are taking over!

Cute though, dont ya think?

Then I did a bit more of my Hexi tote bag-

Oops- got my toes in wearing my felt slippers!

Off to London on Saturday for Okinawa day at Spitalfields- will post some pictures when I get back.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

On the plus side....domestic bliss!

Well it has been a busy blustery saturday, hence I spent time clearing the garden in front of my garage which had become a little bit overgrown and a rubbish tip for passers by! !12 bins of garden rubbish later and 3 trips to the tip, I have time to get on with a few projects. But first, a lovely picture of sunrise at 5am this morning!

With the chores out of the way, I did a bit more of the plus quilt which I have been meaning to do for a while-it is in Domestic Bliss by Moda.

A little hand sewn project for tv watching is the hexi tote bag I am doing form the book Natural Patchwork by Suzuko Koseki. 

I made a lot of these on the train to London last week when I ent up to work for Crisis for the afternoon. 

And finally, this week is Lymington Ars week and an artist  friend of mine was exhibiting in town. I was lucky enough to nab a print of one of her paintings called Ducks! 

Just watched a good film-Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close- very moving story about a child who loses his father in 9/11. Need a few tissues for this one!


Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Hearty Winner!

As promised, a picture of my beautiful heart from the very talented Cathy at Potter Jotter. I was very lucky to be one of her giveaway winners. Her potting has been blogged very nicely over at Textile Treasury
by Lynne -go and see the pictures of all the wonderful things Cathy makes! 

My knitting is progressing nicely, partly thanks to the awful weather that keeps folk indoors!

It is looking good.... I need to have it finished for when my daughter returns from South Africa in August!

And now, the little quilt I was making last week- now bound and finished:

Bindings are improving- I need to become a little more adventurous in my machine quilting now that I have got a little more confidence! ( until I look at some of the amazing quilts around on the blogs) . I am always being inspired and have become slightly addicted to Pinterest as it means that I dont have to rely on memory so much!I can jsut pin things I love and go and browse for inspiration! 

And finally- a play mat/quilt that I am hoping to finish this week- I plan on doing some hand quilting on this one!

Its back to work for me ....

Friday, 8 June 2012

Thank you....

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Going green.....

Having made a great lap quilt yesterday for  my friends birthday, I felt a pressing need to repeat the deed and make another, in more Westminster fabrics! A green selection happened to be the in the stash from an Etsy purchase a few months ago, so here is the completed top. I need to find a suitable backng for this little baby!

Full reveal on the gift made yesterday now that the binding is on

My first attempt at proper binding worked out well- I have conquered that fear now! 
Back to the knitting .......


Monday, 4 June 2012

A good mornings work!

Up for an early start, I have almost completed this lap quilt for my friends birthday- she will swoon when she sees it as she has hankered after the one I made for yself a little while ago in the same fabrics! She is wondering why I scrounged a flannellette sheet from her!! Little did she know it was going to end up in the middle of her quilt!

The back is a lightweight Ikea fabric with lobsters and all sorts on-Susie's favourite subject,the sea!

The front is a mix of Kaffe Faset fabrics.
Now I just have to find a binding.....mmmm,could be the hardest bit yet!

And another thing.....
The knitting I referred to has begun

Have a great bank holiday folks

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Cruisin down the river.....

On a Sunday afternoon- what a shame about the rain but it was certainly a good turn out for the Queen.
Me- I went to buy some knitting needles for a new project for my daughter! Think luxury merino double knit and Skater girl aran style cardigan!

Me and the girl went on a great away day to Bridport to browse the antique market and the shops yesterday. We left there to go to Beaminster where we had fresh crab sandwiches in a lovely little tea shop, and bought the above mentioned wool and pattern .
Taking all the back roads, which we had to ourselves, we found our way to Sturminster Newton where the amazing Hansons fabric shop came upon us! Of course, I had to add to my stash- a girl can never have enough!

Some pieces from Wing it by Moda, love the colours, but not sure what I will do with it.

Couldnt resist these retro colours in a line by Makower- somethng for the kitchen? 

This afternoon I decided to tackle the list of things waiting to be done- cards to be made for birthdays and new home, Kaffe Fasset fabric to be cut out for lap quilt for my friends birthday, similar to the last one I made. I started the knitting! And I made a batch of vegetable soup to keep me going thro the week! 


To do this week: bind the echino quilt, make up the kaffe fasset quilt, knit, tidy the garden, clean the car......