Friday, 18 April 2014

Time galloping past

 Time accelerates. Everything in the garden starts the real big push towards Summer and if you miss your chance it can all get right out of hand!
 Teaching last weekend in Dorset at Pauline's Patchwork in Poundbury. Lovely shop, lovely ladies and some kick-ass Kimono Cushions were constructed. Back there in October, two new dates have been added, so if you want to make the Christmas Cottages Runner, book now, while there are still some spaces left.





 Home to sort out the garden before it is too late. Fortunately the weather has been glorious, so I can spend time out there happily pottering, though a chill wind is blowing today. I have decided to plant more tulips later this year. One cannot have too many tulips-apart from the bright red monsters that overwhelm every other colour in the garden! I am back outside to do more sorting or possibly inside to catch up on some exciting hoovering. Meanwhile, I leave you with some of my tulips.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Oh dear, another project on the go...

 I like to have more than one thing simmering away at a time. I am busy planning class projects for the week of classes in September when Tracey Chevalier will be visiting Lady Sew and Sew, sorting out ides for three quilts for the NEC in August- one of which is the wool quilt, which continues to grow steadily, and also making the first 'try it out' version of a runner for Autumn- yes, I know it is Spring, but if the design is to be ready for Autumn, it needs to be be worked out in Spring!










Saturday, 5 April 2014

The Excitement of a New Project

 Always exciting working on new ideas, either for a class or for a more personal piece, hard to resist starting a new project before the previous one is finished, but must be really tough on myself and finish the wool quilt BEFORE I start this new quilt.
 I was up at the Creative Stitches Show yesterday on the Missenden Abbey stand and sneaked off to get some more of the lovely linen threads I had purchased at Olympia the other week. I was cross that I had not purchased more then and was delighted when I spotted the Namolio stand just near where we were. The thread is gorgeous, really lustrous linen and the colours absolutely glow. I suspect it will be a bit challenging to stitch with as it is meant for crochet, but I can't resist trying. This is going to be an intensely pieced and embroidered hanging,  lots of lovely hand stitching. It started off as a little line drawing based on a painting, then a more detailed sketch, then a sketch of the final layout- though there is lots more work to be done on the piecing design. This is followed by the lovely task of selecting fabrics and sorting threads...oh, the excitement of colour and textures.