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Saturday, 15 July 2017

July so far

My summer sewing is very much influenced by the weather, because I do like to sew outside as much as I can. 
The last couple of weeks was very changeable. Some days it was too cold to sit outside and sew, or it was just too hot, but mostly very, very dry.  
So our garden gave a big sigh when we got some decent rain this week, be it just for a day.

I find that summer is not a very good time for ambitious sewing projects, at least not for me.
So my "summer play quilt" came out at last. 
My old friends know this one already; for my new followers - this is a quilt made of various indigo dyed blocks and the plan is to fill each block with what ever I feel like - embroidery, applique, etc (there is no plan as such) and also incorporating some blocks from ladies from Tambani  and Afghanistan Inspiration projects. 
This is a truly summer project, it comes out only in the summer, to be stitched outside, which explains the rather slow progress.

At the moment I am "playing" with this small (and strange) block; not sure where it is going 😕

Another good one for "stitching in the garden" is this embroidery kit for a cushion from Nancy Nicholson, which comes in its own cloth bag. The bag itself is an embroidery project.

I bought it last year to take with me on holidays to Montenegro, but it was actually too hot to embroider, 
so it has now become a good project for the garden.

I have also finished (at last) the second border of St Germain quilt, which, although not forgotten, was "put aside" for a while, probably because I got little bored with the borders - too much needle turn applique! 
Two done, two to go....

During days too hot to hold a needle of  any kind, I have been catching up with some reading;
in fact quite a lot of it.
All of the books below I can recommend.

I picked "The Language  of Flowers" at the local library, it is about lots more then just flowers!

"The Gustav Sonata" was a birthday present - another good read.

I enjoyed "The Light Between Oceans" very much;
I found the film version so disappointing.
Read the book instead!

"The Handmaid's Tale" - dystopian (a new word for me too 😉) novel by Margaret Atwood, written in 1985.
It is now a great TV series, currently running on UK Channel 4.
I just had to get the book and read it before the TV series finishes.
Some variation in the book, and of course we don't yet know the TV ending, but I find the whole subject fascinating.
Margaret Atwood wrote a new foreword to this latest addition of the book. If anyone thinks that what happened in this story can't actually happen in reality, after reading this new introduction, they will think again.
Our Prime Minister, following recent terrorist attacks in UK, said that she is prepared to "tear up the Universal Declaration of Human Rights".
This book is just a hint of  possible consequences.............

Back to our garden - our plum tree decided that it really doesn't like growing in a small town garden, so sadly we had to give up on that one.
We decided to make another raised flower bed in its place.
This is very much a work in progress, with some of the new plants to be planted there.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend;
some drizzle here today, I hope it gets better on Sunday.

© 2017

Sunday, 25 June 2017

two gardens

What a change in weather! Wednesday was the last hot, hot day and the day after the temperature dropped by 10C at least; on Friday night the much wanted rain arrived. 
But of course - it is Glastonbury weekend!
Still, my garden is loving it!

On Friday we visited Stourhead - little disappointing;
 not very much colour here in June;
 the dry hot spell made it even drier.

Little colour here and there.

new arrivals

There is lots more colour in our garden; 
the waste water from the kitchen helped to keep it alive during the hot weather.

Lavender in the front of the house loved the heat,

and a new rose bed, planted last winter, is doing well too.
This is "Noble Anthony" .

The weather here is back to normal for June; not too warm, with some rain. 
Unfortunately not warm enough for stitching in the garden today, 
so it has been "baking Sunday",

supply of bread for the freezer

 and rather indulgent cookies.

My house smells of chocolate 😀.

Have a wonderful week!

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Calling All Birds

Suddenly our summer arrived, pulling the hot air from the continental part of Europe. It is HOT, 31C today in my part of the world (yes, I know, it is probably much hotter where you are, but for us - it's just hot). 
It is too hot to sew, my fingers just don't want to hold a needle of any kind.  
I am spending my days looking for a shade; good time to catch up with some reading.
But last week, before the thermometer went wild, it was just right, 
a proper "in the garden stitching weather", 
and I finished the binding on my quilt.

It has been ready to blog about for a week now, but I felt my quilt is rather insignificant; I felt and feel a great sadness about so many lives lost - in Manchester bombing, Grenfell Tower fire in London, forest fires in Portugal............

So here it is, "Calling All Birds", designed by Linda Guy, published in Quiltmania's "Simply Moderne"" magazine.
I really enjoyed making this one; easy and not too large to be get tired of.
I love the bright fabrics, and of course, I love applique.
I hand quilted it, using Finca cotton thread no16.

I loved stitching the birds and I was tempted to put some more on, 
but in the end I decided that Linda got it just right.

It is hot sitting here in front of the computer, so I am going back outside to the shade of the tree.

© 2017

Sunday, 4 June 2017


Big THANK YOU to Cheryll for letting us use her blog again for our monthly "get together" on Friday night! 
I am sure everyone had a good time.

Last week I "sandwiched" the "Calling All Birds" quilt and started to hand quilt, 
and I continued on Friday night.

And just to keep the garden theme going, some pictures from our tiny garden.

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