Wednesday, 26 September 2012


Thank you Justine of Simply Solids for the gorgeous purple fabric for the letters on my bunting. This is some if the flags for my bunting sign for the school Xmas fayre. Just need to get enough tape to see them onto.

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Sunday, 23 September 2012

Summer Time Socks

So named as the colours of the yarn are the pinks and blues and yellows of the flowers and the greens of the grass and leaves.  

These knitted socks are ideal inside wellies or hiking boots. Also great for snuggling on the sofa on a cold evening. So on those cold winter nights there is a breath of sunny gardens on my feet. That is of course if they don't get sold as they are in my Etsy shop :-(

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy

This weekends makes for the Xmas Fayre at school. Three button over bags. One lavender sachet stack and seven handbag tissues holders. Trying to stick to something made every day so my table will be groaning.

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Friday, 14 September 2012

Dumpling Purses and Lavender Stack

Today's makes for the school Xmas Fayre. Two little dumpling purses and the first lavender stack of three lavender sachets. If I can make something most days then hopefully I'll have a full table.

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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Baby Bib Stack

Been busy today stock building for the school Christmas Fayre. So 5 baby bibs to add to the 3 in my etsy shop, that's 8 so far. What's next? Zippy pencil cases I think and a few strawberry pin cushions. It's a start.

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Thursday, 6 September 2012

Presents for Baby

I'm very happy with the way these have turned out. I especially like the bib which I backed with the blue spot. I was just playing around with the scraps. I also like my new labels, a little more modern than my old ones and easy to sew into seams.

All we need now is the baby who is due any time. I'm going to make a label for the back of the quilt with the name and date of birth on it, I was also thinking of embroidering some bunting along the edge of the label to tie it in with the front of the quilt.

Although I got the fabric from Bramble Patch, it was in a bundle and it is a mixture of manufacturers so I can't tell you exactly what they are. I foolishly binned the selvedges.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

WIP Wednesday

This pile of pieces became:-

This quilt top, and hopefully by the end of the day it will become a completed babyquilt for our first grandchild whose due date is today! 

Couldn't resist using some of the scraps to make these cubes, soft and easy for little fingers to hold and matching the quilt.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

The Henry Vaughan Walk

While in Talybont-on-Usk we found a leaflet for the Henry Vaughan Walk, he was a poet who lived in this area with his twin brother. The walk was delightful, through woods, across fields and along rivers and the canal it was lovely. At various points on the walk there were posts with little pieces of his poetry.

This one for example was by the river.

This one at the start of the walk. It was fun looking for the posts with the verses on them and seeing how they related to the particular bit of the walk. We had to hold them up to read them as they dropped into the posts to keep them dry. On the other side was the same verse in welsh.

Monday, 3 September 2012

A Tale of Three Quilts

We deserved a well earned break and took it in Shropshire and Wales. The Bed and Breakfasts we stayed in were all three just lovely in different ways. This first photo shows the room we had at Hopton House It was beautiful. Not only the room with its balcony and amazing views but also this lovely quilt on the bed. Sometimes its the fabric that makes the quilt not the careful piecing of blocks and complex quilting.  The colours used made this quilt really special, I loved it.

The second Bed and Breakfast we stayed in was in Talybont-on-Usk. The location of this place was what made it so good, on a river and a canal with two great pubs across the road. The Malt House is the family home of Mike and Lyn who made us welcome in their beautiful home. This photo shows the quilt on the bed in our room, a loft room with beams and a fantastic view.

Finally Hafod-y-Garreg, the oldest house in Wales owned by Annie and John whose maxim is that people come as quests and leave as friends. This was our second visit to this historic and quirky B&B, and for the second time we were made so welcome, greeted with offers of a glass of wine and a catch up chat in the sitting room with a fireplace so huge you could party in it. The quilt in this room was on the wall. Annie is an expert on antique textiles and clothing. This quilt's centre was 1900th century and the borders a little later but all stitched by hand, the hexagons only a little over an inch across, so much work and still in great condition.

There will be more about our holiday, but for now the quilts tell the story, as different from each other as the Bed and Breakfasts themselves.