Monday, 21 April 2014

Stars Quilt Top Finished

Quilt top is finished at last!  Another one to add to my pile to be quilted.  No excuses now I've got my new machine.  Just need to find something to back them with.  



I love it now it's done, it's got an autumn, country feel to it.  One for the cooler months I think.



I couldn't resist taking some shots of the apple blossom.  Such a lovely sight every year, so pretty and fresh.



As are the cowslips in the wild garden.  Mostly the traditional yellow, but with a sprinkling of red and orange, all slightly different.





Shame about the weather yesterday, but it's looking good for our barbeque later, finger's crossed!

Bye for now
xxx

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Spring Colour and a New Toy!

This week,
 I've been adding some Easter decorations to the dining room.


Picking rhubarb to make lots of lovely compote.


Soaking up the glorious colours of blossom against blue sky, and just wishing the weather could stay like this all year...


Also, treating myself to a new sewing machine which arrived today.  I've had my Pfaff for about 13 years now and felt the need for something more up to date.  After lots of research and asking around, I went for the Janome 8200.  It's got the dual feed system that's the best bit about the Pfaff, and a much bigger throat that will cope with larger quilts.  It was too nice a day today to stay indoors, but I unpacked all the bits and had a quick play.


It's a big machine, but it does just fit in my cabinet.  The extension table is on order and I'll probably use that, minus the legs rather than an insert.  
You can see the size difference here.
Just need to sit down with the manual and work out how to use it now.  It may take a while!


Hope you all have a lovely Easter
xxx

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Wordless Wednesday

A lovely day for a bit of pottering, pot washing and potting up some new arrivals!





Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Spring colour


Oh dear!  Blogging seems to have slipped off the agenda again recently.  Life getting in the way and nothing very crafty going on means not much to post about.  Anyway, here's a few recent snaps to catch up.  The tulips and anemones are now being picked daily, taking over from the glorious daffs.  They seem to have been extra bright and cheerful this year, not sure if it was the wet and mild winter?
The pretty green vase and a large collection of vintage flower frogs were lucky finds on e-bay.  These favourite ones look lovely in the morning light.


The wild area is coming to life again, with cowslips, primulas and bluebells and the odd fritillary.




These anemones have self seeded in our gravel driveway and seem to love the warm, dry position, their pretty blue flowers opening when the sun appears.


Someone else loves the sun too!


And I finally got round to finishing the star blocks started months ago and put aside for the winter.  I wasn't sure about my choice of fabrics and sort of fell out of love with it all, but now they're done I'm happy again!  Just need to join them together now and figure out what to back it with.


Bye for now.
xxx


Sunday, 16 March 2014

A London Visit

Hello, Isn't this weather gorgeous?  Just about perfect really!

Yesterday I took a trip to London to visit Eldest daughter as she's moved flats recently and I hadn't seen her new place yet.  We decided to meet at Covent Garden and have a wander first, so I started with a stroll across Waterloo Bridge.


Looking East there seem to be cranes everywhere.  I read that many more skyscrapers are planned in the next few years.  I suppose the best we can hope for is that they're not as hideously ugly as the "Walkie Talkie" in the centre of the picture.  (The one that was melting cars last summer.)


On to Covent Garden where we wandered round the shops and craft stalls in the Jubilee Market and enjoyed the street entertainers.  Not many photos as it's hard not to include a sea of faces!



Pretty Laduree macaron shop, with stunning chandelier 



Pearly Kings and Queens collecting for charity.




Then on to the Seven Dials area, full of lots of small interesting shops and the amazingly colourful Neal's Yard. 




This sign caught my eye.  Apparently there was a hardware store here until very recently, owned by 7 generations of the same family, all named Fred Collins!


Finally, back to Shepherd's Bush where Daughter's flat is near the market.  It's a great location for tubes and buses and home to a very diverse range of cultures, so all sorts of exotics on the stalls and shops.  With a funfair on the Green and a packed Irish pub spilling out into the sunshine it seemed to have a great atmosphere.



All in all a lovely, but tiring day out.
xxx