Wow! I am amazed! So many readers have taken the time and trouble to leave a comment and help me out with my bag-naming problem. Thank you everybody so very much – it’s so kind of you all to share your thoughts with me. And now I’d like to share with you as well.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you will know that I live in deepest rural south Devon, England in a small village surrounded by farmland and within a stone’s throw of Ben’s favourite beach. The climate here is very mild, with plenty of rain and warmth as well. This makes for a very good growing environment and many people here have extremely productive vegetable plots. So productive in fact that at this time of year little stalls appear outside many front gates, laden with all kinds of surplus produce. I enjoy growing flowers more than vegetables so I am always on the lookout for other people’s tasty offerings. Last week I saw a first – some globe artichokes standing in a bucket, together with a number of sunflowers making a lovely splash of colour.
And I was inspired to create two applique panels. I used vintage blanket for the main fabric and lots of different patterns and textures from the fabric sample books I purchased very cheaply earlier this year. Some simple machine applique and a little hand stitching completes the designs. Above is the Globe Artichoke, the pattern for which will be included in the next issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine (out on 28 July), together with the Sunflower pictured below.
But I am so overwhelmed by your generosity in sharing your ideas with me, I’d like to share the sunflower pattern with you now. You can view and download it for free here. I hope you enjoy making it – it’s like storing summer sunshine to take you through those gloomy winter days to come.