Or … I’m still loving my vintage Sanderson fabric! I think I mentioned a little while ago that I had the most amazing find while shopping in Kingsbridge – 3 1/2 yards of Sanderson roses fabric for just £5!! It was the end of a roll and I found it in a small family-owned shop on Fore Street amongst lots of other bits and pieces – I think they’d been clearing out their storeroom. I used it to line the blind in my kitchen and added a narrow border either side. It’s quite discreet inside, but looks lovely from outdoors. I didn’t take a photo outside (sorry) – but here’s a picture of the finished blind looking down the kitchen towards the back door …
It’s a simple Roman blind, and I was able to reuse all the fittings. The most expensive part was the pink check fabric from Susie Watson at £25 per metre – but my bargain fabric and re-using the fittings meant my blind was still very affordable! On the windowsill is possibly the last of my wonderful pink camellia flowers. They have been wonderful this spring, but sadly are now coming to an end..
After finishing my blind, I still had well over a metre (about a yard and a half) of my Sanderson fabric left, so I decided to take spring into my front room and make a simple patchwork cloth for my table using a combination of my favourite Susie Watson fabrics as well as the Sanderson roses…
I included some sage green squares as I wanted the tablecloth to work well with the green wallpaper in the front room…..
I’m quite pleased with the result. I think that incorporating similar fabrics into both rooms brings them together, helping them flow into each other harmoniously. I don’t have curtains in the front room as the window still has the old shutters, so the tablecloth isn’t “fighting” with any other bold patterns.
And finally – back to the kitchen – where two sleepy newfies are settling down for their post-walk afternoon nap – hopefully they’ve left room for me to clamber onto the sofa behind that snoozy Miss Daisy!
Back soon with my finished Alphabet Quilt – thanks for the suggestions – and I hope you’ll approve of my choice of border.
At last .. the sun is shining brightly in a clear blue sky and I have hung my washing on the line at the end of the garden for the first time this year. The air is warm and the breeze is gentle and, with lots of squabbling and squawking, the jackdaw family have returned to the nesting holes at the back of my house. Could spring possibly have arrived I wonder? But, whether the warmer weather is here to stay, or (most probably) not, we’re making the most of this lovely sunny weather while it lasts.
We enjoyed a lovely walk up the bridleway toward Stokenham this morning. Look – no mud!! And also look – isn’t Daisy grown up? It’s hard to remember what a tiny fuzzy little creature she used to be ….
Not so very long ago! I’ve been enjoying some spring stitching too with projects for the April magazine. I’m in the middle of sewing the binding onto my Woodland Alphabet Quilt – and hope to be able to show you the finished quilt very soon. But I took a little break from binding to complete ny Running Hare softie ….
I sometimes see brown hares in the fields above France Farm when I take Ben and Daisy to their favourite kennels, and I’ve been planning to make a hare softie for some time now. I’ve mounted him on the base of a carved bird (the actual bird was damaged so I removed the base and painted it white) and decorated it with ribbon and ric-rac braid.
Four wooden buttons secure his powerful legs (great for running and leaping) and a tiny dark brown button completes his nose. He’s found a home on the table next to my laptop with one of the last of my beautiful camellia flowers – the bright pink is nearly over now – but the smaller, deeper pink camellia is just coming into bloom, so I shall have flowers for my vases for a while yet.
Sometimes it feels so easy …. I’m sure you know what I mean …. those rare occasions that you have an idea and translating it into fabric and thread just flows, everything happens right the first time. It’s such a magic, wonderful feeling that for me at least, happens only rarely – usually I can be found muttering, unpicking, tweaking and re-stitching! But there was no unpicking at all while I was stitching this project – my Woodland Alphabet Quilt …
It’s destined to be a gift for some friends who have been waiting for adoption for some time. They’ve recently heard that they’ll be bringing home a little boy aged seven months in just a few weeks time. I do hope they’ll like my gift…
It’s still very much a work in progress, but I finished piecing the top late this afternoon – just some borders around the edges and it’s onto the quilting. I was inspired by the clean lines and appliqued text of the Baby Life Quilt design by V and Co that I found in the Moda Bakeshop…
I love the uncluttered feel of this quilt and wanted to try to give my Woodland Alphabet Quilt the same feeling of simplicity and space – as well as including lots of forest friends ….
I followed Vanessa Christenson’s tip of zig-zagging around my applique shapes with clear thread. All my shapes were quite simple so there wasn’t too much huffing and puffing while pivoting around corners. My favourite block is R for Rabbit (of course!) ….
Though the hedgehog and mouse are cute too. I’m considering whether to add a narrow patchwork border around all the squares before the final wider borders – if anybody has any thoughts or suggestions I’d love to hear them. This project will be included in the April issue of the Bustle & Sew eMagazine and then I’ll be wrapping it up ready to send to my friends in time for their baby boy’s arrival.
Sometimes it’s hard to decide what I’d like to blog about – when life has picked up pace and so much has been crammed into a few short days – and now is one of those times. Should I tell you about the tremendous thunderstorm we had here? The lights went out, the roof leaked and the flagstones were covered with enormous hailstones (which enchanted my furry friends when they went outside to investigate after the storm had passed)….
Or I could tell you about our wedding preparations .. Rosie and I spent a long time working on the invitations and maps on Saturday afternoon. At last they’re finished to both our satisfactions and we’re eagerly anticipating their return from the printers very soon indeed ….
Then there’s my new Woodland Alphabet Quilt. It’s destined to be a gift for friends who have just learned they’ll be bringing home a new baby boy very soon. They’ve been waiting for adoption for quite some time and so I wanted to make a special present. It’s still very much a work in progress, but here’s a quick snap of the first few blocks….
Not the best picture I’m afraid – I snapped it very quickly with my phone. But I’ll take more photographs as I go along, and the finished project will be in the April issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine. Which sort of leads me onto my final piece of news … the March issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine is now available in paperback form from Amazon …..
CLICK HERE to see it on Amazon.co.uk and
CLICK HERE for the magazine on Amazon.com