Monday, 8 September 2014

Celebration, firecracker or magic carpet?

 Wow its been awhile since I've shared any progress of this project.
Another quilt made entirely from scraps,
this time I'm using heavy duty fabrics.
 I had been putting off making the corners of this quilt,
but I've done it, no biggie!
 As I mentioned this quilt is entirely made with remnants,
so I stumbled for a while trying to find the last piece.
I tried the floral above, but found it lacking the punch.
 So I stuck with a solid heavy canvas
which adds more strength!
I still have some way to go...
as they say...'Rome wasn't built in a day'!
And so to the name?
It began as a celebration quilt but then my pal Mary 
said that my birthday in July made me a lil firecracker....
..but now I think it looks like a magic carpet!!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

economy block reveal

 Yay a quilt reveal!
This is my economyblock quilt.
There are many others like it,
but this one is mine....
..more details below.

  




 I began making this quilt to join in with the whole economyblock along,
having failed to join in with the trip around the world quilt along.
I thought it would be a good way to eat up my scraps,
so this quilt give or take a few sweet fabrics
is entirely made from old fabrics or remnants.
I really wasn't too fussed on fabric selections,
I just made sure I chose ones with a good tonal balance.
I was loving it so much that I decided to make it Kingsize for our bed.
Throwing the rule book out really opened my mind
and made the whole process such fun.
In my head I could see black quilting,
so that's what I went for.
I hand quilted using a perle 8 cotton,
I was a little worried about how the stitches would look
on the vintage sheet backing,
but when they are 'en masse' they don't seem so harsh,
still horribly uneven, but I'm living with that.
Each block measures 7.5 inches
and there are 90 in total!!
I went with a solid binding in Ron burgundy,
so as not to compete
but also it's what I had.
I used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 wadding
which makes quite a light quilt.
and finally...
I've named this quilt Pearl Jam
after my favourite band.
I finally got to see them live this year after twenty years.
I hope this quilt keeps bringing back the memories of 
the best gig ever and to celebrate a wonderful year x

ps. thanks to my fabric donators,
you know who you are xx

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

done quilting

 I know its hard to believe because I only just told you how I was quilting my economy block quilt,
but I have finished hand quilting already.
My first idea for binding was a solid red..
however I remembered this fabric my Mum gave me.
Its a dark burgundy which I think could actually work,
with the interests of using what I already have 
I shouldn't hesitate should I?
I think red may actually be to brash for this already busy quilt.
Plus I don't have any red
so I could getting binding today
couldn't I??

ps. I have mentioned before, I am now on instagram.
If you don't have the ability to join in
you can still see my feed here
there are lots of progress pics 
go take a look x

Monday, 18 August 2014

the dark side of quilting

Lately I've been tackling the economy block.
I went with my first plan to quilt with black.
Im a little unsure as always
Dont the stitches look like marching ants?


 Phew... Still a long way to go, but I'm enjoying 
courting the darkside x

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Great Dixter house and gardens


  If I was a garden I would be Great Dixter,
the family home of the late Christopher Lloyd.
Christopher's gardening style was an anything goes approach.
This garden will seriously blow your mind.
Do not expect meticulous lawns or tasteful bedding.
Do expect wild abandonment and experimental planting!









This year I left some long grass in my lawn
and yes
I WANT some topiary yew amongst it!!
I left Great Dixter feeling refreshed
and with a changed attitude toward my own wild garden.
I already like my way of gardening
but to have the style confirmed in a beloved garden
is a freeing experience.
I just wish I lived closer so I could volunteer!
Christopher Lloyds vision is superbly continued 
by head gardener Fergus Garrett.


Great Dixter can be found in Northiam East Sussex
more info here

I really love Great Dixter.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

 Part of my Birthday celebrations were visits to 
some of those gardens you're always hearing about.
This one is Sissinghurst, home to the writer Vita Sackville West. 
I will let the images do the talking.
More info below.

 




The infamous 'white garden'
as seen from the tower.






 Sissinghurst in Kent is now run by the National Trust,
you will find it open on most days.
The garden is open at 11, 
though you can get there earlier.
You will need at least 2 to 3 hours to fully enjoy all the gardens,
however you can pop in and out with your ticket
for refreshments or to sit on the lawn and soak it all in!
We climbed the stairs in the tower first to help
us get our bearings...and to locate the white garden!
I would suggest going in June to enjoy the white garden at its best,
as the rose on the centre pergola was already over.
 I really enjoyed Sissinghurst.....
but not as much as Great Dixter..
next up!


Thursday, 24 July 2014

a gaggle of geese


A little ditty to show you my workings!

*to make this I used gifmaker.me