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

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Monday, 21 July 2014

and the birthday beat goes on...

 If this is what its like to turn forty I cant wait to be fifty!!
My celebrations are at an end (for now)
I've been away and seen wonderful things...
but first I must share with you the lovely gifts from 
my dear friend Mary
I often feel like Im skirting round the edge of the quilting community
Mary has a way of reeling me in when I'm about to slip away.
 Any way here are just some of the treats she sent me...
needless to say those sweets did not last long!!
 Gorgeous
 turquoise pompom
 diagonal stripe binding
 Perfect in everyway!!
Thank you Mary

Ditto!