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mardi 23 mai 2017

Piecing myself together again!

I thought it was time to get my Hexathon quilt out again and have made good progress over the last couple of evenings.

All the Hexathon blocks are in place now so I need to add the rest of the plain hexagons to the middle and the half hexagons around the left and bottom edges to straighten everything up. The top right hand corner of the quilt will be plain.

In the post today were my Inchy Hexagon Swap hexies for the month which was very appropriate.

I am very pleased with my growing collection of turquoise and terracotta flowers.

I am linking up with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches - if you are working on some EPP then why not show us all by linking up as well. It's easy!

It's been a lovely afternoon here and we are promised good weather for the rest of the week so we are off to the seaside tomorrow for the day!

I hope your week is going well.

samedi 20 mai 2017

FNSI and RSC for May

Many thanks to Wendy for inviting us to share our Friday night with her - you can see what everyone was working on here
I had a very productive afternoon and evening! First up I finished off my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks. May is a green month!

So I am also linking up with Angela at soscrappy

Next up was to get my friend Jacquelines quilt layered up for quilting. You can see my first post about this quilt here. Since that photo was taken I have added the final border and pieced together the leftover fabrics to make the backing. Here it is, all pinned and ready to quilt.

And as promised, close ups of some of the blocks. This is her first quilt and she has done really well.

The fabrics are gorgeous - I especially love the one with the feathers.

It was nice to finish the evening with some hand sewing - secret stuff so only a glimpse!

So I hope you had a good Friday night and are enjoying the rest of your weekend.

jeudi 18 mai 2017

CTTY for May and it's a finish!

Many thanks to Anthea again for hosting CTTY. Pop over to her blog here to see what everyone has been making.

I have finally finished the little bag that I was making to showcase the Gail Pan embroidery that I showed last month. It really is good having the CTTY deadline as I had to crack on with this yesterday - it might have been in my UFO pile for months otherwise!

This was a simple little make and I think very effective. There are lots of lovely designs in Gail's book.

Tomorrow night is ...

..still time to sign up - just pop over to Wendy's blog here and then join in the fun.

Have a great weekend.

mercredi 10 mai 2017

EPP Tuesday on Wednesday!

And so it is Piece Yourself Together time again - many thanks to Anthea for organising the link up. You can go here to see what everyone has been working on.

A very minimal contribution from me this time - just my swap hexies for the month of May.

One of my partners just wanted stepping stones hence the little pile of green hexies.

Nice steady rain here at the moment - perfect for the garden but there are storms and hail forecast for later on today!

Hope you are having a good week.

samedi 6 mai 2017

Friday Night with Friends and my Scheepjes Hygge update

Many thanks to Cheryll for inviting us to share another Friday with her. You can visit Cheryll's blog here to see what everyone was working on.

I spent the evening working on the latest section of cross stitch on my Hygge shawl - Scheepjes CAL 2017. Here is what I did.

In my last post about this shawl this is the picture I showed you of the start of the centre section of the shawl.

Now that the centre section is complete it looks like this.

These were the next two sections.

So now my shawl looks like this!

It's long!! And tricky to photograph - it's wet outside today but I think next time it might need an outdoor shot.

 Just the bobble section to add onto the end now and then I think there might be a border to come.

I hope you had a great Friday night and I shall be off to visit a few blogs to see what everyone got up to. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

mercredi 3 mai 2017

Blogaversary giveaway winner

Thank you everyone who left a comment on my Blogaversary post and to everyone who has sent birthday wishes for today - I have had a lovely day out thank you. And guess what - I didn't take one picture!

Anyway, 23 comments were left on my post and so I asked Mr RNG to come up with a number and the number he chose was ---- 18!

So the lucky winner is Bethan of Crafting Ramble! Congratulations Bethan - I shall be contacting you for your address so that I can get your parcel in the post.

This Friday is the first in the month and so its Friday Night with Friends - pop over to Cheryll's blog here to sign up and join in the fun. See you there.

dimanche 30 avril 2017

Garden woes!

We have had a very mild winter here in the Dordogne which has meant that many shrubs and trees have produced their flowers and leaves early. So Thursdays sharp frost has caused quite a bit of damage to the later leafing plants that still have soft tender leaves. For instance all our walnut trees look like this

Hopefully the trees will recover but a crop of walnuts is doubtful. Not a problem for us but this is a big walnut area and for those who rely on the extra cash that they bring in in the autumn it could be a problem.

This vine caught the frost too

And our small green fig tree is also looking sad.

No picture of our big purple fig but that is also looking very sorry for itself.

And our buddleias too have been hit.

Another problem we have at the moment is our box hedge.

Not a pretty sight and all down to these little blighters!

The Box Tree Caterpillar an Asian import which is devastating box all through Europe. Sadly there is no way back for our hedge.

On a brighter note it is orchid time again here and as usual we have a good show of these pretty Lady Orchids.

The individual flowers look like ladies in crinolines.

We also have masses of Man Orchids.

You can see a little man clearly at the bottom of the picture.

Enjoy your Sunday - we are promised rain and storms but there is no sign of it yet!

PS There is still time to enter the giveaway on my previous post - I shall draw the winner on Wednesday evening.

mardi 25 avril 2017

Blogaversary, EPP Tuesday and other things!

It's my Blogaversary! This is my 300th post - I started my blog nearly 5 years ago. I want to thank everyone who follows my blog and there will be more for you later in this post.

Meanwhile, it is also EPP Tuesday.

Thank you very much Anthea for hosting this link. Sadly I have nothing new to share with you but, claiming Blogaversary privileges, I am sharing a picture of my first ever quilt which I may have blogged about before but if I have I can find no reference to it!! 

This quilt took me two years to make, 1979/1981 and coincides with my joining of the Quilters Guild
as a founder member. To me, at that time, patchwork was all about hexagons. I had a whole lot of learning to do! Not least that it is a good idea to wash fabrics before you use them because the plain brown and red fabrics both ran when wet. I had this dry cleaned several times before I decided blow it and put it in the washing machine. So sadly now, although still in  use, this quilt is looking very muted. Love it still though.

Thank you Anthea for the EPP linky which you can find here - do join in or visit everyone who has linked up.

I am very excited to show you this quilt flimsy which I have been given permission to share with you.

A friend who has been coming to my monthly quilt group has been making this quilt for her grandson for the last couple of years. The fabrics are all Native American Indian based and the blocks are all related in some way to Indians. She has also used this fabric to make a tepee for her grandson. Isn't it gorgeous? I shall be sharing some better quality photographs of this quilt as it progresses.

So now to my Blogaversary giveaway! To thank everyone who follows me I have a package of goodies to give away. Some yummy fat quarters, matching threads and a pretty French sewing sachet plus a few little extras.

Just leave a comment below if you would like to win them - I shall ask Mr RNG to choose a winner next Wednesday (3rd) which also just happens to be my birthday!

In the mean time, have a great week.

samedi 22 avril 2017

FNSI and some beautiful post

Yesterday was our monthly get together with Wendy for some sewing fun - you can see what everyone was doing here.
I spent my evening working on the next section of embroidery on my Scheepjes CAL shawl. Lots more colour to add but the basics are there.

But the postman calling was the best bit of my day yesterday when he brought me this package.

It is a couple of years since I have taken part in a swap - I was badly bitten last time so have been steering clear. But one of the Facebook groups that I belong to arranged a needle book swap and I thought that I would dip my toe in the water again. And I am so glad that I did as just look at what was in my parcel!

Isn't it gorgeous!
Just look at the detail in the embroidery.

The embroidered panel is aprox 3" square. And inside were these gorgeous flower head pins.

Owl is feeling very special with his own coordinated pins.

Oh yes and there are four little pockets inside for stashing needles and stuff.

Unfortunately my swap partner Carol does not have a blog but I am very pleased to have met up with her through Facebook and thank her very much for my beautiful needle book.

This is what I sent to Carol.

I based it on an old one that I have in my collection.

Well that is all for today, I am off to enjoy the sunshine - we have not seen a cloud for days! Have a great weekend - I shall be back next week with a blogaversary.

mercredi 19 avril 2017

CTTY and a Scheepjes update

April is here, well nearly over actually! and it is time to link up with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches for Christmas Through the Year. I do hope you will join in and share any gifts that you are making as we all need some inspiration and it is good to see what others are doing. Anthea is showing a very pretty bookmark that she has made.

Sadly Anthea, despite my best intentions and scheduling it in to my stitching journal, I have very little to share. But I will share what I have.

This little stitchery is a Gail Pan design from her book Patchwork Loves Embroidery and is destined to decorate a little Dorothy bag - hopefully you will see the finished bag next month!

I am using a pretty Cottage Garden thread for the embroidery.


A quick update on my Scheepjes CAL. I have completed week 4 and have been working on the crochet for the centre panel of the shawl. I am now ready to start decorating again.

We came home from our week away to find our Wisteria flowering and looking it's best ever!

However, there has been no rain and we have none forecast for the time being so the garden is very dry. Fortunately a friend took pity on my pots and popped in a couple times to give them a drink. But we are enjoying the beautiful sunny days which are giving us a chance to tidy up the garden.

This coming Friday is FNSI hosted by Wendy - if you fancy joining us for a virtual sew-in then pop over to Wendy's blog here to sign up and join in the fun. I hope to see you there.