the summer quilt from my new book ‘A Field Guide- quilts for all seasons’
Well, only 8 sleeps until the Festival of Quilts! I’ve got a new book and an artisan apron pattern to launch this year (if you’ve heard me talk or been to a workshop you’ll know the apron I mean!) and am teaching on the Saturday morning too. I hope to see lots of friendly faces there- please come by Stand G4 and say ‘hello’!
The show organisers have given me some free tickets to distribute and I thought I’d give away a few here. Leave a comment if you’d like them and I’ll get them in the post.
edited to add: all free tickets allocated now, sorry!
So, I have Ruby a couple of days a week to help my friends out whilst they’re at work. Ruby, Betty and my boys are all best friends. It’s good.
Except for Monday. Because Monday was the day of the great raisin robbery. Raisins are highly toxic to dogs- even a little snack box amount (which is what they stole out of my bag).
And so I had a worrying (and expensive) afternoon phoning and then rushing the dogs to the vets, administering medicine and making mortifying phone calls to friends to tell them that their beloved dog might have been poisoned whilst in my care.
Betty and Ruby were lucky and thankfully no lasting harm was done. But please be warned.
Whilst I was teaching at West Dean‘s Fusion event the other Saturday I also managed to learn a new craft. I was taught by Debbie Siniska to make a big corsage using rags, hessian and a bodger. And I loved it, just as much as I hoped I would.
So, I’m all set- I’ve got the rags, I’ve got the bodger and obviously, I’ve got the Pinterest board.
Might be slightly over ambitious to go from a corsage to a full rug with horses on though!
I made myself a fancy hair comb the other day. Well, I say made but all I did was wrap a stripey ribbon round a cheap plastic comb. I just used what I had to hand so ended up with red and white stripes. I will be experimenting with embroidery silks shortly.
Thank you for the idea Pinterest!
A penguin cake for the penguin mad birthday boy.
Chocolate sponge, cut into penguin-ish shapes, covered in chocolate frosting with white ready to roll icing patches and food colouring painted details. The beaks and feet are jelly beans and the snow is crushed meringue nests.
He was delighted!
Happy birthday my darling Henry!
# photo by Sarah
I chose to work with the lovely Bloomsbury fabrics they’ve recently re-launched (this one and this one which are currently half price) and whilst looking for inspiration for how to use them came across Henry the Lurcher.
And so my Bloomsbury picnic rug for mad dogs and Englishmen was born.
I hope you like it!
I picked a book at random (Wuthering Heights), let it fall open and photocopied the page. Then I whitewashed the words I didn’t want. A found poem. Inspired by the Scent of Water. Except Megan’s actually are poems and mine is more a random assortment of words.
But never mind.
I only made it because I’d sewn straight through my finger earlier that afternoon and was feeling very unfriendly towards my machine (totally it’s fault you see).
Book 3 is coming along nicely. I’ve made every project (all 34 of them). And Sarah is coming in a minute to take the last photos of me for the Autumn chapter.
We just might be the only people in England who are pleased the sun has gone in!
I’ve been involved in an exciting project with Money Supermarket. It’s early days and it’ll be a while before it’s ready but the first thing we’d like you to do is complete the make do and mend survey. Please.
I was very interested and pleased to hear that Money Supermarket (who have proper tv adverts and everything, as Henry said) have noticed the growing craft and thriftiness trends and want to get involved. So, please have your say in the survey and we’ll wait and see what they come up with.
:: In the spirit of thriftiness I am re-cycling a photo of my bathroom curtains. Simply lots and lots of doilies sewn together.