Hergest Helly

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Sunshine quilt in progress…

Such a lovely project to work on – the colours make me really happy.  All the arcs have been pieced and all the outside bits sewn on.  Some of the centre quarter circles have been sewn in place, and others are being auditioned.

I think this is how I want to lay it out – but not in this colour arrangement – I have just popped them up on the wall to see how its going…

Sunshine quilt in progress...

Sunshine quilt in progress…

… I need to work at balancing the colours and and getting the light and dark flowing nicely round the quilt – I love this part of the process!

One of things I don’t like much is the boring bit right in the middle – I think it needs another, smaller sun-burst added and I have a foundation pattern that I think will work.

The foundations are from the book “Really Sharp Piecing” by Barbara Barber.  I bought the book from the author at the National Patchwork Championships in (I think) 1997 – a lovely lady who signed it for me with the words “To Helen, Wishing you many happy quilts!” – thank you Barbara – it all came true :-)

Happy days…

 

 


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Finished and up on the wall…

… and I am rather happy with how it turned out…

Spinning wheels...

Spinning wheels – 60″ x 35″

I really like the muted “off” colours.

And now to crack on with my next project (see my previous post) – although I have got a bit stuck with it.  I did wake up in the night with a bright idea for a solution, and first thing this morning I was still thinking it was a good idea… but as the day has progressed I am not so sure – I am glad I remembered the dream though – its jolly helpful :-)

Happy days…

 


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Restarting an old quilting project…

As I am now hand sewing down the binding of my spinning wheels quilt, I decided it was time to start another project - and a much brighter and jollier one too…

… and not a moment too soon!  I started these blocks over 10 years ago and made one of the blocks into a cushion.   The remaining blocks have been languishing in a muddle somewhere in my fabric stash.  I think there may be some more bits of this quilt hidden away somewhere but I can’t find them…

Sun Rise...

Sun Rise…

… the newest additions are the odd segments pinned to the board.  They are paper pieced and I am having a lot of fun with the colours.

I had forgotten what a mess you get into when cutting tiny bits from loads of different pieces of fabric – the sewing table and floor is covered… and I am in heaven :-)

Happy days…


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28 Spinning Blocks…

Here they are…

All done...

All done…

… all 28 of them, just quickly put together on my design boards – I will play with the arrangement over the next few days.

You can see that I have started to appliqué the middles.  I chose a dark gold colour with tiny dots that look a bit like coffee beans… it took ages to decide what to use for the middles but I am really happy with these.

I do have a slight problem – the holes in the middle of the blocks don’t seem to be a consistent size (I am not the most accurate sewer!).  I am making the diameters of the circles 40mm but sometimes that is really tight.  I have already had to add just one middle that is a bit bigger than that – 3rd one down on the far right – I don’t think it shows too much…

This middle is a bit bigger than the others...

This middle is a bit bigger than the others…

I wanted to keep the middles quite small because I think they look better – anyway – decision made!

Now all I have to do is create the middles and sew them down… 6 down, 22 to go…

Can hardly wait to see this one completed and up on the wall.  It is such a departure colour-wise for me but I really like it.

Happy days…


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Saturday gardening…

Another lovely warmish dry day… the weather this summer has been smashing and these late sunny summer days are a real bonus.

So my to do list for today in the garden:

1.   Finish digging 2 veg patches

2.  Transplant 2 raspberry bushes

3.   Plant out onions and cabbages (and leeks and beetroots)

4.   Rig up some netting to discourage the cats

5.   Sort out strawberry plants

Spindly onions...

Spindly onions… looking very unlikely to do anything at all…

Lady Truscott and Hinge (or Bracket) in the background waiting for more worms….

I was planning on planting leeks and beetroots in this bed along with the onions – but I was being a bit optimistic about the space required – there is just enough room for the onions (they should be 10″ apart – these are nearer 6″…. )  So I am going to dig another bed the other side of the shed – if I can find the energy!

(Yes, I know the netting is rather low and that cats are quite capable of jumping over it… I am just hoping it will do for now…)

And now the cabbages – these look rather sad and nibbled.  I have been checking them every day for the culprits and I have removed a couple of caterpillars… but now they are out in the big wild world I guess they will get attacked by all sorts of creatures – but hopefully they will leave enough for me to eat:

Cabbages...

Cabbages…

I am hoping the raspberries on the right of this picture don’t spread too much… at least not until I have finished with the cabbages.  Next year I might just have to let the raspberries do their stuff and not use the bed for veggies… I’ll see how it goes… I’m not going to fight with the raspberries – after all – there is NO contest between cabbage and raspberries!!

My last job was to sort out the strawberries.  I bought some big pots of end of season strawberries at a reduced price and there were lots of lovely runners on them – so I got those potted up and hopefully I will have tons of fruit next year – hoorah!!!

I felt like a “proper” gardener today… as I explained to the onions as I was planting them – so I hope they have taken notice and will GROW!

Happy days….


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What a difference a day makes…

So much better now…

spinning 16 blocks

… I am really in the swing of it now and much happier with the colours and combinations.

The quilt will have 28 blocks – 7×4 – as that is the size that will fit on the wall – and it will end up around 60″x 34″.

I have another 5 or 6 blocks planned and under the sewing machine.  The fabrics for the last few blocks will be difficult to select as I am running out of these sorts of “off” colours and so I may need to duplicate a couple of fabrics.  You see, I haven’t bought any fabric specifically for a quilt project for many years – you may recognise how dated some of these fabrics are!  I don’t mind that as my favourite thing is to revisit all the bits and pieces in my stash and use them up (but the pile never seems to diminish :-) ).

I really like to use fabrics that have become old and familiar to me – there is something comforting and happy about doing that.

Happy days…

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