Hergest Helly

Stories about my art and craft and home…


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My FIRST patchwork…

Look what I have found…

ancient patchwork

I started this in 1970.  I followed instructions for paper piecing hexagons in a Good Housekeeping book of needlework.  I used ANY thin-ish fabric – cottons, polyesters, mixes, satins, lining fabrics – none was bought specially – it was all from old aprons and dresses and odd bits left over from other sewing projects.

I actually finished it into a double bed sized quilt in the 80s – I layered and backed it, tacked it together and tried to quilt it.  I tried hand quilting and straight lines on the machine – it was a disaster!

In the 90s when I really started quilting, I dragged it out, couldn’t believe the mess I had made, and decided to unpick the quilting (I remember that was a job and a half!!!), remove the batting and backing and try to resurrect it.  I tried adding some more hexagons to the edge but got distracted with all the new quilts I was making.

Well its now 45 years later – and here it is again – still a right old mess – but full of memories of my gran’s, mum’s, sister’s and my own clothes.  Perhaps it really is time I finished it off properly…  Trouble is, I am not sure I even like it anymore…!

Happy days…


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Happy new year?

… or should that be “new year and a quarter”?  Hey ho – back to blogging now its spring.

I have been gardening like a demon – and loving it – even though my body is complaining.  Today I extended the chicken run behind the greenhouse…

greenhouse and girlies

The view from greenhouse…

… the grass won’t last long but they are having a lot of fun.

Those are beans in the foreground and a few peas in the pots at the back – more pop up every day – its like magic.

Happy days…


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I’m on a roll…

I’m getting a bit obsessed with this blanket…

This is what confronted me on the floor this morning… there are more scraps of yarn under the bed… haven’t sorted those out yet…

A tangled mess...

A tangled mess…

The blanket is progressing – its very addictive and very enjoyable.  I am knitting 2 strands of yarn together and changing just one strand at a time so the colours merge together a bit.  Its fun to work out what colour I should transition to next so that I am not placing the same colours together as I knit round and round.

Actually, it takes longer to mess with the colour choices than to do the knitting itself:-)

Happy days…


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Couldn’t wait to start on this…

Having knitted hundreds of pairs of socks over the last 10+ years, I have loads of bits of yarn just crying out to be used up for something.

As soon as I saw this pattern I knew I wanted to make it.  Its called Ten Stitch Blanket and is designed by Frankie Brown.  Her pattern is available to download via Ravelry.com.

And I couldn’t wait to get a nice daylight photo either – here is the best I could do this evening under the lights in the kitchen…

Leftover blanket...

Leftover blanket…..

This version goes round and round in a square/rectangle but there is a version that spirals round in a circle and a zig-zag version too… but one thing at a time, haha!

I LOVE it – such a fun thing to knit and makes a great change from socks…

Happy days/nights…


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Look what I just did…

Whoops!!!  I managed to scorch a couple of holes in this gold fabric while I was ironing the block…

Oh dear... not what I intended...

Oh dear… not what I intended…

Well – it isn’t 100% cotton – it is woven through with gold threads and I did know I should be careful when ironing – I just wasn’t thinking!

Still – easy enough to replace this quarter circle, and as I am in a happy, sunny mood today, I am really not at all bothered:-)

Now all I have to do is dig through my gold coloured fabrics for a replacement.

Happy days…


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Nearly there…

This has been on and off my design wall for ages… I simply couldn’t get a grip on it.  In fact, I started this about 12 years ago I think… good gracious!

The blocks use paper foundations and the block pattern is from the book “Really Sharp Piecing” by Barbara Barber.  I met Barbara at the National Championships in 1997 where she signed a copy of her book for me.  Do go and look at some of her quilts – they are smashing.

So, after a couple of days of concentration, I think I might have the final arrangement…

So sunny...

So sunny…

I like it – I love the colours and it makes me feel happy.  Some of the sections are just bits of fabric pinned roughly in place – but its the closest I’ve been to the final quilt!  It really helped that I had bought some Kaffe Fassett fabrics with the gift voucher I was given when I retired last year… those fabrics have lifted the whole thing.

Now I can’t wait to get it sewn together and start the quilting…

Happy days…

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