Hergest Helly

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… and so the madness begins…

I have finally succumbed to the madness of hand sewing minuscule pieces of fabric together to create one of Willyne Hammerstein’s beautiful Millefiori quilts.

This one is from her second book and I will admit up front that the prospect of sewing 1cm pieces was just too much – so I have doubled the dimensions of these templates – and this is how I started last night…

hand sewing madness

… note the wine – absolutely essential for courage at this stage.

You can just see a hint of the glorious patchwork pattern in the book – and my first bit of sewing…

I think a lot of people who make these quilts use paper templates and construct the quilt using the English paper piecing method, but I have opted to sew them without papers.  I like the softness and gentle feel of sewing running stitches… we will have to wait and see if this was a good idea or not!

To see more of the beautiful quilts in the books, google La Passacaglia Quilt (one of the most popular quilts from the first book).

Happy days…


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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…