Hergest Helly

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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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A new obsession…

Receently I needed a fairly mindless sort of project and making these coiled rope bowls were just the thing…

A bowl of apricots...

A bowl of apricots…

The first one I made was just with plain rope.  It is made by using the zigzag stitch on the sewing machine and just coiling the rope round and round until the base is about the right size… then lifting the base and continuing to stitch and coil at an angle – thus making the sides.  I love the plain one!

Then I played with wrapping the rope with fabric strips as I sewed the coils together.  This was huge fun because the fabric patterns break up and have a surprising effect as you wrap and coil…

Three more bowls...

Three more bowls…

I am not sure how practical they are… I am using 100% cotton rope and cotton fabric so they are probably washable although I haven’t tried that yet.  And, really, just how many bowls can you use???  I see these becoming Christmas/birthday presents for family and friends – makes a change from hand knitted socks 🙂

I think it would be fun to dye the rope before coiling – and even dye or paint the completed bowls.  I think I may try to make a bag next.  I think I would make an oval base and just keep coiling up the sides and make spaces for the handles when it looks big enough – all trial and error and great fun.

I also want to try making bowls by sewing the coils by hand – with pretty yarns maybe – and sewing by hand would mean I could manipulate the shapes more easily as I wouldn’t be constricted by the sewing machine… I could make square shapes with straight sides – like boxes…

Happy days…


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Needlepoint cushion fit for a king…

Finished.

I can imagine it on an elephant.

It has an Indian regal sort of vibe… and I absolutely love it.

Better still – dad loves it too – he was quite overwhelmed.

All done...

All done…

He is in hospital and he was thrilled, and a little overwhelmed, to see his needlepoint all finished… and so was I.  I don’t think he could quite believe that he had stitched it.  It got a few admiring comments from the other patients too – which was nice for dad.

I have placed it on his chair at home…

Happy days…


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Dad’s needlepoint…

I am doing the finishing touches to the needlepoint my dad has stitched… just filling in some gaps, adding a bit of border and then stretching it to make it square(ish).

I absolutely LOVE the design and colours – by Kaffe Fassett of course 🙂

Then I shall make it into a cushion with some fancy pompom edging.  His 89th birthday is in a couple of weeks so it will be nice to finish it by then.

Finishing off...

Finishing off…

Also in this photo you can see my Indian Cow needlepoint being stretched – it was terribly off-square even though I had used a frame… I gave this one a good soak before starting to stretch it – just relieved the colours didn’t run!!!  I usually just spray the surface and tug it into shape as I pin it out – but as it was so bad I thought I should be tougher with it.  Its looking ok at the moment.

For the Indian Cow I think I will try something different to display it – possibly on some wood.  If that doesn’t work, then it will become another cushion.

Happy days…


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And back to the garden…

… not that I have been away from it of course…

My greenhouse is looking splendidly verdant – the tomatoes are growing well, especially the cherry tomatoes I have in a hanging basket.

The peppers are looking good and finally the chillies are looking less pathetic.  And of course the strawberries – absolute giants some of them and very sweet.  I am trying to propagate them already by putting the runners into pots of compost – I think thats what you are supposed to do… we’ll see…

The peas – I had my first meal tonight with my own peas – such a delight!

First pickings...

First pickings…

AND – there were 9 peas in some of the pods – which I think is “proper” (well, according to the judge on Allotment Challenge anyway 🙂 )

The sugar snap peas are doing well (and taste great) – but some of those plants are definitely “ordinary” peas – some sort of mix up I guess.

AND – cucumbers!  I bought 3 tiny plants of different varieties not realising how BIG they get.  They are looking absolutely splendid and all three plants have lots of tiny cucumbers on them.  Any idea what to do with cucumbers? – apart from adding to salads… its looking like I might get rather a lot…

Happy days…


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Another funny baby hat…

Here is the white hat finished…

Should I add more tentacles?

Should I add more tentacles?

I picked up stitches and knitted i-chords all around the top – I love the look!  I did toy with making them different colours… or even making eyes for the ends… maybe I’ll do that on another hat… hmmm…

I hope this baby isn’t going to get a complex wearing my daft creations!

Happy days…