Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Upton House & Gardens

Taking full advantage of the lovely summer weather, DD1 and I ventured to Upton House and Gardens in South Warwickshire.  It’s been a looong time since she and I have ventured out on a cultural day on our own and it was quite delightful!  (think Pride and Prejudiced delightful…after all that seem to be our “theme” music for the day)

It is a spectacular house set in the most stunning gardens that run into the neighbouring valley.  As each area of the garden is terraced you don’t really appreciate how steep the landscape is until you have to walk back up the hill! (ask me how I know!)  See the brick wall at the top of the picture…well that’s the bottom of the lawn off the back of the house. 

One area had a long row of lavender that was teeming with bees and butterflies.  Just stunning!

Tucked up on this bench was very sleepy cat.  He did allow a little stroke before pushing our hands away hoping the return to his slumber.

At the moment the house is all set up as it would have been during WW2.  Most of the furniture is covered and the rooms rearranged to display how it would have been when the family hosted some bank employee evacuees from London.  In one of the main rooms was a line of type writers, 2 of which were set up and in working order to try.

Although DD1 is used to the format of a keyboard, the little nuances of the typewriter’s shift key, disabling the caps lock, carriage returns and the delightful ding when one gets to the end of the line led to many questions including of course “where’s the return button?” After a quick lesson DD1 looked quite at home…

…unlike her mother!!  (I do look a little lost!)

Throughout the house there were signs of “make do and mend” and using scraps or old clothing to make new things.  The patchworker in me was thrilled.

Along with old sewing machines there were vintage posters about sewing and how to care for one’s machine.  The advice is still valid today :o)

After our tour of the house, we ventured back into the gardens for a last look around before heading for home.  It was a fabulous day and one I won’t forget anytime soon.

Until next time...♥

Friday, July 17, 2015

Reason to Celebrate…

I don't often talk about my personal life here on the blog...but a momentous event took place this week and I wanted to share.  My daughter graduated from Nottingham University and we had a lovely day on Tuesday to enjoy and celebrate her success.

The university was extremely organized and had a well run system of making sure that you started in one area and then moved into the next whilst never crossing your tracks.  In one door and out the other…into a pre-ceremony tent …out to a post-ceremony tent.  Well orchestrated!

(*warning* photo heavy of my daughter…sorry…just feeling a little on the proud side)

The robes had good “swooshing” ability so quite a bit of time was spent dancing and twirling…You’d think she was a little kid again! :o)

Of course such silliness (good silliness I might add) meant that the tassel needed re-adjusting.

Mandatory family selfie… (got it right 1st time too!  that never happens!)

She’s come a long way from when we dropped her off 3 years ago!  Couldn’t be more proud!

  Until next time...♥

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Project Linus 4 of 4

Ok this is it for now... Last few quilts that have gone to Project Linus.  First up my leaders and enders of 2” squares.  The box was overflowing so I just started sewing them together.  First in pairs, then in sets of 3, then 9 patches etc…

It was a bit tedious, but the end result gave me a very colourful quilt.  It made me think of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant so that had to get included on the back.

I’m not sure the DD1 wanted to see this one go :o)

This next one was a fast pieced block using some shirts from the car boot.  I opted for the centre to be orange to give it some pop.

And used some child-friendly fabric on the back and a combination of machine quilting and big stitch to hold it all together.

Last but not least is this Simply Woven Quilt using the Moda Bake Shop pattern.  What a great way to use up some 2 1/2” strips. 

I did an all-over flowery pattern.  I got my lefts and my rights a bit muddled to start, but once I got a rhythm going it was quite effective.

Until next time...♥

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Project Linus 3 of 4

I love how well this quilt turned out and went to town with the pictures..hence why it is getting a post all to itself.  Most of these blocks were from the Just Takes 2 challenge from a few years back.  I never did make them all so I had to come up with a setting that worked with what I had.

Many thanks to DD1 (The Tangled Knitter) for modelling the quilt :o)

Until next time...♥

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Project Linus 2 of 4

Here's the next lot :o)  This first quilt was a demo I did a Rocheberie back in October.  You might recall me posting the same tutorial here too.  Again I made more than enough blocks to make another quilt for Linus.  As a straight set would have meant a lot of bulky seams meeting in the same place I decided to add some sashing in red to space the blocks out.  By doing this it made the 6 x 7 setting more square.

Again I did some all over meandering…have you guessed it’s a favourite of mine?

Next up a mishmash of disappearing nine patch squares. I love the effect of the star in the middle and the pinwheel variation.

Last one for today…another orphan quilt.  You might recognize the centre block from 2011 when I guest posted on Sew We Quilt and the rest of the blocks are a mix of spare blocks from my stash and the Linus stash. 

Until next time...♥

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Project Linus 1 of 4

Ten quilts!  I never imagined that sewing up all the samples from the last 4 years of teaching would yield 10 quilts. Though I have to be honest that part of the reason I got so many is that it has been my intention in the last six months or so of making samples that they would be completed and passed on to Project Linus.  I figured it was a win-win for both myself and the charity.  As 10 is a lot to post in one go I thought I’d spread it over the next 10 days so you can see what I’ve been up to since February.

First up - a quilt measuring 48” square.  Some of you might recognize it as Ryan’s Ribbon block, but unfortunately the tutorial has disappearedUPDATE: Thanks Verna for the link.  Seems it is back again :o)

I completed it with some all over meandering.

Next is a mixed bag of flying geese units from a basics class I ran last year paired with some orphan blocks.

I had a go at a more boxy all over quilting design… it worked well but I didn’t find it as much fun as meandering as I had to stay focused not to box myself into a corner :o)

Last one for today..the orphan extravaganza!  This is everything I’ve made that wasn’t part of a bigger project.  Random half square triangles, some Linda Franz quilted diamonds, some Sharon Schamber Piecelique, Migrating Geese and even some 3D bowties.

If you look carefully you can see the grid of 9 sections.  Each section measures 16”.  It was a great method to sew all these odd sizes together.

It worked really well and I used everything but the kitchen sink :o)

Until next time...♥