Tuesday, 29 April 2014

A sunny evening

The sun was lovely this evening after a pretty wet day and I couldn't resist another photo of the scrappy flags in this light.

As I was taking the pitures it reminded me that the washing line is still propped up in the middle of our garden table where the umbrella usually goes because the base broke - another job to add to the list!!

The pink magnolia (not sure of the species) is now in full flower. 

Beautiful against the blue sky,

as is this cherry blossom I think.

We have a patch of wild garlic under a holly bush.
 I suppose it's a weed really but it's so pretty and is quite good at covering the ground and keeping the weeds down so I like it.
I got this picture and it wasn't until I saw it on the computer that I realised there was a tiny snail and a fly on the picture too!

And finally the daisies.
We have about 5 or 6 big clumps of these now and they all come from a tiny cutting supplied by a friend a few years ago.
Again I'm afraid I'm not sure of the plant name but I will ask her if she knows.
They are a perennial and just flower their hearts out at this time of year and well into the summer.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

WIP - The Nautical Quilt

I have finally put together some of the strips of scrappy triangles blogged about before and which I found in a tutorial by Ashley from FilmintheFridge here

Not an easy thing to get a picture of on a blustery day like today without the edge flipping over.

Finally got it.
I have loved making these scrappy triangles and using up some of my scrap box,
and it has reminded me of some of the boats on holiday.

Now I need to decide how to quilt it and what to back it with.
Will let you know.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Night Dress

I have had this pattern for a while
but never got round to making it mainly because I haven't found the right material.

I wanted to try it out and so decided to make a nightie from this lovely cotton that was bought for pyjamas but wasn't big enough (great planning!?)

The pattern was fairly simple and straight forward
and came together quickly (always a bonus in my book!) living up to the "easy 2 hour" quote.

My pattern on the centre front doesn't match because I didn't have enough fabric to try
 and wasn't too bothered as it's only a nightie.
(I notice that the dress on the pattern cover doesn't match at all, May and Patrick would not be impressed!!) 

And I think I will try the short sleeves next time.
That said, I think it will get worn as long as the weather warms up a bit,
but I will spare you any photos of me in it... much better on the Magnolia!!

Monday, 21 April 2014

A black sail

This is what I have been up to while I was away.
The pattern is by Andrea Delhey and is called Dragon's Tail (not a sail at all!)
 and was found over at Ravelry,
 after someone at work brought in a beautiful scarf that she had made.
I have never done anything like this before and it was tricky to start and needed lots of counting
 but I love the effect and am determined to finish it.
I also bought some more material as there was a very good shop nearby and I just couldn't resist.
More soon.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Playing Hooky


Having a relaxing break in a beautiful part of Cornwall by the sea.
Back soon. 

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Spring is springing.

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These two pots of tulips are brightening up the back door.

The first pink magnolia flower is opening.

The Magnolia Stellata is in full flower.

The daffs and narcissi are all out. 

And there is a bit of sewing going on but it rained all weekend so no pictures yet.