Friday, 27 July 2012

A Little Progress,,,

I have stitched 4 of my 31 stitchery blocks for my quilt. With the weather being hot here for a change, I have not felt like doing much,, apart from perspiring!!!
I am using a DMC variegated thread, #4205. 1 strand for details and 2 for the main flower parts. The recipe says to make French knots at the flower heads,, but I am using Colonial knots instead, I prefer them!
I like some of the designs more than others, so I may duplicate the ones I like and leave others out.
This is the pen I am using,, it is a 'normal' erasable pen that you use to write with, but someone (????) has found out that if you mark on fabric with it,, then put a hot iron to the piece,, the marks disappear. They do not come back after washing, either!!! But if you did need the marks to reappear,, just put it in the freezer!! I have not yet tried this but I have it on good authority that it works! One of the members at my quilt group said that wouldn't the marks come back in the cold weather we have,,,,,,, I doubt it gets cold enough in my part of England for that!!(but you never know).

I went to meet my DH from work the other day,, and saw this wild plant growing in the surrounding wild growth,, any one know what it is???

It seemed to be able to collect the rain easy enough,, and there were quite a few of these plants around,, looked a bit like 'Triffids'!!!

Sunday, 15 July 2012


I am in a strip swap on the Popular Patchwork forum,,, and we are swapping 14 red strips of fabric. I received my strips yesterday.
The colour is a bit 'off'. It is quite hard to photograph reds! I also went to my local fabric shop on Friday and bought another 7 reds,,, all washed and pressed ready to be cut into 2.5 inch strips. I have a project in mind and will be starting it this afternoon.

There are thirtyone stitchery blocks, and threehundred and seventytwo  2.5 inch squares to cut from my strips!!! I think I have enough fabric!! And although I went shopping before I got my strips,, I have no doubles!!!!
The weather last weekend was non-stop rain,, as it was in other places! I decided to go for a little walk into the village,,,,the sun decided to come out!!

The top photo is a field,,,and the water could just get under the bridge. The day after it had gone back down to high,, not overflowing!!
I am off to get some of my stitcheries started,, looking forward to making this!