Sunday, 9 March 2014

March Madness

I am not sure what happened to February. It seemed to vanish in a whirl and all my good intentions of posting more content disappeared into thin air and the February List best not mentioned too much.

March has arrived with lots of promise. A pile of scraps from cutting out hexagons were sat near the sewing machine so I decided to just randomly stitch them together. I love making "new" fabric from these bits and some of them really are tiny. Once tidied up I now have a 4.5"square to be saved for a later date. I know a lot of my fellow stitchers at my sewing groups think I never use a machine but I do, honestly!

Lots more hexagons stitched in readiness for Anna Levens. Love my pincushion made by my friend Marie and lucky me got it in the secret santa at my sewing group. Not so secret but lovely just the same.

 Chateau Hexagon - Block 3

Seeing it up close here I can see  a tiny bit that I have missed. I am enjoying stitching these now that I have made the effort. There is a lot of work for such small blocks but well worth it. Very therapeutic.

In anticipation of the next Quiltmania magazine coming out I thought it time to get moving with the mystery quilt by Di Ford. This is my progress so far. Next stage is broderie perse flowers for those stems. Fabric has been tea dyed and ready and waiting. There is an excellent tutorial for this project on youtube if you type in Quiltmania and Di Ford which shows you all the stages. Brilliant idea. All made it so much easier. I saw a sneaky peak on facebook of the next stage so I had better get stitching if I want to keep up.

Spring is springing and I picked a bunch of daffs from the garden. Even all the wind and rain cannot stop nature doing what it is meant to do, inspite of it's worst attempts.

The promise of some sunshine saw us scuttling off to Sidmouth for the afternoon. Just look at that beautiful blue sky. We sat out in the garden of The Clock Tower with a cup of tea just enjoying being content with the welcome warmth.

On the beach volunteers were busy cleaning up after the storms, lots of driftwood and debris where chunks had been eaten out of the surroundings. The beach huts had lost most of their facades, the steps to the cafe had disappeared and the hand rail onto the beach had been covered with tons of pebbles. Walking along the beach we came across this tent like structure made from driftwood.

Everywhere has been so busy this weekend. I guess everyone was going cabin crazy being stuck indoors or just plain sick of the relentless downpours that some sunshine was not to be missed. Hope everyone else has had a lovely weekend too.

Happy Stitching