Lizzie Stitching Wallet SAL

A few weeks ago I signed up for a stitch-a-long with Faby Reilly. I’ve stitched a few of her designs as I love her style, so when I saw she was starting a stitch-a-long for a sewing wallet I signed up immediately. It’s a wallet with a scissor holder, needlecase and mini pin cushion, perfect for taking to Embroiderers Guild.

I ordered some French Lace Permin evenweave linen, it’s 16 count which is about the smallest I can manage these days and luckily it was the size she recommended!  French lace has a touch of soft green, it’s quite difficult to photograph as in electric light it definitely looks beige, but it’s actually a really pretty shade which works perfectly with the pink and green colour scheme. It has the advantage too of allowing the ecru flowers to show up a bit more (they’re easier to sew too)

The first pattern release was about ten days ago, it’s the cross-stitch base of the first side of the wallet (it folds in three) we’ve got two weeks to stitch it in as the next pattern will be released on Monday. I managed to finish stitching it this afternoon. The measuring grid she suggests stitching up the side proved very useful for accurate stitching, this will be used for whip-stitching the wallet together afterwards too. I’ll certainly be using this tip again as I’m hopeless at long distance counting! You can see it quite clearly on the photo at the end, it marks every 5 and 10 stitches.

I’m pretty sure the flowers are lisianthus, hence the name Lizzie, which is lovely as I had lisianthus in my wedding bouquet, they’re beautiful flowers.

So this is my Lizzie Stitching Wallet so far, I know it will look gorgeous when Faby weaves her magic with the back-stitching. If anyone fancies joining in it’s not too late, just click over to Faby Reilly Designs, I think you’ve got until the second installment comes out on Monday.

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A Hard Lesson in Mitres!

I have just finished this months Down the Rabbit Hole sewing. It’s a block-of-the-month quilt by Sarah Fielke, I’m loving it, though it is pushing me out of my comfort zone. I tend to procrastinate when this happens and I ended up a couple of months behind. Luckily this month Sarah gave us a light month so I’ve managed to catch up.

This is where I was last time I showed you, forty houses made but only twenty stitched on. This month we made the corners, bringing a bit of sunshine to the quilt. I toyed with fabric choice for ages, the starting point with my fabrics was a Moda range called The Potting Shed, there are some soft gold/tawny ones in the range but I only have a 10″ and a 5″ square of each one. I know in the next border I will be stitching the other 3/4’s of the sun, so I wanted to make sure I had enough. In the end I worked out I had enough for four sets of points in one 10″ square, as there are 4 different prints I’ll use a different one for each set of points. The circle is a pretty, soft purple pattern which reminds me of watery sunlight at dawn.

The suns are hand appliqued, Sarah is gradually introducing new techniques, so this month was how to applique inside points. They all went together pretty easily.

It was then fairly straightforward to stitch the suns to the houses and then both borders to the quilt. I checked measurements across the middle and everything seemed hunkydory so I stitched on the purple border, made neat mitred corners and then measured again…

It was perfect in the middle, but the outer border was an inch out and the edges were a bit wavy!!! Sarah is stressing to us the importance of getting the border measurements correct as with a medallion quilt each time we add a new border any mistake would be multiplied. I did briefly consider fudging it with a couple of discreet tucks, but I knew I would regret it so out came the seam ripper!

I took the purple border off and half the houses and double checked the green border. I changed my tape-measure as I discovered one of mine is no where near accurate, I used a 2m metal measure instead which I usually have resting on my sewing table. It was a bit unwieldy on the floor but at least I knew it was correct!

After checking and re-checking my measurements I worked out the main problem was my initial mitres on the green border, they look neat but they actually flare out a bit, not a lot but enough to make a difference when I then added another border!

I didn’t take all the houses off, I decided to unpick each mitred corner and hand-stitch it back down again, so it’s not as perfectly neat, but at least it is square!

By this time I was pretty paranoid about checking measurements all the way along the borders! I stitched the purple border back on but left the corners until I was happy the rest was correct, I checked them afterwards with my quilting square…and breathed a huge sigh of relief!!

So I’m all caught up with three days to spare before the next installment comes out!

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Flower Lattice Stitch-a-long 12

It’s three weeks since I last posted about my flower lattice, I haven’t spent as much time as I wanted on it as I’ve been concentrating on catching up with my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt, finishing a little hardanger sampler and doing the prep work for a cross-stitch stitch-a-long which has just started! Even so, I managed a good few hours concentrating on this project. Three weeks ago this is how far I had got…

I think the diamond I’m working on at the moment is my favourite in the whole book, it’s got hydrangeas and wisteria, I think it’s beautiful! The hydrangeas were the first flower to tackle. To make these I traced the circles from the book onto a piece of cotton. I then had to embroider french knots all over them. The book recommends two or three thread colours, I just used one of the DMC variegated threads which includes purple, pink and blue, I think it worked pretty well. It took forever to fonish these circles, I took it to embroiderers guild, so I was there from 10am until 3pm and I still had three to do when I got home!

Once the french knots were done I had to make a small running stitch a couple of milimetres out around the circle, cut it out and then gather it up and stitch it on. When I first saw the pictures I presumed there was a tiny bit of stuffing inside, but actually the gathered fabric behind is sufficient. They are so dinky!

The instructions tell you to make ten flower heads, Di (the designer) then explains she actually only used nine…having spent the time making it I was determined all ten were going on my picture! The flower heads are attached using the end of the gathering thread with just a few tiny stitches. I think they’re gorgeous!

I’ve to make some silk leaves next but I need to dye some ribbon again, so I started on the trellis. This is stitched with raised stem stitch, so a framework of straight stitches across the wood is stitched first and then the stem stitch is done over the frame, almost like weaving with a twist, it took a bit of getting the hang of, particularly changing direction, but I got there in the end.

Next I will be embroidering the stems and the wisteria, hopefully that will be finished when I next show you my progress in three weeks time.

There’s quite a few of us taking part in the stitch-a-long, we post every three weeks on our own projects, there’s all sorts of different embroidery to see, why not have a look what everyone else is stitching, just follow the links to see some stunning projects;

ClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaKathyCindyHelenStephLindaCatherineWendyMary MargaretTimothy and Avis

Everyone is in different time scales, so if there isn’t a post when you first look, check later in the day. If you fancy joining us for the SAL, just send a message to Avis.


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Vintage Quilt

I’m writing this post hoping someone may be able to help or advise me, or even just suggest where I can go for help…

Last year my daughter was helping to clear her grandmothers house and found, at the bottom of an old trunk, an unfinished patchwork quilt. We’re not sure who made it, Helen seems to think it could have been one of her sisters. Helen quite fancied finishing it. We had a quick look when the trunk came to our house but I must admit, it smelled pretty bad! I couldn’t even say what it smelled of, almost petrolly, but not nice! The trunk and the quilt got stashed at the back of the box room.

Yesterday I suddenly decided to get it out and see just what we had. I was amazed how big the main piece is, it’s about 60 x 85″ at the moment, but there are enough strips of hexagons to make another two rows, which would probably get it pretty much square.

It’s all hand paper pieced, what I love is the paper that she used. It looks like old school books, many of the papers are covered in beautiful copperplate handwriting, as if she was practising her writing. The papers have been removed from most of the main quilt, but they are all still in place in the ones waiting to be attached.

I’ve hung everything on the washing line, hoping to get rid of the smell. There are some bad stains on it, but clearly I can’t do anything about those until it’s finished.

I think the pattern is called tumbling blocks. I’m going to need some extra light coloured diamonds for the final strip of hexagons. I’m wondering about using an old pillowcase as I think new fabric would just look wrong but any suggestions are welcome.

If anyone thinks it’s an antique, don’t touch it, please say so, I don’t know anything about antique quilts. My gut feeling is just that it would be nice to finish and enjoy it, after all, that’s why she started it.

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A Meander Round the Garden

I’ve managed to work on the garden a fair bit over the last couple of weeks, just clearing and weeding, but at least I can see some progress…

In the AA garden I’m completely redesigning it and trying to get on top of the weeds as well, I’ve now almost cleared the 7th bed out of 8 and all the footpaths in between. This last bed had a large clump of crocosmia, I decided to replant it on the back lane in the hope of smothering some of the weeds there too. As I dug it up it seemed to get bigger and bigger, coming up in decent plant sized clumps. I think in the end I had over a dozen clumps, so I planted half on the back lane and half behind our summerhouse. Even if they don’t do much this year I’m hoping the bulbs will survive and flourish next year.

I’ve just got a large day lily to move now and then I’m onto the final bed. To give you an idea of size, this area is about 16′ by 20′, I’m being pretty meticulous about weeding it as it’s got a lot of marestail, bindweed and couch grass. Once I’ve cleared it I’m getting some young muscles to help me level it and dig in a split log roll to support the raised beds. I’m thinking of a 12′ circle of gravel (with about 6 layers of weed suppressant material underneath!!!)  so I’ve got deep beds either end for shrubs etc and beds at the side deep enough to put an arch over the entrance to the garden. This corner of the garden gets the evening sun so we’ll have some seats and a few pots to break up the gravel.

I’ve saved a few plants from this area and temporarily housed them either down by the conservatory or at the other end of the AA garden, its looking quite pretty down there at the moment.

I’ve also refrained from trying to move some poppies, I’m sure these are annual poppies as they come up all over the place, I’ll let them set seed and then dig them up. They’re beautiful shades of purple, quite often only last a day, but so pretty.

Our nextdoor neighbours are putting a new fence up which will be great (more room to put climbers up!!) but there’s been somewhat of a delay so weeds have taken over. I started clearing it and actually these were quite satisfying weeds to clear, things like nettle and buttercup where you can be pretty effective in clearing it. It’s quite a big area behind the summerhouse and over to the lilac. There’s a big philadelphus here which has turned into a bit of a thug, the neighbour has promised me his digger will dig it out, then I can choose some more manageable shrubs! I popped a big clump of crocosmia down here to look pretty and keep the weeds down.

I weeded in the rose bed too, this is more what I call cosmetic weeding, it’s over run with perenial weeds but at this time of year it’s hard to get in with weed killer without risking all my other plants. The bed does look a lot better and at least the plants have room to breath!

For those of you who think my garden is beautiful all over, here’s the reality check, I can be very selective about where I photograph! This is the other end of the rose bed…

…and the gravel path in front of the pond!!

This is why I started taking photos of my garden, so I can appreciate the nice bits and turn a temporary blind eye to my constant battle with weeds. These are some candelabra primulas flowering next to Hubert the Heron. I bought some more at Harrogate show so hopefully next year I’ll have a good show of flowers.

The patio is looking very colourful at the moment, we quite often sit out here with a cup of tea or a glass of wine. The geraniums and the roses are all starting to flower. The deep pink geranium is lovely, big and blousey, it can be a bit of a thug too but the soil there is so awful I’m glad of anything that thrives, it’s in a contained area so it can’t spread too much.

At the other side of the patio is my pots area, the purple sambucus at the back is looking glorious at the moment. I usually cut it back hard every couple of years, and when I say hard, I mean to about 12-18″ tall, I then get a year of beautiful foliage and the following year I get flowers and berries, without it getting too big and boisterous.

Our drive is getting a bit narrow at the moment, it always does at this time of year, my OH starts to mutter about his car, but he knows what my answer will be, as soon as the ceanothus has finished flowering we can prune everything…apart from my rose!

I picked up this rose in a sale a few years ago, it’s called Celsiana, it’s what’s called an old rose (in style) the blooms are pretty but nothing to write home about, they are easily damaged by wind and rain too. But the scent…Wow! it’s a really heady perfume which fills the drive as you walk past. It’s worth growing just for the scent. When the time comes and we have to widen the drive, I will definitely be buying another Celsiana.


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The Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook

It is over a year since The Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook began it’s travels. The journey started in Australia with Anne Lawson who had the idea of a sketchbook that traveled around the world. She made a hand-bound sketchbook from a variety of artist papers with a few of her own sketches in amongst the papers. Anne worked out a route around the contributors and sent the sketchbook on it’s travels…

First stop was up in Queensland with Kate from Tall Tales from Chiconia  who stitched a beautiful feather using foundation paper piecing, isn’t her writing gorgeous too!

Sandra aka Lady Red Specs from  Please Pass the Recipe drew a great picture of aubergines to go with her recipe for ratatouille.

Chas Spain lives in Melbourne and she drew an amazing pictorial map of a cycle route into Melbourne, in the sketchbook it unfolds like a secret letter! I think the roundels which illustrate the route are stunning.

Sandi, who lives in Wandin East, wrote one of her poems in the sketchbook, I love the imagery in this poem.

The Sketchbook then left Australia and flew on to America where it visited;

Alys from Gardening Nirvana made a sisterhood quilt from all the entries so far, it makes a lovely record of the journey at the halfway point.

Sue at From The Magpie Nest stitched two lovely patchwork pictures all embellished with wonderful beads and charms together with lots of embroidery.

Usha from Creative Crafts DIY created an eclectic patchwork of images using lots of creative techniques.

After Usha, the sketchbook travelled across the Atlantic to Europe, first stop was Greece;

Marina, of Athens Letters , wanted to create something to reflect Greek history, she drew a fascinating picture showing Poseidon and the Goddess Athena.

From Greece the sketchbook travelled over to France to visit Tialys. Tialys does some amazing sketches with her sewing machine, I love her style and the picture of the five ladies with the world behind them captures the spirit of the Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook.

Constanze from Textile Dreamer is in Germany, her embroidery reflects beautifully the winter scenes when the sketchbook was with her.

From Germany the sketchbook finally arrived in Britain, in Wales to be precise, with Jan who blogs at The Snail of Happiness

Jan crocheted some gorgeous mandalas from local Welsh wool. I love the words she wrote around it, in case you’re getting a crick in your neck trying to read it on the computer, this is what she wrote;

Encircling the earth: The skill of hands, the love in our hearts. Brought together by our creativity and kindness, although we are separated by hundreds of miles…our shared passions bind us together. One sisterhood, representing one world, united in love.

I finally completed my entry, an embroidery of Catbells with nine inchies representing my favourite walk up Catbells in the Lake District. I found a green page which set of the inchies beautifully. I wondered about writing more to explain the images, but in the end I decided to keep it fairly simple with a brief discription of the walk using a silver gel pen.

Tomorrow I will post the Travelling Sketchbook for the final leg of it’s travels. It’s flying back to Australia to Trish who blogs at Sounds Like Wish

Being a part of this project has been an amazing experience, it’s great how creativity has brought us all together with such a wide variety of skills, artists, poets, quilters, embroiderers. Thanks to Anne for organising The Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook.

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Stars in the Travelling Sketchbook

Tomorrow at my Embroiderers Guild meeting we have the penultimate swop of our travelling sketchbooks, at the July meeting I’ll get my own back again and see what everyone has been stitching for me. In the meantime I had an entry to make for this months book…

We could pick our own themes for this project, my book will be all about mountains, but the theme of the travelling sketchbook this month was astronomy, so it’s all galaxies, milky ways etc. I fancied stitching  a starry night, I remember when my mum used to have a cottege in Wensleydale the skies up there have minimal light pollution, so they seem so blue and just full of stars, the more you look the more stars you see. I did my usual mooch round pinterest and a couple of images caught my eye, they used shisha mirrors…

I ordered some 12mm shisha mirrors off eBay and went on YouTube to find out how to stitch them on – what would I do without my computer! You basically need to make a grid of stitches around the mirror, it surprised me just how close to the middle these were, it also appears that the more stitches you do at this point, the better. You do need a good support mesh to hold the mirror in place, at first I was trying to do a neat organised grid, but I found it easier to just keep going round until I had a decent grid.

Once the grid is in place it is used to form a type of buttonhole stitch which holds the mirror in place. It took me a while to get the hang of it and they are still not perfect, I think I need a bit more practise! This was my first attempt, a practise one, as you can see I changed how I did the stitch half way round and it did seem neater.

I used ecru perle thread to stitch the shisha mirrors on, then I just had to embroider a design round them to look like a starry night…

I collected a few threads and stuff together. The background fabric is a quilting cotton left over from Helens black and white quilt, its like a sponged, speckled, very dark grey and black sort of design.  My favourite thread at the moment is an Anchor silver Lame thread, I usually hate stitching in metallic threads as I don’t like the feel of them or the way they behave when you’re using them, but the lame thread is so fine and smooth it is gorgeous to use. It was perfect for all the sparkly bits. I also found some vintage black lace with sequins and beaded scrolls on, I sorted a few beads from my stash and also a couple of extra threads to bring just a touch of colour, a DMC variegated thread in cream, pale blue and silver grey, and one of the silk threads I got off ebay in a plum shade, they’re finer than the DMC and just have a bit of sheen to them.

I sort of made it up as I went a long, using standard embroidery stitches like chain, herringbone, feather and even just simple back-stitch.. I stitched the lace on with a black DMC thread using herringbone stitch as I wanted it held down but it needed to blend in with everything. I decided to use the edge of my embroidery ring as the outline for the finished piece, thinking it could represent a telescope view!

Once I was happy with the embroidery I applied fusible interfacing to the back to give it a bit of stability before I cut it to shape. This is where disaster struck! In a moment of madness I decided to put a wad of batting underneath to help protect the beads, it’s a wad I use when I’m pressing foundation paper pieced quilt blocks. Unfortunately the sequins melted and the batting stuck to them! I’m not sure if vintage sequins are made of different stuff, but these just completely frazzled. More of an issue was the white fluff that was not stuck in the middle of my embroidery. The sequins on the edge weren’t quite so bad and I did manage to pull most of the fluff off, but the fluff in the middle was well and truly stuck! With a bit of lateral thinking I got out my silk paints, found a deep plum colour and painted the fluff, hoping it will look like milky way!! I then added beads (through the original sequin holes!) to distract the eye a bit, hopefully I’ve got away with it!!

I used a silver gel pen to draw around the embroidery hoop, this is a tip I got from Sarah Fielke on the Down the Rabbit Hole quilt-a-long, it’s an acid free archive quality gel pen, so it won’t damage the fabrics, it should wash out if needed, but even on dark fabrics, it just gives a fine sparkly line to follow.

I put the embroidery in the scrapbook last night, wrote a little about it and popped it in my bag ready for tomorrow.

Starry Night Embroidery

I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, follow the link to see what everyone else has been stitching.

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Bilberries for Tea with Lizzie

I finished my Bilberry Sampler just in time to start my Lizzie Stitching Wallet tomorrow!

I started this sweet little sampler last month on the train back from Denman College, it’s a mini kit I bought at the Knitting and Stitching Show last year from someone’s bargain basket. It included all the threads, I just had to grab some evenweave linen from my stash so it was the perfect kit to take away.

Unfortunately I realised pretty quickly that I’d picked up 18 count, rather than the 16 count the pattern suggests. Most of the stitches were fine, I tended to use one thread instead of two and it probably means my satin stitch has a better coverage than it would otherwise have done.

I didn’t pick it up again until this week when I signed up for a stitch-a-long with Faby Reilly, I decided I wanted to finish this before I started another project as together with my quilting I’ve got about five different projects on the go! This could either mean I have a short attention span or that I can multitask, not sure which!

This is where I was when I showed you my sampler earlier in the week…

The bilberry border didn’t take long at all, there’s a lot of thread changes for such a small border, but I think it’s really pretty.

The only row of stitching I changed completely from the pattern was the very last one, underneath the bilberries. It was meant to be boxed cross-stitch in perle thread, I felt it would be just too bulky, so I stitched a long-armed cross-stitch. I think it gives a lovely effect in the thicker perle thread, almost like a rope.

I just need to take this down to the framers for a simple picture frame and mount.

Having finished my bilberries I could start the preparatory work for my Lizzie Stitching Wallet. This is a stitch-a-long by Faby Reilly, I’ve stitched a few of her designs now as I really like her style. She uses a variety of stitches, she doesn’t do half cross-stitches, she just uses the back-stitch outline to give the shape, the eye follows that and not the cross-stitches underneath, this also gives a much lighter design effect as it’s not just solid cross-stitch. The mistletoe humbug and the Mothers Day card and presents I stitched earlier in the year were all Faby’s designs.

We’re making a Stitching Wallet, so there’s a scissor holder, pincushion, needle case, all within a pretty wallet. I’ve been planning to make something along these lines for a while, so when her stitch-a-long came up I enrolled straight away. It’s only £6, so if anyone fancies stitching a Lizzie Wallet too, it’s not too late to enrol!

I ordered some 32 count linen in French Lace colour, it’s one of those colours that borders on quite a few colours. In some lights (and on the computer) it’s a very pale shade of green, very pale! In electric light it looks more beige or antique white…whatever the colour, I think it will work well with the DMC threads we’re using. I didn’t want to use the antique white for this as I am planning to use it whenever I go to Embroiderers Guild, I didn’t want it to get grubby too quickly!

Faby recommends a counting outline for her designs. The back-stitch outline is used for constructing the wallet using whip-stitch so it needs stitching at some point anyway, by adding a side stitch every 5 stitches we have a built in counter. This is very useful for people like me who are very bad at long distance counting! Last night I started my outline for one of the main pieces, hopefully it will be ready for Monday when the first part is released.

I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, a celebration of all things hand sewn, so why not follow the link and see what everyone else has been stitching.

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Further Down the Rabbit Hole

I’ve made good progress with my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt, I got a bit behind but this week I finished appliquing all the leaves and today I finished all the houses!

I think last month I was debating whether to add some more leaves, well having spent quite a few evenings stitching them all on, I decided I had sufficient, I can always add some later if I feel the need! It was reassuring that I could see the improvement in my leaves as I stitched them. Once I got the knack of only turning a tiny amount at once and holding it down with my thumb nail I cracked it.

The next task to give me a bit of stress was trimming the centre to the correct size, I’d left a bit spare to allow for fraying and I knew I had to make sure it was accurate. I had to double check that the middle of the circle was in the centre of the square, I must have checked the measurements about 10 times, including the diagonals (my dad was an engineer, somethings you never forget…check the diagonals!) before I finally trimmed it.

Adding the mitred border was easy after that! Sarah included really clear instructions on her video on how to get a perfect mitred corner, it must have helped as they came out pretty well!

A stressy bit again, Sarah strongly encourages us to cut away backing fabric behind applique due reduce bulk when you start quilting. It was with some trepidation that I pulled the glue spots on the centre wedge away from the backing and cut away behind. I confess though I haven’t cut away behind the flowers, that was like one step too far!! As soon as I cut the centre away I laid the quilt as flat as possible and stitched the centre of the rabbit hole, I wanted to make it stable straight away. I found some of Lewis & Irene’s Spring Hare fabric in silver grey, it’s the same print I used in my Splendid Sampler quilt with pink hares on. I think it’s perfect for the centre and I’ll be using it to stitch rabbits with on the outer border.

So this was the official photo for the end of month three!

The houses were fun to do but they did take time, after all there’s forty of them! The roofs are paper pieced which after the Splendid Sampler quilt, doesn’t faze me at all. The main houses were fiddly with all the little windows. I did have a few issues with the builders!!

I nicknamed the row Coney Lane. Number Four, the Old School House, was clearly built around 1750, one window is blocked up due to the window tax, the foundations weren’t quite deep enough, maybe due to a lack of building materials, so Capability Brown had to create a higher hill behind! I think the builder needed to go to bed!

I tended to cut the strips slightly bigger than I needed to allow for trimming, I always tried to start sewing at the same side so at least one edge would be straight….so I don’t know what happened here, this one thinks it’s the leaning Tower of Pisa! Luckily I had enough spare to straighten it up.

At first I left myself a little spare in the height of the cottages, thinking it may help, I stitched them all from the bottom, it was only after I’d stitched 1 to 6 together that I realised the Beekeepers Cottage and Heather Cottage (Numbers 5 and 6!) had no leeway above them and they were too tall, so out came my friendly stitch ripper and after that I trimmed them all to the correct height before I stitched them together.

The only one I would change with hindsight is number nine, it didn’t look such a contrast when I was planning it and it’s unfortunate that it has lined up exactly with the roofs either side. The next border is going to be a darker purple, I’m hoping it won’t stand out as much then. One thing is for sure, I’m not unpicking it! Maybe I’ll embroider street names on it, Rabbit Road, Coney Court, Lapin Lane, Bunny Bank…

It was with some trepidation that I measured the finished rows of cottages, to my amazement they were all the right length, so I’ve stitched two on and the other two will be attached as part of this months work, making suns for the corner squares.

I’m really enjoying this quilt-a-long, it’s certainly pushing me out of my comfort zone, but that’s how you learn isn’t it? It’s been great seeing all the different colour schemes on facebook, ones with midnight blue backgrounds, a lovely one in about 36 shades of grey and an amazing one which is like a colour spectrum going round the quilt.

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A walk from my Garden.

Last month Kathy from Living in a Rapid City posted about a walk round her neighbourhood, I thought it was a lovely idea, it always helps when you can picture someone in their own surroundings. So thanks Kathy for the inspiration, I thought I’d take you on one of my dog walks.

To set the scene, I live on the edge of a market town called Otley, it’s about 12 miles out of Leeds. When I say edge, there’s nothing but green fields and Otley Chevin behind us and it’s about a 20 minute walk into town.

Behind our garden is an old railway line, Otley lost it’s railway station in the Beeching cuts of 1965 and our section has been turned into a footpath, perfect for walking our dogs. This photo is from just outside our gate, with Rosie disappearing into the distance as usual!

A short distance along is what we call The Hump, it’s obviously where there used to be a bridge for the farmer, rather than maintaining a bridge they’ve filled in the cutting and we walk over the top. From the top of the hump there’s a lovely view through a 5 bar gate into the fields beyond, I love this view, with all the wild flowers in front.

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