Sunday, 28 April 2013

My picture gallery of the garden so far..It's coming on a treat. It perks you up when you see the garden coming to life and even better when you have someone to enjoy it with. Do you remember the Fritilaria's that Frank planted, well as you can see they are thriving. The only ones that haven't come up are the black ones but never mind, I think we did pretty darn well with the orange and yellow. They are gorgeous don't you think!Frank planted a load of crocus's and they are beautiful. We are in the process of planting some Pulsatilla's and Saxifrage's but am just waiting for the final frost's to go so they don't get ruined. We planted some bacopa the other day with Nemesis in our two tiered basket and they are looking great but haven't yet taken a picture of them. Finally, as you can see from the photo, Tammie is enjoying the garden too. She love's the sunny spot on the chair and when we are pottering around she is always following us, sniffing at everything to see what we are up to. Quilt Update It was going very well and I put it down for a while to watch a bit of t.v. and suddenly noticed a mistake I had made. In fact, a very big mistake and I said a few cursed words too. I had started sewing on the final four rows of hexagons only to find I had missed a whole row of cream coloured ones and so what did I do! Frank said it wasn't noticeable but I know it would be everytime I looked at it so I had to rip two rows of hexagons away (that's 50 hexagons) and then sewed another 25 cream ones to join. Last night (Saturday) I finished the final stage and am now up to date with the last two rows and then it's plain sailing (I hope). Here is a photo of where I had to 'rip it back'. I haven't done any of my crochet blanket yet, I just want to finish this hexagon quilt. I have started collecting fabric for a few quilt's I want to make for christmas presents and so far I have spent about £30 on fabric. I am shopping around and found some bargains on e-bay. Once I have collected all of the fabric I want, I will make both quilts at the same time. Finally, we went for a lovely walk this morning at our local park and it was so peaceful and not a soul around and I took this picture because it just cheered me up. We then went to Romford for a change and I got my cutting mat for the immense amount of cutting of fabric I will have to do. Frank then showed me a picture he liked the last time he went to Romford without me and said he wanted to buy it but didn't know if I liked it. Well, I love it! It's gorgeous.. That's it for now, am going to do some sewing of that flipping quilt and wait for my programme to come on at 9pm called The Village. Have a good week everyone!

Monday, 22 April 2013

My patchwork quilt 10 years in the making...and 7 of those years in the loft.

Friday, 12 April 2013

This was a part of New River today, Frank went to doing some clearing up and because of the heavy rain we have had it has filled up a bit. An update is that the pump is all ready to be turned on Monday and the river will be filled. There was loads of frog spawn floating around and the duck's will be quite happy to get their home back to normal. Am so glad that the evening's are lighter and will be even more glad when it's warm enough to potter about in the garden. Do you remember me talking about the bulbs we planted last year, one in particular called Fritillaria'. Well that is about ready to open and its gorgeous. I am hoping I can take a photo of it this weekend! There hasn't really been much going on hobby wise, I did finish a blanket for my friend Jo. She started knitting it when her sister said she was pregnant but the baby must be getting on for 4 months old or more and the blanket barely done. I came to the rescue like a friend does and Jo got it a few days ago. It's quite an easy blanket to make but Jo is a busy Mum and business woman and I just hope her sister likes it. We went over our local park a few weekends ago on a cold but sunny Sunday afternoon and we got quite close to the swans over there. They are huge beasts but so pretty! We even heard and saw a woodpecker and he is a little scrote cause we can hear him sometimes when we walk through but he is hiding deliberately because I just can't see him. I walked home from work again tonight and the park is just coming alive now. The birds are singing, I even saw duck going in to land and making patterns on the water. I know it sounds soppy but it looked like he was playing! Tonight, we saw two blue tits and the duck's, geese and swans are nesting now so I can't wait to see the babies. This is a patchwork quilt I started about 10 years ago. I decided to sew it the old fashioned way using hexagon papers and fabric and it has been stored away for a good 7 years. Well, I cannot get the hexagons anymore from my supplier and I am certainly not going to cut loads out so I am adjusting it to be a single throw and am going to try and finish it. Which means 100 more hexagons to stitch to it and then it's quilting the sod! Watch this space. Oh well, am off now that I have bored you all...thanks for reading and have a good weekend.