Bank Holiday Bunting

Spent the first May holiday in the garden and making bunting for two important occasions:

– the Friends of Rock Road Library Plant Sale:

– the special birthday of my Writtle College RHS tutor – perhaps the bunting will be feature at her weekend celebration event in Beth Chatto’s garden:


Festive Sew-days

On two days between Christmas and New Year, we enjoyed sewing around the Christmas tree!

The 30-year, multicoloured house-gown project and a gorgeous Liberty blouse made a little progress; an elegant Japanese jacket was completed in a day; a cushion-cover with a promise of spring was begun and a chic 1950’s period dress began to take shape.

Dorota, Sebastian and Marta also joined in – but no progress on the Marta quilt was made – hopefully it will be completed in 2018 (project year 3)!¬† It was lovely to see Sebastian’s quilt again!

(Note Sid’s absence – far too many people!)

Marta’s Quilt

Further progress this weekend – both sides are now complete (and Marta enjoyed collecting autumn leaves for a collage picture)!

We enjoyed several sessions in September and October and the tricky process of joining the squares (all of which are slightly different sizes) has progressed well and message has been composed for the reverse.

Granny Quilt II

What a joy, one of the Granny Quilt creators has three sons who have been blessed with new babies in 2017.

Granny Pat knitted a blanket for one, one baby will share his sister’s quilt and, for the baby that arrived in July, Granny Jackie is making something special starting with the fabric cut from the curtains which were shortened for the baby’s bedroom (see June post).¬† The animal prints are new fabric from Dunelm (too cute to resist) but the rest were from the scrap box, including the remnants from my friend in Eastbourne and a pink ‘lamb’ print which dates back to the 1950s (originally bought by my mother to make curtains for her babies’ nursery).

The design session took place in August – a novel method of double-sided strips will be used – which was intended to be reasonably speedy to complete!

Following two afternoon sessions in October, the quilt is beginning to take shape!