Thursday, 30 May 2013

Cornish quilt

Where has this past month gone? I find it hard to believe that June is almost upon us. I have a few weeks to catch up with. So here goes..... I have just spent a week in Cornwall, down by Trewellard, near Pendeen and St. Just. I have made up a quilt top that reminds me of the sea and seaweed and mussel shells washed up on the shore.

The cottage we stayed at was a 10 minute walk to the sea, a beautiful coast road surrounded by the Cornish hedges blooming with late Spring flowers and wildlife. I couldn't resist taking this photo of a snail shell, hidden amongst the gorze.

Sea thrift,


The walk to the seapath


sea pinks


I love the pink, greens, blues and yellows of the sea thrift, bluebells, ferns and the yellow gorze. I visited a fabric shop in St. Just and bought some fat quarters to go towards making a quilt where the colours remind me of the hedges and walk to the coast.

I cut the fabric into squares, and will be adding different borders.

Also added was a little miniature cross stitch, found in a thrift shop in Marazion.

We called in for a delicious cooked breakfast at the Kegan Teg at the market square in St. Just.

I went to St.Ives, and had a look in Poppy Trefferys' lovely shop full of goodies, and bought a pretty badge brooch with a little daisy on it, no photo as it was part of a birthday present.

I popped into the Seasalt shop

where the other half of the present was purchased, a beautiful scarf, based
 on flowers that grow in The Scilly Isles. The clothes seasalt sell are very much to my liking, and in between thrift shop bargains I treat my self to an occasional item from them. I bought a rather handy jacket with hood in a sea blue colour.  

I took a couple of hoops with me to work on while staying at the cottage, I will be adding bits of fabric to this one.

and writing on this one which reminds me of the stripes on deckchairs.

The views from the cottage in the evening where there were a lots of coast magazines to read in front of the   


Whist at the cottage I received an email from the person who ordered a quilt I mentioned in my last blog. They were very happy with it, which made me happy too! 
We also took a small boat ride across the Helford River, and spent an enjoyable few hours sat outside a pub, a waitress went past with bowls of hand cut chips that looked so good I ordered some too. Rather yummy especially since we had such a beautiful view. I should have taken a photo but didn't want the food to go cold!

A great time was had by all. So much so we are going again in September to celebrate my birthday!
Hopefully my next blog will follow shortly. Probably including more about Cornwall. I have been reading lots of my favourite bloggers posts, and thank you for reading mine. 
Wendy x 

Monday, 6 May 2013

Vintage blanket and embroidery hoops

It's been so good to have the sun shining, and enjoy the decent weather, spend a bit of time in the garden, and be able to have the shed doors open!

Here is some bunting I made to decorate the shed

The bunting can be made up in the colours and letters of your choice. Please contact me  if you wish to have  some made up.

I think this hoop embroidery looks quite Spring like. This will also be available to purchase. The back has been covered with white felt.


The hoop is made up using stitches such as back stitch, french knots, satin and chain stitch. I have also added pieces of material to complete the picture. 

I have sewn a  baby blanket that is made from durable vintage cotton fabrics, with a brushed cotton backing.

The blanket has been quilted with large squares.

I made  this bag with Spring flowers in mind.

I am in the process of  putting together a quilt that will be a gift for someone in Australia. The quilts I sew can be made up in different sizes, and colours. Here it is at the beginning stages where the pieces have been cut, and placed on a large board, where I work on the design.

Some of the materials have been purchased from a shop in Southport that has a great selection of fabrics, 
called Crafts and Quilts.

I visited  Bourton on the Water, in The Cotswolds this week and was pleased to find a lovely little store called The Bourton Basket. So I just had to go in, and bought a couple of fat quarters to add to the above quilt.
Enjoy the sunshine! I am now going over to Handmade Monday to see what everyone has been making.
I have been reading through the posts these past few hectic weeks and will do my best  to add some comments.
Wendy x