Tuesday, 18 October 2016

English Paper Piecing Patchwork wearing L Plates

I am itching to get stitching some Hexagons for an English Paper Piecing Patchwork Project

First attempt at making a Hexagon with a Protractor. Useless !
Second attempt using a Compass. Oh dear ....no good

Third attempt. Yippee I now know how to make a Hexagon thanks to Youtube. Plastic templates are quite expensive so I will be making my own.
Now I need to find the right fabric...

Monday, 17 October 2016

Playing with Sewing Machine Stitches

I was going to make a Bread Bag but got side tracked playing with my Sewing Machine Stitches.
I only ever use the Straight Stitch and Zigzag
Does anyone use the other Stitches ? 

Friday, 14 October 2016

Busy October Chutney, Beading Painting and Bird Dog

Our Sprocker Spaniel picks up dead Birds and Rabbits, One day he found a Deer Leg ! He won't drop them and carries them home. At home we rang the Door Bell which made him bark dropping it

October has been a VERY busy month. We made a new path 

 Hubby made our new garden gate and I painted it green

In the garden we still have Berries and Runner Beans and Apples. Our Goji Berries are said to be a Superfood but they don't taste super ! They are not very nice at all !

I made some beaded curtain Tie Backs 

Beaded Key Labels.
 More Chutney made in our Slow Cooker using my usual Recipe  
I guess October will continue to be busy ! Only 10 weeks until Christmas !

Thursday, 29 September 2016

My second Hedgehog House

My second Hedgehog House is made with more natural materials

Our Daughter rescued a few Hedgehogs from the road years ago
She put them in our garden so the four we have now are probably their children

Sunday, 25 September 2016

A new Home for our Garden Hedgehogs

It has been a lovely sunny day in Sussex. I made our Hedgehogs a new home
 I have insulated it with woolen Carpet Underlay to keep them warm

It is an old plastic storage box so it will keep them dry
I will put it among our Fruit Bushes and hope they like it

Thursday, 15 September 2016

New dog walking bag using Cath Kidston fabric

With the dark evenings I needed a small shoulder bag for walking my dog. This is just big enough to hold a Torch and a few Poo Bags. 
 It was very easy to make using the pre cut Fabric included in a Cath Kidston book called " Make ! "

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Remembering Mum and Cemetery Gardening

My Sister and I have planted many Flowers, Bulbs and Shrubs in front of our Mum's Headstone.  When we visit her grave we find that the Cemetery Gardeners have mowed the grass right up to the her Headstone
I now have a little Memorial to her in our Garden using the temporary wooden Cross we had before her Headstone was erected
She died 12 years ago today
POEM Author unknown
You only have one Mother so treasure her with care
You'll only know her value when you see her empty Chair 

Saturday, 27 August 2016

The Great British Bake Off

We watched the THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF yesterday
I am hoping this will be my Hubby's new Hobby
He made two Apple and Cinnamon cakes from a Mary Berry Recipe today using the Apples from our Trees.  Delicious hot with Custard. 
Message for my visitors from overseas. The Great British Bake Off  is on Television. It has a Facebook Page and a Website

UPDATE. Hubby has made two Pies and three Strudels this week
I hope he makes Cornish Pasties next !

Kitchen Garden Update 27 August 2016

Probably my last Fruit and Vegetable growing post this year
My last five Beetroot dug up today

My Tomatoes are coming to an end. I have removed the leaves to let the sun ripen them. Lots of them are still green. We still have Runner Beans, Spring Onions, Berries and Apples

Only two Pears and a few Plums. We ate our Rhubarb which was only enough to make one Crumble
I have repotted our mini Strawberries which tasted nicer than our big ones

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Isle of Man Manx Patchwork Kit from Cregneash

I bought a Kit to try Manx Patchwork when we visited the Cregneash Folk Village on the Isle of Man
This one patch only 9 inches big took me three hours to complete ! 
The photo doesn't show the overlapping, like roof tiles technique which makes Manx patchwork so different

There was a demonstration and beautiful Patchwork on display
This was hung up like a Door Curtain but may have been a Quilt 

This was a Cot Quilt and helped me understand the traditional dark and light sides of the squares. I want to do more Patchwork and hope to get quicker now I understand the technique. I find choosing the right fabrics for patchwork very difficult

I love Ann's Christmas Patch. A beautiful example I found on