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My garden before the rain.

My son tidied the garden yesterday, planted up pots and hanging baskets, cut the lawn, clipped the edges and watered before the rain came.  It looked wonderful but this morning the rain had flattened the pink lupins and the red oriental poppies.

We still have plenty of plants left, although there are two more hanging baskets to make up and the front garden needs planting up.


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Ready for Quilting – at last!

This piece has taken me ages to reach this point for various reasons but at least I have finally got to the stage where I can start quilting it.

I had my big son stand at the top of the first flight of our stairs – where the piece is going to hang eventually.  It kept him quiet for a while perhaps I could employ him to hold things up permanently?


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Backgrounds – Work in progress

I have made, so far, this week three backgrounds from my scraps.  The green one has been densely quilted.  Now all that remains is to decide what do with these once I have quilted all of them.  Bags or pencil cases or sewing kits or whatever else  I can think of. I need a trip to Birmingham Rag market for zips, buttons, etc..


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Background Quilt

As promised here is the image of the background quilt I made on Saturday.  It is ready for the addition of some 3D free shape applique (which I have yet to finish).  The fabrics were purchased a while ago with the intension of making a table runner but they have been used for samples for other items.

I spent most of Friday looking through my bit bag throwing out small pieces that I thought would be of no use ever, only to retrieve them all on Saturday afternoon once I realised I could use even the tiniest bit for backgrounds.  Moral – Do Not Throw Anything Out.  Will I ever get a tidy house?


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Embroiderers’ Guild Saturday Workshop

I have just come back from an interesting workshop run by Annette Morgan arranged by the Solihull branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild.  Pictures will follow once I have finished the piece.  The workshop was called 3D free shape applique, the idea was to create a small wall hanging incorporating 3D applique.

The first item was to construct the background and quilt it, we were shown how to do this very quick method which had us all running to the irons before silence (or near as could be with our group) descended as we set to to create some wonderful, very colourful backgrounds for our free shape appliques.  This technique is so quick and easy I will definitely be using it again and very soon too.

After lunch we proceeded to produce a variety of free shapes, we had been given a pattern to follow, some of us chose to go off course and do our own thing but using the technique.  All produced something different as one would expect as everyone’s colour,  fabric and arrangement choices are bound to be ones own tastes.  Being spontaneous has its merits in that things are not over thought which in itself can produce very dynamic and unexpected pieces of work.

As you can see I have included a link to Annette’s website should you like to visit to view her work.   http://www.annettemorgan.co.uk/