I'm sitting here eating a Cadbury's Creme Egg (guilty pleasure) offset against a mug of hot water, having spent a blissful hour fabric shopping with Ma this morning. I am looking forward to a home-cooked supper of steak, chips and salad, with M's special Bearnaise sauce, washed down with a bottle of chilled White Burgundy that's sitting in the fridge, rounded off with my very own Treacle Sponge Pud (with homemade caramel sauce). This is the easiest pud in the world to make. It looks and tastes sensational and is from a recipe I made up last weekend. If you're interested I'll post it. Before all of this, and in order to deserve it, I am going running :o)
I was reading a sewing mag Ma lent me last night and in it was an advert for a sewing business that lives in an old stable near Andover, which isn't too far from here, so we decided to hop over there this morning and see what it was like. It's based in a farmyard that has been turned into a Craft Centre, and each stable is used for a different craft, so there were woodworkers, florists, crochet and yarn sellers, leather workers and artists there.
We walked in to the fabric one and the entire place was lined, head to foot, with bolt after bolt of beautiful fabric, all colour matched. Then we went into their other building and found books full of dress patterns, rows of thread, packets of needles, yet more fabric and a whole load of tapestry stuff.
There was also a £5 sale section from which I got 3 metres of this below, ready to make a shift dress with (when I get brave enough to try making my own clothes. I figured having the fabric sitting there looking at me would be enough encouragement, plus Ma is trying out the pattern first, so she can make all the mistakes on hers and help me get mine perfect :o) Joke).
Bit Gorgeous, don't you think?
As I was getting ready to set off for the Fabric Fest this morning, my lovely husband said: Go mad! Get lots of nice things! And because I am an Obedient Wife, I did as I was told :o)
So I didn't resist the birds either. No idea what I'll make with them yet, but that's one of the joys of making homemade thingies - you can add things to your fabric box in the sure and certain knowledge that something will turn up requiring its use at some point, as with the cushions from last weekend...
There was also bird egg fabric, but I've kept that in Mental Reserve for now, because I suspect it's Quite Likely we will find ourselves going back at some point.
I fell totally in love with this.... It's a French design and the colours haven't come out true in the pic- it's a gorgeous soft shade of blue beside the cheerful red flowers.
And it goes beautifully with this lovely swirly red affair below, so I'm planning a couple more cushion changes for the sofas over the next couple of weeks. We won't know ourselves, will we? We'll be so literally bursting with colour in that room (except we won't of course, not literally. Have you noticed how over-used and in the wrong context that word is these days? Especially by politicians, which always makes me smile. These expensive educations eh?).
And finally, another one I couldn't resist. I loved the bold, striking flowers against the soft blue background.
Ma and I had Sewing Club this week. L was home with a cold so he was an Honourary Member for the day (he was thrilled). It was rather lovely to have the three of us all sitting together at the table, Ma and I with our sewing machines (Phyllis and Hyacinth), busy chattering away, and L playing minecraft on his computer. We had a right old giggle as we always do, especially when the gathered skirt Ma was making out of panels for my littlest niece went disastrously wrong and metamorphosed into a rather lovely drawstring bag for smalls!
I had already cut the 28 squares for my William Morris quilt, so at Sewing Club I machined them all together, first in a row of 4 alternating squares, then stitching the 7 individual rows together to make the front of the quilt. I still have the border to do (I'm thinking cream because the fabric is busy, although we did toy with something orangey?), as well as the back and batting, but that shouldn't take long as this (believe it or not) is my sixth quilt and I am getting reasonably proficient at them now.
For once, I managed to press all the seams for the WM quilt in the same direction, so the back is looking as neat as the front. Usually, I take a painstaking amount of time over this bit and still manage to stuff it up. It all gets covered by the batting and the backing fabric anyway, so you can hide these disasters, but it's Quite Nice To Know that this one is perfect :o)
I absolutely love this quilt- it is turning out every bit as beautiful as I knew it would. I had a very clear image of it before I started work on it and it's a Nice Feeling to see it take physical shape in the same way I imagined it because it means I am getting to know my fabrics better. The patterns on these two fabrics match and contrast each other perfectly and I can't wait to finish it and put it on the bed and admire it properly :o)
You may remember I had decided to make it from the William Morris designs Compton and Lily, which both date from the late 19th C and look like this...
Here is what they look like stitched into the quilt next to one another as patchwork squares...
And a shot in sunlight, for good measure and because I am a teeny tiny bit obsessed with these fabrics right now and find it hard to stop looking at them :o) I even made an owl pincushion with some of the left over Compton last night.
I'll post the completed article once it's done.
In the mean time, here are my Valentine Flowers from M: Cheerful Tulips In The Sun...
Mrs Sparrow sunning herself in the hedge this morning...
And of course, T and P snuggled up together after our walk through the woods and fields yesterday...
Hope you're all having a Lovely Restful Weekend? What have you been up to?