This is the view of Launceston castle from Cowslip - if ever you are down in West Devon or Cornwall this is a "must visit" place for all patchwork lovers. And there is the added bonus of superb food in their organic cafe.
I have finished Ida's quilt using lovely bright flannels - Carole at Butterfly Quilters long-arm quilted it for me, and I found a fun alphabet panel for the backing. It looked great and I gather it has "hit the mark" with Ida. I even managed to get her name down the middle - "Ida" is so easy to insert being just three letters!
Little Ida will be flying off to New Zealand next month to meet her Grandparents, so I have just finished a very little cotton quilt which I hope her Mum and Dad will find useful whilst travelling - although the flannel quilt is lovely, it is too big and bulky for long distance travel so I am hoping that they will find this little treasure fits in and around their luggage and daughter a treat and becomes invaluable. Name in the middle again!
This past week I have been in Cobham, Surrey staying with my dearest friend Lise - she had to have her 5 year old hip replacement replaced again - one of those faulty ones we have been reading about - so I have been her Chief Nurse! We have had such fun - much reminiscing, entertaining all her visitors, coffee and cakes and wine, etc. etc. - I left her walking so much better and hardly needing her stick at all. She is just one of those extra special friends that mean the world, true gold - she taught me patchwork 31 years ago, then cross-stitch - so she is my "teacher"! She is so proud of all my creations now. I sewed her this sampler many years ago which says it all:
Now I am back home - it is cold and wet and bleak and there is snow on Dartmoor! So - we are off down the pub for a pint of cider! Meanwhile the roses are still blooming in the garden even in January - what a strange world we are living in!
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