Friday, 31 May 2013

Another productive May is over ....

I have been busy sewing again this month, so the cold Spring here in the UK has it's advantages as I can sit at my sewing machine in my studio without that nagging feeling of guilt - maybe I should be gardening?!  In this cold wet weather - no way!  But on this, the last day of May, the sun is shining and there is a feeling of warmth in the air down here in Devon - fabulous!  Maybe it is time to start planting those geraniums!
Earlier this month I discovered these beautiful blue and white fabrics:
And this is the end result:
I have to say that I am totally "in love" with this quilt!  Just the border to finish and then off for long-arm quilting:  it is 90 ins square, so really big.
My friend Joy was kind enough to quilt my sampler lap quilt, and I am just so thrilled with how it has turned out:
I have also cross-stitched yet another wedding sampler, and finished my "Noah's Ark":  that is now at the framers and I will show you the finished framed result next week when I have collected it.

It was actually my birthday last week, and I had some amazing gifts:
you may be able to spot a wonderful new Scarlet Letter sampler among my goody pile:  my fingers are itching to start this glorious piece, and as soon as I have finished the current WIP I will begin "Country Life".  These birthdays just come along too fast!  But so many friends remembered, and the children spoilt me too so altogether a lovely day - I just wish I could go backwards in age!
Yesterday was such a glorious sunny warm day (at last!) - so my dear friend Lyn and I had a wonderful trip out:  we drove over to Dartmouth and visited two interesting National Trust properties:  "Greenacre" - the holiday home of Agatha Christie overlooking the River Dart:

and Coleton Fishacre which was built for the D'Oyly Carte family back in the 1920's:
Both houses were really interesting although totally different:  and the gardens and views were glorious.  We certainly picked the right day to visit.  I have just re-joined the National Trust and am determined to visit as many places as possible down here in the West Country and when I go on my travels up to Nottingham and or Surrey.  We are so fortunate here in the UK to have such a wealth of historic buildings and beautiful gardens.
Well it is June tomorrow, so lots to look forward to.  I am having a trip down to Cornwall to visit a friend, and then up to Nottingham to spend some time with my dear old Mum, and then the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the end of the month - always a wonderful fortnight.
And of course it is the 60th anniversary of our Queen's coronation this weekend.  This historic day is my first childhood memory.  I can still picture myself sitting with my parents watching this amazing event on a TINY black and white television:  and many of my parents friends coming to watch with us.  What a wonderful day.

And now as the day is sunny and warm I am off to plant up some pots.

Thank you for visiting my Blog - your comments are so much appreciated and I wish you all a wonderful happy and hopefully sunny weekend.


  1. Happy Birthday! Lovely projects. The blues are very pretty in your new top. The sampler is wonderful, more good color choices.
    Your presents and trip look like lots of FUN.
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Oh my! I'd forgotten about the Queen's Coronation this weekend! Thanks for the reminder. I wonder if there will be any coverage over here across the pond. I love your blue and white quilt. Wow! Love all your birthday stash, and the quilted quilt your friend quilted for you too! Those NT properties are so wonderful. Wish I could go visit there.

  3. Happy Birthday! I love the blue and white quilt. I've always been a huge fan of those colours and have shelves of blue and white china! I hope that you have a great weekend. Jx

  4. Happy belated birthday! Enjoy all your nice gifts.
    A wonderful quilt that you made with the blue fabrics. Blue and white, a great combination. A great sampler quilt, too.

  5. Love your blue and white quilt - summery colours to go with your weather! But I personally absolutely adore your lap quilt - those earthy reds and greens are my kind of thing. Oh, and I love your house too. I have verandah envy!! xCathy

  6. Gorgeous quilts with lovely colours.

  7. Happy belated birthday Angie. Love the blue fabrics and what you have done with them. Sunny weather at last. Joy.