Sunday, 1 September 2013

Autumn Projects

Well it is certainly Autumn down here in Devon this morning:  sunny but there is a real nip in the air.  And the trees have a slight golden tinge appearing, though the garden is still very green and my hanging baskets are surprisingly still looking great. I love this time of year.  It is so good to curl by the fire in an evening with either a good book or my cross-stitch - and a Proms concert on the radio - and next week Strictly Come Dancing returns - I love that programme!

I have started a wedding quilt for my God-daughter Maggie - she is marrying Finn in December.  She asked for pale creams/greys etc. - so have added some subtle colours to give it a lift and just hope she will like: the pattern is from Jo Colwill's book " Cushions and Qults".  I am very pleased with it so far:

I am struggling with my Stacey Nash "Christmas at Hollyberry Farm" cross-stitch - as I wanted to change the pattern and not have "Merry Christmas" on it, I have found it difficult to work out the border:  I now wished I had left well alone but hopefully it will turn out OK in the end.  I have done a lot of unpicking - not good! Picture when finished! I also have  my SL "Country Life"  to keep me going, along with another new one to start -  "Saxony Sampler".  I am waiting for the threads to arrive and then sometime soon I will sew the first stitch - I always love that moment.  A fresh piece of 36 count linen, a new pattern challenge and lots of threads asking to be made into an heirloom!  Heaven!

Talking of curling up by the fire with a good book:  I have just read a real treasure:  "A Fine Romance" by Susan Branch.  She is already well known in the USA but less known here in the UK.  I first discovered her wonderfully illustrated cook books back in the late 1980's whilst on holiday in Cape Cod.  I have been a huge fan ever since.  Her calenders are part of my daily life and this new book is wonderful.  A friend of mine - Nina - has recently been in America and amazingly was in Martha's Vineyard at the start of Susan's book tour.  She so very thoughtfully got me a copy and had it personally signed to me by Susan.  I am so thrilled, such a wonderful kind thought.  I shall treasure this book!
As Jane Austin said "There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart".

So onwards and upwards!  A new season and lots of new projects.  Once Maggie's wedding quilt is finished |I have a bunk-bed quilt to make for 4 year old George, and then daughter Dot wants an Amish quilt!  I love it - the more sewing demands my time the less time I have for housework - that is my excuse and I am sticking with it!
I hope everyone is good wherever you are in the world - and thank you for visiting my little heaven in Devon!


  1. Happy September! The wedding quilt is wonderful and what a great excuse to skip housework. I am looking forward to seeing a stitching update. I love starting new projects.

  2. Such lovely projects you are working on and have lined up! The wedding quilt is gorgeous! I love Amish quilts so can't wait for that. Hope Holly Berry Farm comes out to your satisfaction. Have to look up that book -- I love her illustrations.

  3. What a wonderful thing to have in your copy of "A Fine Romance" and what a thoughtful friend! Autumn nips the air in west Wales today too as we wait for next Saturday and the return of Strictly~~that's Saturday evening sorted up until nearly Christmas then. Did you know, they announce the full line up tomorrow evening on The One Show?

  4. The quilt is just lovely. The soft colors are wonderful!

  5. The quilt is gorgeous - what a lovely wedding gift! Jx

  6. The wedding quilt will be so lovely - all pale and delicate and faded-looking. We have much in common - I loved Cape Cod too and am a big Jane Austen fan, and Strictly (though who isn't?). Am looking forward to Autumn - that was one hot summer though! Your book looks amazing. xCathy