Saturday, 25 April 2015

Curve balls...

This morning I received the most beautiful Artist Trading Card, as part of the swap organised by Ali...

I really hit the jackpot here, and hope this sweet white rabbit brings me lots of luck! 

As one swap ends, I am already busy with the next one! This one in predominantly taking place on instagram, where I am @patchyroses. The aim is to make a handstitched mini quilt, for a surprise partner. This is where I'm up to so far, they may not all make the final piece...

My wish list is long, and for some time I've been tucking away fat quarters ready for a St Louis 16 patch. The design does use most of a fat quarter, but leaves a little bit left over, handy for smaller projects. My need for the leftovers is, ironically, what has kick started the sewing! I rather like this first block...

And the curve ball? During the Easter holidays, Rosie and I were meant to go to Madrid, where we were very much looking forward to meeting Mavi.  With bags packed, and just hours to go before we were due to leave, I received an email cancelling the flight! The next few hours were very stressful, involving the poorest of customer service from the airline, and we were forced to abandon the trip. However, with some fast thinking, we looked into holiday cottages, found a great last minute deal, and headed off to Cornwall...

Only 24 hours after we were supposed to land in Madrid, we were tucking into cream tea in Port Isaac! We ended up enjoying the most fabulous week - eight days of constant sunshine and blue skies, with empty beaches and turquoise sea :-)

We loved visiting the Old Post Office in Tintagel, and the beautiful little church of St Enodoc, where Sir John Betjeman is buried.

Obviously I googled patchwork shops, and we made a trip to a lovely studio in Launceston. They had just put on a quilting exhibition, which included an amazing replica of the church of St Enodoc...

 This was the kind of scenery we enjoyed all week - so unspoilt.

 You may know Port Isaac as the village where Doc Martin is filmed. I thought the programme had ended, but who should turn up to film the new series, but Martin Clunes himself :-)

Martin, and the cast and crew, were fabulous. He made such a fuss of the dog, and there were no objections to us enjoying watching the filming - a fascinating experience!

All in all, I had such a relaxing holiday, coming home very refreshed. Oh, and someone else voted it the best week of her life... ;-)

Friday, 3 April 2015

Gift giving

Thank you so much for all the kind comments about Mount Rose :-) Rosie was thrilled to read your encouragement, and enjoyed feeling part of the blogging community. Her teacher was so supportive and impressed that she sent Rosie off to show the quilt to the head teacher! She's been very fortunate to be in such a nurturing environment.

My own sewing lately has been all about gifts... I've now made three mug rugs, following Julie's great tutorial. One has already been received, although the recipient refuses to put her mug on it and plans to hang it on the wall instead ;-)

I've only made one of these cosmetic bags before, using Liberty scraps. I still keep all my Liberty separate to other fabrics and store even the tiniest bits! This design is time consuming, but well worth it when I want something a bit special.

Lastly, a teenage friend donated a generous bag of clothing to Rosie, including several lovely coats. We felt it deserved a little thank you... Rachel's room was recently decorated in green and cream, so we made her a little bag to match. With the long handle, she can hook it over a door handle.

 I really can't believe it's April already - this term has flown by, and been incredibly busy. Wishing you all a happy and peaceful Easter.