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mardi 28 juillet 2015

EPP Tuesday and The Big Match





It's Piece Yourself Together time again - and thanks to Anthea for hosting this linky.

Sad to say - I have done no EPPing over the last fortnight!! But I have remembered a small project that I did a few years ago that you may be interested in.

Averil Colby was a well known patchworker back in the 50's 60's and 70's. She wrote several books including one on patchwork which covers the history of patchwork as well as her own EPP methods and work.

In 2011 the Quilt Museum and Gallery in York held an exhibition of her work and I was asked to make a handling sample based on one of her quilts.

This quilt is called High Summer. I apologise for the quality of the pictures, I had to scan them from the book as I cannot find any pictures online.

 I would have loved to see the exhibition as this quilt must be stunning.

And here is my sample based on a small section of the centre panel.



It's about 8" square. You will notice that there is still some tacking holding three papers in place. This was because the sample was not backed in order to show the construction method.


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 This year Bergerac Football Club celebrate their centenery and in honour of the occasion they invited Chelsea Football Club's Under 21 team to come and play a match here in Bergerac.


So Saturday morning saw us sitting in the tribune stand at Bergerac Rugby Club watching this match. Fortunately it was a cloudy morning which made it very pleasant and we even had a few spits of rain!

The band played the national anthems

with the teams lined up infont



On what must be the greenest grass in the drought hit Dordogne at the moment! It even got watered at half time.


The score was Bergerac 4 Chelsea 4 so plenty of opportunity's to wave our flags!


We were even joined by the owner of Chelsea, Roman Abramovich.


A well attended match and good fun - my first live football match.

mardi 21 juillet 2015

Christmas Through The Year!

It's the first time that I have linked up with CTTY - thank you Anthea for hosting this and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has been doing as I am looking for ideas!!

So this is my first Christmas finish


A lovely Gail Pan design mini quilt.



Am busy working on my next item now.

samedi 18 juillet 2015

July FNSI and TAST samples






Thank you to Wendy for hosting again. Just click on her name to go and see what everyone else was doing.

Our hot dry weather continues so it is good to be indoors in the afternoons. I made a start on embellishing my latest crazy block


working this seam using Fly stitch which was this weeks TAST stitch.


I worked a row of long tailed fly stitches first in pink then another row of mauve short tailed fly stitch inside each cup. The cups are filled with ribbon stitch and decorated with crystal beads.

I also did this little piece of work using much freer fly stitches.


Hope everyone had a good FNSI and that you will have a great weekend.

mardi 14 juillet 2015

EPP Tuesday and a June finish

It's Piece Yourself Together time again - thank you to Anthea for hosting this link again.





Click on Anthea's name above and you will find the other participants on the right hand side of her blog.

Now, first of all I wrote a blog post for the last PYT link and then forgot to link up! How silly is that? You can read that post here.

Since then not much has happened on the EPP front except that yesterday afternoon with half an eye on this motley crew


playing their Bastille Day bowls competition, I managed to baste quite a few 1/2" hexies.



I have also sent off my hexie swap flower for July but as usual forgot to photograph it!

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I finished my June CQJP block last week - this is the finished block with a few closeups






The Dorset Posy in the bottom right corner is not a fixture yet - I am not sure if I like it there or not as I feel it might be a bit too 'heavy'

Anyway, this afternoon I put together my block for July and this is it.


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We had friends staying at the weekend and on Sunday morning we went to visit an Open Garden belonging to friends of friends about half an hour south of here. Their beautiful garden contains lots of lovely banana palms which are the gardeners current passion! He even has one with bananas on!


Here are a few more pictures of the garden.






Our garden will never look that neat and tidy!

Have a great week.

samedi 4 juillet 2015

July Friday Night with Friends

Cheryll very kindly invited us for FNwFs, even though she is away! Thank you very much Cheryll, I hope you are having a great time.


Do go and visit Cheryll to see what everyone else was getting up to.

Our heatwave continues and so it was pleasant to spend the afternoon indoors getting on with my CQJP block for June. I am pleased with the way this is turning out. It's based on my jungly spring garden so lots of green with bright, strongly coloured flowers.


The fabrics bottom left and bottom right are both much more green than they appear here.
So, on Friday I was working on the flowers bottom left and the red geranium type flowers draped over the block.
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Today in the post I received this gorgeous ATC from Faye.


The theme of this swap was song titles and I think it's pretty obvious what this one is! And look at all the beautiful, tiny stitching! Don't forget this is an ATC not a postcard so only 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"!

You can see the ATC I sent out here.

So that's all for today - must get on with some sewing as we await a possible storm - just some rain would be nice to fill our butts!

Have a great weekend.