This was a baby cot quilt for friend Barbara's grandson. We both love buying and seeking out fabrics from her local fabric store in Burnley, Lancashire when I visit. I couldn't resist the one with Miffy the little dutch rabbit. In fact it enticed me to make a Miffy to go with the quilt.
My inspiration for the patchwork quilt with white border bound with a floral binding comes from needlecraft designer and artist Helen Philipps. She is the small sewing gift guru. I love everything about her work, and follow her delightfully excellent blog. She can be found at www.helenphillips.blogspot.co.uk
The sunglasses came out when my eldest son and his girlfriend came to visit, the day was that bright and sunny.
The blackthorn blossom
We are very fortunate to have a nature reserve virtually on our doorstep, and one of its unique features is the appearance of an abundance of fritillaries, particularly the white ones. Although there are a fair few of the purple snaked-eyed variety. It is quite easy to spot them at the beginning of May when the grass is still short after a long winter, but as the month progresses and the grasses grow taller they can just be seen peeping out.
At the start of May we had a visit from my eldest son his girfriend who live in Workington, Cumbria. They were lucky to have the warmest sunniest weather this year which we took advantage of by driving out to Symonds Yat in the Forest of Dean on the Herefordshire, Gloucestershire borders. A natural beauty spot where volunteers from the RSPB have telescopes out to view nesting peregrine falcons on the cliff sides.
Just caught a glimpse of a little nuthatch through the dappled sunshine.
A checkered snake-eyed fritillary a favourite local spring flower
Last month the National Trust opened some of its gardens free of charge for the weekend. After such a long long winter this seemed to mark the first signs of spring this year with trees budding, birds singing and late flowering spring flowers coming to life seemingly overnight. .
I am still learning how to put this ,blog together, hence slow progress. I started this patchwork cover last year, having cut out a picture from a Country Life magazine and attempted to copy the design of lollipop shaped flowers in mugs on a table. I used bright coloured off cuts of fabric, felt, and part of an old crochet dressing table mat, adding a little stem stitch.
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