I am glad that you have found my blog and I hope you will take few minutes to explore.
Please leave a comment if you can. I love reading your messages, they brighten up my day :-)
I like to answer you all, but if you are "noreply-comment" blogger (if your email address is not linked to your profile), I will not be able to answer you, unless you leave your email address with your comment.

Monday, 23 October 2017

what happened to two mad hares?

Having finished the main part of the "mad hares" reverse applique,
(started at the workshop with Dawn Cameron-Dick ),

I decided to make a border and change it into a wall hanging.  
I appliqued trees (using the normal needle turn applique), and embroidered some grasses, to match the design of the main fabric.

And here it is - hand quilted with Aurifil threads.

©pleasureinstitching.blogspot.co.uk 2017

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Craft4Crafters and quince weekend

This is the second year the Bath & West Showground is hosting October craft show, The Craft4Crafters.
As it is only some couple of miles from me, of course I had to go.
Most of it was the usual stuff, something for everyone, little top heavy with papercraft again, but that is just my opinion.

There was something new this year - a new quilt hall; 
not very large, probably as this is the first year.
Several fabric stalls and some nice quilts on show.
I tried to take some pictures of quilts to share with you, but managed to take only a couple,
 before being told "not to take pictures". This was the first time this has happened to me at a quilt show, but probably a sign of times 😕

So these are the only two,

this one was Yoko Saito's BOM, which I also made, 
so I was interested how someone else made theirs.
There are many of these around the world by now, and they are all so different.

And this is the second one (my weakness for houses 😉).

The main exhibit was The Magna Carta Quilts. By then it got somewhat confusing what can be photographed and what can't, as some people were taking pictures on their mobiles, but not wanting to push my luck, this is just some info from the brochure.

I made some very small purchases (not like me at all, LOL).

The threads are really lovely, the lady I bought them from, brings them in from Spain.

In the meantime most of our garden refuses to admit that the seasons do change,

but the quinces were ready to harvest.

Some of them are really huge, over a half kg each!
To make a jam, I had to use a couple of pans this time,

and ended up with 9 jars!

And there are still some left over

 and few more on the tree. 
I will use those for cooking and will try to freeze some.

©pleasureinstitching.blogspot.co.uk 2017

Monday, 9 October 2017

reverse applique with Dawn Cameron Dick

As I mentioned in my previous post, Catherine and I met for a cuppa on Friday afternoon; and the reason Catherine was down this way, was a Saturday class at  Midsomer Quilting (their new home in Chilcompton) with Dawn Cameron Dick

The class was a reverse applique, 
called " Three Mad Hares". 

Although it was called "Three Mad Hares", we were free to choose how many hares do we actually want too sew and how large.
We spent a very enjoyable and fun day with Dawn, she is lovely and a great teacher.

I chose to make two small hares.

prep work - tracing a pattern around freezer paper

When I got home on Saturday, I just had to finish the first hare,

and last night I finished the second one.

Lets just say here that this was the first time I have done reverse applique, as I was always little afraid of it, but Dawn made it look so easy.

Thank you Dawn! 

I plant to make my hares into a wall-hanging, 
with some more applique and embroidery on the borders.

©pleasureinstiching.blogspot.co.uk 2017

Sunday, 8 October 2017


Thank you again to Cheryll for putting up with us for yet another Friday night!
What was I up to? 
This is not really very exiting, but it just has to done - prep for two last borders of my "St Germain" quilt.
 I am making them at the same time, not because I want them to be exactly the same, but I just want the distribution of leaves and circles to be even on the top and bottom borders.

In the afternoon I met up for the first time with a fellow blogger, Catherine . 
It was lovely to meet her in person at last; on Saturday we spent a very pleasant day doing the same thing..., but about that in my next post.
I just want to share with you few pictures from our garden - still lovely in the autumn sunshine.

  This beautiful salvia, which came home with us from Cornwall last week,
seems quite happy in the new flower bed.

The quinces are nearly ready for the last jam of the year.

©pleasureinstitching.blogspot.co.uk 2017

Wednesday, 4 October 2017


Our short holiday over, time to head for home, 
but there is just one more place worth stopping for on the way -
Knightshayes, a Gothic Revival House in Devon.

The setting is beautiful, all in the woods, great place for walks.
We started our tour in the large walled Kitchen Garden.

We found this very interesting, a Japanese banana - the very small fruit itself is not really edible, 
the tree was apparently originally grown to make paper.

Beautiful autumn colours all around.

No, this is not THE house, but I just love the snail and the rabbit 😀.

This is THE house.

It is beautiful inside, but if you are thinking that I am showing lots of pictures of ceilings,
it is because they were probably my favorites.

I hope you enjoyed all three tours of old houses and their gardens.

Oh well, back to reality ...... I might get some sewing done 😀

Perhaps you might want to join us this Friday at Cheryll's for FNwF ?
I might see you there!

©pleasureinstitching.blogspot.co.uk 2017

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

© http://pleasureinstitching.blogspot.co.uk 2010-2017