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Do you know what I thought when first I saw the ‘Spa’ charm packs, by Deb Strain, for Moda? Of course you don’t, so I tell you. 🙂

brand new and ancient and the bluest blue ever

Seems appropriate for today… no?


Quilts Japan #146

I would like to say I have been piecing and quilting like mad thing, and that is the reason I haven’t been posting, but, (as you might guess) is not true. More on that another day. Recently, the newest Quilts Japan magazine arrived at my door.

As it says on the cover, this issue has many Hawaiian quilts.

Only a few quilts catch my eye in this issue.

Quite modern, this quilt, with waffle cotton for textural interest. The border is a large feature print.

This is (I think) one of the exhibition quilts towards the back of the magazine. All the info is in Japanese so I can tell you nothing about it. But, sunflowers! 🙂 happyhappy!

Until next time, à bi! 🙂

Clitheroe food festival 2012

Spent a lovely afternoon yesterday in (a very packed!) medieval market town celebrating a showcase of Lancashire foods in the beautiful Ribble valley.

We managed to dodge the rain, and went straight for lunch at Mansell’s. It’s a coffee house in the Swan Courtyard, off Castle Street. Y/day was the 3rd time I have lunched there, and the meal *never* disappoints. The view from my table, into the busy courtyard, as I ate.

After an excellent lunch (chilli & ginger chicken goujons, served with a wonderful mixed salad), we explored the various producers in the festival. Clitheroe food festival website.

I returned with a piece of Dewlay Tasty Lancashire cheese, a bottle of red wine, and a sparkling from Whalley Wine shop, sampled artisan breads, some sausages from Cowmans Famous Sausage Shop (wild boar, pork and chestnut) and tasted others I can’t recall, although the queue to get in the shop went down the street!

The sun shone, and it was warm—indeed, I wished I had a hat to shade my face, and there have not been many times I can say that so far this year! I wish I had learned about the festival earlier than I did—there were ‘tutored tastings’, and chef masterclasses I would *love* to have tried for tickets for. Next year, perhaps? It rained again as we left, quite heavily. I was happy not to get wet! (Is the first time I’ve visited Clitheroe and *not* got wet! 🙂

About half 5, as I was preparing dinner, a thunderstorm rolled across, and the temperature dropped by 3 degrees! I can still hear the occasional rumble, but there is no lightning.

Summer fun

The first quilt ever I pieced, this, in July 2009. It waited for quilting, and was quilted on a borrowed 440QE, before I could afford my own. Bringing it out to display today, some reasonable weather meant I could try for decent photos. Again, my usual apology; the quilt *is* square; I seem unable to photograph my projects so that they *look* square!

Made from a Deb Strain ‘summer fun’ charm pack, and a little yardage, the borders are asymmetric by design. Keen quilters will recognise a ‘disappearing 9 patch’ design.

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Brr! has landed.

My fat quarter bundle came from the Village Haberdashery. I recommend them specially b/c they keep you updated superbly when you pre-order and have to wait. (Or forget you ordered it!) Sadly, the ice flowers print was sold out before it reached them. I may try to acquire some to complete my pack.

Also, look, even the packaging matches! 🙂

om nom nom

Beef tomato, with 2 sliced baby fennel, organic hazlenuts, parmesan shavings, and dressed with pesto and walnut oil. D’liceurs!

from my rainy summer garden

Beautiful, no? The scent is delicious, essence of english summer, and my childhood.

lucky me!

These little packs of delight dropped through the letter box earlier today. Green Fairy Quilts picked some up in the Sample Spree, and I blew the treats fund! Think I’m just going to admire them a while. 🙂

in process

I think I must be the very last quilter to the Granny Square party! (Also, all the photos in this post are from my Dreamwidth blog.)

During the third week of mai, I showed some granny square blocks I had started. I had seen them on other quilty blogs, and Flickr, and liked how it looked. Also, I was reminded of a quilt I’d seen in Quilts Japan, but we get to that. 🙂 Here is the blog, and tute, where granny Square blocks originated. Fun, no? 🙂

more quilty chatter and 6 photos


Quilts Japan magazine #145

I was fortunate in receiving a subscription to Quilts Japan for my birthday earlier this month, and this issue was waiting for me when I got in from work friday. Happyhappy! I share some of my favourite quilts from it, and hope you forgive the less-than-super photos—light here is not good b/c of rain. To begin, the cover.
I have always liked ‘thousand pyramid’ quilts, and the bright, scrappy mix of this one appeals. Is a happy kinda quilt, no? 🙂