Friday, 3 January 2014

Angels in the architecture

greetings everyone and a belated happy new year, the lurgy is  finally abandoning me to go off and torture some other unlucky person, so lets have a quick catch up
,In October ,Julie, Wendy and I travelled to Cornwall for a weeks stitching and general mucking about ,
on the way we stopped at Glastonbury--love it love it love it, and look- there really are angels in the architecture, I'm taking this as my personal guardian angel- but feel free to share her, everybody sometimes needs a personal angel.

Glastonbury abbey/

how cool is this? painted on a barn door.

lovely Cornwall seaside and nothing like my own dear east coast beach's.
I have to admit, I found Cornwall difficult at first, it was the sheer verticalness of it all  , I guess the beautiful Lincolnshire flat fens are in my blood

limpet shells- which naturally grow a hole in the middle, amazing, and so usefull for sewing..

the  biggest lumpiest seaweed I have ever seen, gorgeous.

A very famous, frequently painted viewe. wonderful place.

we had a great time collecting sea glass on the beaches.

and flat pebbles.

some stitching was done.

and some of the time we played with indigo dyeing, me, the one who said why would you bother?  became addicted, love it. dyed thread and old lace and fabric and wooden pegs,

loved it.

more flotsam from the beach, actually, I brought half the beach home with me,

during that week, we ate pasties, and seafood and genuine organic  ice cream, lovely pleasant meals and I watched a lamb being born- in October! how strange is that? made new friends and learned a lot from each other, as well as from our tutor ,Anne Griffiths

this is my friend the wiggy shell, still got it.

before catching disgusting germs, I did some Christmas sewing, for gifts, which I forgot to photograph,
Mr shed man had the temerity to complain that I had never made him a quilt-ever, so, when I saw a photo of a quilt in an old American magazine, I set to, I didn't realise that the blocks were 20 inches square, this is one big quilt, so big in fact that he now has a ten footer and a smaller six footer and enough for a cushion and a bag of scraps! its beginning to haunt me now.
 ,this is probably the last bed quilt I will ever make, as I prefer smaller stitchier things now, --and Trudi did a cracking job quilting it in a manly fashion, thank you Trudi

and my new years resolution for the year?
I thought I might try being a bit more grown up- in a stitchy way and keep learning as much as possible. or I could just hang out with my friends and laugh a lot, ooh, that's a tough one,
happy new year.


  1. Happy New Year Tina. Hanging with friends sounds the best. See you tomorrow!

  2. Love what you're doing with the things you found at Cornwall. The gigantic quilt is quite fabulous. Well done!

  3. Ah, but did mr shed man like it? Happy new Year to you and yours xx

  4. What lovely looking photos from your week away! And splendid patchworking for your man too! Don't be haunted by the scraps - just quickly turn them into another top and make your first charity / Project Linus quilt of the year. Stops the haunting, makes you feel good - two for the price of one! happy New Year!

  5. so glad you are feeling better.. and that you came to like Cornwall x Lots of Laughter seems like a good resolution to me xx

  6. growing up is for wimps, been there, done that going backwards now. Love the red seaweed pic, love the stitching, love the tiny seahorse :) I have wonderful happy memories - I hope we get to make more this year.

  7. I just found your blog and am pleased to have done so.It cheered me up
    alot.I live in France and our house faces a small wood we were able to buy.Its pure joy ,surrounded by water and we have a beautiful white duck who arrived out of the blue over a year ago lots of moor hens woodpeckers and kingfishers. I love painting and sewing.More chemo starting next week but am determined to atleast draw and paint .

  8. Take a closer look - I think your guardian angel is male!


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