Quite a bit of sewing has been happening too.
The three part quilt-as-go Country Compass is proving quite a challenge. I am using textured Japanese fabrics which are just too thick to hand quilt - so I'm having to machine quilt. Eek! It's been a matter of sew, sew, unpick, unpick, unpick but it's getting there.
Yesterday was Medallion Quilt Day and it was lovely to have Sheila and Barbara join us again. I learnt a bit of Northern dialect when Barbara told me she'd been to Harrogate back end. Back end means late last year. I thought it sounded like a car part. Barbara is quite an inspiration - since being widowed she travels all over the place (from the Outer Hebrides to Bulgaria) in her camper. She came to us from Lancashire via Yorkshire!
Sheila had stayed with us for the Charm Pack weekend and completed her project and made it into a big cushion:
The flowers are padded with a bit of wadding - perfect for lounging in a hammock on a summer's day!
I was also really pleased to receive a photo of Carol's version of the Joanne's farm Pattern that Clare Kingslake designed especially for us -
Last weekend we had the postcards workshop and everyone made fantastic mini works of art. I think this is one of our best workshops - everyone really gets into it. Jo made invitations to a vintage tea party - wouldn't it be great to receive this in the post:
We've been quite busy in the village too. The annual fete is coming up - Saturday 13th July - and yesterday everyone in the village had to take 5 photos for a montage of everyday life. I haven't yet decided which ones to use, but the following may get in:
Those little goslings have grown so much!!
One other thing..... a peacock has been seen in the village recently..... and we know whose it is! A few weeks ago a neighbour asked us if we wanted a peacock, because he wanted a home for one. As usual we spoke before we thought and he told us he'd get it over to us. Last week, after Pitch and Stitch, Jonathan came out to the workshop and asked if I'd seen the neighbour. I said "No, why?" and he pointed down the drive. Sandra and Jackie were walking home with a peacock in front of them. We drove down and were wondering if it was ours when someone came along and said it was from the farm at the end of the road, so she volunteered to drive behind it up to the farm. We got on with our lives.
Then, last Thursday Dawn called and said our peacock was in our tree. We said it wasn't ours and she said that it certainly was. Her brother had put it in our paddock for us last Tuesday. (After a bit of investigation, we have discovered that Sandra, on her way down the drive, had addressed the peacock in a come hither fashion and so he had). Well, by the time we had a chance to get it, it had long gone.
Driving through the village on Tuesday, Jonathan called me and told me to get down there, our peacock (by now we've grown quite fond of it) was in the village. I raced down and tried to round it up (someone took a photo and said they'd pretend they took it on the 26th!) but of course it got away again.
If we ever get it back- I'll take a photo!
Finally, here are some pictures which could go into the 26th June collection - perhaps entitled "Where's the most private, safe, secluded and remote place to lay an egg?"
First, check out the location:
Try it out for size:
Takes brains you know - she's done it three days in a row now!