Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Weather, horse, quilts

It's still very depressing weather here in the UK, especially Scotland, it's never stopped raining but we did see the sun for a little while on Wednesday. Our old farmhouse is taken a battering from the storms, the water is starting to seep into her old bones, slates are lying in the gutters up on the roof and after only 200 years a glass has broken in one of the loft skylights. We were reminded last week of how fragile life can be but also how lucky some are to walk away unscathed but sore from what could have been a fatal accident. The rain can continue to seep in for a while, my family is more precious than this old farmhouse.

Spring must be just around the corner though as today was our annual scanning of the in-by sheep, once they are shed off into there lots of barren, single, twins and triplets they will be housed in the sheep sheds until lambing time in April. I bet those sheep are so pleased to be inside after the atrocious weather.

We had a new arrival on the farm this week too, we saw her advertised on Tuesday, Kyle and his Granddad went to see and ride her on Wednesday then brought her home on Friday, very quick but bought from a friend, so hopefully all will be well.  This is Flora or Flo, a 16hh hunter type sports horse, Kyles new ride, it was a rather blustery day so the photos aren't great, many more will follow I'm sure.

I had a few quilts go home last week, here are a few done with edge to edge or pantograph quilting.
The first was pieced by a lady in who is 96 years old, it's Dresden blades from a jelly roll pieced in strips, she made a very good job of matching the colours across the quilt. Her only suggestion was that her dear daughter loves daisies, so 'Daisies' it was.

It looks wonderful doesn't it?

Anne made this lovley Chinese Coins type quilt in autumn colours, we chose a Chocolate leaves pantograph, it showed wonderful texture from the polyester wadding.

Pam also chose Chocolate leaves for this scrappy jelly roll quilt, I chose to use Metro thread in Khaki Sand, it was a good choice.

Here are a few of the quilts that went home before Christmas....

This is such a lovely quilt made for a young lady going off to University, and it's all made from fabric from the families pyjamas, isn't it such a lovely quilt to treasure when you are away from home, quilted with a surf pantograph.

Another quilted with Chocolate Leaves, it's a very popular panto, it made a lovely quilt....

This last one was destined as a Christmas gift for Kevin's Mum at Fabric Focus in Edinburgh, it's a lovely log cabin design, with a swirly pantograph or edge to edge quilt  design.

That's it, I am caught up with photos, if any were missed I'm sorry but I think it is time to move on to this year, it is February after all....


  1. I will take your extra rain......we had been very dry til the last week or 2............hope you don't get any more damage from it.........
    lovely quilting.........

  2. Thanks for the wonderful photos. They give me inspiration. I truly hope your weather starts being more sunny very soon. Our snow in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan,Canada has melted but is now frozen into a huge skating rink. Makes walking very tretorus at the least. Ah well, spring is coming for both of us.

  3. Hello from Ontario, Canada. We have had a weird winter so far. Not much snow to speak of. We have only had to have our lane blown out twice so far (last year was crazy). I love it when you share your quilting. The owners must be so happy when they get their beloved quilts back. That was a great idea using family pj's for a quilt. She will love it and it will bring back happy memories. Hope the weather calms down for you. Hope Kyle loves his new horse.


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