20 April 2009 23:10
Today was the first really good day of the year. Sunny all day and pleasantly warm. Well you could have put money on that happening given that the schools went back today after the Easter holidays. The last two weeks have been absolutely freezing here. We are so close to the North Sea and we have had the usual haar (sea mist) to put up with. This year everything has been so slow in the garden but at last it has come back to life and is full of very fat bees. Last year was the worst that I can remember for dead bees, they desperately need a good summer too.
This Pieris is one of my favourite shrubs. My dad had one in his garden and I can remember him buying it at the garden nursery at Rhu near Helensburgh when I was a wee girl. I think it has been taken over by Dobbies now, which is a real shame. Anyway, I always wanted one for my garden – and now I have three of them. The Euphorbia Fireglow in front of it isn’t bad either. Optimism is in the air.
17 April 2009 22:49
I appliqued the middle of the blue fleece material with circles of red fleece. The middle circle is a bit bigger than the others. I attached the circles by hand using black embroidery thread and a stem stitch. The design on the circles is inspired by the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Glasgow rose design. For some reason this photograph makes the roses look quite small. In reality the roses are a lot bigger and bolder. I added a second, larger backing of red fleece material and simply folded the edges over the blue then machined around the edge. I should probably have taken the trouble to mitre the corners – but you know how it is and that will be for the next one. As the corners ended up a bit fat and bulky I added nice shiny blue buttons to them to flatten them down. Well I’m quite pleased with it. The fleece material makes a nice lightweight quilt and it is lovely and soft so it is perfect for using as a play quilt for wee ones, easily washed and warm for little bottoms and knees.
I’ve managed to get a close up on the roses here now.