Friday, 26 October 2012

Taking my hat off to you (again)

A little while ago, I mentioned that I was knitting a second trilobite hat using this pattern on Knitty, after the first incarnation met with an unfortunate fate during a storm :-(

Trilobite two/too is now complete and ready to be worn on chilly autumnal days.

Here's some time-lapse photography showing my progress...

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Sizing up Sizergh Castle

Last weekend, Mr Q and I decided to relax after a long and busy week at work by heading up to Sizergh Castle in Cumbria. We had briefly visited once before but hadn't had time to look around the garden, so that's where we spent most of our time.

fantastic foliage in the rock garden
the apple orchard
It was a beautiful, crisp autumn day and after running around on the lawn, an exhilarating game of croquet (which Mr Q won) and a one-sided game of quoits (which I won), we made our way to the tea room to warm up with tea and scones. A perfect day out!

Mr Q making shadows on the lawn
Mr Q winning at croquet

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Six down, six to go

At the start of the year, I challenged myself to complete 12 quilts this year. I'm a little behind schedule, but in my defence it has been a busy year, with more field classes to teach than usual, my parents-in-law visiting for 7 weeks, and a new schedule at work that means I'm having to teach one of my modules twice before the end of the year.

Still I have managed to quilt 4 quilts for charity, and completed 6 quilts that have been lurking in the work-in-progress pile for a little while.

My latest finish is a quilt for a friend's baby girl. I started with some prints from Cloud 9's organic My Happy Garden collection and added a few Kona solids. Then I arranged them in a Trip Around the World design.

Once the top was complete, I had a lot of fun freehand quilting the solid fabrics with swirly heart-shaped leaves, and the prints with stylised flowers. I love how this turned out. It's like springtime condensed into quilt form.

That's number six complete. Time to delve into the work-in-progress pile again.