We went to the beach yesterday - to Whitley Bay. It was nice, a bit brisk but a good day for a stroll.
Looking towards St Mary's Lighthouse from the beach
It got quite chilly after a bit so we didn't stay too long. There are some big rocks on the beach that are eroded and look great. I would really love to dye some silk fabric for cushion covers and use the shapes for some Indian-style hand quilting. Mind you the ideas that I have in my head are never really transposed into reality as my handwork is appallingly bad. I can dream though. I love the colours but don't know if they would work for me. Too tasteful.
Look at the beautiful lines and colours.
Sprogzilla loves blue and grey though so maybe she would like them. I have made a quilt top in those shades that is all pinned together with the batting but still not finished. To be honest, it is too heavy as I used a double layer and the machine would not go through it. I thought about hand quilting it, tying it through with ribbon and buttons, but it is still too heavy to sleep under and just wouldn't get used. I have to get a bit of fabric to finish off the back. I made it to fit a remnant of heavy decorating linen that I picked up in John Lewis in Glasgow a while back but then it sort of grew. The colours go really well. Sprogzilla wants it for when we have redecorated her room as she wants it sky blue. The top is made up of fabric rescued from home-dec sample books in silks, velvets, cottons and all manner of things. It's comprised of big 19cm squares and is really tactile. I deliberately joined them off-set as I like the look of random patchwork.
Quilt for Sprogzilla and yes, the studio is that messy.
Me, me,me! Mine, mine, mine!
Oy, Grandma, go buy some hairdye. I am blinded by your roots!
This pattern is addictive. I am knitting another one in the blue/grey Rio wool for Sprogzilla. I am making the pattern up in my head though as I just want ribs of the same size throughout. Well that is the plan, it might get a bit more free-form due to my knitting senior moments where I forget what I am supposed to be doing (a lot).
Her name was Rio! It was addictive!
Anyway, I bought the new Burda Style magazine this afternoon so I am away for a "swatch" at things I won't fit into and will never sew. Have a lovely week. I will leave you with me doing my "catalogue man" pose.