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Recharged & Making a Change

September 2nd, 2015 | 16 Comments


What can I say? England was everything I had hoped and more. I particularly fell in love with the Cotswolds–sigh.

I took 2,500 photos and those will take some time to get through and process so no masses of vacation photos. Did I just hear a collective sigh of relief?

OK, just a few vacation photos taken off my phone to break up the text. Above is our Tea at the Pump Room in Bath and yes, they tasted as good as they look. Just look at that clotted cream!

Oh and here is a shout out to the fun and wonderful ladies who were demonstrating quilting at the American Museum in Bath. I hope we cross paths again some day! The garden on the museum grounds was lovely.




Naturalist’s Notebook:

I have a confession to make. I did have the design of block 8 of the Naturalist’s Notebook done a bit ago but something was nagging at me and it put me off stitching it.

However, refreshed from all of the creative inspiration I carried home with me from England, I knew I had to re-design that block because I had dropped the ball and I had known it all along back amongst the cobwebs of my brain.

I am so glad I did re-work the block’s design. Like all of the previous blocks, I am once again excited to start this one and see how it turns out.

Jason has had some creative input again by drawing an Adonis Blue butterfly for the block and the bird will be…….. <drum roll please>…… The Blue Tit!




What is the flower? well, inspiration came in the form of a Japanese Anemone which not only is looking majestic in my garden at the moment but the beauty was also growing in the famous White Garden at Sissinghurst.




I forget how beautiful Anemones are until they are in their full bloom. A breath of fresh air in an otherwise “spent” looking garden in late August.

The Block design is done for block number nine as well and it is a technical doozy. You have it covered though, I have worked in rote learning of some of the most difficult techniques in needleturn with each successive block and you have accomplished them. I can hear you now, “What “A” word? bring it on!” riiiiight?

The ninth block is titled “The Blackberry Thief” a nod to Kelmscott (William Morris’s “Strawberry Thief”) which I visited on my trip.




The block stars the adorable little English Robin among some blackberries and tugging on a branch. Are you seeing little circles?, needleweaving?………




I love this design too and need to get number eight stitched so I can move on to number nine. Oh and work on the Margarita Quilt too and prep for teaching and……

You get the idea why the blog is growing tall with weeds at times.

The end is near on this project and it has been a long road. I have seen the most beautiful results many of you have sent me and this will be a quilt to treasure and to pass along.




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