quilts | Weild & Downland open air museum

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Today we visited a place I used to go to as a child, The Weild & Downland open air museum.  Beds have sertainly not changed a huge degree in the hundreds of years the museum spans!  There was a newer house built that I’d never been in and the upstairs had a lovely treat in store

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log cabin quilt

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grandmother’s garden

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and one last

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I have no idea how old these are, the lady in charge of the house had her hands full with my little nephews – washing sheets and putting them though a mangle.  New see such handy and willing helpers!

bouncing bunnies

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This is my first attempt at machine embroidery and its on a vintage blanket, I did draw first and then follow my lines and after a while did get the hang of things.  This little chap will be an egg cosy, and may well join a little line of Easter egg cosy gifts.

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Another make this week has been a quilted boxy pouch – my new sponge bag!  I followed Pink Stitches instructions and love it, the fabric is Liberty from Fabrics Galore.

Decorating for Easter

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I love this bright fluffy Easter Wreath tutorial by Design Editor, what could be more fun to make!  I bake little cakes in eggshells and give them in egg boxes to friends, perfect for an Easter picnic.  They can be frosted, decorated or just left plain.

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Claire Garland has designed some super cute knitted egg cosies and there is still time to whip these beauties up.

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And for the very last minuet there are several free printable garlands here and here.  I have been experimenting with machine embroidery this week and will show my little makes in my next post.  I think Kirstie Allsop was right, it can be addictive!

The mortmain

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I love the Mortmain by Gather patterns. Good fit, beautifully written and quick to rustle up too. I found a fabulous Alexander Henry fabric at fabrics galore. I have used black silk to pipe a flat fold instead of piping around the waist seams, arm holes and neck live and love how well it works, just a final fit and it’s done. Planning another in a fabulous Kate Spade inspired fabric, it kind if hurts the eyes as it’s slightly out if focus but I love it all the same (the same fabric oddly as on Gather site from Fabrics Galore).  I have inverted the pleats, so not as on the pattern and added 5 inches to the hem – just to give a slightly longer below the knee version.

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