Hope you all enjoyed the glorious, and somewhat unexpected, sunshine over the Easter holidays.  For us, the  long weekend was full of family and food and the garden.  I finally got started on a vegetable patch, which a totally new concept to me and quite exciting too.  The ground work is all done - the space was there and even a few fruit plants were there too, but it was overgrown and neglected after two summers of changing hands.  I have absolutely no idea what I am doing really, but the idea of being able to stroll over to the patch and pick something fresh for supper seems simply divine.   I have a book, I have some packets of seeds, so we shall see if I actually manage to grow anything at all.  I'll post some photos soon.


I haven't had nearly as much time for sewing as I would like, but one project is finished and just in the nick of time too.  For ages I have been wanting to make a baby quilt....or rather this specific baby quilt.....it was just that we are at that age where there are not many baby's around, if you know what I mean.  Anyhow, the chance came along, and I decided to have a go.   This pattern, called 'Dwell' is from my favourite book 'Simply Retro' by Camille Roskelley.  I have made quite a lot of the quilts in this book now, and I do love the fresh modern approach of her design.  I used her fabrics too and jumbled up the colours and it was a quick quilt to assemble.   It would be an ideal project for a beginner as it is not too big either.

It was really fun mixing and matching the fabrics to construct the little houses.

The quilting was fun too, allowing for a touch of whimsicality!  I think it is just charming and it will be on its way to a little girl who was born on Thursday.  I hope it is loved and snuggled in and played on and brings cheerfulness every day.   For my part, there is something magical in creating a gift for a whole new life.... a new little person and a whole new beginning.

Next time: The Steamer Trunk Quilt Part 2 - it's turning out to be really cool project, so hope you'll pop back and check it out.  Bye for now... Ruby x