We enjoyed another Sew Wot morning at Mary’s home today. Mary is a very keen gardener and her garden is always bursting with colour, just walking up the pathway is always a delight. Both her daphne and lavender bushes were flowering in the winter sunshine. And her mandarin tree was laden with fruit – almost ready for eating, Mary said.
Just look at that gorgeous fruit
Inside Mary’s home the fire was burning, always such a welcoming and comforting sight, aren’t they. Takes us back to our childhood when most family homes had open fires – not so much these days though.
Show and Tell started with gorgeous baby knitting, you can tell what the Sew Wot ladies have been getting up to on these chilly wintry evenings. Mary had completed this lovely little baby set, and it will be tucked away in her “Granny Box” for future additions to the family.
Mary’s baby set
Helen had some baby knitting to show us too, this is going to a new arrival in the family. She had just completed this little cardigan and found the cutest little teddy bear buttons. She made a matching beanie too.
Helen’s baby knitting
Then Mary showed me what she had done to a “painted” table cloth I had passed on to her – I had actually forgotten all about it. First she crocheted an edging which made it so much nicer. Then she is embroidering around the painted flowers, which is making so much difference to the look of the cloth. Such a clever idea. I can’t wait to see it finished, Mary is usually such a quick worker I’m sure it won’t take her too long.
Embroidering over the painted flowers
But wait – there’s more, as the adverts say. Mary has been really busy, trying to use up bits and pieces of fabric, and had two easy designs to show us. The whirly-gig design is made from 5in squares, and the more masculine plaid top was cut from light and dark rectangles. The patterns are both very effective.
Mary’s quilt tops from scraps
As the whirly-gig design was a little more complicated, Mary showed us how to layer, cut, piece and trim the blocks.
Mary at the sewing machine
Once again, I didn’t open my stitching bag, and I don’t think I was the only one who just sat and chatted. We enjoyed a lovely morning tea, thanks so much Mary for being our hostess today. Heading home, I certainly felt inspired by those two designs – perhaps I can add them to my list of “things to do”?