Saturday, 12 April 2014

A Fun Easter Bunny Hunt

Our Scarlet Letter Years are having an Easter Bunny Hunt and Everyone who visits their Gallery can join in the fun.

The Scarlet Letter Easter Bunny can be seen on 22 samplers in their Gallery
which displays at least one stitched sampler of the 400 designs of Marsha Parker.

If you can find him he has an Easter gift for you - a generous 25% off every chart you spot him on. 

The discount is only available until April 27th and charts have to be purchased by this date. To claim your discount code please email with the name of one of the samplers he appears on.

If you would like to join Our Scarlet Letter Years and stitch a Scarlet Letter Sampler you would be very welcome. To become a contributor please email

If you have stitched a Scarlet Letter Sampler we would like to include a photograph in the gallery. All the samplers exhibited in the gallery will be entered into a draw on December 31st for a $50 gift certificate for the Scarlet Letter.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Catching Up

How quickly the weeks can pass by. Why as you get older does time pass more quickly?

I have been busy stitching but during the last week life seemed to be getting in the way for various reasons. It is surprising how events can change plans.

We have had two jackdaws visit us by gaining entry down a chimney - what damage they wrought !! It took us six hours to clean up the bird poo and associated mess. We are left with broken ornaments, photo frames and staining to curtains, sofas, chairs, cushions, rugs and lamp shades. Fortunately our insurance policy covers us for this damage.

The exciting event was a visit to the V & A and a meeting with some of my "pin" pals. It was meant to be for a viewing of samplers but turned into a surprise birthday celebration.

I felt so blessed to receive an amazing gift made with love, generosity and the warmth of friendship.

Krista with the support of Jo and Elaine organized this STUNNING surprise. Elaine also assembled the quilt. I had no idea whatsoever.

 They collected 48 squares with Scarlet Letter motifs... AMAZINGLY from 44 different Scarlet Letter samplers!  

It was a worldwide effort with 9 countries over 6 continents represented! Australia, Canada, France, Scotland, Spain, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and in the United States, 21 different states!  

I cannot put into words how touched I was. This quilt will be treasuerd forever and I feel very emotional every time I look at it.

The surprises didn't stop there. I was blessed to receive the Betsy Davies sampler stiched and personalised by Marsha Parker the designer of the Scarlet Letter

and a lovely coffee table book showing the construction and indivdual samplers that went into the quilt put together by Krista

Krista has also made a video about the quilt and if you are interested you  can follow this link to the orginal post.

I have been cherishing my time with Archie.  Here he is with my son and daughter-in-law.

He is fascinated with ipads and iphones, last week I Facetimed my parents so that they could chat with him and when the call was ended he played with my ipad on my lap and took this selfie

A bit too much of a close up for my wrinkles !!! He then proceeded to Facetime Debbie in Ohio - thankfully the time difference didn't make it night time. I would of been mortified to wake someone up.

We have been trying to get a walk in most days. There is always something beautiful to see.

These aren't beautiful but were something we had never seen before.

It turns out they are a fungi. 

Despite Spring having been here for a few weeks now the coastal paths have not recovered from the wind damage.

It is wonderful to have such huge expanses to explore and often at this time of year meet no-one.

I started this post with a close up of Band 4 on Ellenor Wycks. Here is an overall photo of my progress so far.

I have now switched to EK 1653 even though it is hard to leave Ellenor.

I have spent sometime with my sewing machine and have nearly finished this cute little cushion. Just the buttons to sew on now ready for Easter.

It is a design by Jo from The Cowslip Studio which is situated in Cornwall. Jo makes the most wonderful quilts. Next week Mary Berry is visiting for a cookery demonstration at The Cowslip and  I am so excited to be attending and meeting someone I have admired for many years. I have her books ready to take with me hopefully to be autographed.

Until next time ......

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Walking in the rain

Band five is complete. I am sorry for the awful photo, the light is so bad today.

The wet weather is back and it has rained long and hard today. We ventured out for a quick walk and once again had the beach all to ourselves.

Poppy and Blue both like to dig in the sand but it has all been washed away.

It was definitely a day for the dogs to have their warm, waterproof coats on. The rain was icy cold and felt like hail at times.

We needed our waterproofs onto. I took this accidental selfie on my phone whilst trying to photograph this.

A huge chunk of the coastal path has been washed away. You can see in the top right hand corner where the path down to tthe beach has been closed. You can also see Ray (just) in the top left hand corner.

The sea is so powerful and has dragged the sand from the beach. The fence you can see is the boundary of the golf course.

The exposed stones have some interesting shapes and layers.

It always amazes me how life can spring from nothing. It gives such hope but then we saw this.

Since last Sunday a wreath had been laid on the headland. I do not know of anyone who has died here. I wondered afterwards if someone's ashes had been scattered.

We were very wet and cold when we got home. Poppy and Blue enjoyed a rub down with the towels we had left warming on the AGA and we thawed out with hot showers and  a good old cup of tea.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

In every walk with nature one receives far more that she seeks

EK progresses but Band 5 is taking longer than the previous 4. It is far more intricate but I have enjoyed its twists and turns.

Do you remember this quilt I posted about in January

I have now pieced together the off cuts to make another one in reverse. Here it is on my design board.

I hope to start the quilting this week but need to choose a design.

I recently made two cushions from the same pattern but using different fabrics for the patchwork centre and linen for the surrounding strips and back panel.

This is a great way to use up offcuts of linen from samplers. I have even used small scraps on the right hand cushion for the patchwork.

The wet weather has continued and although today has been dry it has been very wintery and "grey".

We decided to walk the nature reserve between Mullion and Predannack.

The ground is very wet.

and muddy

You wouldn't want to loose your wellies in this !!!

or this

on second thoughts we had better find a way to walk around

There is always much beauty to be seen

Here is Mullion Cove

The recent storms have caused damage to both walls and you can just make out a JCB carrying out repairs and  moving boulders whilst the tide is out.

Our walk now took us back towards Predanaack.

This little cove is only accessible by sea and you can often spot seals here but none today.

A climb over the style and a last look back.

We were all tired after trudging through the mud and the car was a welcome sight.

I am now sat in front of the wood burner typing surrounded by Ray, Poppy and Blue snoring.

Blue is definitely having sweet dreams.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Band 4 - EK 1653

Some days our needles fly faster than others and today has been one of those days. Band 4 is complete with another 7 to be stitched. This is a long sampler and without the added wording will measure 35 inches. I suspect it will eventually come out at around 45 inches. I have the perfect spot to hang her.

The boxers are quite funny with their pink legs.

Poppy and Blue won yesterday and we ventured out for a circular walk in bad weather conditions through the golf course (not one player to be seen) and then for a wander through Dollar Cove and Church Cove. The sea was an angry one and there was lots of foam blowing around.

The beach looked so bleak. On a winter's day it is hard to imagine it filled with visitors barbequeing and sunbathing with calm blue water laping the shore.

We have had so much wind that the grass has been"burnt" by the salty air. It makes for some very interesting shapes and textures.

Now do I switch to Ellenor for band 3 or carrying on stitching EK and band 5 - decisions, decisions.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Band 2 Ellenor Wykcs

After a busy week I was pleased to find time to finish band 2 on Ellenor. This is such a pretty sampler. Although the colours in the photo are vibrant it does not do the actual sampler justice - in real life they just glow.

This band on Ellenor is so similiar to the last band I stitched on EK. It has been a coincidence stitching them one after the other but it did make it easier.

As I type I have two pairs of eyes looking at me pleading to go for a walk. It is raining and the wind is blowing hard so I am trying to talk myself into getting on some wet weather gear and wellies. 

I will be glad when this winter is over, it is feeling like a very long one.