Wool, Wiltshire and All Manner of Wonderful Things!


Still no Knit, shame on me.

The quilting class last week was hard work , physically and mentally. With hindsight I rather wish it had been six half days rather than three full days . However I have learned a great deal and in particular the things I wanted to get out of the class. I can now use a rotary cutter and a ruler thingamabobs. I have constructed a block, with 1/4″ seams and made a scrappy binding, and learned how to add wadding and a backing. So on the whole. although battered and shattered I am glad I did the class.

Last week was the binding. I duly turned up with the required strips all cut out and in sufficient number, only to be told a lot of them were too short. GROWL. She didn’t say how long a strip needed to be before it was difficult to sew. So I cut some more and stitched them together. More says the tutor. I cut more. By now it was 2pm. Finally I had them all joined up. Ironing mode and trimming mode.

By three pm I had them all pressed and ready to attach. Off I went , oh but I should have stayed in snail mode. I had to get the binding attached all round in order to be shown how to join it. At 3.50pm with less than ten minutes to go I was ready. Binding duly joined. Tutor inspects sewing. OH dear me, hangs head in shame. I had gone very very wonky in my rush.

Anyway I finished attaching the binding with tables being cleared around me. So nearly done. Mrs Hare from last month had the final laugh, she finished her quilt bang on time at 4pm.

Back home I pulled out the erroneous seam, and have re stitched it. I now just have to attach the binding to the back. Hopefully in time for Scrap Happy Day. Quite excited about it now.

Anyway, we have been away this week, so instead of some knitting to share, here’s a few pics taken on our travels.

First town we visited is called Alcester, it’s near Stratford-on-Avon. My Dad grew up here. Strangely as children we never visited, I had only been once before about 28 years ago when I went with Dad and my Step Mum. and Mr B was baby B in his pushchair.

It’s got some lovely black and white buildings, I am saving most of those pictures for my May Windows post, and I know I haven’t done April windows yet.

Next stop was the very pretty town of Broadway- a typical Cotswold town.

And a very nice veg shop..

very nice prices too said Mr E.

After that we headed to Cirencester. Although we had taken our sons to the roman villa there I had not been to the town proper, and it’s very nice.

It was a lovely  sunny Spring day and we made an impromptu picnic with sandwiches from M&S and a coffee from that stand, and ate it on a bench by the church.

Love the hares. From there we headed to the New Forest, bit rainy there, but we did stop by this nice lake.

Rather tired now! This weekend will seem tame by comparison.

Thank you for all good wishes last week for my brother, he needs all the support we can give him. He’s my baby brother for goodness sake… he shouldn’t be poorly.

So my weekend will be washing, ironing ,cooking and cleaning and I may just do some sewing on the binding! I hope you all have some exciting plans and have had a good week.

Take care and Be happy,


Comments on: "Natter." (27)

  1. Oh my, Cathy! I’m so sorry about the teacher’s choice of how to do binding. I’ve taken classes with so many teachers and I learn something from each of them but not all teachers are good at teaching. I can’t tell you how many have disappointed me but I persevered in spite of them. Try another teacher and class when you can. The little trip looks like it made up for the hard class. I’m with you in having shorter classes to start with rather than a full day. You get really exhausted learning something new. You will get it all done in good and proper time.

  2. You have definitely been to busy to knit.
    Hope your brother will be ok. xx

  3. There’s a lot to learn about quilting, so I’m not surprised you’re exhausted learning so much in three days. When I learned I did one day a week for six weeks, so we got to grips with drawing different blocks and making them before we moved on to backings, quilting and binding. I also agree with the others that scrap binding was an extra you didn’t need to do first time.

  4. What a lovely trip you took! The hare sculpture is wonderful and full of life! Scrappy binding for beginners….🤔 I agree with the others, not the best choice by the teacher, but you managed it, so now a plain binding will be so easy in comparison. My knitting is just looking at me too…I have my studio’s recital this week and taxes due next week, so it’s been lots of paperwork here, and working on an accompaniment for late April. We do finally have sun here and today it will be 65 F! At last!

  5. Eloise said:

    I found your blog via Cathy@Stillwaters and was so surprised to se you first photograph as I know Alcester very well, living only a few miles away. Broadway is a lovely place and Cirencester too. Glad you enjoyed your visits.

  6. I can see why you didn’t have time to knit! You’ve been a busy woman. The quilting experience sounds like every workshop I’ve ever been to–a little overwhelming and, because I get tired, I make mistakes. But it sounds like you have a new craft to dip into as the spirit moves you!

  7. I don’t know either why you had to do a scrappy binding on your first try – talk about making things harder than they need to be.
    I love learning new things but I’m a bit ambivalent about doing workshops and classes. I find having other people around me when I’m trying to do something very distracting and off-putting and I very much prefer to go at my own pace when I’m making something. How on earth they manage all those time pressures on the Great British Sewing Bee I have no idea.
    Still, you’ve taken what you wanted and needed from those classes and you have us to tell you it wasn’t your fault you found a scrappy binding difficult.
    A weekend of washing, cooking, ironing and cleaning? Sounds like one of my nightmares. Don’t overdo it x

  8. claire93 said:

    I agree with Kate, that a scrap binding was maybe a step too far for a beginner’s class. A binding from just long strips of one fabric would have been best, to learn how to attach and how to deal with turning at corners. Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt though!
    I haven’t done ant patchwork or quilting in ages. Seem to be in clothes making mode & the moment as well as crochet for a secret present.

  9. Cathy, I think your tutor was a bit lacking, myself, if she hadn’t explained to you how to work out how long your binding needed to be. Measure each side and add 3 inches, then tot the lot up, adding an extra 3 inches at the end. That’s your length of made-up binding. And I also think scrappy binding is a bit of a stretch for beginning quilters, it’s much harder to handle than long bits of one fabric. So you did pretty well to finish, I’d say. What’s your next class about?
    Nice to see the photos; I went to college in the Cotswolds and family holidays in the New Forest. It must have been a long and pretty tiring trip. Stay well, both of you, and I wish your brother better health very soon.

    • We were told to cut enough strips to go 6 times round the quilt which I did. What she hadn’t told us that the scraps shouldn’t be too short or they got hard to handle. So now I have got a load of short strips. I have the feeling that she is someone who learned to quilt and is passing the knowledge on ,and has no formal training on tutoring.
      The next three days are to make a rail fence quilt, and to learn how to add a border. I think that after that I shall go my own way. I find the whole day too tiring and the pace too fast for me. I have never been a fast maker. Thanks for your help and for the good wishes for my brother.

      • The short strips could be useful to make a scrappy block…? I’m glad the poor teaching isn’t putting you off a fun and creative activity. Do feel free to ask me anything, I’ll be delighted to help if I can.

  10. The picture of Broadway takes me back to my days living in the Cotswolds. Glad you got the binding sorted – I am sure it will be lovely. Sorry to hear about your brother – I must have missed a post – shall have to go back and catch up. Have a lovely weekend.

  11. I found that classes…..especially bear making ones……..I took in the distant past (too expensive now) always seemed to be filled with others who ‘knew how to do it’ but wanted to add that teacher’s name to their bragging list.
    “Oh when I did a class with (insert name of well known teacher)…..we did it this way. Why do you think your way is correct “.
    And so forth.
    No knitting for me either, proper knitting not just blanket squares, but I did find something tucked away under things I could be getting on with. Will be away part of next week so it’ll be easy squares in the car and concentrating on that during the evenings.
    Love to you and your brother Cathy…….and your blog brings me joy also 😊

  12. Thank you for the lovely tour, Cathy. I always enjoy seeing the towns and villages from my English blogging friends! The veg cart is so cute. As for me, it’s apartment cleaning weekend, I’m afraid. 😦

  13. Oh dear… the quilting sounds really tiresome. I hope that you will feel that it was actually worthwhile in the end. I did a book-binding course last Saturday and I was more of a hare than a tortoise, but everyone did get finished by the end of the day, which was nice.

    • I would love a book binding course- but one new skill at a time. Yes it’s good to be learning I just don’t like going full pelt all the time, it’s less enjoyable without time to chat and enjoy the process.

  14. Murtagh's Meadow said:

    Love the hares too!

  15. That quilting experience sounds exhausting – I’m amazed you still feel determined to do more. Still, I’m looking forward to seeing what you create. Not surprised at the lack of knitting with that and the travelling. Very nice places you visited – that vege truck is wonderful!

  16. Quilting is a task with a capital T! Looking forward to seeing the finished item.
    Sounds like you had a wonderful trip.
    Those hares look like they might be by the sculptor Sophie Ryder. I took Miss E to see her exhibition at Salisbury Cathedral in 2016: https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/reflection/

    Saturday is my gardening day if the weather comes good – it has been GRIM!!!! I’m huddled by the fire looking out at rain and wind – ergh!

    All best wishes to your brother Cathy. ❤

    • Sorry your weather wasn’t good today. We had a sunny but windy day.! Thanks for the good wishes for my brother, it’s not good.

  17. Alcester, Cirencester and the New Forest, you have been travelling a long way! Great to hear all you learned about quilting sounds very impressive to me.

    • It was a bit of a road trip, but good to see everywhere. Lots more to learn. I think I will do one more quilt in the class then try on my own.

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