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Three children *** One big, grey dog *** Two parents *** Country loving *** Cottage dwelling in the South-West of the UK. That’s us!

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“A moment spent in wonder is worth a lifetime spent in awe.”

 

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  • Julia No hand holding at school or kisses at the playground, but they love me to knit them stuff. Fingers crossed that doesn't change. The hoodie... 19 Sep
  • Jo - Mother of Teenagers I am constantly aghast at your crafting skills. I so wish I could match them. Love the colour and if he is happy to wear... 19 Sep
  • Jeannie Gray I get SO excited when the kids ask me to knit for them. The hoodie looks fantastic & doesn't have that homemade vibe at all.... 19 Sep
  • Craft Mother I really like Kent. It seems a bit forgotten about, other than the coast line and crossing to the continent. A bit sad to see... 19 Sep
  • Craft Mother So true. Just need to look. I'm fascinated by the history left behind in clues. Especially the ones so easily overlooked. 19 Sep
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"God has an inordinate fondness for stars and beetles."

- J B S Haldane

Debs Random Writings

hand sewing a patchwork quilt

Dear Daughter: About running the wrong race

Dear Daughter

This quilt block (Contrary Wife) very nearly escaped being made. After the last block, I had enough patchwork pieces to make up your Dear Daughter quilt. Albeit, as a square, but a chance to finish the quilt. Hooray, I thought. Then I remembered a letter I wanted to include, which meant another block had to be made. Continue reading

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Dear Daughter: About On-line impressions

waterwheel no 98 Farmers wife quilt blueDear Daughter,

Another quilt block and letter for your Dear Daughter quilt. I’ve had this one sewn up and ready for awhile, but mislaid it. Along with all the other finished blocks. I turned my craft room upside down looking for it. Finally found the pack between two cookery books. Not my best filing decision.

I’m not the most organized person, as I’m sure you know. More spontaneous. I have moments of pure whirlwind efficiency, which keeps everything ticking along fairly smoothly, but most of the time I tend towards chaos. Organized chaos, as I can usually find whatever is needed. It’s not something I rattle on about on-line, partly as I don’t think people would turn up to read about it.

Far better to write about finished dressmaking projects, rather than the mound of washing that has so far been ignored. Take photos of the places we’ve been, than the areas of the garden yet to be weeded. The dust bunnies multiplying under the table. Seriously, does anyone want to read about the more disorganized side of my reality? Do they really need to be burdened by a photo of my quilt blocks hiding between Mary Berry and Nigella? More to the point, do I want to write and take the photos of it? Heck. No. Continue reading

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Dear Daughter: About Socks

dear daughter Flock patchwork quilt block Farmers Wife letters no 34Dear Daughter

I realised today that my pile of quilt blocks for your Dear Daughter quilt is growing, while the number of letters is not keeping up. I have four newly finished blocks, and another almost sewn up, with no letters of their own. Hmm. Time to write another letter.

This quilt block is called “Flock”. It has an interesting effect that I wasn’t expecting. It shows up better from a distance and may not work as well in the photos.

As if by magic, the reds and greens almost seem to hover above the musical instrument print. I think the solid red and greens combine well, but the gold and white images trick the eye into thinking it’s a separate layer, further away. Like looking down on a flock of birds flying over a landscape, which is far down below. I’m sure that this block is meant to have the effect, but it only shows ups when you actually make it.

dear daughter Flock patchwork quilt block Farmers Wife letters no 34 angleAs I sorted the washing this morning, I mulled over the effect. I wish I had used smaller print for the lighter fabric to make it more distant.

Then I was distracted. I noticed yet again that you have less school socks than your siblings. This is not possible. I seem to buy socks for you all, every month or two. Yet they have many and you don’t. Continue reading

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