Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Worth repeating - New to Me in October

It's the time of the month when we celebrate all that's new in our crafty lives, yes it is time to link up to the New to Me Link Party again!

This month I have visited a new place

Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute, and definitely somewhere that warrants a repeat visit or two.

We have tasted some New to Me wines

Also, an experience worth repeating :)

Welcomed a new sponsor for this month's Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party. (There's still time to link up to be in with a chance of winning some gorgeous Christmas coloured threads!)

and finally

 written a new tutorial for this Christmas Pudding teatowel!

So, that's all my New to Me's this month, now it is your turn to link up and celebrate the trying of something new. Of course it would be nice if our something new's were successful, but you are amongst friends here. We know that it isn't always the case so, hey, we are here to celebrate anyway the fact that we tried :)

As ever please help to spread the word by linking back to this post in your post and/or adding the blog button to your sidebar.

Celtic Thistle Stitches

Check out the other links too and, maybe, leave an encouraging comment along the way. The emphasis of this link party is to celebrate the trying so a little encouragement here and there would not go amiss! 
The link will remain open until 23.59GMT on October 31st, so you have some time yet to try something new and link up and join the party :)

If your New to Me involves a Christmas or Holiday make then don't forget to link it up at this month's Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party

These lovely threads will be winging their way to one lucky linker soon!

Looking forward to seeing what you have tried for the first time this month.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Cuddles for a boy

When I recycled shirts for the log cabin quilt for our new grandson, I was left with this pile of fabric that I reckoned could provide another quilt. Baby quilts not being very big after all :)

Having pulled out my Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks for my charity quilt group, I decided that the leftover fabric would probably work for those blocks too.

So, I cut as many 2.5" strips as I could from the leftovers and then sewed them together in sets of six.

Cut again and reassembled I ended up with 4 12.5" blocks (Bonnie Hunter's website Quiltville has a brilliant explanation of how to do this)

That wasn't really big enough, so I added a border of 4" squares (and recycled a white shirt into the bargain!) to make a reasonable size quilt top.

A quick purchase of some Moda Sweet Baby flannel from Plush Addict and I was all set.

I quilted diagonal lines to echo the Trip Around the World pattern and carried those into the chequered borders.

The cuddly flannel should keep that little man warm and happy, don't you think?

The binding is an aqua and white pindot cotton that was all I could find in the local fabric shop, but it works I think.

I am really pleased with how this turned out, and will definitely be looking more closely at the wardrobes of the men in the family from now on :)

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Another taste of French Life!

Shopping in France in the Summer was all about the markets and their tempting piles of fruit and vegetables, but shopping in France at this time of year has a very different flavour!

In October we are here to replenish our wine stocks, and now that we have a proper cellar in our new home that is a serious business indeed :)

We could, of course, just head to the local supermarket and browse the shelves but it is much more fun to visit the vineyards and buy directly from the producers.

I am sure it adds to the flavour to drink wine that has been produced from grapes that you have seen growing in the vineyard, don't you think?

At this time of year all of the vineyards are busy harvesting the grapes for the 2016 vintage, so every vineyard we visited was a hive of activity.

Wine buying in France is a serious activity, that time must be given to. No swiping a bottle off of a shelf and carrying it to the checkout! 

An invite to see the production process is given and accepted. The grapes being separated above had been picked in the days beforehand from the land bordering the photo above. In another vineyard the machine separation was supplemented with two men hand picking rejects from the grapes that the machine had retained. Definitely a job for the patient in temperament!

The separated grapes were heading to these huge vats for maceration

Before being transferred to French Oak casks to mature before bottling. (American Oak was deemed to produce wine that was too sweet apparently!)

Of course, once we had viewed the various stages of the process it was down to the real business of the day!

Tasting the wine, another process that cannot be hurried :)

After all that, then we could buy some wine!

The waiting, however, is not over as it will be a few years yet before the wine we bought will be ready to drink :)

Maybe a visit to the supermarket is needed after all!
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