Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Finally, I have been able to get back to something I want to sew. These are the sashing strips and cornerstones for 'Antique Cutie', although I have still only completed one block of the machine applique. Don't know what it is about this one, but it's very slow going, I suspect that although it has lots of different florals, it just isn't scrappy enough for me.

I made DS a waistcoat and altered his school trousers into breeches and they went on their trip today. That waistcoat took me all of Sunday to make! I made it the largest boys size but it was a teeny bit too short - I seem to remember from when I sewed clothes a lot that they usually came out too big/long so that was surprising.

Today I went out for lunch with some workmates to a really pretty restaurant close to Bradgate Park in Leicestershire. Bradgate Park was the home of Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for just nine days until she was ousted by Mary I and executed. The restaurant is called Gibson's Grey Lady after her and is right in the heart of some beautiful countryside. The pics show the restaurant and some views of Bradgate Park - the food is great too. In this picture you can see some of the rock formation peeking out of the ground - Bradgate Park has some of the oldest surface rock formation in England.

9 comments:

Susan said...

I'm a tad bit envious that you live in a place with this kind of restaurant and history. Not that killing off people is great history, but we all have that part.

McIrish Annie said...

what a beautiful location for lunch. I looked at your pics while I was eating mine AT MY DESK!!!.

Glad you are back to sewing fun things again. I hate making clothing. Ever since I started quilting, making clothing or doing alterations are a bore! I only do them for my dear ones and then under protest!! *G*

Patti said...

What wonderful pictures of the countryside. One of these days - after retirement - I AM going to get to England! It's the first place in the world I'd choose to travel.

Libby said...

I can't imagine trying to figure out how to make a garment. I love the countryside photos -- it's like getting to travel to England while sipping my morning coffee *s*

Pippa said...

The pictures are lovely and remind me of England, although it's obviously one of the *nicer* parts :o)

Ali Honey said...

Great photos of your surroundings!

YankeeQuilter said...

I have the hardest time going back to garment sewing after quilting...the seams always seem huge! The photos are wonderful - I'll just have to find my way over there!
Siobhan

Tazzie said...

I'm so pleased you have been able to sew something you wanted to! Thank you so much for sharing the lovely pictures, scenery in the UK is just so beautiful!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Finn said...

Hi Fiona, boy it's hard to work on something that leaves us short on inspiration, isn't it?? That seems to be what happens to me when I have to make a quilt someone else wants..not my choices.
The pics from your lunch out are just wonderful..and such a romantic name..I like that..*VBS* Hugs, Finn