We're enjoying a rather changeable July here in the UK. Sunshiny hot days, the odd heavy thundery shower, and days when the breeze is just too cool to sit out. But on evenings when I can I like to sit on my Mum's front porch with a bit of stitching, watching the birds and the hedgehogs gobble up the bird seed I've just scattered on the lawn.
This week I've been busy with a small patchwork project from that talented duo at A Spoonful of Sugar. Who doesn't need a small sewing kit to take on travels - either when holidaying or crafting away from home. The pattern is an instant PDF download here.
I'm on my third kit already - the first two being gifts for my traveling sewing sisters and the third will be for me. Such small scale patchwork comes together very quickly and if you enjoy a bit of hand sewing the whole project can be put together without a sewing machine if you choose. I did resort to my machine for the outside quilting and stitching on the binding but its really not needed.
And sitting out at this time of year I cannot ignore the lovely sweet scent of the Mock Orange (Philadelphus). One boundary of the garden is lined with the shrub and its in full bloom at the moment. It doesn't last very long and soon there will be a shower of confetti-like petals every time the breeze blows. So I'm making the most of it.