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Quilting

hever castle show

My Grandmother made incredible quilts, every single tiny stitch was done by hand. My Mum makes incredible quilts and is currently in love with a kaleidoscope pattern and her longarm quilter. My sister makes incredible quilts which nearly always feature polkadots and the colour green. My Mother-in-law has been working on the same quilt for 12 years and has almost finished.

My quilting isn’t quite so incredible! I love to design quilts, and choose fabrics, but I’ll admit that I prefer to work on shorter projects with more immediate results. I get distracted far too easily when quilting.

I need to focus more than ever now to finish off the vintage style french braid quilt started last March which is still in strips, and the americana buggy barn crazy quilt which isn’t even in blocks yet before allowing myself to start on the navy and white french china inspired quilt in my head.

We had a great day at the Hever Castle quilt show last weekend and I managed to only buy a few fat quarters despite  wanting to buy several jelly rolls and books. So annoyed with myself for driving several hundred miles and forgetting my camera, so we’ll have to make do with iPhone pictures.

Unfortunately I now want to make a lovely lighthouse picture quilt,  a sampler, the library quilt I saw a few weeks ago,  new Christmas decorations, a Christmas table runner and an advent calendar in addition to the projects already started and planned!

In other news, we’ve sold our house again. Fingers crossed everything goes through this time and maybe we’ll be in the new house by Christmas with all my unfinished new Christmas quiting projects!

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September 10, 2009 at 13:49 Leave a comment

Strike

I was tragically excited to get a hat out for my journey to work this morning. Today I went for a black beret with a black and white polkadot bow. I was looking forward to the arrival of my lovely new winter boots, just in time for a day at a castle in the countryside tomorrow. I somehow missed the news of a major postal strike in the city (again) and must imagine my lovely new boots sitting sad and lonely in a postal sorting office wishing they could be stomping through grass and leaves while paired with thick black tights and a plum coloured woollen dress.

autumn birds fabric

Luckily this lovely fabric from Kathy Hall at fabricsupplies on etsy is restoring my love of autumn, and giving me all sorts of ideas for a new autumn quilt. Maybe a log cabin with autumn golds, deep reds, plums, aubergine and deep greens…

September 4, 2009 at 11:38 Leave a comment

My what big teeth you have…

 My Grandmother used to have a fridge magnet which said “the one who dies with the most fabric wins!”  We’re pretty sure she won as her house was filled with fabric, the majority of which my Mum inherited and my sisters and I have added to our fabric stashes from the treasures she had saved.

One fabric my Mum and I both adored was a vintage Little Red Riding Hood print. There’s a reproduction version of it available (see below).

Reproduction Red Riding Hood fabric

We ended up splitting the fabric and taking half each. The fabric has been in the running to be included in nearly every quilt, babygro, applique project I’ve ever worked on but it’s so precious I don’t want to waste it! I think it would be lovely on a chair like this in the craft studio, with another remnant of it framed in a pretty white frame on the desk.

 chair project

Chair & tutorial from How about Orange

August 17, 2009 at 10:03 1 comment





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