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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

Image of the day

library quilt

Oh how I love the Elm Creek books. Jennifer Chiaverini makes me want to be one of thos people who can actually finish a quilt in less than two years, but then she distracts me with new potential projects like this one. Surely every home office needs a library quilt?

August 24, 2009 at 10:56 Leave a comment

Teacups

My beautiful best friend got married a few weeks ago. The wedding was absolutely gorgeous, and the rain which has battered England for most of July and August decided to take a break for the day and we were blessed with perfect sunshine. The ceremony was held outside at a local castle and the reception was a classic English afternoon tea party.

The Orangery at Chiddingstone Castle

The Orangery at Chiddingstone Castle

It’s hard to decide what my favourite moment was (other than seeing two friends so happily married) but definite highlights of the weekend were spending the days before the wedding decorating the marquee with homemade flower arrangements, organza and fabric butterflies, hanging tea lights in jam jars on the trees outside and putting out the place settings.

afternoon tea

afternoon tea

The favours were antique teacups sourced from boot fairs, eBay and charity shops, each one was different. The place settings were individually iced biscuits. What could be more gorgeous?

I’m planning to turn our teacups into candles to go in the spare room of the new house. In fact, since looking at all the photos from the day I’ve decided to decorate the entire room around the teacups in a floral vintage theme with a new patchwork quilt design coming together in my head to complement the cups as they sit side-by-side on the windowsill.

vintage teacup favours

vintage teacup favours

August 10, 2009 at 12:42 Leave a comment





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