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Quilt Routes blog and I hope you will join me over there.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

To inspire you..

I took these a few days ago at Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes.

The whole place has exploded into colour.

more pics here

Today is my baby boy's 13th birthday. He has waited a long time for this day. 

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Getting back into the swing of things on this working wednesday

No 82 Snowball  No 2 Homeward Bound  No 41 Friendship Star

No 21 Contrary Wife No 84 Spool  No Calico Puzzle 

Six more Farmer's Wife blocks have helped me to get back into things. I feel as if I haven't been near my shed for weeks. I wanted to tell you that all the hype about Auriful thread that seems to be everywhere at the moment is true. I treated myself to some while at the Festival of Quilts and it has improved both the ease and outcome of making these blocks. I think I am done with the black/grey/white combo now and I will move on to some red and white, a bit like this. Stay posted to see what I do with these.
Thank you everyone for all your lovely comments about my Festival of Quilts piece. They were were much appreciated.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

I made it.

Well, I did make it to the Festival of Quilts. That is my quilt there looking suprisingly small. I thought it was huge when it was here with me. I got to the show for a few hours on Sunday and have to confess to being in a bit of a daze after last weeks events. Browsing through the blogs I now see how much I missed, but never mind.

Well here it is in all it's glory.
I got home yesterday to find some really lovely emails and comments and I have been so touched by what has been said. You know who you are, and I thank you so much.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

working wednesday

A colourful post today to take my mind off the black hole that is my kitchen!
I can hardly believe it but we have had our second fire in 8 months. The kitchen went up in flames on Monday evening. Thankfully the fire engines got here very quickly and it did not spread to any other rooms. An electrical fault in a bread maker (it was quite old) has been blamed. It is very embarrassing when the firemen say "We saw the address and thought 'We know where that is'".

No one got hurt though and for that I am thankful.
So there is going to be a lot of cleaning rather than stitching going on around here for the time being, and although I have had to put off my trip to the Festival of Quilts tomorrow I do hope to get there before the weekend is over.

The quilt top was put together a few days ago in the start of my bid to declutter all the fabric that has been gathering dust in the loft for too many years. This is designed randomly/Gee's Bend style with a little girl in mind. I plan to knock back the "sugariness" with some charcoal/grey threads, but perhaps I should be staying away from such colours at the moment!

I hope you are all safe and well and thanks for listening to my woes.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Farmer's Wife Start

I have begun with some of the easier blocks, but already I know why I don't usually do traitional.
The practice will be good for me though.
This is not a black and white photo, just usuing up some black and greys for the first few.

Now for some technicolour...

I have finished the Turkish Delight. Hurray!

I am glad this is finished. I did enjoy the process, the hand stitching but I don't think I will be doing anything similar.

The idea is based on a Turkish rug where the edges have been worn and flattened by wear and tear. I should have spent more time on it but it needed to be finished and now it's done.
I was influenced by the "Slow Cloth" stitchers, whose work I love, but now I have got it out of my system.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Taking the Plunge

This is everywhere and I have decided to join in.
I got off to a false start when the EQ companion CD didn't materialise because the EBay seller who "sold" it too me obviously did not have one to sell in the first place....humph!!!
So I ordered the book. I will not be using the templates but printing out a foundation pieced pattern from EQ7 as that is the only way I will be getting any accuracy.

I had a few blocks hanging around from a class I used to teach, that fit the bill, but I won't be using these.

I won't be making the whole quilt either.
My reason for doing this is to exercise my "traditional" muscle as that can only be a good thing, but I have a few smaller Art quilts in mind using hand painted fabrics.

I also have something more arty in mind for these blocks, but we shall have to see.