01/11/2015 § Leave a comment
Over on my Houzz projects page, I’ll be posting photos at the end of each week in November so you can track the progress of two memory quilts that I’ll be creating.
I hope you’ll follow along and enjoy seeing the quilts transform from 2 bags of cherished baby clothes into 2 patchwork quilts …
On Thursday, I’ll be another year older. Not that I mind – I’ve always loved Bonfire Night!
This year I’ve treated myself to a wonderful present – a new toy for my sewing studio! I’ve already unwrapped it and tried it out but you’ll have to wait till Wednesday to see it!
Looking forward to a bit of sparkle!
13/07/2014 § Leave a comment
If you happened to enquire about a sports-themed quilt in Alton on Saturday, and left your email address, I’ve been unable to contact you via email so thought I’d leave a note here so you can make contact with me.
My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are a few of the fabrics that I’ve found that might be suitable for your grandson:
Alton was wonderful, as ever yesterday. For those of you who may not be local, Alton is a bright, vibrant market town in Hampshire with many independent stores. Weekly markets are held on Tuesdays but once a month, on the 2nd Saturday to be precise, the top of the High Street is closed to allow the Farmers’ Market to come to town. So many amazing stalls with cakes and preserves, pies and quiches, butchers and bakers and plantsmen (and women) lining the streets under their colourful stripy canopies.
On the same day as the Farmers’ Markets, the Alton Lions organise the Craft and Makers Market, providing gazebos for those without their own, though many of us roll up with the whole cha bang – gazebo, bunting, tables and stands and of course, our stock. It’s a long day for me and hard work setting up and taking down but yesterday the sun was shining and the crowds were out. I met some wonderful people to chat to as well as friendly fellow stall-holders. It’s a great starter market for ‘proper’ makers (Carole is very strict about everything on the stall having been ‘made’ – absolutely no bought in goods allowed). If you’re a maker in Hampshire or thereabouts and would like to dip your toe into the pond of selling direct to your customers, then why not give it a go. There’s a website and application form here.
In the meantime, if you’re the lady who enquired about a sports-themed quilt for your grandson, then do get in touch as I can’t contact you. Or if you’re not ‘that’ lady but would like to commission a quilt, then pop an email into my inbox and I’ll be happy to discuss a bespoke quilt for you. I’ll be closing my book for commissions in mid-September this year, to allow myself time to build up my stock for the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market. Yes – I’m planning it already and will need lots of stock as I have a stall in the prestigious British Crafts Village section of the market by the ice-rink. Can’t wait!
Enjoy your week – I’m off to cut out some more quilts!
30/12/2013 § 2 Comments
A couple of months ago, I received an enquiry from a guy in London who wanted a Christmas quilt for his grandfather … “I’d like a bed quilt for my grandfather who is almost 90 years old”. What a wonderful idea for a unique present, I thought – yes, I could make a quilt for his grandfather.
I asked for some more details and gleaned a little more information about a very special farm that had once belonged to the old man’s family. I was told that …
“He reminisces with great fondness about his grandparents’ home – a farm in rural Wales, called Withy Hill. I don’t have a photo of the farm, but it’s up a rough road, surrounded by fields. His family worked hard on the land and must have lived a simple life in their stone cottage”
We had a chat and decided not to have an actual farmhouse on the quilt, the fabrics would work together to create the storytale of rural life – I had a free hand to choose. Yay! A visit to the amazing Country Threads Patchwork in Bath – we had a jaunt there for a couple of days in early December, as a bit of a pre-Christmas treat – and Jan’s fabrics, as always, held all the answers.
I chose a palette of soft russets, with some touches of olive green and blue (there was a duck pond at the farm) and my favourite white cotton for the patchwork top. Taupe fleece, sage polka dot for the border and a name label would all work together to create the quilt.
From the many quilts I have made this year, this will be one I’ll always remember. I too have descended from generations of farmers in Wales and I felt as though I was weaving some of my history into the quilt as I worked. The grandson was delighted when he received the quilt, as was his grandfather on Christmas Day …
“Thank you so much for my grandfather’s quilt. The colours are amazing, so subtle and superbly balanced. The key you provided gave me great insight into your thought processes when designing and creating this quilt. My grandfather was speechless and there was a tear in his eye when he saw the name label. This quilt means a lot to both of us.” Mr AU, London
I love making quilts, as you may have realised if you’re a regular reader! I particularly love creating special quilts, taking ideas and turning them into an heirloom patchwork.
I’m currently working on another special quilt – one for us at home this time. It’ll be the project that sees me from one year to the next. I think it’s going to be called ‘On a cold and frosty morning’ and will include my favourite Scandinavian colour palette!