05/02/2016 § 7 Comments
For a baby girl, born on 23 January 2016 and named Isla …
The quilt was commissioned by her grandparents and tells a story. With Balinese fabric included as her parents first met whilst on holiday in Bali, little houses as Daddy is an architect, I Love London because that’s where the family live and where little Isla was born and the bumble bees – well that’s another story but they’re a significant choice for her quilt!
It’s a quilt that will grow with her – perfect for her first bed.
and this morning, it looked a treat hanging up for a photoshoot on the new ‘design wall’ in my studio…
Have a good weekend everyone
I’m linking up with and popping over to Finish it up Friday to see what everyone else has been creating too!
02/10/2015 § 19 Comments
I’ve come away to spend some time by the sea and the collies and I have been blessed with the most amazing week of weather – high tides, sunshine, fishing boats and beach walks, wide blue skies and magical sunsets …
A quilt has been finished – I sat outside overlooking the harbour whilst hand-stitching the binding and then promptly took the quilt for a walk up onto the coastal path, for a late afternoon photoshoot …
and I’m hoping to link up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday later on today. The quilt is a commission and perfectly captures the colours of the waves, sky, sails, white horses and seagulls.
Walks along the coastal path every day have meant that precious memories have been revisited and laid peacefully to rest …
there’s no better place to be.
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28/08/2014 § 2 Comments
A few weeks ago I found a tailor’s shop selling bolt end rolls of shirting fabric. I couldn’t believe my luck. Amazing shirt fabrics – mens and womens – top quality cotton. YAY!!!! I went back a few times over the course of a fortnight and emerged from the shadows at the back of the shop, into the sunshine, weighed down with bags of fabric.
Not the best photo – apologies. I don’t know when I’ve found such soft cottons. I used the blue (bottom), the shirt stripe (3rd up) and the check (4th up) in Coast Quilt , teaming them up with flashes of turquoise and orange.
I’ve been meaning to make a quilt using lots of a solid colour and venturing into half square triangles (HST’s) for a while and Horizon seemed an appropriate name for the blues with flashes of red in this quilt. It’s a double bed quilt, measuring 1.5 m x 1.4 m, quilted diagonally 1/4″ from the diagonal lines and then horizontally, creating rhomboid shapes and finished with a soft red binding – that’s almost 6 metres of tiny hand-stitches all around the binding edge! It took hours and hours.
So many other fabrics had to join in the fun, for both Coast and Horizon. I’m constantly amazed how many different fabrics it takes to create a quilt. I reckon I spend more time choosing the fabrics than piecing the tops (well, it seems that way)! I raided my oh-so-special stash of Liberty prints for this quilt too.
Now, I have a bit of a dilemma. Should I take Horizon to market before the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market, starting in November? I’m building up a stock of quilts, cushions etc as I’ll be at the market every day for 2 weeks, from 20 November. Plans are taking shape for the layout of my log cabin and I’m sorting out packaging and labelling. Excitement, excitement when my quilt labels arrived from Moo …
I have a single tiny round hole punch and have attached ribbons so that every quilt will have a pretty label, with the quilt name, dimensions and price pinned on. The spare room is full of boxes (for quilts and pincushions) and yet more carrier bags will be arriving any day now. I’m really enjoying having a focus for my creating. There just aren’t enough hours in the day – I’m busier than I ever was when I taught full-time!
Enjoy the rest of your week – I’m taking an hour off from quilting to make some Beetroot Soup. I made some earlier in the week and it was D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S. I’ll share my recipe later on – I’ll write it down this time, instead of just throwing stuff into a pot!
Take the quilt to market? Save the quilt for the Christmas Market? That’s the question – what would you do?
PS Use this discount code http://www.moo.com/share/gf9njf if you’re thinking of ordering cards/tags etc from Moo – 10% off I think.
26/08/2014 § 4 Comments
Close your eyes and think of what ‘Coast’ means to you. What colours do you see? Sky blue, bright turquoise, sea blue with flashes of vivid orange and dazzling whites. Add in some bunting and boat prints and there you have it – Coast in a Quilt!
I couldn’t resist the amazing embroidery thread to stitch the quilt label – it has a silky sparkle in it, just like sunlight on the water!
Quilt on location just where the River Hamble meets Southampton Water – so many boats – you wouldn’t believe it! The afternoon was breezy and the sound of the halyards ringing against the masts was magical.
We’re looking to the Horizon for the next quilt, then taking a nap with Siesta! Pop back and see them over the next few days.
Enjoy the rest of the week. It seems as though the summer warmth and sunshine has disappeared behind the clouds. The last couple of days have been chilly and rainy here. Time to find my wellies!
17/08/2014 § Leave a comment
Hold on tight – we’re off to have a flavour of ancient temples set on the banks of the River Nile …
in a quilt!
I had a scrap of amazing fabric. It’s been hiding in my fabric stash for many, many years – probably 15 at least. There it is, under the name label above – Nile was the name printed in the selvedge edge. That set me thinking late one evening – I gathered rich and vibrant fabrics around me and blocks started taking shape.
I love this quilt. I needed a WOW fabric to set it alight and the vintage gold panel fitted right in, as centre squares and whole blocks. It positively shines in the sunlight.
It’s the sort of quilt that Poirot would have used as he dreamed of solving a mystery!
I’m working on 2 completely different quilts at the moment – one’s called Coast and the other’s called Siesta. I’ll be back soon with photos for you. Enjoy the remainder of the weekend.
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!
09/07/2014 § 5 Comments
Didn’t we have a loverley time …
Yes, we certainly did (apart from my badly sprained ankle on day 4, which is still grumbling) …
We had awesome weather – wall-to-wall sunshine most days and even when I was ‘iced-up’ and strapped I found I could do some sewing with one foot up on a garden chair! A sewing studio with sea views – that’s definitely on my wish list!
I stitched up 3 patchwork quilt tops last week and have finished 2 of the quilts this week. I’ll post some photos of the finished quilts in the next day or so. Now – back to the end of a boring game of football – so different from last night’s semi-final. Have you been watching? I’m no footie fan but find myself drawn into a tournament like the World Cup. I’m picking up the lingo and whenever I hear the whistle (‘cos I’m usually stitching around the binding of a quilt rather than watching), I just say ‘Offside’ with conviction. Amazingly, I’ve been right on many occasions – Himself is really quite impressed!!!!