29/07/2014 § Leave a comment
A few weeks ago, whilst on holiday by the sea in Cornwall, I stitched up a quilt top. Our cottage was colourful – blues and whites with touches of warm red. The colours inspired me and I chose lavenders, fuschia pinks and blues, jade greens and hot reds for this patchwork – with lots and lots of bright white to set off those hot colours – just like on the sun terrace. The result is a quilt I’ve called ‘Tuscany’ (even though it was patchworked in Porthleven) – those colours just make me think of French lavender fields and warm summer days.
I chose a dark blue fleece for the backing and have followed the lines up and down to create a striking grid for quilting. Just the name label to add now, then into the bag ready for display at Sunday’s market in Winchester.
I had a lovely note from a client about her memory quilt, earlier in the week. Her daughter was snuggled up on the sofa with the quilt I made from her (and her twin brother’s) baby clothes. This is just how I hope my quilts will be used – to provide warmth and comfort and capture lots of happy memories! As her mum said “Perfect”.
Enjoy the rest of the week – what are you up to? Having fun in the school holidays?
03/12/2011 § Leave a comment
Yesterday I rediscovered some quilts that I made about 12 years ago …
They were all safely stacked away at the back of the airing cupboard – just waiting for me to have a good tidy up! I used soft wool as wadding and the log cabin is backed with warm red fleece – just perfect for keeping knees warm in the winter! They are all lightly hand-quilted and I can hardly believe that I made them.
I love the pattern on the log cabin – to tell the truth, I hadn’t even noticed the solid green pattern until I uploaded this photo! Can’t remember whether it’s there by accident or design! And all those tiny 1″ squares around the edges – hand cut in the days before my rotary cutter.
The huge Friendship Star is a real deep mid-winter quilt – it’s weighty due to the heavy wool wadding. I reckon it could quite easily keep you warm and snug in an igloo! This one may be for sale tomorrow at the Vintage & Retro Market in Winchester. Should it go, or should it stay? Decisions, decisions …
Should I get up into the loft and fetch the Christmas decorations? Should we go shopping to town or out for lunch, or for a stroll in the New Forest with the collies maybe? Should I make more Christmas stockings or cushions?
I’ll just have another cuppa and stroke these quilts for a bit, while I decide …
Enjoy the weekend