Tuesday, 30 March 2010
The design is not mine, but the choice of colours is. The colours are based around the blue fabric (here used mainly for borders and backing). I have a stash of "modrotisk", traditional blue print fabric from the central Europe, so it was nice to use some of it at last. I enjoyed making this quilt very much, it has so many different blocks and some embroidery and buttons as embelishments.
I have stitched a sleeve on the back of the quilt and it is now hanging on our hall wall.
Of course, as ever, I did not plan to buy anything, but, as ever, the temptation was just too great. I came away with a cushion kit, some fat qtrs (well, just in case) and a couple of off cuts of really beautiful fabrics. It could had been worse!
Monday, 29 March 2010
I love teddy bears!
I was given my first teddy when I was two years old. "Misha" lived with me for some 17 years. Sadly, he got lost during my parent's house move, when I was away.
Meet the "bear gang", they all live in my workroom. Of course they all have names!
They all found me in various ways, but I specially have a weakness for a teddy sitting on his own in a charity shop.
They are all special, of course; but George, the big brown bear in the middle, is very special, because it was my son who gave him to me.
These two are teddies I made. Brian, on the left, was the first teddy I ever made. I finished him in an one day workshop. I think that is the reason why he has had an expression of surprise ever since!
I made Bruce, on the right, next, to keep Brian company, so he would not feel left out in looking "not quite right".
We are now waiting to see how many of our house martins will return to their nests on our house. In the 16 years we have lived here, the numbers have been declining. In the early years we had as many as 7 nests, but last year there were only two. The number of birds surviving the long journey from South Africa is going down quite fast.
There is an old man, who comes and counts the nest every summer, he has been coming as long as we have lived here. I don't know how many villages he visits, but every year we think perhaps we will not see him again, as he is getting very old, but every year he appears again. Only now it is his son or his granddaughter who drive him around.
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
which after a long and for us unusually cold winter is a very welcome sight. I like the picture from my garden at the bottom on the left, it is very pretty, but I much prefer my garden to look like the the picture on the right!
Sunday, 14 March 2010
I am also taking a lot of inspiration from a book "Mixed Media Exploration" by Beryl Taylor (see my links), an English lady, now living in USA. The book has lots of small projects and also instructions on how to bind the fabric book. Very, very good.
I like the idea of making a book, and again it is up to you what theme you choose, if any, for your book, even just a sampler of stitches.
I am not working to any theme, just looking for a next inspiration. I am also looking forward to make a cover for my book.
Madeleine brought some of her lovely work to show us. It varied from a large blanket, to cushions, bags, Christmas tree decorations, even a waistcoat.
One of the ladies in our group made a bag for her small granddaughter in the shape of a Russian doll, very sweet.
So, any old blankets out there?
When my grandchildren were born, I gave each of them a baby quilt on the day they were born, to my granddaughter in 2005 on the left, and to my grandson in 2007 on the right.