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Thursday, 31 March 2011

another week

After the Spring Quilt Festival last Friday, I went to a workshop with lovely Beppy Berlin on Saturday, at our Guild group. The workshop was called "Jacobean with a difference". Although Jacobean embroidery is traditionally stitched with crewel wool, Beppy introduced us to a different interpretation, using mixture of organzas, metallic threads next to cotton and silk threads, and a touch of goldwork with kid leather. She is a very good tutor and fun to be with. She always brings a lot of her work to show and inspire us. This was the first time many of us used kid leather in our stitching, so the room was filled with heavy concentration. It looks like I haven't got much to show for it, but believe me, there is a lot of work there!

I am determined to finish it!

On Tuesday we drove to Bath for our lunch! There is a new bar/restaurant opening this weekend in Bath and during this week they were opened to invited guests only. And yes, we were privileged enough to be invited.
It was a very pleasant experience, the place is very nice and airy, the staff young and friendly, the food very good. So, if you happen to be visiting Bath this year, I can recommend The Tramshed.

You might remember that I mentioned a Textile group I am a member of, and last 2 or 3 weeks we have been "playing" with pieces of dyed blankets. I must admit that I was little bit stuck for an idea, as I have done this project before. In the end, with this Sunday's "Mother's Day" in mind, this the result.

 I was without an internet connection all day yesterday (their fault, not mine), how lost did I feel? I take my computer connection so much for granted now, how did we manage before we had it? One thing I can say, I had more time! LOL.
This past week has been busy anyway, I am well behind in visiting you, lovely people, so I set down yesterday to catch up and... nothing. I must admit that it rarely happens to my internet provider. My connection very often slows down to "stand still" speed, but that is more to do with where I live, ie very rural and probably the furthest one from a telephone exchange, I know that nobody else could get me a better connection anyway. But this was the longest their server was down for.
So, I am sorry for not visiting, but I will try to catch up with you soon!

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

spring quilt festival 3

First, I just have to show you this little beauty, a pulsatilla just in flower in our alpine garden.

You probably know by now that I am not a great quilter, I could not compete with some of you who are turning out wonderful quilts, one after an other, but I like to have a quilt on a go, next to my other stitching.
I also like going to quilt shows, to see what the others are up to, the lovely selections of fabrics and various stitching accessories and pick up ideas, not just in quilting.

I was quite controlled in my spending  this time.
I bought only small amount of fabrics, mainly with my spring table runner in mind.

I came across Maggie Davies, who was just showing on her stand felted pictures, embellished by embroidery. Another technique she was using is painting the background of stitching with fabrics markers before embellishing with a foil and finally stitching. Without any hesitation I bought from her some felting wool and a foil pack.

Maggie was using Fabrico Dual markers, so I just "crossed the road", to Hannah's Room , who just happened to have them on her stand and bought some from her.

The last picture has absolutely nothing to do with quilting, but it is so typical of spring in the part of the country I live in. We always know that the spring has definitively arrived when the "girls", a dairy herd is let out into the fields, after spending many weeks inside during the winter.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

spring quilt festival 1

On Friday I went down to Exeter in South Devon, for the Spring Quilt Festival at Westpoint, organized by Grosvenor Shows and the Fabrications Magazine. I like this annual quilt show, it is not too big, but large enough to satisfy quilters needs. This time I could not even complain about the catering facilities, even the restaurant's outside terrace was open. It was a glorious spring day, with temperatures we would not mind having in the summer. Exeter is not far from the south coast, with a little warmer climate. Here the camellias and cherry trees are in the full bloom, magnolias are just opening up and the blue and purple hues of aubrieta are tumbling over stone walls.
A large part of the hall was taken up by a Quilt Exhibition. Many of the quilts on show were made by local quilters.

Here are some of the picture I have taken on the day. I will show you more tomorrow.

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