Would you believe that the International Quilting Day was over a month ago? I haven't done a follow up post on the quilt that was made on that day. I just had some finishing off on the binding but that is all done now and here it is
The back, in the picture below, is of some camouflage fabric, which looks great, but because it had mixed fibres, tended to fray and didn't behave that well and had to be ironed into submission. Although we paid more attention to the front than the back and the pattern goes this way and that it really didn't matter.
Here are a couple more photos
This last one is what I've made from one of the spare blocks. Project Hope also have a sales table at Cherry Tree (plant) Nursery in Bournemouth when the nursery have plant sales. So I made this block into a zipped pouch. I bought several long zips at Fabric Land so will make more of these.
There is another quilt under construction from the day and I will show what happened with that one another time.
16 April 2016
Catching up on some recent blocks for the Splendid Sampler project, by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. I've enjoyed most of the blocks so far but I've got a foundation pieced block yet to do and one with lots of pieces in progress.
You will notice that blocks 15 and 17 are missing from the photos. It's number 15 that's foundation pieced and the pattern has been printed out just have to find the time to tackle this so there isn't too much "un-sewing" to do.
block no. 17 has a lot of pieces -57 in a 6.5" block! It is in progress though
10 April 2016
At work recently I've been working full time again, as the last week was the beginning of the new Tax Year so quite a busy time. The company I work for has been merged with another so as well as dealing with the extra work there's been new things to learn too, so a stressful time too.
Some time ago I booked a workshop at Paulines Patchworks in Dorchester tutored by Jan Hassard, called Dazzling Diamonds. I've admired her work for a while so I was keen to take this class. As it turns out it was a relief to do some sewing. There was some homework to be done in advance joining strips of colours 36 colours in all, 6 colours in sets of 3. Unfortunately some of the fabrics chosen were from fat quarters so I cut them fat quarter width, even fabrics that were width of fabric and I had to join strips up before adding the additional black strips to the which took a bit of time.
Sorry, a fuzzy picture here but starting to arrange the cross cut strips on a board.
It was also interesting to see different fabric choices too, these are some of the other ladies and a clearer pic of mine, one the left in the right hand photo
03 April 2016
Before Easter David and I spent a couple of days in Cornwall. I've been a bit tardy about blogging about this but catching up now. We had a ticket to use for the Eden Project, where we went a the beginning of this year. We enjoy going there and from Poole just takes 3.5 hours, not too long for us.
One of the walkways towards to biomes. After lunch we decided not to visit the tropical biome but to go into the Mediterranean one, where there was a lovely display of tulips.
Sorry, wonky photo!
After our brief visit we went on to Charlestown near St Austell. There used to be more tall boats here but not many now. Still a nice place to go, though .
A bit of a miserable day but as you can see from my Instagram feed we managed item 7. We also did item 3 and had a Cornish Pasty for lunch but nothing much else! We did however visit the museum and I saw these rather intriguing metal stencils used to mark barrels of pilchards, which used to fished there.
More views of Looe at low tide.
Going back home on Good Friday
We visited Cowslip Workshops in Launceston, where there was an exhibition (more details on their website) as there was a request not to put photos on social media, but it was really good. The shop is also fabulous and I spent quite a bit to add to my stash.
After that we head for Cotehele an NT property near Saltash. With a house, a quay down by he River Tamar and a further walk to the mill, so a really big estate where you can walk your feet off!
In the house was a whole cloth quilt which I could not resist taking a photo of without flash.
And another silk patchwork quilt, made with silk patches, which has to be covered with a tulle net as the silk has worn away. You can see that some patches were still intact and the unusual shapes of the patchwork.
I think we'll be going back again soon.