Thursday, 27 May 2010

A wonderful day viewing quilts. Special quilts!

I don't know where to start, as I've got so much to blog about, but you'd all get ever so bored if I did everything all at once. So I'll just blog about a couple of things today. First off, I thought I'd show off my necklace. I was inspired to make this having seen them in Sew Darn Cute:

And I loved it so much I made another...

Those pictures make me realize that I really must finish my mannequin off soon. It's been a WIP for a good couple of years.
But do have a go at yo-yos if you never have. They are very, very addictive. Google 'yo yo necklace' and you'll find lots of inspiration.

So, today was incredibly exciting. I got in touch with Dorothy Stapleton. Remember my post here. Well, it turns out she lives pretty much down the road from me, and invited me over. My goodness it was so inspirational to meet someone who is so clearly at the top of their field. Her quilts are stunning. Truly stunning. She generously gave me some postcards, and they simply don't do justice to the originals, but they will prove a wonderful reminder of a very happy morning.

This postcard is of a large quilt that hangs in her home, and I could have happily studied for a couple of hours. The images are made by using chemicals to imprint the fabric - definitely something I am inspired to try. Then all quilted together.

Another I absolutely adored...and again, much much larger and delicious in real life than this picture conveys.

Babies, in their cradles, with the things people say and the baby's take on those words. Fabulous. And very funny. I can't even begin to tell you the way Dorothy uses fabric. I've never seen done what she does. She was incredibly kind to spend time with me, and it's had my head spinning ever since.

I got another book, which I can't wait to read:

But most exciting of all, as I was leaving she gave me a piece of quilting she had done.

A butterfly. Now, I'm new to quilting, but I think this is log cabin. I'm only just realizing that quilts have names! That's how green I am. The gift of this had me almost speechless. Totally unexpected. It will have a very special place in our home.

I'm in love with the world of quilting and it's so wonderufl to meet someone like this, as I've been a bit overawed by the techniques, but she made it all sounds so simple. And humorous. I love the humour she injects into her quilts.

A final little something I've been working on. A letter brooch, made out of Cath Kidston oilcloth. I was rather pleased with this. So was the recipient.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Fundraising - urgent appeal

I'm busy sewing for a fund raising evening on Friday. Please take a moment to read about the appeal here. I'm hoping to be able to contribute a healthy sum. This little boy's family need to raise £300,000 to take him to the States for treatment for the agressive cancer he has. The appeal has reached £200,000, and he needs to go this summer. Please forward the link - it raised a huge amount in one leap simply by one person forwarding it on as an email signature. Every bit helps.

Here's a link to a youtube video about Adam Bird as well. Here!

A few bits I'll be taking include some pretty placemats and coasters - Cath Kidston:

or a fab letter print:

And I've been busy making lots of brooches. Here's a small selection.

Adam, the little boy in the appeal, has suffered enormously, and there's a lot of fundraising going on locally. There is a chance the treatment could save his life. We are all hoping so. Please support the appeal if you feel able. x

Friday, 7 May 2010

Adventures in quilting - Quirky quilts

I've always loved house quilts. And it's long been in my mind that when I quilt, my first proper quilt will be a house quilt. So I've started on a quilt top. I've tried plain walls...

and dots and paisleys...

and all sorts of fabrics...

and I'm really pleased with how they look together.

I've got quite a few more to do. But in the meantime I popped into a shop a couple of days ago I never go in usually and found this:

I flicked through quickly and saw a feature on making a quilt showing your own house, something I've also long wanted to do when I feel competent enough...

When I got the book home, I opened it properly, and it's dedicated to me and signed by the author, Dorothy Stapleton. Seriously. It has my name inside... and says 'Happy quilting' and the author's name. I guess it's meant to be. But I did a double take.... 'How did she know I needed this book?' Her style of writing is brilliantly funny and I love it. Funnily enough, she lives not too far from me. I have no idea of names in the quilting world, but I love her work.

Until I finish my quilt, I have to make do with the bought American quilt I have, which I love and into which a lot of work has gone, though it was a shop make. But looking at it, I'm convinced parts have been hand quilted. It's a schoolhouse quilt pattern... I'll do this one day as well.

What I love about this one is that the houses are all pretty different - each with a different print. Quilting opens up a whole world of adventures and possibilities. Please do leave a comment if you have the time. I'd love to know what you think, and if you have quilted I'd love to look at what you've done.

Now, I'm trying also to finish another stash buster project... more to follow very soon.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Happy stash busting - about time too!

As you know, I'm trying to destash as it's all got rather desperate lately in terms of how much I have squirrelled away. I've had this small piece of fabric for a while. I bought it on impulse at the local quilting shop as it made me think of holidays in Cornwall - one of my favourite places of all. But as usual I had nothing in mind. Well, I'm getting fabric out at the moment and sitting looking and playing... expect more posts like this. So, I matched it up with a piece of gingham:

and pinked it into the squares it was crying out to be.

All sewn together and filled with lavender, from my local lavender producer. Then I matched it up with cords, again from my stash. I am so naughty and it's got to stop. Stash busting here I am!

I'm very pleased.

If you are one of my lovely GB visitors... happy voting day. I wonder who'll we'll have tomorrow!

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

The promised picture of the cake

I promised to show you how the cake turned out... want a slice anyone? It's delicious. ; )
The next post will be very craft orientated, I promise! Coming soon.