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.