Just moving a few little things about: still picking sweet peas for my tiny blue ware jug. Covered some buttons with flowers from a worn out embroidery linen. And a quick broach out of a piece of calico drawn hearts with red felt tip, blanket stitch round the edges and a shiny button for the centre. Home sweet home x
A couple of weeks ago I went to the first day of Festival of Quilts at Birmingham NEC with my sister. There was a staggering army of women there; queues and queues, proving interest in quilting, sewing is growing year on year. I managed a few photos from the numerous quilts on show. 3 different details of the same quilts above and below as too many people to get a full view. I think one above won the visitors award; definitely one of my favourites. . . . I liked the back as well as the front of the quilt below.
So many artistic ones.
Linda Barlow's quilts and makes of a life story will resonate with so many women. The detail was extraordinarily exquisite.
Alice in Wonderland themed quilts drew the crowds - there was a large chess set there as well.
Long cycle could have been mistaken for a sepia photograph. . . Log cabin and square mosaic were made in 1800s. I remember reading that the red square in the centre of log cabin represented the hearth of the home.
A hexie quilt and one in the making. I had hoped to find more for my own inspiration - must have missed them. Love this flower one with petals creeping into the border.
Although this is a large photo it was a tiny quilt and best in miniature category. Very fine beautiful detail.
This is me having a go on a very expensive - (£9K expensive) - computer aided quilting machine. I could have had a go on an even larger, fancier machine (nearly £20K), but declined as that seemed almost industrial. I must say it was great fun 'drawing' flowers hearts and squiggles over such a large area of fabric; just love free machine embroidery. I could be tempted to spend £9k if I won the lottery!
Also had a chat Jessie Fincham of Messy Jesse blog, Robin and Jessie's Aunt at her Sew and Quilt stall. It was lovely to meet her in person - her stall was naturally very popular. don't have a photo but have look on her site. www.messyjessecrafts.blogspot.com where you can see more photos.
Also pleased to see our own Hereford Doughty's fabric stalls busy and prominent.
Now I have more than enough sewing inspiration. I need to crack on with my own quilt!
As you can see I've started sewing hexies together to make flower rosettes; one in the centre surrounded by six on the outside. Eventually, hopefully this will be a simplified 'Grandmother's flower garden' quilt.
The hexies are much larger (3 inch) than traditional size ( usually about 1inch) , and therefore should grow quicker. I've made 15 hexies so far - I am a slow sewer and only manage about an hour each day even though this E.P.P. by hand is very addictive. I am really enjoying this project and love all the different range of random fabric designs I'm finding as I go along.
I do intend to have it finished and given back to the shop ( see last post) before Christmas.. . . .
. . . . . . . Wish me luck !
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