Wednesday 24 November 2021
Orleans House Gallery Christmas Shopping Weekend (it doesn't trip of the tongue, does it?!?). If you are local to Twickenham and want to pop and see her (or me), she has a stall on Saturday 4th December. Entry to the show is free, and it looks like there will be lots of lovely things to buy!
Wednesday 17 November 2021
I'm pleased with how it's turned out.
The binding was the same printed fabric that I used for the insert strips on the front to make everything fit.
It was this coverlet! Made by an unknown maker, but associated with the marriage of John and Elizabeth Chapman. This part of it was made in England in about 1829 (with printed borders not shown here added some decades later). It was displayed at the V&A museum at their quilt exhibition several years ago. Much more detail about it here on their web site. Makes me laugh that the story of it says that the papers used in the 'jockey cap' blocks were supposed (by tales in family history) to be the couple's love letters, but when looked at, they were random ledger sheets, adverts or anything else that came to hand! Far more prosaic, but it really doesn't detract from the quilt, does it?
Off to pull some fabrics for another quilt now. Maybe I should add a secret to it, or just start rumours about it. The chances for fun are endless, aren't they?!
Wednesday 10 November 2021
I've made good progress on my improv circles this week - and completed the 80 curve blocks, which I turned into 20 4-patch blocks and used to surround the original workshop layout.
Two things strike me.
1) I was relaxed enough with the improv to accept that I needed infill strips to make the border blocks fit the centre medallion.
2) The border blocks aren't quite 'improv' enough - they are all too similar to one another.
All good to learn about it in practical ways!
This flimsy is approximately 50" square. I need to make a backing, cut the batting and get this basted!
Wednesday 3 November 2021
With 80 small blocks to make, it's going to take me a little while, as I'm still a bit tired after half term last week. Slow processes are still enjoyable though!