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Monday, 2 June 2014

Catching up

Their doesn't seem much time for blogging or sewing just lately, life has got far to busy with these two little people. 
Max now 5 weeks old who is constantly hungry but thriving.

Yep that's me in there ! I couldn't stop laughing because as fast as I was trying to put the tent up Abi was trying to get in it. This is our new hideout for picnic and stories. 

A little progress on the sewing front. This is my Sutton Grange started when Di came to last month.
I am a little further on with this but as I'm writing this in bed I don't have an up to date photo.

A few more of my Texas stars completed. 

I went to Quilts UK a few weeks back and saw these quilts keeping this car snug. The one over the windscreen looked to be in pretty good shape and guess the owner is not worried about preserving the past. 
Here's some eye candy from the show and sorry I can't tell you who they belong to as you have to have a programme with their name and number in it. 

Here's hoping I can get back to being a bit more productive soon. We live in hope!!!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

A Day With Di Ford

What a special day we had on Saturday with Di Ford coming to do a workshop at my home. I know everyone learnt such a lot from her in the time she spent with us. 
My goodness I'm looking at my fabric in a whole new light now and am really beginning to think I'm in double trouble with my stash because as I look at it ( not even going to show you the cupboard) I think I can double the size of it as it seems it has two uses. One for peicing and two how I look at fussy cutting it. 
Now I really do need to either sit and sew day in and day out for the rest of my lifetime or find the elixir of life so i can get through the mountain of fabric. 
Di bought some of her quilts to show us and the detail in them is simply amazing.

Detail in Rotherfield Grey

The Morrell Quilt

Everyone listening intently to Di
This is Sutton Grange which we made a start on. 

And guess what Mery even got to lie down on Di's quilts. I hear you all gasping! But Di didn't mind one bit and requested I take a photo of her. I guess my girl knows a good quilt when she sees it! 

A final decision was made about the border to my Jane's Garden which I started with Di in Nantes last year. It now needs to go off to the longarm quilter. 
I measured and re measured through the centre of the quilt but it seems to have very wavy edges. It's a much finer fabric than the rest of the quilt so am hoping Sandy will work her magic and it will come out right in the end. 
I even got a photo at long last with Shirley

Of course I had to have a photo with Di too and I'm just noticing the French dressing I spilt all down my sweater. 
What a wonderful day with freinds, good food and a great teacher. 
We love you Di, please come back to the UK again soon or we may all have to emigrate to Melbourne.


Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Not Quilt Related

Well is been a busy time here and have been on tender hooks for the last week or so waiting for he arrival of grandchild number two. 
He arrived on Monday evening and unlike when Abi arrived wasn't able to go straight to the hospital to welcome him with a grandma hug because I was looking after Abi. 
We welcomed him into the family yesterday morning and think you can see Abi is pretty chuffed with her new brother. 

So here he is the new addition to the family Max Richard. Very pleased they choose Richard after my dear departed. 
A happy grandma I am. 

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Shipton Exhibition

Sorry I've been a bit slow in getting back to post some more photos from our exhibition last weekend. 

These photos are of the room we put together of antique quilts. 

The red and cream is a gorgeous Durham quilt. 
This Amish one was purchased by one of our members from the Esprit collection when it was being sold off. 
Little collection of doll quilts . 

This is an early English frame quilt. 
Some more gorgeous fabrics in the English frame quilt. 

A couple more crib quilts and a pair of early pink and green pillow cases.

Hope you enjoyed the eye candy. 


Friday, 11 April 2014

Shipton Exhibition

Today we have been setting up for our Exhibition which we hold every three years.
We hold it at this glorious building in the Cotswolds called Rendcomb  College, it's a private school. You can hire it out of term time and this is the fourth time for us to set up once again. 

It's a massive undertaking to fill the space and we work in teams setting up in different room. 
We like to theme our areas and this year my team which includes my pic decided by way of a change we would hang antique quilts. 
Meet Emma she is our computer whizzo who likes making quilts out of her old t- shirts. She is amazingly enthusiastic and will miss her when she goes off to university. 
Aileen, mother to three and works full time. She finds time to make small projects and loves a jelly roll.
Sorry your a bit blurred Aileen.
Emma and Aileen mastered the art of getting frames up in no time with Sue and I lagging behind. 
That's Sue on her knees praying for some of our old youth. 

Sue our antique/ vintage quilt collector. Good old Sue we might not have been able to put our room together without all Sue's quilts.
It's starting to come together.

This is our spring section. 
This is summer and it looks like it today with the sun shining through the windows.
Lovely cake stand quilt. 

Lovely soft pink Lone Star with a prairie bonnet

A lovely whole cloth Welsh quilt. 
We've had a fun day together dispite the age difference's . We made a great team ! 
I'll be back posting again in a few days with some more lovely antique quilts.
So if any of you are around and want to spend a day in the most glorious country side and see our groups work we would love to see you.