At last I'm having a rest day after the hectic time in Houston and i'm sitting in sunshine by the pool in sunny Florida.
My feet didn't touch the ground from when I touched down in Houston and it was wonderful to meet up with lots of old friends and a few new friendships were definitely cemented !
What a show!!! The minute I walked in I was transported back to The Infinite Variety of Red and White quilts in NYC back in 2011. Not such a big exhibit and all the quilts were made since that time when lots who saw this spectacular exhibit became inspired to make a red and white quilt.
It happened to be the ruby anniversary of the show in Houston so it was fitting they chose the NYC theme.
And here's Brenda Papadakis and me with her red and white Takes Two quilt that is available as a pattern. If your so inspired here's a great pattern.
I have decided to make a grown up quilt for Abi, she has some small quilts for now and I can always make something fun for her as she grows but I wanted to make something for her for later on in life.
So this is what I've come up with so far.
Remember the quilt I bought from Antique Textiles Company back in January.
This is the quilt I bought.
So I have used the centre for inspiration for the start of Abigail Rose's quilt as it will be known.
But instead of those shield's that I think are supposed to be hearts I'm going to make hexagons.
Here's my start.
This dogtooth edge was a bit of a challenge for me but i think its going to turn out ok.
I've also started Susan Smiths, St Neots Band Sampler. This is really going to be a slow project and so far have made a start with the hexagons.
I bought this delicious box of fabrics from Petra Prins for the start of this project at the NEC in Birmingham back in August. Honestly I keep opening it and looking at them. It's like opening a box of chocolates but not being able to eat them .
Lots of things on the go but that makes life interesting.
Finally Max is being christened this Sunday and this is what he will be wearing.
It's a family heirloom that has been worn by four generations of Emilys family going back to Emily's grandpa.
It's entirely hand made with very tiny stitches. I have had to unstitch the sleeves a little so we can get Max's arms in it. Either they had their babies christened very early on back in the good old days or they were much smaller babies.
It's absolutely beautiful and after will be carefully packed away and hopefully the next generation will want to use it.
I have had the most wonderful afternoon where I got up close and personal with Jane.
Not Dear Jane but Jane Pizar, my heart races when I see this coverlet and spent the afternoon taking measurements, examining the fabrics and taking photos.
This is on my bucket list to make and have been gathering fabrics for it for some time.
I have been begging the Cheltenham Museum to see this quilt for the past year after seeing it for the first time in 2010. I got an email the othe day to say they would have it out and I would I like to go to see it. WOULD I !!!!!!
What a privelage to have her to myself ( well Apart from the two museum staff who were most generous with thier time as they only work part time)
Today I feel I know her a little better.