I have attempted to make the Farmers Wife sampler quilt before, I think I made about 16 blocks but fell out of love with them and they went in the scrap bag. I didn't think I would attempt to make it again until a couple of weeks ago when my friend Leanne (see Lizzie the quilter blog) posted her finished version. I immediately fell in love with the colours and the beautiful fabric she had used and I decided to get the book back out and start again. My lovely friend Janet and I started making blocks for this quilt about the same time but unlike me she has now finished hers. She said she has not done all the blocks in the book and it is a small quilt but I bet it is fabulous. I began my new blocks four days ago and so far I have made 11 blocks. The bulk of it will come from my fabric stash but I am always in short supply of white on white so I know I will have to purchase more of this along the way.
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
This morning I jumped the bus into Liverpool to see the Art Foundation end of year exhibition show at Liverpool Community College. I really enjoyed looking at all the students work. An added bonus was I met up with Linda (textile tutor) Jason (painting tutor) and Damian (3D tutor) such a pleasure catching up with them they are fab people to say the least. I arrived home to find a parcel in the post for me from Immediate Media. I didn't have a clue what it was and to my surprise when I opened it and it said I had won a competition. I remember entering one in a card making magazine months ago but as you do forgot all about it. This is what I won, four clear stamps and a little stack of ink pads. I am amazed and delighted. I just had to ring my amazingly wonderful friend Janet to tell her about my win because it had made my day and she understands the bigness of such little things. Thanks Janet x
Sunday, 16 June 2013
|More sketches from my tea time moments.|
|As you can see here I added flowers to the teapot and went on to teaspoons.|
Its strange how inspiration can just it you right out of the blue. I decided to fill in my application for Harrogate in September (entering the cot quilt category), as I was doing this I read the theme category "Its an Illusion". Now I have only ever entered the theme category once many years ago when I was very new to quilting and did not have a clue. I wondered as to what on earth one could make for such a theme and my curiosity got the better of me. Before I knew it I found an image that I made me think, I could turn that into a quilt/wall hanging. It is in its very early stages and I am not even sure if it will work or if I will even enter it. However, I still have a couple of weeks to decide so for now I will just see how it goes.
Friday, 14 June 2013
For me it has to be a tea cup whenever possible. I am quite fussy when it comes to mugs or cups. I can not abide thick heavy docker mugs, I like dainty delicate china or porcelain mugs or cups to drink tea from. I adore tea cups with matching saucers, I feel they are the pinnacle of the great British cuppa. For some unknown reason I awoke this morning thinking about tea cups. After the general house work I rummaged through my inspiration folder which contains hundreds of images I have collected from magazines, books flyers etc. I then grabbed a new sketch book and began to scribble. However, this was not enough so I began to browse the Internet for further inspiration as well as taking photographs of my own tea service. I love my tea service but sadly I left the saucers in the other flat when we moved out. (Warning check all kitchen cupboards one last time when moving house before handing over the keys.) I am no photographer (DH will probably shudder when he sees my attempts) but that's ok because I want to print the images out to trace around there shape. This will allow me to put my own spin on the cups when I come to add colour. Contrary to belief I don't always draw my images, sometimes you want instant results so tracing is a great way to provide an accurate outline. For those of you who say "I can't draw" that's fine because you don't have to, just trace your image instead. Again not sure where this work will lead, I'm feeling a little lost at the moment but at least I am enjoying being creative.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013
|"Beauty and the beast" oh ye and the photographer.|
|These Colin took on our day to Keswick. I waited for over an hour in the car as Colin took the pier image waiting for the sun to go down.|
|One of my favourites. He took this whilst we were walking along Heswall marina.|
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
Sunday, 9 June 2013
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
|Michaela, Ian and Cole in Haven Wales.|
|Me and Cole in the giant deck chair on a very cold and blustery day in Hav Y Mon.|
|Quality time in the caravan.|
|The four of us at Zorba's celebrating Paige's 18th birthday.|
|The birthday girl and her moustache cup cakes.|
|Darling daughter posing with a moustache cup cake.|