Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Sunday, 25 December 2011
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
BUT, on a more positive note I have put thread to needle and achieved two finished pieces. The first was a commission from my technical support team. Grandson 1(aged 4) needs a 'Joseph' outfit, I was told. (By next ---day.) We agreed the landing curtains had just the right kind of stripe...and thus it was so. Joseph was robed. (He did very well - I saw a clip on his dad's mobile-only clapping a bit behind everyone else.)
The second piece was a Christmas bag. A friend and I have exchanged gifts since the days of yore. We each fill a bag of little things which we know will please and over the years it's become a custom to reuse little boxes/bags etc. (We privately agree that it's always our best present. ) The bags have been going back and forth for over 20yrs now and are getting a little fragile so I decided I would make a fabric bag and put the old one inside. The result you can see in the photo.
The old quilt you can see under the bag is a favourite of mine. It was hand stitched in lovely Christmassy colours by T's grandmother many years ago. It comes out every year to cover some table or other and has just become part of our Christmas.
Oh, and by the way, we moved into our present house (from a caravan in the garden) on Christmas day! And we cooked a Christmas meal! Happy Christmas. Stitch in the new year.
Thursday, 1 December 2011
All those little pieces from my stash have come together to make a new story and of course that is it's charm. One sees amazingly clever quilts at shows with impossibly perfect points and computer controlled machines to quilt them too. Is that kind of perfection the ultimate goal of the art form? Maybe for some folk and good luck to them.
I didn't design my quilt. I chose the spots and pieced them together. It designed itself. AND it's turned out very pink! It just happened. It was meant to be.
There's lots of french knots on there amongst all the spots including the french knots with stalks!Most importantly there is a little embroidery icon for each of the lovely ladies of The Wednesday Group.
It was only when I stitched the binding round the edge that the work became a quilt. Suddenly it started to undulate and become cosy. It's a quilt now and wants to curl up with it's stories.