Saturday, 17 February 2007

Had a nice time mooching and stroking fabric and came away with a nice selection of greens. The photo really doesn't show the colours very well, they're a bit washed out and seem to contrast more than they do in real life.

We've finally settled on a pattern. I was drawn towards Storm at Sea as I've always had a hankering to make one, there were four votes for Irish Chain and two votes for Saw Tooth Stars which I hadn't considered and immediately wanted to make. The surprise winner however is a pattern that is called London Square on Quilter's Cache. I suggested it and got a very enthusiastic response, so that's what we're going with.

This is an example from the turn of the century though happily she wants hers to be nice and scrappy.

I'm now off to run the OH to the airport. He's off to Marakesh for a week. Lucky bugger... I've got the kids on half term.

Friday, 16 February 2007

Isn't life full of coincidences. I've just been looking at Ferret's Blog and she's posted up pictures of her charity quilt which are scrappy bow ties. To be truthful I like her quilt better than mine, I wish I'd thought of alternating rows of large and small ones. It gives it a lot more depth.

In other news, I have a commission. A friend of the MIL has requested a green and white quilt in a traditional pattern to go on her Victorian iron framed bed in the spare room. She'll pay for the fabric and I get to play. I'm about to head for Hanson's Fabrics at Sturminster Newton to look at material and see if I get inspired. See you when I get back.

In the meantime if anyone has a favourite pattern that would look great in green and white on an antique bed in a very old farmhouse, let me know.

Thursday, 15 February 2007

Life seems to have gotten in the way of most of my internet stuff lately. I've hardly had time to keep up to date with everyone else, let alone write about what I've been up to.

The highlight of the past couple of weeks was that I was taken out for Valentines Day. It came as a bit of a surprise as we don't usually bother but MIL volunteered her services as sitter and as she's away for 99% of the time we didn't want to miss our chance and took her up on it. We went to the cinema to see Hot Fuzz and then stuffed ourselves with indian food. He drove so I had some beers which was nice and a good time was had by all.

The distinctly low point was that boiler died a week ago and proved tricky to fix so we've not had any heating or hot water until last night. Brrrrr! Hopefully it will be OK for a while, the engineer did say that if anything else went wrong with it we'd be better off getting a new one though which is not good news.

The only room with other heating is the living room so we've spent a lot of time there and so I've been hand quilting mainly. I did manage to put together the batik sqares into a border for the purple strippy quilt and I've just finished adding them. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. It looks to me as though the border and quilt were planned to co-ordinate when in fact the fabrics for the quilt were just what was in my scrap bag and the batik squares I'd not seen before I was gifted them.

The Gracie has disappeared under a pile of boxes, fabric and 'stuff' so I need to unearth it and get on with quilting these cuties.