Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Off to Florence in the morning

Just a quick line to say I shall be absent from my computer for a few days, as Eldest Daughter and I are off to Italy (Florence to be exact!), somewhere I have wanted to visit since first seeing it when I was 18 or so, and they shot the film of Romeo and Juliet there (the ancient one starring Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey).  I can't quite believe I shall be going yet, and so getting excited is only very slowly happening.

Anyway, a quick photo of the Malvern quilt, on our line:

As you can see, it's unfinished (still has ancient paper templates in the back around the edges - Woman's Weekly probably!)  An unusual design though, and unique to this lady.

Last week I came down to the kitchen first thing, and found "someone" in residence on a kitchen chair . . .  Someone in possession of all his Crown Jewels . . . and he knew how to use them on occasion!  I am afraid he got bundled into a cat carrier and taken off to the vet's for the kindest cut of all and Ghengis is now more Bagpuss . . .

Expect one or two (hundred!) photos of Florence on my return.


  1. HUGELY jealous about your forthcoming trip and I shall look forward to the photos. Have a wonderful time :-)

  2. Wouldn't you love to know the story of this top? Was it made by one person or did one start the centre medallion and another finish the more organized sides? Were the hexies cut from clothes or was it made from what she had in her stash. Any idea of the age? I know you are busy getting ready for your fabulous trip (lucky you!) But you should send a link to this to Bonnie K. Hunter of Quiltville.com. She loves vintage hexie quilts. You c an find her on her quiltville.blogspot and also on Facebook.
    Have a great trip!
    Joan in (still) snow covered Michigan
    I was in Pembrokeshire two weeks ago and the spring flowers were WONDERFUL!

  3. Have a wonderful holiday - can't wait to see the photos :)

    Love the Malvern quilt by the way :)

  4. Ghengis looks like a larger edition of our Willis--good to know that he has been reduced to a non-reproductive status.
    That quilt has a rather gorgeous exuberance about it.

  5. Have a good time in Florence, and bring back plenty of photos....

  6. Have a wonderful holiday !
    I so loved Florence and I can not wait to see your photos !
    Ghengis is great name for a cat.

    cheers, parsnip

  7. Have a fantastic time! I was there in my very early 20's and have never forgotten it. Just stunning. xx