Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Catch-up time, and patchwork
We have had a very busy few weeks here. What with setting up the Unit at the Antiques Centre, and also car boot sales, jam, chutney and cake making, and then the Fleamarket on Sunday, not to mention the monthly trip over to Malvern for the huge Fleamarket there, blogging time has been limited.
Above is a gorgeous applique wall hanging which I bought from the Fleamarket at the weekend. A lady was selling her late mother's beautiful wallhangings, bags and left over material. I bought £12 worth of material - some of it in half yard or more remnants - and this wallhanging for £25. I thought that all the beautiful pieces would have flown out but at the end of the day all that had sold were the material remnants. The poor woman must have felt like it was a personal insult to have her mother's work ignored. I was happy to pay £25 for this and if I had made more money, I would have bought a darker hanging for £45, which was black with turquoise, green and blue prints in the centre. I forgot my camera!, but I am hoping the lady will try again in November, when people might buy these for Christmas presents. Her mother had been so talented and with such a good eye for colour. She has truly inspired me.
Here is a close-up of the centre. All hand worked and with neat quilting stitches and tiny piecing stitches.
I loved this tiny "log cabin" style border.
Margaret W Lewis, up in Heaven, take a bow.
The bundles of oddments. I am thrilled to bits with them, especially the pretty Hollyhocks print one just below the roll of brown print. This has to be one of my favourite prints. Sharon - you probably recognize it as you sent me some in that wonderful parcel of material which I think is finally going to become a quilt this winter!
Sorry, the flash has leached out the colours.
I think the bottom right marbled style prints (small pieces!) are Kaffe Fassett designs.
You may noticed that these are all laid out on a sad old beautifully-quilted Welsh quilt. One I bought at auction for the design on it. (£10). Sadly both sides have discolouration from sunlight, but folded up across the foot of a bed it still has style, even though the colours are . . . drab! but doubtless practical at the time!
Meanwhile, inspired by the pretty yellow background quilt I coveted at Malvern last week, I got my husband to make me some small hexagon templates and have been making a cushion cover. Except that I have got carried away now I have new material and it could end up as a lap quilt . . .
I have just bought a couple of Australian patchwork magazines from Ebay and am heading off to the patchwork shop at Mumbles near Swansea when we meet up with Middle Daughter G today. It must be autumn as I have picked up my needle again . . .
Addition: the patchwork mags arrived today (Weds) and one has a lovely hexie runner, with granny's flower garden "flowers" in it, so that is now what I am going to be making. Only to put on the table when we have guests or it will swiftly be viewed by the cats as a Good Bed! I'll do a fresh post with yesterday's fabrics in.