Friday, 30 October 2009
Evil spirits prowl about
Ring the bell hear them shout.
While the moon hangs o'er the fen,
Saints and angels rise again.
Witches, goblins, demons, ghosts,
Flee before the Heavenly Hosts.
Halloween, is poised between,
Darkness and Light.
It's the night the armies fight.
a mother daughter poem 2004
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Next Peter flipped it over so the fabric side was on top and sewed over all the lines again. He's using a variegated thread from Superior Threads' King Tut range #934 Nile Delta
Friday, 23 October 2009
The Texture Magic packets are 47" X 18" That's half a yard and will fit two fat quarters. So I'll cut off the other half and save it for the next project. Next I''ve pinned the fat quarter to the Texture Magic.
I'm going to sew along the grid lines on the fat quarter.
Here it is, all sewn along the grid lines.
Now, following the directions on the packet, I'm going to steam the Texture Magic side, taking care not to actually touch the fabric.
Now I've turned it round to the fabric side and am steaming it a bit more. WOW! Great texture. And blogging about it took far longer than doing it!!
Monday, 19 October 2009
These pre-cut squares are sold to quilters looking to achieve the shabby chic of instant vintage. This fabric is so soft and comfortable as only fabric mellowed by many washings over time can be. The sales from the back squares more than cover the cost of the shirts. That means that Liz and her friends are quilting for free as they salvage all they can from the rest of the shirts.
Liz uses the yoke, sleeves and the fronts of the shirts to make squares and strips which she in turn uses to create her own quilts and bags. All the buttons are saved too. My favourite part that Liz salvages from the shirts is the french seam that runs from the cuff to under the arm and then down the sides of the shirts. Liz slices these off, and uses them like pieces of string to tie a bag shut, wrap presents or to tie a bunch of flowers from the garden. In fact the only part of the shirts that Liz hasn't found a use for is the collar. Perhaps that's just as well as with my husband's shirts it's always the collar that wears out first.
Liz has gone back to the Isle of Wight now. But she's left me a great present. I just love the way these 'shirt strings' look hanging from a hook on the beam in my kitchen. They look so pretty that I don't really want to use them. Then again, I suppose I could just make more of my own.
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Liz Burns came up from the Isle of Wight for a machine quilting workshop last week. It was a pleasure to get to know Liz. I'll be blogging more about Liz and her Rags to Stitches Charity project on future posts.
Friday, 16 October 2009
A new gadget can be daunting. You see it at the show. It looks so easy. So in the heat of the moment you buy the thing. But when you get it home there can be a certain 'quilters block' when it comes to getting it out of the box and starting to quilt with it. A workshop can be just the thing to get over the hump, bridging the gap between watching someone else and confidently doing it yourself.
For people traveling any distance, there is an award winning B&B just across the street. Margaret and David at Chaplin House will make your stay something special. so much so that many people who came to Chaplin House for an initial workshop keep on coming back again and again to just to enjoy the hospitality. http://www.chaplin-house.co.uk/