Malvern Autumn Quilt Show

30 10 2011

I loved the show this time – lots of shopping and some interesting quilts made by well known quilters.  I have to confess to buying more fabric….

I enjoyed seeing the work by Jan Hassard and Lesley Brankin in particular.

This was my favourite quilt, strata dreams  made by Jan Hassard:


Things to be happy about!

24 10 2011








I’ve grown some amazing tomatoes this summer and no blight!

It’s half term..

The sun is shining and it’s 15 degrees and windy enough to dry the duvet covers….

It’s sit and sew this week…

It’s almost time for  Christmas patchwork….

It’s Malvern autumn show this week…

I’ve got lots of sewing projects to finish….

I’m going to make quince jelly…..

I’m going to cook and freeze lots of pears and make a fabric one for a good friend…

I would describe myself as a glass half empty person – inside I am a worrier and a pessimist but a few years someone who knows me reasonably well described me as the opposite, a glass half full person.

I was surprised and not sure whether to be pleased or not but it led me to read a book called ‘Mood Mapping’.

The book is about improving emotional health happiness and I took from it is a way to ease inner pessimism into optimism and to look for the pleasure in small everyday and often free things.  So the list above are mostly free or low cost but all of them make me feel like an optimist not a pessimist.  So now I’m off to sew in the sun because the kitchen is clean and tidy, the washing is out and it’s half term!


A trip to the V and A for a little inspiration..

10 10 2011

Since I started this blog about 18 months ago, it has received nearly 5000 views so I know that lots of you are looking at it even though it doesn’t get many comments.  I’m glad you’re reading it and I’d love to have the occasional comment on what I write. Today I’ve been thinking about inspiration  and what makes us all create..

This week we enjoyed a visit to the Degas exhibition at the Royal Academy and then to the V and A where we saw a free exhibition called the Power of Making.  It was about human creativity and desire to make things and though some of the exhibits were unusual others like the giant knitting on huge needles were lovely to look at. It had taken several sheep to produce the wool!

We also enjoyed the glass gallery on the 4th floor.  The glass ranges from ancient to modern.  I loved the colour and design and can see why Kaffe Fassett finds the V and A such an inspiring museum. The flower  fragment below is  about 2000 years old and yet in many ways looked quite modern.   The glass cup and saucer  are Swedish and less then 20 years old.  I love the design and colour in both.

I love small things…

1 10 2011

I always have too many projects on the go.  I was reminded of this when I took my Dear Jane blocks to patchwork on Thursday evening and there was a lot of discussion about whether I should abandon the project and use what I have already made in a lap quilt.  ‘When did you start this’ is a question I tend to avoid…

But maybe it’s my personality.  Right now I am hand piecing over paper a Japanese box cushion.  I was inspired by the ones at our exhibition but I already had had the kit a while. And I am machine piecing a modern quilt in essex cotton/linen and bright scraps for Joshua’s bedroom and machine quilting a large throw in Oakshott and I have my Noriko Endo picture to finish from the exhibition demonstration.  There is also a pear pincushion almost finished and a few other small and not so small things waiting to do.  You get the picture but that’s just me and I’m not going to change now!

So why you might ask am I showing you this picture from a French blog that I read when I don’t need any more ideas.  Well it’s just so lovely isn’t it? You can see more here and if you can’t read French enjoy the pictures or risk using Google translator