Monday, April 27, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
It's been in the making at home for couple of months. In fact it spent more time on my design wall than under my sewing machine, since the main part of the quilt is made from 40 different squares of fabric each with some significance to my friend. Balancing out where all the different fabrics would best fit was quite a juggle. Apart from that, the hardest thing was not blogging about it as I went along. Particualrly when my friend is one of my regular readers and she made a few comments about my not blogging on some of the days when I was working on her quilt.
Now it's safely handed over. In fact, it's sitting on her lap as I type. So, happy birthday!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Totally unexpected, and totally heart-warming for me, was the moment when I opened a tiny package wrapped in orange paper. One of the students gave it to me with a little note to say "thanks to my creative teacher". This is what I found inside:
. . . the sweetest little crystal heart, clear, with orange reflections. What can I say!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Now I just need to wind down enough to get some sleep.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I caught up with a couple of my quilting friends. V was working on her red applique flowers. M was collecting blue, yellow and black fabrics for a quilt and I was stitching the binding on a quilt. Add tea and coffee, chocolate, dates and cake and you have the recipe for a very happy few hours.
It was great letting M loose on my fabric collection. She only needed pieces a few inches across, but as varied as possible in those three colour ranges. V had already gone through her fabrics and came with three piles of squares already cut. I wasn't anywhere near as organised, so I put on the kettle and just brought a box or two at a time from my sewing room.
Of course we had to discuss most of the fabrics as they came out of the boxes:
- * where did it come from,
- * how much did it cost
- * who else has that fabric
- * what was it bought for,
- * what quilt had it been used for already,
- * what other projects might it be used in . . .
M went home with enough blue, yellow and black bits to do many more blocks, V finished her flowers and I got half way round my quilt binding, without getting bored. And my fabrics are tidier than they were when we started, though I can't really see that there's any less fabric there than there was. We'll have to do it again soon.