Wednesday, 22 October 2014

It's Autumn in our garden .....

A few bright berries for the birds.

Some buds on our fig bush, waiting to burst in the new year.

The Last Rose of Summer!

Its lovely to see those last remaining colours before everything turns wintery!
Ann x

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

A Cornish Wedding ...

As I told you, the 'Drama Queen' quilt was made as a wedding gift for my niece.
I rolled it up and placed it surrounded by tissue paper in a colourful
peacock patterned box.
(Please click on the pictures to get a better view.)

Tied up with a white ribbon it was ready for presentation

Jenny and Ben loved it.
I was so pleased and happy that I had made it for them.
After signing the register
A very happy couple.
Even the vicar wore red and white!
The back of Jenny's dress was beautiful
And the bride wore red shoes.

Striking red and white wedding cake
(Ben supports Arsenal!)
and Ella, their dog, came too!
Jen and Ben with their aunties
Me and my three sisters!
My youngest sister is Jenny's Mum.

A beautiful end to a beautiful day.
Ann x

Friday, 10 October 2014

At last I can tell you about my latest quilt .....

I couldn't tell you about this before because it was a wedding present
and someone might have seen the pictures and let the cat/quilt out of the bag!
Anyway, here is the story.
I used a jelly roll called 'Drama Queen'
Just the thing for the bride I thought. She will appreciate it.
And she did!
The pattern was called Daisy Chain - don't quite know why
'cos it doesn't look like a daisy chain to me!
The border was made up with patterns of handbags and shoes!
My niece loved that, she saw both patterns pretty quickly.
She does love her shoes (as you will see later).
The quilt took me a very long time to make - 8/10 months in all
Mainly because I was determined to be very precise and make a good job of it.
I believe I have.
However, when it came to the actual quilting I really came unstuck.
I had five goes at quilting it myself.  I haven't learned to free motion quilt yet
and although I have done some in-the-ditch quilting it did not look right 
and there were five un-pickings!
So the quilting was done by Julie Peppiatt and she has made a
wonderful job of it.  I was absolutely thrilled with how it finally looked.
The back was definitely for the bridegroom.
He is a fisherman and lifeboat volunteer and very much in
touch with the sea - hence the blue wavy theme of the backing.
He said the back was 'just right for him'.
All in all a most satisfactory project.
My only stipulation was that the dog didn't sleep on it!
They decided they would snuggle under it in front of the TV.
I really feel I'm a quilter now and
already have three further projects lined up!
Happy Quilting!
Ann x