Monday, 26 July 2010
Saturday, 24 July 2010
Cutting away is hard on the hands and takes ages to do it carefully. As this trapunto work will be heavily quilted close to the feathers I didn't have to be too exact, but you still have to be careful not to cut the top fabric. (I did this on my first two faux trapunto quilts, it is recoverable but makes you feel sick to your stomache).
I did this little sample first, mainly to see which background to use. In the sample I stitched one echo row outside the feather and cut round that. I thought that didn't give a clean enough line to the motif so in the quilt itself, I shall stitch this echo line later.
As you can see, when it's finished you can only see the outline of the feather on the back. As I like my quilts to look as good on the back as the front, I probably won't use this method again (but never say never). Another problem is the areas can be quite large in these feathers to have no quilting on them so I shall prabably restitch their spines to secure more fully to the main batting and the backing fabric.
The book will be for sale at the Festival of Quilts and no doubt shortly available from Amazon and her own site.
Sunday, 18 July 2010
Thursday, 15 July 2010
It was really quite emotional. And we thought they might have forgotten her. She was the very last person in her ceremony to receive her degree.
A little bit of fun watching Nigel Farage (right wing offensive British politician), watching his son receive his degree from the Chancellor Floella Benjamin, now Baroness Benjamin. Pure joy.
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
And if this photo leaves you in any doubt, she did well.
Actually the reason for this post is just testing sending posts to blogger from my replacement phone. (The previous one died in a cup of tea)
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Monday, 5 July 2010
A little corner of our patio.
A couple of years ago I sprinkled some double poppy seeds, this is the third year they have come up.
Saturday, 3 July 2010
I didn't manage to get a photo of the oriental poppy when it was all open. It's going to be moved (with any luck it might survive apparently they don't take to moving very well), as the red is just too harsh for the pinky reds and purples arround it.
And the woodpecker. He visits daily but is very nervous and just the action of picking up the camera inside the house spooks him. One day I managed to catch him.