Monday, 25 May 2015

Sunday birthday

After a busy week, I had a relaxing day at home for my birthday on Sunday.  The weather was nice enough for some outdoor quilting, with a jumper on standby when it clouded over.  Glyn popped the champagne cork in the traditional manner i.e. over the garage roof.

I have finally started handquilting my jelly roll version of the 'Dryslwyn' quilt from 'Quilts of the British Isles', a quilt that used to be in Jen Jones' collection.   I made the top when I was living in Brymbo and it was the first quilt we tacked on the frame in this house, in July 2011, so it has been waiting to be quilted for a while.

While I was teaching on Saturday, Glyn drilled through the house wall into the old larder for the electricity supply to the summerhouse and the garage.  The wall there is two bricks thick, but it is engineering brick, so it took over an hour to drill through each time.  This is the metal junction box he built to bring both the cables into the house - he couldn't find exactly what he wanted, so he built his own from a blank box.

Here's a photo from my 'Introduction to Shonai Sashiko' workshop at The Peacock and the Tortoise in Perth (I'll be teaching there again on 12th June). Last week was busy too, as mum & dad were visiting Dundee all week, so it was nice to have a day when I could have a lie in yesterday!

A trip to Tewkesbury

The last seven days have been very busy and I haven't had much time to blog, so I am only catching up with photos now.  On Monday last week, we went into Tewkesbury on our way home from Malvern.  We stayed in Tewkesbury this time and drove through the town most days on our way into Quilts UK, so we'd seen the beautiful old buildings and interesting shops there, but not had time to stop.


It was raining when we arrived in town, so we had to dodge from shop to shop.  We found a fantastic antiquarian bookshop which specialised in maps (so added to our Ordnance Survey and touring map collection), a proper stationers and art shop, and a charity shop where Glyn spotted an Aga kettle, which of course had to come home with us.

After the deluge, we went to the bank.  This has to be the most interesting Halifax bank branch I've ever been into.  The first floor at the front was galleried, not unlike Old Leche House in Chester, but without a fireplace and with the beams more prominently painted black.



The ceiling above the galleried section was decorated with mermaids in the plaster, shown in typical C17th style holding a comb and a looking glass.  I think I will have to incorporate them into my plan for a Mariners Compass quilt.

There were many interesting details on neighbouring buildings.

Here's an angel at the top of the door.

The smaller carvings included a few Green Men.

Chestnut leaves?


The building above has dragons on the lintels.

Perhaps it was once a butchers? There were old hooks and ironmongery all across the front.

There wasn't enough time to visit the antique centre up the alley this time (and we had very little space for anything in the van).

We'll stay in Tewkesbury again.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Quilts UK 2015

We had four days at Quilts UK last weekend.  The photo above is from Friday.  On Thursday, it rained all day and was really miserable, but after that the weekend improved.

The main hall has had quite a makeover since we were last there in 2013, with a new glossy rubberised floor that is much nicer to walk on and also brightens up the quilt displays considerably.

There is a full list of the show winners here

Liz Jones was show champion, with another of her signature applique quilts.  She has certainly found a winning formula.

Annelize Littlefair came second, with "Whistler: Fire and Ice", which also won the the piecing award.  You can see it in progress on her blog.  The pattern is "Glacier Star" by Judy Niemeyer.

"Cappucino" by Gwenfai Rees Griffiths won second in the bed quilt section. Beautifully quilted, as usual!

Andrea Stracke's entry for bed quilts was another with lovely quilting.  As well as very high standards for longarm and machine quilting, there were several really excellent pieces of hand quilting in the show this time.

Some more views of the hall.

The miniature category was won by Jane Wheble, with a very detailed Mariners Compass design.

I chose Maggie Farmer's quilt for my Judge's Choice award.  Beautiful work and fantastic minimalist design.  I thought it might have won another award though.

"Full Circle" by Terry Donaldson was my favourite section out of the special exhibitions.

The theme was 'A Celebration of Colour' and it was certainly colourful.

We were back in our usual spot in the marquee.

With June Fitzgerald, over from Australia.  We saw a lot of friends at the show.

We'll be back next year with Yuza Sashiko Guild.  More details soon!