WE'LL THROW A HEALING QUILT ACROSS AN EVER AILING WORLD
A long post today...desk first, then you can duck out sideways if you'd like!
Bag making time again! I'm using the Botanicals fabric together with this pale green cotton.
It's at this point that you begin to wonder if you've done everything ok so far, or whether it's all backwards! And yes, I have finished a bag before now, only to discover the zip was upside down.....
But not, I'm happy to report, this time! Phew :-)
The zip is the right way up....yay, happy dance!!
This was the only thing I sewed this week as we were away at the weekend, taking our younger son to a University Open Day...in Lampeter, West Wales. We bumped into a familiar face en route....
We met up with Hettie for lunch in Abergavenny - it was good to catch up for a brief natter and hear all about her recent trip to the US!
When we got to Lampeter, we had a stroll around the town - it's very quaint, quite small but we stumbled across a Quilt Museum! Oh dear, what a shame..... I left my menfolk to potter and in I went, not expecting much to be honest...
Wow, was I wrong!! It was the most amazing double height space featuring one woman's collection of Victorian quilts. These were made by men who worked in the woollen mills nearby, of which there were many making Welsh flannel and blankets. These were all from off cuts, very much the 'make do and mend' mentality.
This was the back of one of them, which I found just as interesting as the front! It showed what fabric the off cut had come from and was neatly labelled up.
This end of the space featured quilts made by people in the home, from old clothes and sheets etc - the exception was that bright red patterned one which was made by a soldier after the Boer war...the stitching on that was fantastic! All hand done......
There were quilts everywhere! The patterns were amazing....
I love this one, though it did make my eyes go funny!! I love the figure in the main fabric.
A simpler pattern, but no less effective.... as were these....
I took a whole load of photos but we'd be here all day if I put them all up!
There were modern examples of quilting too - this owl made me smile.
There were two smaller rooms exhibiting fabric and textile artworks - the table in the middle was piled high with quilting and fabric books to peruse....I've got to go back cos I just didn't have enough time in there!
They were marvellous but this was my favourite....something to aim for, eh? Better get some practise with that free machining foot I bought recently!!
So, sorry for the long post today. but if you're ever in the area, I highly recommend a visit...especially as there was a very fine fabric shop, Calico Kate's, right next door!
Have a great week :-)