Finally, I ended my last post with a flip comment about travelling up by train. In fact had I done so I would probably have been on the train that crashed. I can't really say 'There for the grace of God...' because it was only a fleeting consideration to be environmentally friendly to go by train but it does make you think about making the most of life and appreciating family.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
My kind of quilting
I had a fun time in Penrith yesterday with Lesley designing our collaborative quilts. We started with the premise that this was a quilt where precision ( not our strong point) was not going to matter. So 'Freedom log cabins' seemed a good start, as in cut a load of strips - in this case from African or African style fabrics in greens and browns- in random widths and attach them in random order and don't worry about the block size - that trims!
We agreed to swap stash fabric and then do ten starter blocks. The idea is to do two quilts so we both get one but we will probably join them up differently with different connector blocks. The stash share was funny as Lesley's was about a dozen fabrics and half of mine filled a suitcase! She had quality fabric from Maggie Relph though so it evened out!
I had a full afternoon to quilt today so got the basic blocks started:
They won't all be togther like that in the end and eventually the centre oblongs will be filled with appliqued african ladies in different styles from the book Quilt Africa. Like this sample block.
I also thought I'd show you some mugs I found on sale in Penrith that I really liked. I got two of each. I rang home and tried to describe the pink ones but all I could think of was 'They look like Amy Butler fabric' ... not helpful to my husband!