Distracted again

Chris is still recovering – and sends thanks for all your good wishes – and Barbara is supposed to be making sure everything is ready for Wednesday’s class and also the Flying Geese class on Saturday.   However, there is always an opportunity for distraction and displacement activity.  Which explains why we now have pictures of Maggi’s lovely wrapfolios (we still haven’t fought over who has which one!) to share with you as well as some closeups of a little piece of patchwork that was given to Barbara last year. 

Wrapfolios first – we loved these when Maggi first showed them on her blog (http://todreamtostitch.blogspot.com) and left her a comment saying we’d like to be included on her list of potential recipients (actually we grovelled rather more than that – Chris).  What a lovely surprise when she arrived at the Reversible Runners class with these in her bag for us –

We’re hoping that we will have some other pieces of Maggi’s work to show (and possibly sell) at our Open Day on 5th June so put the date in your diaries now!

Second, the little piece of patchwork – at first sight it’s pretty nondescript in the usual vintage hexagon sort of way.  But, like so many other pieces, there’s lots to enjoy close up.  Fabrics are 1860s onwards and many of the small patches have been pieced from two or three scraps of fabric

At some point the whole piece has been chopped up and rejoined, not terribly sympathetically –

 – the size suggests that it may have served most recently as a crib cover.  So far removed from those fussycut hexagons we’ve been looking at, but charming all the same.

Vintage fabrics and hexagons

Some of you already know that, over the years,  Barbara has gathered an assortment of vintage quilts and patchworks.  Just because we can, we thought we’d show you some close-ups from a small unfinished hexagon piece – look at the closeness and size of the stitching, not to mention the piecing of fragments to make a full patch.  The fabrics are delightful, ranging from classic small patterned chintzes to detailed roller prints, and probably encompass 1850 – 1880 in date.   Hope you enjoy the views! –

The blurry line across the bottom of this pic is a 12inch ruler, just to give an idea of scale.

Fabulous fabrics

With all our focus this week on the Basically Bags class there has been a certain amount of foraging through our stashes for samples.   Barbara’s trawl reminded her that she has yet to do anything with this glorious Liberty fabric –

which was a birthday gift from her daughter.   Barbara suspects that said daughter is quite anxious to receive some of the fabric back, in an altered state, for example a book cover or a laptop case.  The stash trawl later turned up two Oakshott fabrics which seem to work really well with it, so another little heap has been left out on the worktable to be dealt with next week.

Earlier this month Barbara was given a colourful scarf length of Indian printed cotton – more than enough to turn the mind to sunnier, warmer days, and possibly some quilting/stitching designs …

In the general rummaging that has been going on Barbara was also reminded that she has never got around to doing anything with this delightful small vintage piece of patchwork –

the intention was to re-make it using reproduction fabrics and perhaps produce a pattern – who knows, this may yet happen! (and pigs might fly! – Chris)  The fabrics in this piece are limited in number but are quite delightful in themselves

And, as for more up-to-date fabrics, we are thrilled to see that Quilters Trading Post in Whitchurch have their new website up and running – www.quilterstradingpost.com – well done Emma!