Down the Rabbit Hole HQAL

It’s three weeks since I last showed you my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt. That weekend I had nothing new to show you having not managed to do a single stitch! So, three weeks ago (and six weeks ago) this is where I was…Hand Quilting Down the Rabbit Hole

Three weeks later I’m doing a mini happy dance, a skip hop and a jump, having managed to finish quilting the pompom flower border. I’ve still to take out the basting threads, but the quilting is done!

I’m still not sure about this border, from a quilting point of view, I think I might have overdone it, however it’s staying for the time being.DSC_0602

I’m tempted once I’ve done a few more borders and having worked out the best way to quilt this design, to review this border. I’m thinking at the moment of maybe undoing the extra circles, just leaving the ones immediately round the circles, maybe with a few extra straight lines radiating out from the centre like stems in the background.

In the meantime I need to do a nice simple quilting design for the narrow border, just stitching in the ditch. Following this I think I’ll just quilt round each house of the Lapin Lane border.DSC_0600 (2)

I’m hoping that I’ll get the feel of how to quilt each area sooner rather than later, at the moment I feel I’m just paddling about in the dark, which is probably why this border has taken so long, I’m procrastinating!! Any suggestions on simple ways to quilt it gratefully received 🙂

One exciting bit of news, Sarah Fielke, the design of this quilt, lives in Australia. However in November she is coming over to the UK to do a couple of workshops and talks in just two locations in UK and two in the Netherlands…and one of them is in Slaithwaite (pronounced Slawit in a good strong Yorkshire accent!) which is not far from me at all! I missed the tickets to her workshop (gutted!) but I did manage to get tickets to her evening talk. I’m so excited, I’m planning to take my quilt along and hopefully get her to sign a piece of fabric which I can then embroider over and stitch to the back of the quilt.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

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On the Design Wall

Have you ever bought something and then wondered why on earth you waited so long to buy it?

I started making my niece a quilt a couple of weeks ago, however the design is in my head, not out of a book or from a pattern, I haven’t even sketched it out. I decided almost straight away that I really was going to need a design wall for this. I’ve been wanting one for ages, when I first moved into my new sewing room about two years ago I left one big wall free with the idea that it could become a design wall. I checked out a few bloggers who made their own free-standing ones, or roman blind types.

I decided to order a Fons & Porter design wall, these are about £28, they have a flannel front and a plasticized grid behind. It has eyelets along the top so I just hammered a few picture hooks up and it was ready for action…

I just love it! I can spend hours moving blocks around, I can go back the next day and they are still there for me to fiddle with! I can stand back and check it out from a distance….why did I wait so long!!!

Having made six of the seven paper-pieced hummingbirds for the quilt I finally got round to taking the paper off the back of them. I wasn’t looking forward to it as at least one of them has over a hundred little pieces! After all my prevaricating it didn’t actually take that long to get all six done, though I have to admit my sewing room looks like a snow storm, and they’re creeping onto the landing as I haven’t got round to sweeping them up!DSC_0594

I wanted a ‘low volume’ background of varying patterns for the quilt so I cut out a handful of 6’5″ squares and then lots of half square triangles which I have then arranged into flying geese, pinwheels, diamonds and sawtooth lines, at the moment they are just stitched in twos whilst I decide on a final layout. I need to stitch quite a few more to complete the quilt. I’m stitching the half square triangles using the method that starts with two large (9″) squares, stitch a double row across the diagonals before cutting the diagonal and straight lines to give eight half square triangles, it’s a quick and easy way of making them.DSC_0597

I’ve arranged the hummingbirds in a circle and now I’m placing the background blocks, playing with the colours and shapes. The centre is still just plonked, I need to make some half square triangles from the very low volume fabrics for this area I think.

I’m pretty pleased with how the quilt looks at the moment, I think it’s going to work!!DSC_0595

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Eighteen for 18

I think I’m doing reasonably well with my challenges, three quarters of the year now gone (where has this year gone???) and  I’ve completed six challenges with a few more almost there…and a couple just aren’t going to happen!  Here is my report on my achievements with my challenges so far for 2018;

  • 1 Etsy store opened; I’ve had a few more thoughts, I’m thinking at the moment of getting a few things on Etsy, in time for the Christmas rush, I can then see how things go and if it looks promising I can invest a little in a website.
  • 2 Tutorials; Still nothing written but I have got two ideas!
  • 3 Sessions a week in the garden; I’ve been pretty good with this one this year, I’ve been weeding, tidying up and moving plants around. I’ve some roses coming in November so I’ve prepared the areas for them. The old chicken run has turned into a resting bed for plants that needed moving but I haven’t quite got their area ready yet!DSC_0523
  • 4 Quilts;My total remains at three but I’ve made good progress on my nieces quilt in the last couple of weeks, I want to get it finished before I start my next BOM and the packet for that arrived yesterday!Hummingbird Quilt
  • 5 Craftsy Classes; I’m still at 1.5 classes, as I’ve not managed to watch any this month, hopefully now the evenings are dark I’ll be more inclined to sit and watch them.
  • 6 New Patterns; I’ve not stitched any new ones in September so it remains at five.
  • 7 Kits stitched; I’ve not stitched any more this month so I’m just staying right on target wit seven stitched over the year.
  • 8 Pages in my Stitch Sampler book ; I stitched a front and a back pages whilst I was on holiday, so that’s all the pages complete. I’ve stitched them all together, I just need to create a cover and finish it as a textile book! So my tally is now ten pages, exceeding my target!DSC_0538
  • 9 Pounds Lost!!! Oh dear, our scales have broken 🙂
  • 10 Mini Embroideries; I stitched another two mini embroideries for a group project with my Embroiderers Guild, a Pudsey Bear and a poppy for Remembrance. This means I’ve now reached my target of ten over the year! 

     

     

  • 11 Letters to friends; I’ve been much better this month, I found a pile of A5 size cards with my mum’s pencil drawings on – she was a very good botanical artist. The cards are a nice size to write a reasonable length of letter on, so I’ve managed three this month bringing my total up to five.
  • 12 Boxes or Drawers sorted in sewing room; My sewing room looks like a bomb site at the moment…so my tally is still eleven!
  • 13 New Recipes;I tried a new recipe for lemon and elderflower cake with a swiss meringue frosting for my in laws Diamond Wedding cake so my tally is now 8.DSC_0160
  • 14 Less Lengths in my stash!It was Sew Up North last weekend,  a sewers get-together in Leeds, I went determined that I would be good, I even took several lengths to go on the swop table.there was about 120 of us (I think) we met in the John Lewis cafe which is conveniently nextdoor to the fabric department. We spent over an hour chatting away about sewing stuff, feeling the fabric in each others clothes, I did feel sorry for anyone who went up there for a quiet cup of coffee before the usual rush! Anyway, once the socialising was over we all went fabric shopping round Leeds. Now clearly I know all the shops in the centre, but someone mentioned a new shop in Armley which is only about 10 minute drive out, so four of us got in a taxi to visit Fabrics For All. They have some beautiful fabric, I only treated myself to one length, a beautiful length of wool cashmere, it looks a bit like linen but it feels gorgeous. The selvedge is so pretty I want to include that as well! I thought I was pretty good really as this aim of 14 lengths less in my stash just isn’t going to happen!DSC_0596
  • 15 Posts a month; I’ve just done a quick tally and I counted 22 posts!! Not bad considering I was actually away for a week!
  • 16 cross-stitch smalls; I finished August and I’m well on the way with September, but neither are actually made up into a pillow yet, so I’m not counting them. Even so my tally remains at 16, target achieved!
  • 17 items of clothing made. I’m still at eight, so a bit of catching up to do here. I need some new winter clothes too so I must get some made. 

  • 18 Walks; My big walk was in September, my friend and I walked St Cuthberts Way which is about 62 miles from Melrose to Lindisfarne, over a week. It was a wonderful walk, a challenge at times, it took me a week to recover! I’ll try and write a post over the next couple of days to tell you all about it. So my total is now seventeen walks so far. Almost there!
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With a quarter of the year still to go I’m pretty happy with my progress, hopefully this month I’ll have a few more ticked off.

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Friday Photo Challenge

Today’s’ theme for the Friday Photo Challenge organised by Postcard from Gibraltar should be fairly easy for me as it’s purple, my favourite colour! I have purple in the garden, in our home and in my wardrobe…so a bit of a warning, I have LOTS of purple photos!!

I have lots of purple flowers in the garden, many in my Amber and Amethyst garden.

This is  my current Travelling Sketchbook for the Embroiderers Guild, the cover embroidery is one I stitched at the Knitting and Stitching show a couple of years ago on the Rowandean stand. The wool embroidery was from a mini workshop held at my Embroiderers Guild.

My pride and joy!! This is my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt wilst it was being pieced, I’m now hand quilting it. The quilt is in a lovely palette of soft purples and greens.

Heln wanted a colourful elephant quilt last year, so there were a lot of purples, pinks and blues. The elephants did look cute!

My Flower Lattice (my other pride and joy!!)  also include some purple stitching, the diamond with hydrangeas and wisteria was one of my favourites.

This chair is where I sit to hand quilt my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt. I went to an upholstery class about fifteen years ago and this was the last item I tackled. It was an old chair left in the house when we bought it, very shabby but very comfortable. I stripped it down to the frame, padded it with horsehair and recovered it in a gorgeous plum fabric. I still love it.DSC_0006

Catbells…I do seem to squeeze Catbells into an awful lot of these photo challenges! These were the embroideries I stitched for the Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook which travelled the world for it’s entries.

I seem to have made a few purple quilts too! These are ones I gave as presents, though I’m collecting them back at the moment as I’ve a talk to do at my Embroiderers Guild in November about my quilts, it was quite scary to count up just how many I’ve made over the years!!

A few from my wardrobe in various shades of purple.

My sewing room, I have to admit it hasn’t looked this tidy since, in fact my daughter just looked over my shoulder and laughed, she said ‘ Is that what it looks like when it’s tidy!!’

So there’s my 50 shades of purple! Do follow the link to Postcard from Gibraltar to see lots more purple.

 

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October Photo Challenge

On the first Tuesday of the month Wild Daffodil holds a linky party with her photo challenge. The theme for this month is Tree, I should be able to find a few images for this one as I love trees! It always amazes me when you think of the history an old tree has witnessed.

My first photo is of a miniature cherry tree I have in a pot in the garden, it always looks so delicate when it’s in flower, dainty little blooms! At the moment it’s leaves are just starting to turn to their autumn colours.

I love the sight of bluebell woods, they have an almost ethereal feel to them. It was only when I walked the Dales Way at Bluebell time that I realised just how strong the scent is.

This is a little embroidery I did years ago of a bluebell wood, and I mean years ago – probably about 25 years!! It was a Rowandean kit, it’s nice to see they are still producing beautiful kits, I bought one at the Festival of Quilts!

I avoided the Christmas Tree photos, but I couldn’t resist this cake I made a couple of years ago. I have a book of Christmas cakes and every year my children chose which cake we would have, some were more successful than others and like this one have been repeated a few times. The trees are made with icing runouts, the fiddly bit is getting the central tree to stand up and stay together!

This is a bit of detail from my Anderson Farm quilt, the whole quilt is pictured further down but I rather liked the blossom on this one.

Bolton Abbey is a beautiful place to visit, lots of walks through the woods and along the riverbank. This photo was taken a couple of years ago just as the leaves were turning.

I love looking at trees, their shape, their texture, movement…so an arboretum is my idea of heaven! Thorp Perrow is a lovely arboretum near Bedale in the Yorkshire Dales. Whatever the time of year there is always something beautiful to see.

My Anderson Farm quilt had several trees on it, I think there are seven in total, including the big oak at the top.

Anderson’s Farm

This photo is detail from a little cross-stitch I did a couple of years back, I think it was called the Old School House.

Another embroidery, this was for a Travelling Sketchbook on trees, as I was stitching it in May I chose to do a branch of cherry blossom.

Finally an orange tree from my Flower Lattice, the oranges were made by wrapping silk ribbon around beads.

Please follow the link at the top of the post to see all the trees everyone else has shared.

 

 

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Tall Year Square Etui

It doesn’t seem three weeks since I last showed you my Tall Year Square etui, it’s a design by Betsy Morgan which was published in Classic Inspirations last year. Each side represents a season so I am choosing my threads according to how I picture the season.

Three weeks ago I had just finished autumn…Tall Year Square Etui

It’s quite exciting to start winter as it is the last of the four sides I need to embroider, though I have just realised there’s more embroidery to do on the inside as well as the lid!

Winter is stitched on a beautiful Permin linen called rain, it’s a lovely soft duck egg blue. I’m using the variegated DMC threads so my next  job was to choose a selection of colours. When I thought of winter I imagined snow and frost, evergreens and red berries, midnight blue skies on a frosty night, soft greens and browns of decaying foliage…so  I’ve gone for a mixture of red and green, silvery grey/ivory, dark blue and brown, I’ve included a soft beige/green one too which I didn’t originally choose but it’s actually fairly similar to one of the ‘proper’ colours and it looks really pretty.

I’ve stitched nearly four of the bands. I love the coral red and green of the ‘flying geese’ border! The twining ribbons need one more colour adding, I want to include a red, but when I first stitched it it looked too much, so I thought I’d wait to see how the stitch colours balance out before I make a decision. The little bird is meant to be a cardinal. I do think they are beautiful birds and I would love to see one, however here in the UK the robin is seen as our Christmas / winter bird with his cheerful red breast, so I changed the cardinal into a robin, not quite so bright, but more like home!

So this is where I am now…Tall Year Square Etui

This stitch-a-long is organised by Avis, everyone stitches their own project and shares every three weeks, it’s a great motivator! Please follow the links to see what everyone else has been stitching;

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie

Also linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, follow the link for even more hand stitching!

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Jewelry Making

Last weekend I travelled up to Ripon to Alma House for a WI workshop on making jewelry from anodised aluminium. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but as the tutor was Rachel Poole I knew it would be a good day. Rachel teaches workshops in all sorts of subjects from stained glass to basketry.

We could each have two or three small squares of aluminium, this marks easily if you so much as get a fingerprint on it, so we wore vinyl gloves most of the time. Our first job was to decorate the sheets with patterns using Sharpie felt tips, squiggles, lines, circles, any design we wanted. The sheet of aluminium was then soaked for about 20 minutes in a dye bath, there was a choice of six colours and how long it was left in depended on how deep a colour we wanted. I soaked my squiggles on in purple, though it dodn’t get anywhere near as dark as I anticipated. I also did a splodgy one, just dropping dye straight onto the metal, adding spots in different colours. All our creations were then steamed for 20 minutes to set the dye. All this creativity took most of the morning! 20180922_131131

All we had to do now was make the jewelry! Rachel anticipated we would all make at least a brooch, a pair of stud earrings and a pair of dangly earrings…that seemed a tall order at lunchtime, but we all made that and more!

DSC_0577I tackled the brooch first, in fact I made two! I traced the outline of a sheep from silhouettes that Rachel had provided, stuck it onto the metal with a glue stick. Using a very fine hacksaw we then had to saw all the way round, moving the brooch and keeping the saw straight. It wasn’t actually as hard as I anticipated, he’s not perfect but he looks like a sheep (this is a bonus if anyone remembers the willow sheep I made, nic-named Pig!!) I cut him out of my swirly sheet, however I decided I preferred the back view as the purple dye had taken up the marks from the base of the steamer, making a rather nice dappled pattern, so I stuck the brooch back on the twirly side instead.DSC_0575 (2)

Once I had the confidence that I actually could saw round a shape reasonably neatly I decided to make a running hare brooch. This is from my splodgy sheet so it nice and subtly coloured.DSC_0576 (2)

The earrings were made using a stamp to cut the circles. The stamps were in a heavy metal block, we just had to choose the size, set it up and hammer them through. Another block gave them a concave shape if that’s what we wanted. Rachel kindly offered to drill the holes in the earrings, I don’t think anyone fancied that job.

I made one set of studs from the squiggly metal, a set of simply danglies and a more complex one with three circles of differing sizes.

For a one day workshop I was surprised just how much we managed to make, I wasn’t sure at all about how my colouring came out but when you only see snippets it does work, or you just use the back!! Either way I came away with some nice individual jewelry.DSC_0586 (2)

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Friday Photo Challenge

Todays theme for the Friday Photo Challenge set by Postcard from Gibraltar is delicate. Not any easy subject when you like quilting and dressmaking, but I managed to find a few…

This was the first hummingbird block I made, I think it’s design looks pretty delicate with it’s pieced wings and tail.

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This is the summer side of my Tall Year Square etui with it’s delicate shades of pink, blue and green and the pretty dragonfly centre.

Tall Year Square Etui

These are the seed heads from the Pasque flower, or pulsatilla,I think they’re just as attractive as the flowers. They look really delicate but they’re actually quite tough, last for ages on the plant…

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…whereas the beautiful blooms of my magnolia stellata look stunning when they first emerge in the spring, but given bad weather they soon brown and look tatty. They are stunning but delicate!

Magnolia Stellata

These flower paste roses are not as delicate as they look, with care they can last for years, I’ve still got some from special occasions 15-20 years ago! These were left over from a wedding cake I made. I popped them in a Tupperware box on the top shelf in the kitchen cupboard and completely forgot about them! About 2-3 years later they worked perfectly as a quick Christmas cake topper.

Decoarting Christmas Cakes

Finally a cute little spider (it’s the only spider I would ever call cute!) on it’s delicate silver web. This was one of the first things I embroidered on my silk ribbon and stumpwork flower lattice embroidery.

Flower Lattice

Please follow the link to Postcard from Gibraltar to see more delicate photos.

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Four Splendid (ish!) Blocks

Whilst waiting for my design wall to arrive (for my hummingbird quilt) I decided to crack on with my Splendid Sampler 2 blocks as I’d got a bit behind with the quilt-a-long. This is organised by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. Around 80 different designers have contributed a block each and they are releasing a block pattern every Thursday until November, after that (20 blocks) you have to buy their book.

When I first saw ‘Around Four Corners’ by Rachel Daisy I did think Oh my golly gosh! All those curves!! However when I got round to reading the instructions (having procrastinated for a couple of weeks!) I found that there wasn’t a curved seam on it, it’s clever use of applique.The background is made first of a cream square and the darker surround, Four squares are then made with 1/4 in the background colour, a circle is then cut from these and appliqued on.DSC_0572

It wasn’t half as complicated as it looked! I quilted round the inner cream area and did some echo quilting which would have been much easier if I’d realised it would make a circle instead of looking at each quarter individually! I stitched in the ditch around the circles and then did a little meander on the background to help the circles stand out.DSC_0581 (2)

Tulip in Bloom by Nadra Ridgeway was a classic case of looks fairly straightforward so I probably don’t concentrate as much and lose my points! I was quite pleased with the quilting though as I did a sort of petal echo, three petals and also the leaves. I do find that the blocks which are OK but don’t wow me are the ones I’m most adventurous with quilting, it’s like I’ve already lost my points so I’m not going to ruin a perfect block with poor quilting, so I’ll try something different…DSC_0582 (2)

…Flowering Tree by Amy Friend is another example of this. It’s made using foundation paper piecing, it was perfect until I came to trim it! The blocks are 6.5″ each, so when they are made up into a quilt they will be 6″ blocks. I used my 6.5″ square ruler to square the block off at the end…but lined up the trunk with the 3″ line!!! So my tree is a little windswept, being a little bigger on one side than the other, a more naturalistic look! I quilted it with feathers up and down each branch, it was a bit fiddly but I’m pretty pleased with it.DSC_0577 (2)

The last one to show you today is called Betty’s Bloom by Carl Hentsch. It’s paper pieced again, the original has about 6 different fabrics in, I happened to see one on the website with just two main colours, I loved the simplicity of it. I had to carefully mark the pattern so I used the right colours, but it went together beautifully. The only hiccup I had was trying to remember that unlike batiks (in the hummingbird quilt) I had to be careful to have the fabric the right way round. My seam ripper had a busy night! As I really like this block I did some very simple quilting with the walking foot just round the four starry points.DSC_0583 (2)

I’m just two blocks behind now and those are more hand-stitching than machine, so I can take them to do when visiting my mum.

I’ve twelve blocks made, sashed and quilted now, the first twenty are available free on Pat Sloans website, after that I need to decide whether to buy the book for the other eighty blocks. I’m in two minds at the moment as I know it is a good way to learn new techniques, it’s also proving a good way of practising the free motion quilting techniques I learnt on the Leah Day course. However the original plan to make two quilts as throws to protect the two newly covered armchairs in the dining room that Zach used to sneak onto with his muddy paws, is redundant as Zach is no longer with us. Another factor is the book is over £20…decisions!Splendid Sampler 2

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Festival of Quilts

I’ve still not quite caught up with posts from the summer, so apologies for this one being a few weeks late!

I’ve scattered eye-candy photos throughout rather than having a clump at the end! They were taken on my mobile so apologies if not as clear as usual.20180810_103543

Each August the Festival of Quilts exhibition is held down in Birmingham at the NEC (National Exhibition Centre), it’s the biggest quilt show (I think) in the country and every year it clashed with something in my diary. This year I was determined to go. I requested two days off work, booked a two day ticket for the Thursday and Friday (if I was going to go I was going to make the most of it!) I booked a train from Leeds at 06.50 which would get me to the NEC just as it opened at 10am. An AirB&B nearby and I was sorted!20180810_103518

When I was looking at tickets, the two day ticket wasn’t that much more than a one day ticket and I felt that if I booked a couple of workshops during the Thursday afternoon I would be more able to keep going all day – it’s hard work wandering round exhibitions! I booked two one hour courses which as it happens were both embroidery based. I’ve posted about those earlier in the month here.DSC_0127 (2)

Catching a train at 6.50am seemed a good idea at the time, until I realised my OH was away so couldn’t take me to the station! I booked our regular taxi driver for 6am, he had a panic in the morning as he had a puncture, so he sent his brother instead as he was so worried I’d miss my train! I got there with plenty of time to spare.20180810_103639

Of course whilst on the train I sat and stitched one of my little cross-stitch projects. I’ve not been to the NEC before, it’s actually very well situated, next to the train station ( a 5 minute covered walk) which is next to the airport and the M6 motorway! I also hadn’t realised how big it is, it’s huge, we were in halls 7,8 and 9, there’s 12 altogether!20180810_104127

Having arrived I decided to try and be methodical, up and down each row…I got so far in and completely lost my sense of direction! I went with a couple of projects in mind, my nieces quilt (the hummingbirds one) and a jellyroll rug. I was pleased to see it wasn’t just quilting stores though, there were dressmaking fabrics, embroidery supplies, general craft supplies.

I was pretty good with my fabric and just bought what I needed for the two projects, the jellyroll rug is going to be for our dining room floor to protect the oak from constant muddy paws, it may seem odd to use a handmade rug for there but it will be easily washable and I bought quarter yard lengths of several blue-grey batiks so I can cut my own jelly roll length, most jelly rolls seem to have a mixture of light and dark, I just wanted dark and fairly dark! It was certainly a lot cheaper than buying even a basic rug!

I fell for some embroidery kits, the mandala one is really pretty, I’m looking forward to making that one, if I’d just seen the photo on the kit I doubt I would have bought it, but having seen them made up it was hard to decide which one to choose as they were all gorgeous. I bought some beautifully hand-dyed linen for counted cross-stitch and a box of Aurifil embroidery threads – a treat!DSC_0571 (2)

On the Sunday I found the Rowandean stall, I always make a bee-line for them at the Harrogate show as they always have a stitching table where for £5 you can embroider a little project, it’s a little oasis of calm and tranquility amid the hustle and bustle of the show. I had just made myself comfortable when a voice from the other side said ‘Hello, I know you!’ it was Marilyn Pipe, the tutor from Denman College who originally inspired me to start ribbon embroidery when I went on one of her courses. It was lovely to see her and we had a good chat and catch up, I was quite proud to be able to tell her that my silk ribbon embroidered flower lattice had been short-listed for the Needlecrafters award. 20180810_111514 1

Of course the one big pull for the Festival of Quilts is the quilts on display.They were stunning, I don’t know how many there were but it felt like hundreds! There were modern ones, traditional, appliqued, pieced, handpieced, miniature, I’ve included just a small selection and scattered them through the post rather than one long photo-list at the end…this Cathedral window quilt had tiny embroideries in each window!20180809_115145 1

This one was stunning, it was about 12 inches square, yes, 12″!!!20180810_130736 (2)

There was also exhibitions of Russian quilts and Japanese quilts. There was a Japanese lady demonstrating hand quilting and her stitching was exquisite, so tiny and so perfect, quite awe-inspiring.20180810_103316

I had a fabulous couple of days. Helen met me to drive me home at around 2pm and  by then I had definitely spent up! Looking back on it, I think from a stalls perspective there’s just as good a variety at Harrogate Knitting & Stitching, but it’s nice to see some different ones, the more southern shops attend FOQ, there’s a few international stores too such as Lynette Anderson from Australia. Where FOQ does have the edge is the quilts on display, it is worth visiting just for the inspiration and awe they evoke. I’m already planning my trip next year!20180810_104627

Credits; I tried my best to always take a photo of the maker’s details too, but they didn’t all come out, hopefully I’m crediting correctly, otherwise huge apologies.

  1. Kyoko Yamauchi
  2. Michiko Inaba
  3. ? Liudmila
  4. Liesbeth Manning
  5. Philippa Naylor
  6. Catherine Tyndall & Rachel Tyndall

 

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