Wahoo! I finished a quilt! In fact I had a bit of a Groundhog Day – a finished quilt, faithful quilt holder-uppers and a sunny National Trust garden 🙂
First of all the Quilt Along: I’m signed up to do the Jelly Roll Waves QAL with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts. This week we have the opportunity to share our fabric choices in the link up. I’m hoping to achieve an ombre´ effect across my version of the quilt. I bought these Moda solid fat quarters at the Sandown quilt show hoping the range of colour value is broad enough to create the effect I have in mind. I’m having doubts about the coral contrast fabric though…
Now, stepping back a few weeks: During our holiday in Yorkshire we visited the Minster town of Beverley. Inside Beverley Minister itself and the parish Church, St Mary’s, there was plenty to grab the attention of a patchwork quilter both in the patterns of the floor tiles and in the needlework on display. The skies were very grey that day so I struggled to take many photos worthy of posting but I hope you will bear with the rather grainy images and maybe find some patchwork inspiration 🙂
(Followers of the TV series ‘Victoria’ might recognise this view as filming of the coronation scene took place here rather than in Westminster Abbey).
An interesting patchwork pattern 😉
The founder of the original church on the site of the present day Minster was Bishop John. He died in the year 721 (that really is the year seven hundred and twenty one AD) and his remains are buried beneath the Minster. Miracles were attributed to him and gained him the status of a Saint. Recently embroiderers at a local College set about recording episodes from St John’s life in a 90ft long series of hand stitched pictures.
Nearby was a modern felt applique wall hanging that had obviously used the floor tiles as inspiration.
The Church has many Medieval stone and wooden carvings. I was particularly struck by this carving of an elephant in the choir stalls. To most people of those times an elephant must have been a fantastical, mythical beast.
And finally a Medieval stone carving of a rabbit.
Lewis Carroll (author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) visited St Mary’s, saw the carving and Bob’s-Your-Uncle the White Rabbit began running around in his imagination!
I wonder what has inspired your creativity recently?
Linking with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts for Week 1 of the Jelly Roll Waves QAL. It will be very interesting to see the fabric choices made by the other patchwork quilters taking part (and it’s not too late to join in with the QAL).
Welcome to a Bank Holiday edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Published a day late this week due in part to a rush to finish a quilt and a trip to the seaside. More of these two in a mo… But first, a reminder that this is an opportunity to enjoy a virtual sewing day so bring along your project(s) and share in the conversations and inspiration doing the rounds of the Worldwide Quilty Community. Please do leave your links and reactions in the comments box at the end of this page. Thank you!
My newly finished quilt travelled with us to Eastbourne and joined us on an early morning walk along the promenade.
Rewind a few days to view a chronological progress of the quilt in the making:
I decided to quilt straight lines 5″ apart and at an angle of 30º to create a diamond grid across the quilt. I’m pleased with the effect and the soft drape of the finished quilt. The quilt is called ‘Diamond Chips’ – thinking of the little pieces of fabric being facets catching light just as diamonds do (fanciful I know but I can’t help myself!).
We are in Eastbourne enjoying not only the sea air and pre-breakfast walks along the prom but also the gifted Bible teaching given by speakers at the 11th annual Bible By The Beach conference. Don Carson is the ‘headline act’ and we trying hard to absorb his teaching as well as the teaching we’ve received at other seminars hosted by churches across the town. We came last year so it’s been easier to get orientated and settled second time around – we’ve been very Anglican in our habits and are even staying in the same guest house (not the same room/pew though!) 😉
My blog reading has been a bit curtailed due to time spent finishing the ‘Diamond Chips’ quilt and having a weekend away from home but here are some links into the Worldwide Quilting Community that I hope you will find of interest:
Keeping with the scrappy theme: here is a link to a free tutorial by Allison Harris. Her Strips and Squares Quilt looks to be a great way to use up scraps and leftover fabrics 🙂
Cindy has made a sweet baby quilt. It’s the way she has quilted meandering feathers around the patchwork design that really caught my attention… Lovely!
I do so enjoy being part of the on-line quilting community. Reading blog posts and sharing my quilting ups and downs gives me a lot of pleasure. I had an unexpected bonus waiting for me in my email inbox today – I won a pattern by Myra Barnes of Busy Hands Quilts 🙂 The pattern is called ‘Boundless Beauty’and is the one I requested if I should happen to win the give-away. Myra will shortly be hosting a Quilt Along of one of her other patterns called Jelly Roll Waves. I can see I will be making both….
Chela uses little pieces of fabric, fmq and threads to make journal pages and portraits. She’s looking for books and tutorials that give guidance on how to make fabric faces. Perhaps you could help with some suggestions for her?
Patty over at Elm Street Quilts shares her Top Ten Notions for Hand Piecing. Lots of useful tips and advice to be found there.
Linking my finished quilt with Michelle’s Brag About Your Beauties, Beauties Pageant.