Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Wallflowers, Log Cabin & Farewell to Paradise
I love Wallflowers, their colours and their scent appeal to me - and they don't have thorns!
Yesterday a friend came to visit and while I pegged out the washing, she snipped off the straggly stems - to encourage more flowers.
The quilt I want to share today is one that always makes me smile and feel happy, which is probably more about when and how I made it than the actual quilt - the Quilt Police would have a field day!
I had been quilting for many years when my husband John died in 1997, about this time of year. For the next two years though I continued to go along to the prison to teach quilting every Saturday, at home, I read comfort books - mainly Georgette Heyer - and never touched my quilting.
I have some marvellous friends who used to have stitching days over long weekends, and they would invite me to join them; which I did - though on autopilot - and when I returned home I put the bags and machine back into my sewing room, and picked up another book.
The one day I woke up, looked at my large empty house, and gave myself permission to bring my sewing machine up from the spare bedroom and put it on the dining table and I started sewing.
I had several metal coat hangers full of fabric strips, held together with safety pins. I cut these strips using a plastic strip bought from the first quilt shop in Wellington, Patchwork Annie. In those days we didn't have access to all the wonderful rulers around today, so Robyn got in a selection of plastic strips and one took my fancy, it was a little under one and a half inches wide.
I then cut them into one inch pieces - oops - wrong size! I ended up with rectangles instead of squares.
So, I decided to use the rectangles as the centres of a log cabin block, sewing rounds of light onto the nine patch blocks that had dark in the corner, and vice versa!!
I can remember sitting there listening to the television or the radio and happily sewing from the pile of strips in my lap.
I did so enjoy sewing these blocks, no thought except was the fabric in my hand dark or light?
I did square off the blocks so that joining them together was easy, but not agonised over!
The dark fabric at the bottom of the centre block is one that I bought in about 1965. It is polished cotton and I wanted a dress with a scoop neck and full skirt - scoop neck from a stiff polished cotton? I don't think so! But pieces of the fabric appear in many of my quilts.
Sometimes I even used the same fabric for a whole round.....
And most times not - but I still feel good when I look at it !!
I also want to share with you another piece of vintage fabric that I planned to take along to Fabrications
It's a distinctive blue with these strange stylised figures that remind me of an artist whose name I can't remember!
All the men? with yellow shirts have the number 78...... Then we have orange pants with slightly less hair
And pink pants with even less hair -
I would be very interested to know more about this fabric and its designer if anyone knows. I have looked in all my books on the subject but can find nothing similar.
I will leave you today with a quote from the diary, "Prestige is built on quality" and with a photo my son sent that he captioned, Farewell to Paradise.
I've just got to get back to the South Island.........