Sunday, 27 June 2010

Snip Snip Whizz

Well the week went by so quickly and already I haven't told you about so many things!
I'll start with what has been keeping me busy in the workroom.... snip snip snip....
400 squares, at least 35 different patterns from the 1930's onwards.....
I needed 256 squares for a  Random Squares Patchwork Throw  but ended up cutting 400 before I was happy with the colours....Pieced and piled and numbered in rows.....
Finally the stitching could begin..... stripping....
 Ironing open dozens of seams as I went along....
Backed with pretty vintage Laura Ashley spriggs and a vintage rosy sheet for binding....
A brief glimpse before it was parceled off to it's new owner... oh this one was very hard to part with!
But I had other things to keep me busy! I was off to Voewood for the weekend, to enjoy the house and gardens, to meet up with friends and generally have a lovely, lovely time! It's not a bad way to earn a living is it?
The weather was very unkind. Indra had the gardens looking stunning and all the roses were doing their best but the wind and rain made it very hard for many of the stall holders to set up but set up they did and in the garden cloisters they put on a lovely display...
All manner of yumminess on one side including wonderful Robin Glass....and on the other side Faded Splendour were there with their lovely vintage clothes and fabrics...
and Emma set up with her eye for beauty in simplicity....
 ....she also joined me for a lovely warm up meal in the evening - all we wanted was a glass of wine and a warming bowl of risotto and we found just that! Perfect! And where was I?
More stalls this way.....
Down into the little Garden Gallery.... Oh lucky me! Out of the cold wind with Noo and Josie...
A blissful cosy corner, good company and a weekend of sitting and stitching and meeting customers new and old. I have recently been asked a lot about embroidery classes. A new project to consider in the Autumn perhaps? I have started to collect names so if  you're interested do drop me an email and I'll keep in touch once the long summer holiday is past. So much to fit in between now and then and it's only 2 weeks away!
To pass the time whilst chatting and stitching I also took to folding butterflies... I'm enjoying Origami at the moment. It helps me to relax and occupies my mind... especially when I can't work out how to complete a fold!!
Musical butterflies seemed particularly appropriate at Voewood. As a child we were often cared for by a Great Great Aunt who produced wonderful hats and toys using just old newspapers... I have never lost the sense of magic as a fold finally comes together.... How wonderful to discover a new species like this!
... settled on Josie's heart....
Another was enjoying Indra's beautiful flower arrangement....
Can you tell I got carried away? Once I master a new fold I just keep going... something from nothing. It always delights me to see what appears from the sheet of paper.
And it delights me to turn old bits and pieces of fabric into something to be treasured for years to come. Lots of magic here this week...
I hope you have a magical week ahead. Summer does seem to have arrived at last and today I am off to enjoy the sunshine!  Another busy week ahead in the workroom but the week gets off to a lovely start meeting Mrs Bun to do what we do best.... a Pick 'n' Mix Planning Lunch!! t.xx

23 comments:

KC'sCourt! said...

I'm so envious! That quilt is so beautiful, wish it was mine, I am going to have to go and get my stash out and make one - but not this weekend!!!
Julie xxxxxxx

Bobo Bun said...

Not only do I admire you for finishing it in such record time, but then being able to send it on its way. So much lovely work.

See you tommorrow X

Lottie said...

What a fabulous and productive week you have had. The quilt is more than stunning - it's such a gorgeous and unique heirloom.

Rain? Rain? what's that? Such a shame it was unkind that day - we didn't have any here - not a solitary drip or drop.

Your life looks packed and happy, and oh so exciting - and being able to make a living out of your wondrous talent is a huge bonus indeed.

xx

VintageVicki said...

Gorgeous :)

Admire your patience, talent & ability to part with something so lovely!

My Grannies Attic said...

Your quilt is gorgeous!!!! Your talent for doing that in such record time is amazing.

Love the Origami too!!!

Kerry xxxx

Menopausal musing said...

That was a stonking patchwork throw! Love the origami......

Frances said...

What a delight to read this post. You are quite inspiring.

The quilt is absolutely amazing. I love your organized way to establishing which square went where, and the speed with which the assembly took place. The new owner is a very, very lucky person.

The fair looks great too, even with the weather situation.


Wine and risotto? Perfect.

Yes, this is an inspirational post!

Cheers.

Shirley said...

What a beautiful quilt, I love the fabrics. I don't think I could ever part with it if I had made it. Love your blog, Shirley

GardenofDaisies said...

Your quilt turned out beautifully! That is an amazing house! And beautiful place to hold a craft fair! I love the origami butterflies!!

The sewing room said...

You have been busy love the quilt and the butterflies.Looks like next week is fun too have a great time hugs Pat.

maryannlucy said...

Fabulous quilt, and so quick :-)

Sophie - Chez Sophie said...

Love your quilt, I bet it was hard to part with. Your stall looks fab, glad you had a lovely weekend.
Have a great week.
Luv Sophie xxx

Shabby Chick said...

That is lovely, I couldn't have parted with it!!

Mel xxx

Cowboys and Custard said...

Hello you!!
Ok you have permission to smack my wrists for being a bad bad blogging pal!
I had a feeling you were busy and how! What is it you are on T cos I want some please.. where do you get your energy from?
Your beautiful quilt has shamed me in to finally, 4 years later, digging out my mum's old sewing machine.. determined to master needle and thread before I am completely incapable!!
Much love to you and boy and will send more by way of email soon.
Mx

Lark said...

Stunning quilt, Miss T! xxx

Tamsyn said...

Gorgeous quilt, its making me want to go and get my sewing machine out now, but I know I only sew wobbly lines:(
I love the colours that you have put together. x

andamento said...

Love the quilt, can't believe you made it so quickly. It must indeed be hard to part with something like that.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely life you lead. You are very talented. I really enjoy your blog. Thank you.

Planet Penny said...

Wow! I love that throw. I feel very ashamed because I have a beautiful piece of patchwork, completed (made at a class with Kaffe Fassett no less) but not backed or bound or anything. I think you've just spurred me into action.Voewood looks wonderful. Wish I could have made it. Penny x

A Time to Dance said...

Your quilt looks wonderful - what a lucky customer..but I have to say that its your butterflies which have taken my heart....

The Curious Cat said...

I adore that quilt! It is splendid! xxx

Emma Kate said...

I would love to have a go at this! Please can you tell me what the seam allowance is? Many thanks!

Gurwant said...

lovely design and patchwork!
The fabric too seems nice.