Friday, August 04, 2006

What a porky!


Cicely, the lady who founded the quilting group I go to when work allows, is 93 years old and has forgotten more about patchwork and quilting than I'll ever know. I was astounded when someone told me how old she actually is as she doesn't look a day over 73!

Anyway the title of this post refers to the fact that I did tell a bit of a fib in the last post - I did actually do something interesting in and amongst stitching all those sleeves this week.

Back in the winter time, before I missed a lot of the group meetings through working, Cicely set everyone off each making a long wallhanging of 6 or 7 different 6" blocks all worked in creams and white

I dutifully started with a single little block where I just appliqued lots of different ribbons on the diagonal and embroidered between them all in whites and creams.

I then lost this in the depths of the sewing room and forgot all about it

Then when I went to quilting on Monday the memory of my promise to contribute came flooding back to me in a minor panic.

So on my return home I excavated the depths of the sewing room and rediscovered the said block

A very rapid five more extremely simple blocks to go with it flew off the end of the needle over the Moday afternoon and the Tuesday and I handquilted them very simply and not at all competently in order to bind the whole thing on the Wednesday morning - PHEW!!!

The cream photo shows my effort - not that good on the quilting front - but passable, with blocks from the top.....
Nine Patch, Free pieced Log Cabin (a la Tonya), Appliqued 'Heart' Butterflies, The aforementioned Ribbon and Embroidery block, Appliqued hexagon flower and finally a Simple Star whose title escapes me (if I ever knew it, which is doubtful)

This will be hung on a single pole alongside the efforts of all the other people in the group who have completed their contribution to make a group wall hanging for the show

The colour photo shows a similar group project displayed at Quilts UK in 2005 by a quilting group called Selsey Quilters who I believe are based on the south coast of England - apologies if I'm mistaken on that one.

We will be hanging all the quilts this afternoon so I will endeavour to get a snapshot of my hanging along with all its mates in situ

Then I think I shall be pretty quiet over the next few days as I will be tied up at the show for the entire weekend - but if the camera behaves I will try to get lots of pics to show you all - Have a good one everyone!

13 comments:

The Calico Cat said...

That quilt streamers is a great idea!

quiltpixie said...

these are really interesting all together.... Remind me of preist's stoles

Helen in the UK said...

Your cream blocks look lovely - simple is often good. Hope the show goes well - we'd love to see piccies :)

Linda_J said...

Quilt streamers--how interesting!

Judy said...

Very calming and pretty. I love the one with all the colors....can't wait to see your amoung the others in a wh9ole display!

Have fun!

Fiona said...

That does look pretty - I'll be interested to see what all of them look like together. Hope your show goes well (and that you take lots of lovely pics for us to drool over afterwards).

Lois R. said...

How pretty! The cream colors look great. I wish I could see the liberated log cabin block better -- that's one of my favorite blocks to make. Looking forward to seeing your pics from the show.

Dawn said...

Wow I sure want to be like Cicely when I grow up! The cream and white banner is so cute, but I LOVE the colored one from the show! Thanks for sharing it!

Patty said...

how pretty and what a great idea to make streamers like that.

Cynthia said...

Your cream blocks are lovely. Have a good weekend and look forward to seeing some photos.

Finn said...

Hi Anne, so happy that the lost was found, and you got everything finished up and ready to show..*VBS* It's an interesting concept..the long row idea. Will have to mull that one over in my head for a bit..have a great weekend. Hugs, Finn

floribunda said...

wow -- those hangings are beautiful and all those creamy fabrics are luscious! It's giving me ideas for my upcoming row-robin...

Marcie said...

Your streamer quilt and the others are darling! What a neat idea!