Friday, 25 October 2013

Next Steps

The five columns are done, the vertical sashing strip and borders are cut and I'm gearing up for the QAYG construction.

A few bits to sort out and I can start putting it all together. A little creative patching will be required for the backing columns as I'm a bit short of fabric to make it all the same (I bought the last yardage on the bolt but it wasn't enough) - but then again, that fits in with the improvisational nature of the quilt.

Also have to cut out the batting strips - not looking forward to that as it usually seems to have a mind of its own. If anyone has any tips on that I'd appreciate some.

I'll let you know how I get on,
Sue xxxx

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Flannel Update

You may have to take my word for it but this is progress. Things should move along a little faster from here.....

Back to work,

Sue xxxx

Thursday, 17 October 2013

It Seems to be Working

A quick post....another finish for October. (My plan to not start anything new seems to be working - to a point.)

This tablerunner is another Christmas 2012 project finished in time for Christmas 2013 - better late than never as the old adage goes.

Meanwhile my head hurts from the maths to prepare all the other bits for the flannel quilt - in other words I may be a bit short of fabric for the backing - another reason to get creative....

Back to the calculations,

 Sue xxxx

Saturday, 12 October 2013


More October progress...............

Thirty improv blocks ready to be trimmed - step 1, tick.....

Step 2 set to get underway this week - sashing strips and QAYG - improv of course.....

And on our sunny doorstep this week - this little group hanging out together......

What else would you do if you were a lizard and the sun was shining?

Sue xxxx

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Ceramics and Other Delights

This is another  somewhat belated and unapologetically photo laden post - this time mainly of ceramics we encountered in museums, galleries and shops along our Silk Road journey earlier in the year. You will see the design links to the tiles, carpets and textiles. Such a rich history.......and something for everyone. They are in no particular order - I think we've gone past that point, don't you?

(Many  were behind glass which impacted on the photos - but you'll get the idea........)


                   Beautiful metalwork as well.......

  (Above is a leather container for safely carrying precious porcelain bowls .)

                      (A traditional family pottery.)

                                                         (Every artisan needs an assistant.)

.................and a modern family pottery and gallery.............true artists.....

First traditional hospitality - tea and delicious homemade sweets and savouries............ served in a delightful courtyard which was surrounded by the pottery and gallery. An absolute oasis from the world outside the walls............)

(This was called traveller's bread - a dried, thin crispy version of the local breads and very tasty - as was everything....)



  (Design samples - and I know what any quilters are thinking - that was my immediate reaction, too.)

Another museum.......or two......

These are the ones that came home with us......some traditional, some modern...

Til the next catch up,
Sue xxxx