The weather has turned miserable again in Cornwall, one minute we have blue skies, the next torrential rain. Although I really need to get on with cutting down and pulling out things in my garden, frankly it's too flipping cold. Yes, I am a fair weather gardener. I was also hoping to get out for a walk on the beach, but again rain stops play, so indoor pursuits it is.
Like many quilters, crafters, dressmakers, ragruggers etc. I have a room full of UFO's - unfinished objects. So many in fact I can't decide which one to get on with, the picnic quilt I'm making out of my sons old jeans, the Australian fabric quilt/bag/or something else that I can't make up my mind about. None of them are floating my boat at the moment, but I really can't start something new.......can I?
I have come very late in life to anything that involves sewing. My mother was a tailor and dressmaker and made beautiful clothes, she tried to get me interested but I was having none of it. I was a tomboy and didn't want to wear the beautiful dresses she made for me. I never even learnt to sew on a button as I would just get my mum to do it for me.
A few years ago however I decided to join a quilting group, I don't know why as I didn't know a quilt from a tablecloth, but I went along a loved it. I'm not one for straight lines and perfect cutting, I admire people who are, but I don't have the patience, if I had to rip something out to do it again, I would lose interest. I also want to make things that are going to be used everyday and not just looked at. My quilts include new fabric, but I try to use as much recycled fabric as possible, especially clothing from my family. I look at the quilts and remember my boys wearing those shirts or shorts that have been cut up and included. They are a mixture of hand/machine pieced and quilted.
I thought I would share some of my favourite quilts I have made over the last few years. Perhaps it will inspire more people to join the world of patchwork and quilting. If I can do it anyone can.
This cot quilt was made for our granddaughter
I started making this for my son when he lived at home. It took me so long he moved out before I finished it. So it became a house warming present, he uses it as a throw over a chair he doesn't like the colour of.
I wanted a little hand stitching project I could take out and about, I really enjoyed
This quilt is very special to me. When my dad died I had the difficult task of clearing his house. I kept one of his shirts to include in a quilt. I also included my partners, sons and one of my shirts, it is my memory quilt. When I'm poorly I wrap this around me and its like having their arms around me.
The first big quilt I made for our bed, we then changed the colour of the room and bought a bigger bed!
The King size quilt for our new bed, I wanted it to have a 'retro' feel to it. When I cleared my parents house I found fabric left over from my mums dressmaking so have included it in this quilt.
A dear friend was moving away, far away!! so I wanted to make something to remind her of Cornwall, and guess what her favourite colour is. I having quilted things that are personal to her and Cornwall, so have included a samba drum and a Cornish pasty
The cot quilt I made for our grandson
Any quilters, patchworkers out there?