Well, apparently Summer is here, officially. It doesn’t feel like it with high winds and rain today! I have now had some of my work published, details can be found here and
Summer tends to be the time for day trips out and holidays, that often provide inspiration for more quilted postcards. For me, these next few months are usually about smaller projects, like the postcards and hexagons, that can be put in my bag and taken where ever I go.
Over the half term we went to Mersea Island and I stitched two postcards – part of the new series I have started on ‘Gates’. I am sure that Freud would have some fantastic explanation why I like gates and doorways into gardens!! I also tacked over 200 hexagons (for another quilt using Tilda’s Sweet Christmas range) and worked out the basics of tatting – just need to find the time to make something actually in tatting, like a nice border for a shirt.
On the teaching front, the Textured Flower Cushion has been loved by everybody who has seen it. I have completed the runner ‘The Birds and the Butterflies’ and I have started teaching a double sided quilt-as-you-go quilt called Woven. This is a project that will last over the summer holidays and as it is in 15½” squares it isn’t too big or hot to handle – if we get hot weather!
When sending work to the magazine (I am next in Popular Patchwork in the July edition on sale 26th June) and when doing the teaching notes, you have to name the item. Sometimes this is easy the Textured Flower cushion is a textured flower (!) but sometimes it is really hard to work out the right name. The Birds and the Butterflies runner was terrible to find something that worked, but the new quilt name came about as someone (and I don’t know who said it is class) said the design had a woven look – hence the name!