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September 2018

Where did the summer go? Its start of the new school year, my classes start again on the 18th September and I am just finishing off a new quilt to demonstrate in the morning class – its all about quilting!

I mentioned in last month’s diary that I was working on a ‘special’ quilt and I would tell you more about it this month. The quilt or rather Quillow was for my Best friend, Rachel’s special birthday present.

We have been friends since we meet at College. I wanted to create something special, Rachel had given me for my big birthday earlier in the year, a lovely cross stitch picture. Which I treasure not only for the image but also I know the amount of time that went into making it and time is always hard to find when working full time and running a home.

Rachel has always loved the Sunbonnet Sue design and so, I decided to play around with the design and change it, to create us, carrying a ‘bag for life’, surrounded with flowers for the central panel. The other eight panels were covered with appliqued flowers, all made in her favourite colours. And if Rachel doesn’t want the full quilt out, she can fold it up into the cushion.

We a lovely day out with Rachel and her husband, Steve at Anglesey Abbey, wandering around the grounds – I love the grove of Himalayan silver birch, as part of her birthday celebrations.

We also did three other National Trust properties in August – the other three were Calke Abbey, Keddleston Hall and Bolton House, while we were up in Derbyshire visiting family. As usual Tony took some great photos – so more inspiration for postcards and journal quilts.

On postcards, I created eleven during the month, many of them using Scarpie Pens and rubbing alcohol!! These are great fun and I think I have finally worked out the best way to work with them, the thing is you never quiet now how they are going to turn out!!!

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