On that day, we embroidered a blue tit, or chickadee if you live across the ocean. I finished the embroidery quite quickly after that weekend but had absolutely no idea on how to use that piece... until a few days ago.
This is spring break here. I had some time and plenty of energy and creative ideas so I finally jumped into making something. And here is the result. I hope you like it. And I also hope that Cécile will like the way I finished this piece.
These last few days, I played a game with my FB friends asking them to guess what I would create. Well, nobody has found that it would be a flower vase but some were very close with ideas like a pencil box or a fabric scraps jar. It can be used for that too!
As I know many of my friends were waiting to discover what I would have made, I ran to my florist's - one of the most beautiful shop in my town owned by a talented and creative lady - and she immediately made up a bouquet for the vase. Thank you Carine, it is a perfect choice for the vase. And because my quilted vase is not waterproof, it simply holds a glass jar inside ;-)
But because I could not afford to buy a quilt - I mean a beautiful handpieced and handquilted quilt- that I would have loved to have in my home, I decided, many years ago, that I would learn to quilt, that I would make my own quilts. I did start stitching samplers too! Why would limit myself to only one art form? Samplers would look nice on my walls too, wouldn't they?
I have learnt so much since that time. With each new quilt, with each new stitch, with each new fabric, there is something to learn.
It is also true with this quilt! Indeed, this time, I have learnt to do Broderie Perse but not only that! I've learnt to be patient, to enjoy every stitch. I have learnt to try not to keep thinking about the finished quilt but just the next piece and .... without even thinking of making significant progress, just because I was just thinking of finishing the next border, the next block, it has come along nicely, quickly, magicallly.
I am using the fabrics from the kit, which means that this quilt will not be unique...well, in fact, that is what most people think. But I completely disagree! Why is that so, you might ask? Well, this quilt is UNIQUE to ME. I may have used the same fabrics but it is pieced by my hands, each stitch bears so much than thread holding fabrics together. I holds my feelings, my thoughts and lots of meditative time in it and so much more.
Just look at the details... can you see that it's just a bit more than just stitching fabric together.
And once, the quilt top is complete, there will be the handquilting process which will turn a beautiful top into a unique quilt... to me.
So guess what?
I am happy that I have not waited to be retired to start doing something... I may not have started anything at all ;-)
And last but not least, quilting involves a lot of sharing time via social networks as well as in real life. It creates a kind of bond with like-minded people and it makes the world a smaller and better place :-) And just that makes me happy!
Just in case (but I doubt it) someone does know what pattern it is, this is the Di Ford Mystery Quilt that was published in Quiltmania in 2014.
Not only did I go to Rachel Ashwell's shop in Notting Hill, I also went to Cabbages And Roses on Sydney Street and fell in love with Pertersham Nurseries in Richmond where we had a great British family lunch. I went to many other places too but let's leave it at that for now. I do not need to comment the photos taken at Petersham Nurseries as they speak for themselves.
Handquilting has always been my favourite part! I love piecing and appliqueing but handquilting is what I like best. Probably because this is when I see my quilt revealing itself, coming alive! And it is SO relaxing!!!
I didn't have much time till this weekend to finish the first part of Natalie's quilted basket. You know, the thing we call "work" can sometimes eat up your time!! It is not completely finished though as I still need to handquilt around the appliqués and draw the marker lines here and there.
But as it is the only chance for me to write something on the blog this week, I thought I would share photos of this piece as it is.
I am not completely happy with the appliquick pieces. I really need to become better at this.
Hopefully next time, I will be able to show you the other sides of the basket as well as my progress on Mountmellick by Di Ford ;-)
I could not finish the year without framing the two samplers and putting them on the wall.
For Patches Of Life Sampler, I chose, like Natalie from L'Atelier Perdu who designed the sampler, a shadow gap frame.
For Tribute To Summer Sampler, I chose a large dark grey/black frame that suited the pattern well.
They will not go side by side but this is to give you an idea in the size difference between the two projects which are both stitched on 40-count, over two for the bigger sampler, over one for the smaller.
I had the two frames custom-made yesterday but did the mounting myself for the first time with, fortunately, useful advice from a friend.
Edit : evening of Dec 31st, 2014... Guess what? I was not happy with the tension of POLS so I did it again and now I like it a lot more ;-)
I'm 47, I'm married and I have two daughters. I live in Gascony, South West France. I love quilting, stitching, cooking and travelling.I am always trying to find beauty in the smallest things that surround me.