quilting therapy

Is it just me, or do other people find a sense of calm from quilting? Perhaps it’s the warm cosiness of just having the layers of fabric and wadding resting on your knees as you sew, or knowing that people have been making quilts for hundreds of years, or the repetitive stitches – but I love quilts and quilting. I am still a relative beginner and usually tend towards some sort of quirky applique number, but I like to think my latest quilt is an homage to the simplicity of Scandinavian style. I fell in love with this Moda ‘Winter’s Lane’ fabric and will be sad to see it go…but it is in my shop now: tied patchwork quilt

I discovered a new (to me) online fabric shop specialising in extra wide fabric for quilt backs and upholstery; gorgeous stuff and half the price of most of the fabric I have found. So, if you are in the uk and need very reasonably priced extra wide fabric, I can recommend Quiltbacks UK.

Photos of the quilt on our sofa and on our rotary dryer in the garden just didn’t look right, so my lovely neighbour let me use her washing line (so it seems only right to include a photo with her in it too):

my next door neighbour helping control the quilt
my next door neighbour helping control the quilt
Deerey Me tied patchwork quilt
Deerey Me tied patchwork quilt
Moda's Winter's Lane
Moda’s Winter’s Lane
newly finished quilt blowing in the breeze

As you can see from the quilt photos, it has been a beautiful day today – good light to show off the gorgeous artist trading card I received from Marie at Stokes Croft Stitching. You can see how clever it is with the light behind it (mounting it on acetate was a genius idea); a very clever lady!

Stokes Croft Stitching ATC
Stokes Croft Stitching ATC
ATC from Marie
ATC from Marie
co-ordinated note and ATC

And finally…I love Pinterest! I have been making little snow scenes in bottles and jars and, as is so strangely often the case, mini trees in their natural bottle brush state are far more expensive than ones dyed green, but thanks to Pinterest I saw that it should (theoretically) be possible to bleach green trees. They are not pure white, but a rather nice vintage cream – now ready to be re-glittered!

bleached mini Christmas trees
bleached mini Christmas trees

 

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “quilting therapy

  1. Irene November 15, 2013 / 16:00

    That quilt…. is just lovely!!

    • deereyme November 15, 2013 / 17:19

      why thank you very much!

  2. Emmely November 15, 2013 / 20:30

    I especially find the designing part relaxing. Picking fabrics and deciding how to place them to create the look I want.

    • deereyme November 15, 2013 / 21:32

      Absolutely! It is such a lovely way to use fabric – and two quilters can take the same pattern/style and make it their own by how they choose and place the fabric.

  3. Marie November 23, 2013 / 11:09

    It looks great in the window with the light shining through, I’m glad now that I was brave and tried it out!

    Your quilt is beautiful, The colour combination looks fantastic!

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