Sunday, 11 January 2015

Can I Have A Drum Roll Please?

One Finished Quilt......



This is the backing...




And here is the Lovely Phyllis, without whom this quilt would not have been made.....


I'm wondering if she's the only sewing machine with a Classical Name? The story of Phyllis is this: she was the daughter of a Thracian King who married Demophon, King of Athens on his way back from the Trojan War. He was duty-bound to return to Greece and Phyllis killed herself when she thought she'd never see him again. An Almond Tree grew at the place of her burial and it was said to blossom when Demophon returned to find her. In some legends the tree is a Hazelnut and hazelnuts are still called filberts today in her honour.

Possibly not the most obvious name for a sewing machine, but it came to me last night while we were working together on the quilt and it has stuck (plus I liked it more than M's suggestion which was Barbara- not that there is anything wrong with the name Barbara, it just didn't suit her. No problems with my sanity, eh?).

I'm dead chuffed to get it done. Reckon it took about 24 hours when all's said and done (not including fabric purchase time). I slept with it on the bed last night and it was Cosy As. Next project: L's quilt and some cross stitch. M has also put an order in for a summer quilt :o)

Hope we are all having a lovely weekend? I'm off to make a Lemon Drizzle for Ma's birthday.

CT :o)


 

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  1. Our tractors have names CT. So you are not the only one who gives machinery names. We have patch quilts that my grandmother made many moons a go. She died forty years a go and she is still keeping us warm. Even stranger: my mum was called Phyllis.

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    1. Our cars do too: Chilli and Yoric :o) That's such a lovely expression, that your grandmother is still keeping you warm. I think that's exactly what makes handmade things so special. Did your mum know her name belongs to nut trees?

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  2. Toot toot toot toot toot toot toot toot toot!!! (that is the sound of trumpets in case you were wondering!) BRILLIANT!!!! I love it. Love the colours, the fabrics, the backing, the design of the quilting. Everything!!! Just fabulous!! Phyllis is a great name for a sewing machine too. Mine doesn't have a name poor thing. I hope that you and P have many more happy sewing times together! Happy Snuggling! xx p.s. jealous as heck by the way - can't believe you finished it already, really want to get on with mine NOW! xx

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    1. Thank you! :o) Me starting on this quilting malarkey was in no small way down to you and the wonderful pieces you produce, so thank you for that too :o) I am now looking forward to seeing your finished quilt (and to hearing what name you come up with for your S Machine :o) ) xx

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  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MA!!!!! H-m-m-m-m, a lemon drizzle, I think I can figure that one out, sounds nice n lemony. he,he Lovely job on the quilt with the help of Phyllis, although I think a second name as most all have a second name. Phyllis B........ooh, I am being silly. I think I enjoy making a quilt except i do not have a Phyllis B to help, so I would have to do all that stitching on my own. I can remember my Mum going to Church on Sunday afternoons to help with the quilt making and there were no Phyllis B's .......just hands. Have a wonderful day.

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    1. Thanks my dear :o) Phyllis B she is :o) (that made me chuckle). Fascinating about your mum sewing with the Church on Sundays- I am totally in awe of that because had my quilt relied on me hand stitching I'm not sure it would ever have got finished. Loving the history to these things and how many people have a story about one.
      Have a lovely rest of the weekend (ps- fun lunch was had for Ma's bd and the cake came out just peachy (lemony) :o) )

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  4. It's so pretty well done you. I must get a wriggle on & finish the one I started last year. I haven't named my sewing machine other than the odd swear word. Even more so when I had a hissy fit with it last year & Mike took over & sewed like a dream.

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    1. Ta lovely :o) I am pretty chuffed with it and now itching to make L's as I learnt lots of things through this one which will hopefully make his an improved model :o) M has sewn with Phyllis and did a good job. I haven't sworn at her, oddly I feel we have become friends and now work together on our little projects xx

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  5. Oh well done, that is a beautiful quilt. I also love that image in Dave's comment about his Grandmother still keeping them warm. Can't wait to see what you make next. :)

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    1. Many thanks Shauna :o) I thought Dave's words were beautiful too.

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  6. What a lovely quilt - getting stuck in to make such things is one of my New Year resolutions, but I don't know if I will succeed.

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    1. Thanks Stephanie :o) I'd say go for it- you won't know till you try and you may well exceed your expectations. I honestly didn't think I'd be able to make a quilt so have really surprised myself. My great-grannies, grannies and mum's gifts seem to have rubbed off at long last!

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  7. Woohoo! Well done CT. Your quilt is lovely.

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  8. Beautiful quilt! Congrats on finishing.

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    1. Many thanks, Linda. I have really enjoyed making it and the fact it's come out not looking horrendous is a bonus! :o)

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  9. Dead chuffed you should be. it is a labour of love and very beautiful. Between you and Phyllis you did really well.

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    1. Many thanks, Margaret, you are very kind x

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  10. Well done...what a great quilt. I'm glad to hear it's warm as well.

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    1. Thanks Suzie :o) It was great fun to make and I'm looking forward to starting on L's x

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  11. I'm cheering and clapping, it's lovely, well done you. The backing is really gorgeous too. Love the name Phyllis, you have me wondering what my Janome could be called... CJ xx

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    1. Thanks my dear :o)
      You should put that on your blog: 'what should I call my sewing machine?' I'd love to read the suggestions :o) Going with the Ancient Legends theme, how about Roman Goddess Juno, Queen of the Gods and in charge of Matrimony and Love. She looked after women, so I bet was a dab hand with a needle.... :o) xx

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  12. Looking good, well done... The weather has been pants all weekend so no photograph so been crocheting..my arms ake. He's to next week :)
    Amanda xx

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    1. Thanks Amanda :o) More bad weather to come this week too... What have you been crocheting? xx

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    2. Still on with my crochet blanket, will do a catch up in next post.
      Amanda xx

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  13. Well done! It takes me forever to piece a quilt as I have so many other calls on my time. I bet you were snug as a bug under that. Onwards and upwards. BTW, love your choice of Phyllis for your machine. It takes me back to my school days when I used to get all the Mythology books from the library . . .

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    1. Thanks BB :o) Am loving sleeping under it, gives one a sense of tremendous satisfaction :o)

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  14. Gorgeous quilt! As for naming things, you might know I have Beryl and Martin in the kitchen!!

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    1. Somehow I am not remotely surprised by that, Rach :o)

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    2. Ahh but you 'are' a tad batty Rach ;-)

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    3. I have to admit to calling my car Bessy, tis a Wooldridge thing! Love the quilt m'dear.

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    4. I suspect more of us give names to inanimate objects that we care to admit :o) Our old landy was called Bertha, and another was Billy William. I had Tilly (renault 5) when I first passed my test and my car now is Chilli (red) :o) All Quite Mad in a happy sort of way here :o)

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  15. Love the quilt and the backing.. well done :o) x

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Thank you for leaving a comment. I always enjoy reading them and will try my best to reply to every one. CT x