Saturday, 14 February 2015

The Development Of My William Morris Quilt and Some Gorgeous New Fabrics

Happy Valentines, My Lovelies!

I'm sitting here eating a Cadbury's Creme Egg (guilty pleasure) offset against a mug of hot water, having spent a blissful hour fabric shopping with Ma this morning. I am looking forward to a home-cooked supper of steak, chips and salad, with M's special Bearnaise sauce, washed down with a bottle of chilled White Burgundy that's sitting in the fridge, rounded off with my very own Treacle Sponge Pud (with homemade caramel sauce). This is the easiest pud in the world to make. It looks and tastes sensational and is from a recipe I made up last weekend. If you're interested I'll post it. Before all of this, and in order to deserve it, I am going running :o)

I was reading a sewing mag Ma lent me last night and in it was an advert for a sewing business that lives in an old stable near Andover, which isn't too far from here, so we decided to hop over there this morning and see what it was like. It's based in a farmyard that has been turned into a Craft Centre, and each stable is used for a different craft, so there were woodworkers, florists, crochet and yarn sellers, leather workers and artists there.

We walked in to the fabric one and the entire place was lined, head to foot, with bolt after bolt of beautiful fabric, all colour matched. Then we went into their other building and found books full of dress patterns, rows of thread, packets of needles, yet more fabric and a whole load of tapestry stuff.

There was also a £5 sale section from which I got 3 metres of this below, ready to make a shift dress with (when I get brave enough to try making my own clothes. I figured having the fabric sitting there looking at me would be enough encouragement, plus Ma is trying out the pattern first, so she can make all the mistakes on hers and help me get mine perfect :o) Joke).

Bit Gorgeous, don't you think?


As I was getting ready to set off for the Fabric Fest this morning, my lovely husband said: Go mad! Get lots of nice things!  And because I am an Obedient Wife, I did as I was told :o)

So I didn't resist the birds either. No idea what I'll make with them yet, but that's one of the joys of making homemade thingies - you can add things to your fabric box in the sure and certain knowledge that something will turn up requiring its use at some point, as with the cushions from last weekend...


There was also bird egg fabric, but I've kept that in Mental Reserve for now, because I suspect it's Quite Likely we will find ourselves going back at some point.

I fell totally in love with this.... It's a French design and the colours haven't come out true in the pic- it's a gorgeous soft shade of blue beside the cheerful red flowers.


And it goes beautifully with this lovely swirly red affair below, so I'm planning a couple more cushion changes for the sofas over the next couple of weeks. We won't know ourselves, will we? We'll be so literally bursting with colour in that room (except we won't of course, not literally. Have you noticed how over-used and in the wrong context that word is these days? Especially by politicians, which always makes me smile. These expensive educations eh?).


And finally, another one I couldn't resist. I loved the bold, striking flowers against the soft blue background.


Ma and I had Sewing Club this week. L was home with a cold so he was an Honourary Member for the day (he was thrilled). It was rather lovely to have the three of us all sitting together at the table, Ma and I with our sewing machines (Phyllis and Hyacinth), busy chattering away, and L playing minecraft on his computer. We had a right old giggle as we always do, especially when the gathered skirt Ma was making out of panels for my littlest niece went disastrously wrong and metamorphosed into a rather lovely drawstring bag for smalls!

I had already cut the 28 squares for my William Morris quilt, so at Sewing Club I machined them all together, first in a row of 4 alternating squares, then stitching the 7 individual rows together to make the front of the quilt. I still have the border to do (I'm thinking cream because the fabric is busy, although we did toy with something orangey?), as well as the back and batting, but that shouldn't take long as this (believe it or not) is my sixth quilt and I am getting reasonably proficient at them now.

For once, I managed to press all the seams for the WM quilt in the same direction, so the back is looking as neat as the front. Usually, I take a painstaking amount of time over this bit and still manage to stuff it up. It all gets covered by the batting and the backing fabric anyway, so you can hide these disasters, but it's Quite Nice To Know that this one is perfect :o)

I absolutely love this quilt- it is turning out every bit as beautiful as I knew it would. I had a  very clear image of it before I started work on it and it's a Nice Feeling to see it take physical shape in the same way I imagined it because it means I am getting to know my fabrics better. The patterns on these two fabrics match and contrast each other perfectly and I can't wait to finish it and put it on the bed and admire it properly :o)

You may remember I had decided to make it from the William Morris designs Compton and Lily, which both date from the late 19th C and look like this...



Here is what they look like stitched into the quilt next to one another as patchwork squares...

 




And a shot in sunlight, for good measure and because I am a teeny tiny bit obsessed with these fabrics right now and find it hard to stop looking at them :o) I even made an owl pincushion with some of the left over Compton last night.


I'll post the completed article once it's done.

In the mean time, here are my Valentine Flowers from M: Cheerful Tulips In The Sun...


 Mrs Sparrow sunning herself in the hedge this morning...


And of course, T and P snuggled up together after our walk through the woods and fields yesterday...


Hope you're all having a Lovely Restful Weekend? What have you been up to?

CT :o)

29 comments:

  1. I love all the that beautiful fabrics you bought and all the work you have put into you wonderful quilt. You two must have great fun sawing together and I assume Phyllis and Hycintha are good friends. Love the flowers, Sparrow and sleeping dogs. Have a happy St Valentine's weekend.

    ry adn do not have a creme egg!!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Phyllis and Hyacinth are such good friends that they regularly email each other (we are all mad in our family). Have a lovely weekend, Margaret x

      Delete
  2. Thanks for telling John about the cod liver oil for arthritis CT. I am going to get some on Monday. The tulips and the sparrow photos are excellent.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. V welcome Dave, hope it helps. Turmeric is another one that is supposed to help inflammatory conditions.

      Delete
  3. Hello CT, I have serious fabric envy, really series. Your fabric is beautiful and I don't blame for for being obsessed at all - I would be. Each photo just get's better and better. I can just image sitting there just drooling.

    I love the photo of T & P just adorable.

    I can't wait to see the finished quilt.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have it all piled up on the table and keep looking at it and smiling! Hope you're having a nice weekend xx

      Delete
  4. I hope while you were there you found the cafe and, if you knit, the wool shop. If not, you'll have to try them next time!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We did! But I still have lots of wool left so I was good and didn't buy any. We have saved the cafe for the next visit :o)

      Delete
  5. Hey CT,
    Can I recommend two great blogs for dressmaking and all sorts craft? Tilly & The Buttons and Lazy Daisy Jones. They have really good tutorials and patterns and all sorts for someone such as yourself. Especially if you are thinking about clothes.
    I am currently speed drinking Prosecco and am having chocolates in lieu of tea, because I cannot be arsed to cook, and no-one here will cook for themselves. I am a very grumpy valentine this evening, but hope you have a lovely one. I resume swimming tomorrow. Perhaps that will rouse me from my low mood.
    Leanne xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the blog recs my dear, will check those out. I am going to keep pestering you about making things too now!
      Hope the Prosecco and chocs went down well. Give Marc a kick up the bum from me! I am sending you a virtual slap-up meal and a valentines xx

      Delete
    2. Have had a look at the two blogs you mentioned- thanks so much for those, they look really useful xx

      Delete
  6. I haven't the stomach for Cadbury cream eggs and am not keen on treacle pudding or for that matter steak and chips. I think the William Morris designs are stunning and I am a great admirer of his work. I have a rug with one of his lily designs. Good luck with your work with the fabric.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ah well, it would be boring if we all liked the same things! A William Morris rug sounds beautiful.

      Delete
  7. Oh wow I just love that bird fabric, I love all of your new fabric but I really, really love the bird one. In fact I think I love your husband too! Mike would never ever utter those words 'Go mad, get lots of nice things'. Gosh you have a keeper there my dear. I'm allowed out on the 9th of March fabric & more wool shopping, quite possibly with a leash as I will have Mike with me. I'm glad you love your new quilt, you are really getting the hang of things now! P.s I too am having steak, chips & salad (with cauliflower cheese) being cooked for me as I type. Chocolate pud & champers for afters. Hope you have a fab night x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. M had read your comment and is smiling broadly! Can you escape the leash and go out before March 9th? The shop we went to is called http://www.new-threads.com/. You might be able to get the bird fabric on line or postal? It is rather lovely and I think was about £10/ metre.
      YAY for steak and chip and salad, vino and naughty puddings- ours was lovely (feeling fat now) xx

      Delete
  8. What a lovely way to spend Valentine's day, choosing more gorgeous fabrics! I think you'll be going back there. Your William Morris quilt is looking stunning, and I can't wait to see it finished. I am "off" quilt-making since I have screwed up with Tam's quilt and am back at the unpicking and resewing stage : (

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh No! How annoying. I messed up the last one I made and ended up unpicking too, but it came out OK in the end. Don't give up, Tam will love it when it's done :o)

      Delete
  9. That sounds like a delightful day, and how utterly wonderful your husband is. I'm dizzy with the thought of bird's egg fabric, I'm a bit obsessed with birds eggs at the moment. The biggest boy has the Observer's Book of Birds' Eggs, and I love flicking through the pages. The eggs are all the correct size! I have dreams of making clothes as well. One day... Enjoy the rest of your day. CJ xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It took me a long time to find him CJ so I really do appreciate him (he is blushing :o) ). The website address for the store is http://www.new-threads.com/, they may have the bird's egg fabric on line. If not and you would really like some drop me a message in the comments or by email (I think it's on the 'About me' page or some such) and I can get some for you and post it on. It was lovely - they had pink, pale blue and cream background as far as I can remember, about £10/ metre. Otherwise, give it a week or two and no doubt I'll have gone back and bought it, in which case I'll post a pic and you can see what you think. We have that book too- super. Hope you have had a lovely day and weekend xx

      Delete
  10. Lovely fabrics! Your quilt will look sensational when it's finished. Again, cute pic of your doggies.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Linda :o) Glad you like the quilt, I love William Morris designs, instantly recognisable and so very beautiful.

      Delete
  11. I love the bit about getting to know your fabrics - see I would never have put those two together, but what a triumph! It is exactly what I do with my sculptures - see them finished before I start - the trick (skill) of it finishing as imagined is the challenge and pleasure.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am learning with fabric that sometimes the least obvious matches work best together. It's a curious thing, but as with all things the more you do it the better at it you become. Thoroughly enjoyable!

      Delete
  12. Those fabrics are gorgeous and I can' t wait to see the quilt when it' s done. So glad to hear that you' re an Obedient Wife ;-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My obedience (or lack of) is standing joke in our family- when we got married, our lovely vicar asked me whether I wanted to vow obedience, I said certainly not. He teased me from then on in that he would slip it into our vows on the day. He didn't, but we did exchange a small grin when it got to that part in the service :o)

      Delete
  13. OMG!!! Such wonderful fabrics!! I love your hubby for telling you to go and have fun shopping! How great is he. The quilt top is lovely, I look forward to seeing more. I am still on my first one, I am handtying all the squares through - there seem to be hundreds of them - so I am in awe that you are on number seven!! Hope you are having a good weekend. xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You would LOVE that shop Amy :o) I could have spent a fortune. M made me laugh- he was reading the comments and said 'But you only came back with 5 pieces?' - I explained how expensive fabric is, quickly followed up with an explanation that it works out cheap if you are using it for making for eg cushions ate £5 a go instead of £60!! Phew :o)

      I don't bother pinning all the squares now because I don't do so many (only 28 on my single quilts) and also I don't machine all the squares' edges- I just do one hem all round the outside. It gives less of a classic quilt look but it holds it all in place and makes it a heck of a lot quicker! xxx

      Delete
  14. The fabrics are truly beautiful! I wish I could sew but it is beyond me. The quilt is exquisite, I just want to know how you find time to do everything (and so well) AND write such full and entertaining posts... Lily xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My hand sewing leaves A LOT to be desired! Machining is much easier :o) I am threatening Poppy with a jacket!

      I function best when I'm busy- not good at not doing things and the blog is a perfect outlet for my writing, which I've always done, only now I get to hear back what everyone thinks! xx

      Delete

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