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I love quilts, especially antique quilts, either applique or pieced,
and I want to share my journeys in quilting !

But, my "Threads and Treasures" sometimes include embroidery, painting, or spinning wool
and weaving

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Thursday, 19 August 2010

Baltimore Clipper Ship

Yesterday, while the wind was howling and the rain was coming down, I finished my clipper ship.

To make it was pure joy. I'd better tell you a little bit about the story behind it.
In Baltimore quilt symbolism, the ship stands for Christianity.
But in my case there are added meanings.
It commemorates the day when I came to Britain by boat, just for a year, to learn the language better. Of course, I am still here! The top flag is of course, Dutch. The next one is of Overijssel, where I was born, and then there is the British 'red duster', since that was where I was going.
The name on the ship is that of my grandfather's ship. The rhyme underneath is a line from a rope-skipping song, which I grew up with. 'Witte zwanen, zwarte zwanen, wie gaat er mee naar Engeland varen..' (White swans, black swans, who is coming with me to sail to England..) I remember how often we used to sing this song, and that I used to think that I was going to go to England when I had grown up...

Have a lovely evening!

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Quilting in Mid Wales

We are staying with our son and daughter-in-law for a few days, and in between going out I have been quilting triangles of my Dear Jane quilt. I am trying to reproduce as much as possible the way the original was quilted.

One of the reasons we are here is that there are two steamtrain excursions, and Alan wanted to film them. So on Wednesday we went to a lovely spot on the Dyfi estuary. We watched the tide coming in....

The next day we went to the dunes overlooking the sea and the railway......

And then, further North, we saw the engine at the station of Blaenau Ffestiniog.

And now I shall carry on with my quilting. Only 36 trangles to go..!!
Have a wonderful weekend!
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