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and I want to share my journeys in quilting !

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Saturday, 27 November 2010

Snow in Autumn

Everything is white. Only two days ago I had finally made a small cushion with a stitchery of an Autumn  Sheep that I had done last year.
Outside it was still beautiful autumn weather:

And today my little lamb ornament that I bought for in the garden, was almost hidden under the snow:

The garden looked beautiful and dreamy, even though it was very cold.
The view over the valley is nice too.
Early this morning, about 7.15, I went to the guest bedroom to get something, and saw the sun trying to get up. It looked cold, but beautiful. The building on the hill is the Welsh chapel where we go on Sundays.

But inside the house the logburner is on, and it is lovely and cosy, nice weather for quilting! Alan had bought some beautiful roses for me, and I keep looking at them, such nice colours, very inspiring.

It is getting late now, and almost time for bed. I might just be able to do some applique on the Baltimore border...
Enjoy your weekend!
Jane

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Baltimore Blocks

Now my Baltimore blocks for my first Baltimore quilt are finished, I am working on the border. I also laid out the blocks to see what they would look like.
After that I started inscribing some of the blocks with something special, and with the date on which they were finished.
This quote from Mark Twain "Forgiveness is the scent of the violet on the heel that crushed it" has special memories. When I first came to England, to the Lake District, we often went to a little church in Cartmel, and this quotation was next to the entrance. I never forgot it, and thought it would be perfect to put on my violets block.
Here is another one:


I am having great fun doing these inscriptions. I use a Pigma pen, which is permanent, and then I heat it with an iron (from the back) to set it.

I must show you this wonderful sunset we had too.
It is dinner-time now, so I'll sign off, and tonight I want to do some more applique on the border.
Have a lovely weekend!
Jane

Saturday, 6 November 2010

International Pincushion Day

At last I can show the wonderful surprise that came through my letterbox!
I have been really spoilt by my swap-partner, Irene. You can see her blog here. Thank you, Irene, I wish you could have seen my face when I opened the envelope!!
Not just a beautiful original 'Tumbling Block' pincushion, designed by herself, but a matching needle-case and a small cube to put on my scissors. I am so happy with these lovely things. Only a week before that I thought that I should make something for those scissors, because they look identical to my paper scissors!

The pincushion I made was a Dear Jane type block that I designed, and made into a biscornu. I had never made one of those and they fascinated me. I chose fabrics in the colours of Irene's Dear Jane. By the way, you should go to her blog and have a look at her Dear Jane in the making. It is fabulous!
Here is the pincushion I made for her, front and back.
I have really enjoyed this pincushion swap, and now I am going to look at some of the others!
Thank you Jeannet, for organising this swap!
Enjoy your weekend!
Jane
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