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Summer Quilt

The summer holidays are upon us, and I’m winding down for a couple of weeks … family holiday time – YAY!! I’m so looking forward to spending a couple of weeks with the family, without all the rushing about that seems to attend term-time life.

Of course, that doesn’t mean I’m not sewing 😉

I’ve started a little summer quilt – it’s only 1 metre square, but will make a nice little lap quilt, or throw, perhaps.

Lovely subdued shades of blue, turquoise and lilac woven into grey and smokey faded blue denims, seven delicious boro-woven blocks, on the hoop and ready for the surface embroidery that’ll hold it all together.

This is rapidly becoming one of my favourite ways of working … a little more time-consuming than conventional patchwork – even hand-pieced patchwork – but I love the way the stitching and the strips of fabric come together to make a new, complete fabric.

I’m keeping the stitching pretty simple, though – mostly just closely spaced running stitch, but with some detailed work in the two central diamonds … a little lazy daisy, overlaid with trellis stitch, and cross stitch to heal the edges. It is odd how working with stitches in this way sometimes reveals the original functional elements of a stitch that is generally used for decorative purposes: cross stitch is an excellent stitch for hemming (as is chevron stitch, I note in passing).

I have used the vivid orange just for a splash of contrast colour … I don’t think there will be a lot more of it, maybe a couple of lines more, enough to make it a coherent statement, but no more. I don’t want it to dominate.

I have been looking at Sami quilts, and admiring the way that fabric is so simple, but adorned with the rows and rows of running stitch, broken by stitched pattern here and there, uniting layers of fabric to a single and warm hole.

I’m experimenting with the same technique here … I haven’t put any wadding in this quilt, but there are four layers of fabric, not counting the quilt top, to manage the structural elements and cuts and twists I’ve made.

The weight is quite satisfying, and the softness of the worn fabric makes this quilt a pleasure to work. And its simplicity means that it’s a great project for the holidays ….

If you’re on your holidays, I hope you’re having a wonderful time. I’ll be back in the middle of August, hopefully with batteries fully recharged!

Summer Accessories – Country Chic

Rural freshness and charm, for the woman with a taste for retro, country-cottage cute and gorgeous fresh florals. Fresh pastels, white, straw, petal, almond, sky, and pale denim, with flounces, frills, lace, embroidery, straw, glass beads go with floral motifs and butterfly emblems for a sweet but sophisticated look …. and accessories to match:

Fabric corsages ... fresh, pale, country charm

Cottage garden freshness and charm in this collection of clips – from the tiny floral jersey knit and chiffon rosebud in the front, to the more exuberant pink corduroy and tulle confection at the back, to the neat dior bows at either side in printed and embroidered florals … where wouldn’t you wear them?

Fabric Corsage ... pink gingham, organza and pearls

Pink gingham cotton gathered flower with organza and pearl detailing ….

Fabric Corsages ... sky blue and white ... bright and fresh

Out of the blue …. sky blue and white floral patterned cotton clips – one a blowsy ruffle, the other a more controlled and sophisticated rose … and both are simply gorgeous.

Inspired by my recently acquired and rejuvenated stash of antique and vintage lace, I’ve indulged myself by creating some pieces of lace jewellery. Two lace chokers in antique ivory lace, one embellished only with a simple silver and pearl droplet at the throat, the other beaded in soft pinks and creams, and a white bead fichu-style necklace.

You can see these and more in my Etsy shop … or if you’d like a bespoke service, please do contact me