Monday, 8 August 2011

Sidmouth 2011

Mum, Dad, me, Michael, Linda, Roy and Jan

We are back from our holiday! We had a fantastic time! We spent the first day with my parents in Bedforshire and as well as going to see the new Harry Potter film (which was excellent), we went to Threads and Patches in Milton Keynes. I bought some batik fabrics for my (much neglected) Farmer's Wife Quilt. And Mum found some fabrics in turquoise and lemon that she liked for a double bed quilt in what use to be my bedroom. Linda also got some very nice fabrics.

We drove to Sidmouth on the Friday for Sidmouth Folk Week. It was a fantastic week of concerts, workshops, morris men, shopping and eating. And...oh dear.... we found another patchwork shop....Maisie Daisy. I have never seen a smaller patchwork shop - no bolts, just fat quarters, fat eights and fat sixteenths, but Pauline was so friendly that we spent quite a while with her at various times during the week. It was fantastic because I could buy lots of different fabrics without spending a complete fortune. I'd like to use them all (see photo below) as well as a few others I bought, to make a Sidmouth quilt. I'm still thinking exactly how it will look, but I'll keep you updated.

I also spoke to Aunty Chris about the quilt I'd like to make her for her 60th birthday, and we managed to find all of the fabrics at Maisie Daisy: we've chosen blues and creams, but felt that something was lacking. One of the blue fabrics had a small fleck of maroon in it so we added in a plain dyed maroon fabric and it looked fantastic. So that's another project to start.

Pauline at Maisie Daisy also sold the fleece and implements for dry felting. Linda indulged and I got some fleece to play with too. Something else to try.

I even managed to find time to fit in some stitching: I stitched the first of the September Calendar Girlies from Letters Tied with Blue and found a hand-dyed perle cotton thread in browns and reds at Maisie Daisy's to use for the satin stitch on the apples. I started off the first of the Night Before Christmas stitcheries from Cinderberry Stitches. Due to the variegated thread used I have a couple of Albino Mice. I may have to "fussy cut" the thread in future. I've also made huge progress on the quilting for the Rhubarb and Custard Quilt that I started over a year ago.

I now have three ful weekends before Mum and Aunty Catherine come up for the Harrogate show, and I'd like to get a few things finished before then - especially the Wilding Angels Quilt, which needs quite a lot of hand quilting, then binding and hanging. I'd also like to finally finish the first Vignette block and I have to get the next mystery block of the month done bfore next Saturday. I'd also like to make some progress on Mum's yellow tablecloth. I'll keep you updated on progress and post some photos.

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