Ragged & Rescued

Still working through The Cupboard and it’s contents this week – here’s another Ragged & Rescued quilt –

What really appeals about this pre-loved piece is the organisation of it. This is clever and thoughtful organisation of a limited range of scraps; hexagons into rosettes, arranged into strips, purple and lilac prints to either side of the centre strip which is predominantly blue, grey and pink. All-lilac print rosettes either side of the centre strip, lilac and other print rosettes to the outside edge, finished with a substantial striped shirting border. For me the crowning touch is the Running Feather quilting, so often a feature of traditional strippy quilts made in the North East. No maker’s name, no provenance, rescued in the early 1990s in this ragged condition.

Making space

It feels as if Spring is almost here and there is much cleaning and sorting to be done in my workroom – somehow it seems to be required before each transfer from the Rural Office to the Overseas Office. This year I am trying to reduce the amount of tools, supplies, gadgets, stationery etc. Wish me luck!

Work in progress . . .

. . . three words which can carry a lot of guilt! We often refer to WiPs (Work in Progress), PhDs (Projects half Done) UFOs (UnFinished Objects) – the fashionable acronym changes from one decade to the next. Whatever your preferred term, there are a serious number of these things taking up space in my workroom. Every so often they are gathered up, reviewed, re-arranged, maybe re-packed and then put back, well out of sight, to continue to wait their turn. Some have been waiting more than 20years, other 20 months and a very few 20 weeks or less. In the vain hope of reducing my guilt and speeding up the process I’m going to share some of them here. The first one features one of my favourite blocks -Whigs Defeat – and only needs (hand)quilting and binding. Basted and ready for that next process, time in the waiting room a mere 10years.

This particular project is extremely well-travelled and is about to make a third visit to the Overseas Office where it will join other WiPs which are also playing the waiting game.

All change

Not much chance, it seems, of settling in for some peace and quiet at the Overseas Office – looks like we will be returning to the Rural Office in the next fortnight. Nothing dramatic, just a routine but essential medical appointment for Himself with a short recovery period afterwards. Time to review the projects and stash here in Spain and decide how much/many can stay until our return – this is never an easy decision!

During the last few weeks I’ve been busy with Zoom stuff and putting July’s work of measuring a variety of quilts from The Cupboard to good use –

It’s been great fun to virtually share some of the contents of The Cupboard – even from such a distance! For 2022 I’m developing a series of online talks and classes with the theme “Ragged & Rescued” – more details in due course, website to sort out first.

Not much obvious progress with the longterm diamond/hexagon project but it is moving along and is the ideal travel companion –

Hope you are all safe and well – happy stitching!

Overseas Office

… meanwhile, back in southern Spain, life is busy and not much stitching seems to be happening.

The current project is long term, no deadline and just because. Actually that describes most of the projects that are “in progress” ….

Strips of fabric have been cut, papers acquired (in bulk), glue pen refills gathered, patches basted and sorted into bags – quite the production line. Even though I say not much stitching has been done, it has been very easy to pick up a few diamonds for some mindless basting or lay out twelve diamonds for one hexagon block and stitch them together.

Pioneers sessions started again this month and we will be looking in detail at one of the old Ragged & Rescued quilts from The Cupboard

I’ve issued a challenge to the intrepid Pioneers based on this quilt – we may open up the challenge and, if so, I’ll post details.

Two Zoom lectures in the diary for this week and a Chris&Barbara PopUp class next month – lots of preparation to finish so I’d best get back to it – happy stitching!

All good

It’s been a week filled with lots of good things and a lot of positive energy – not before time!! A day at the Festival of Quilts was such a boost – quilts, traders, quilting friends galore. Fabric was acquired with the excuse of it being “needed” for the ongoing diamond project that began like this –

More cutting of strips and preparation has happened –

Further planning for vintage treasures stored in The Cupboard – this particular project is scheduled for some serious attention later this year.

And heading for the Overseas Office to be progressed further is the vintage project you saw last week –

Happy stitching!

Time flies

Can’t believe how quickly time is going! I’m getting a good start on at least 2 long term projects. Project One is based on quilts etc stowed in The Cupboard which I’m aiming to grow into a series of Zoom lectures –

Project Two has been picked up from one of last year’s class samples and progressed with lots of prep, cutting and basting. Just the teeniest dent in part of the stash! No deadline but a few thoughts on how this might go together –

And there’s a re-make project that’s been sitting quietly in The Cupboard for a Very Long Time and may get moved on a couple of stages this week –

Happy stitching!

Still here!

The letup from lockdown seems to be a perfectly weird set of almost new experiences – switching between feelings of things being normal, not normal, really difficult, almost forgotten and a hefty dose of detached chaos. No stitching, I still can’t settle or focus – so I’m substituting garden chores instead. Thank goodness for the reliable Pioneers and the Thursday at Three crew. The past couple of weeks the Pioneers have been looking at corded and stuffed quilting, boutis, trapunto, Italian quilting and we’ve enjoyed touring through history, costume, techniques and equipment. So, with no new stitching to show you, I’m referring back to corded samples from several years ago. First, part of the reverse and then the front of a favourite piece I did based on the centre of a Welsh wholecloth quilt followed by a detail of one of my designs worked as Italian quilting using muslin backing and a very soft twist wool to “cord”.

I really should remove all those tacking/basting threads!

Not quilting

I think I am very close to setting an all-time personal “worst” for not quilting, not sewing, not stitching for what feels like a LONG time. One worn shirt collar was turned yesterday and that’s about it for another week. Sad face. I’m putting the blame entirely on myself and being unduly influenced/overwhelmed by being in the presence of crates of ufo’s/wips/PHDs and a very full Quilt Cupboard. Just too many things requiring attention. So just some random pics from The Cupboard to look at while I wade back into the organising quagmire –

This quilt is about halfway down the front stack of quilts in The Cupboard, shown here is the reverse side.
This quilt is also in the front stack in The Cupboard – hoping to launder it in the better weather.
This quilt is near the top on my “record the pattern” list. The first quilt I bought and the first quilt I bought from Jen Jones in the very early 1980s.
This quilt is at the top of the second stack in The Cupboard – also on the launder list.
A “compare” shot – quilt by Amy Emms MBE, quilt by Unknown. Polyester satin fabric, polyester thread, polyester wadding; cotton sateen fabric, cotton thread, cotton wadding.
Another quilt from the second stack – will check re. laundering requirement.

Happy stitching!