Tuesday, 24 September 2013

The other William Morris

No, not the William Morris of Arts & Crafts Movement fame, but William Morris, Lord Nuffield of Morris Minor motor cars fame.

I don't normally blog about non stitchy things, but...bear with...there is a sewing room involved!.

On a recent trip to Surrey, we happened upon a recently acquired National Trust property just west of Henley-on-Thames - Nuffield Place. And what a little gem! A beautifully preserved house, left just as it was when Lord Nuffield died in the early 1950s. He became a very rich man indeed, but gave much of his wealth away to charitable causes.

Its is a lovely place to visit. And you could take photos!

Here are some highlights, including, of particular interest to stitchers, a delightful sewing room.

The house

The kitchen

A bedroom

And last, but by no means least, the sewing room!

The sewing room

Thursday, 12 September 2013

From Stars to Windmills and my first linky party!

I am delighted to join on my first Blog Linky party. I came across Liz's lovely blog, Dandelion Daydreams via Sarah at Quilt Candy Girl and decided it was about time I worked out how to join in a linky party as one of my goals for this year is to get better at techie things. 

After finishing the Medallion Star Quilt - see previous post - I was ready to do some serious piecing and had my eye on the Windmill Quilt pattern on the Moda Bakeshop website. The fabric is the gorgeous Tapestry by Fig Tree & Co. and the background is Bella Solid 'Snow'. I ordered this and it arrived earlier this week. For anyone interested Poppy Patchwork has a September sale on a some of the Tapestry fabric collection. I bought the backing and binding from there.

So now I can practice cutting and sewing lots of Half Square Triangles on Big Daisy aka the new sewing machine!   

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Medallion Star Quilt

This last weekend I finally finished my stack and whack project - the Medallion Star Quilt. I had a big push on it thanks to a Twitter sew-in organised by some quilty bloggers  in the US. A great time was had by all as quilters  - or #twilters as they are known on Twitter - worked on projects and posted photos of their work in progress.

So...here is my finished piece, made using Kaffe Fassett's Flower Basket  for Westminster Fabrics and a background of solid black. The backing fabric is a small scale pink and orange design from a range of African cotton fabrics in my local sewing shop. The quilt measures 47" x 47".

It is my first machine quilted effort so I stuck to stitching in the ditch  which is not actually that easy to do!

But it gave me  plenty of practice on my new Janome Horizon 8200QC and having the extra throat space made quilting it a pleasure.

I wanted a bright background fabric to contrast with the black, but that left me with the challenge of stitching with pink thread on black which was a lesson in careful choice of background fabric! But apart from a few wobbly bits I am quite pleased with the result. I used Aurifil  for the first time and that was lovely to work with.

I haven't thought of name yet so suggestions welcome!