Saturday, 9 June 2007

A Gentle Saturday


T'was a gentle Saturday because I wasn't feeling 100%. Just a bit of a cold but there was no need to push myself so I didn't. Helen came to use the SwiftQuilter so I took the opportunity to borrow some of her energy and spent the day in the sewing room with her. Instead of lolling around feeling grotty I actually achieved something useful and completed the 2 blocks and appliqué prep for the Cotton-on Quilter's raffle quilt. Two 5" blocks, 5 leaves and 2 flower parts took me all day, t'was a gentle day...

The first pic shows Helen's quilt on the frame ready to quilt - and looking at the pic now I realise the backing is on the roller upside down but it seemed to work ok. And the second shows Helen working on a birds nest - the result of forgetting to put the presser foot down before starting to sew - she only did it once in a whole day's quilting but I got a pic of it! In the background you can see my elemental challenge quilt. I have sewn the strips together in pairs but that's as far as its got at the moment. I may get something done on it today.

The next two pics show my other project that is taking most of my time. In three weeks we will be leaving for a five week trip. Half work, half play. The first week will be spent in the USA visiting nurseries and hopefully selling seed. The second week will be in Canada visiting friends. The third week in Germany on business again and the fourth week we will be in France. We have been invited to a wedding there! 7 years ago a young French student came to work in our nursery for 6 weeks as part of her degree programme. She wrote a report of her time here and in the report was a drawing of our nursery. I hope she hasn't found my blog yet because the photos show the quilt I am making for her wedding present using her plan of our nursery as my pattern. I designed the border to complement the plan and I've made it a suitable wall hanging or coffee table size. In the first pic you can see her original drawing, my enlargement of it and the quilt. I haven't quilted the border area or the top right quarter of the plan, the rest is pretty much complete.

6 comments:

Helen said...

Janice, your garden quilt is looking great. I am sad that we won't be able to exhibit it at our next exhibition as it is so original, but I know your ex-student will be enthralled with it.

Ali Honey said...

That's a fabulous idea. Bet she will love it.

My only advice about packing ( and mine was only a 10 day holiday ) is rethink the footwear. They are the heavy space filling items.

Lucy Locket said...

Hi - my blog-friend Nadine just sent me a photo of your quilt as she knows I plan to make an "allotment quilt" one day - WOW I love it, it is so beautiful and such a perfect present for the student who first drew the design! What an amazing way to combine two great loves - gardening and sewing! Thanks for the inspiration. Lucy

Janice said...

Thanks for calling in Lucy. I'd love to see your quilt when you make it. I've been thinking its a very odd thing to make into a quilt and it'd be nice to know it wasn't the only garden plan quilt!

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

The word is out that the key to your quilting room is available while you are away. I wish it wasn't 4 hours in the plane to get there...

Janice said...

you'd be welcome Jenni - you could even take over from our housesitter for a couple of weeks if you like, that'd make the plane trip worthwhile! mmmm, but you'd have to make friends with our dog first. I guess Stacy could introduce you to her. Do you like dogs?