I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who left me 'Happy Birthday' messages here and on Facebook. I felt really spoilt having so many lovely messages. That is one of the wonderful benefits to participating in the network of blogging and communicating via Facebook.
I had a lovely day on my birthday. My friend Ann and I repeated last year's birthday visit to the Quilt Museum in York. The two exhibitions on at the moment and until 29 August are 'Celebrations' and 'Made inYorkshire' and both are interesting and stimulating. Sadly no photography is allowed but do go and see the exhibitions if you get the chance. I was particularly struck by the work of Carol Coleman who is a textile artist and whose work defies belief. You can see an image of the piece displayed at York here. If the link doesn't work just check out Carol's gallery.
The work of Caroline Dunn also impressed me. Her mixed media textile pieces are layered and include stitched detail and have a beautiful atmosphere to them. If you follow the link and scroll down you will see some of her work including the piece with crows which is in the exhibition.
As you might expect birthday outings call for a little retail therapy. My dear DH gave me some money to treat myself with and it would have been churlish of me not to make the best effort for him ;-)
I didn't go too mad, did I? I couldn't resist the batiks and I am planning to use the postbox fabric for a pennant for the Olympics. If you haven't heard of this idea yet there is still time to join in. I will be adding a link in my sidebar to the Quilts 4 London site where you can find full details of how to make a pennant which will be given to one of the competitiors in the London Olympics 2012. I haven't decided what I will do yet but it is top of my to-do list.
My dear friend Ann thoroughly spoilt me with her birthday present:
She made me this beautiful sewing pouch which will be a pleasure to take with me whenever I want to take a portable sewing project. It is so beautifully made and has some beautiful beaded details. I believe the pattern came from a Popular Patchwork magazine. And what about that gorgeous batik?!!! The piece on the left is so vibrant and I will have to find a special project for it. Maybe another Round Robin, which is where I used the last piece Ann gave me.
The crowning glory of my birthday was a very special card from my mum. My DH made her one of his lovely photo cards for me and expected that he would have to write it for her but she took the pen and wrote me the most beautiful message. I have to admit it brought me to sobbing tears as the last time she wrote a card, for her brother, she got the words all jumbled but this time everything was in the right order. My DH tells me the only word she asked him how to spell was 'my'!
Since last week we have been busy clearing some of the things from my friend Grace's house so things have been very hectic. I have found quite a lot of vintage linens and lace so I will show you those another time. It is a sad task but we keep finding things that bring back happy memories amongst the sad moments and I have found some wonderful photographs dating back more than a hundred years.
I can't resist showing you this beautiful embroidery
Sadly I don't know who the embroiderer was. Grace would have been 27 at this time and busy working but maybe she stitched it. Funnily enough we never really discussed embroidery when she was alive so it may have been her mother's work. More to come next time!