Sunday, 20 November 2011

Been busy

I seem to have been very busy but I don't have much to show you as I have been working towards a challenge and the reveal isn't until next Friday so I have to contain myself.  However, following on from my last post I have made one of the stained glass window quilts for the 2012 Olympics competitors.


The quilt is A3 size and has lots of scraps of fabric of all sorts of texture in it to suggest the different qualities of light.  




The reverse of the quilt is the cross of St George, the English flag, although it's a little bit skew.  I just need to attach a label and hopefully make another before the December deadline. 

I can show you just a little taster of the project I have been working on for the International Quilt Challenge Group.




I have had great fun working on this, despite a little bad language when the machine ate the corner of the finished article! Grrrrrr!  Panic not, I was able to rescue it. Phew!

Some time ago my friend's elderly aunt passed away and when her house was cleared a part completed hexagon quilt with pieces of fabric was found with all its accompanying papers.  The quilt has now been completed and I was able to photograph it.






Isn't it a beautiful quilt?  Hopefully you will be able to click and zoom to see the fabrics that have been used.  Some of the fabrics are thought to be almost 100 years old and dates on the papers go back to 1915.  The papers were parts of letters and envelopes and some printed material.  I felt privileged to be able to look closely at and not least, handle such an old quilt and to examine these fabrics up close.  It is wonderful to see vintage quilts at the Quilt Museum but even more amazing to be able to handle a quilt that has survived a 100 years.

Finally, I'll leave you with a piccy of a gangster who found his way into my house this week ;-)


Al Capone, eat your heart out! LOL

Have a great week!

13 comments:

dianehobbit said...

What a wonderful quilt and piece of history.

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Oh Julie,
This quilt is amazing, love all the texture and folding. And the new piece sneak peak looks to be a winner too.
Some gangster, watch out for that sly devil. xox Corrine

imac said...

The shy Devil raises his head,lol

Helena said...

LOL re your gangster, though Dilly is slightly concerned!!

I love the hexagonal quilt- I t=love the thought of such old fabrics included in it- it makes me think where did they come from? Were they part of dresses? Curtains? Scraps? ooo the historical mystery in it! Lovely!

Your work is outstanding. as ever! We have a book to send you on Amish quilts- picked up at a book fair recently! I hope to get it sent this week but you know how organised (HAHAHA) I am!

Gina said...

That quilt is fabulous. That's a rather dashing gangster you have there... but why didn't we see a picture of his moll? You have a good week too Julie.

Emma said...

Hehe, cute guy! Love the trad quilt with the tiny hexagons of reused clothing.

The window quilt is, again, stunning, lucky olympians! Look forward to seeing the rest of that tantalising object ;)

sandra wyman said...

Your work is getting so good Julie - this is really mouthwatering. And that is a stunning antique quilt too!
Looking forward to the reveal on Friday. Now to get mine done (it's a rough drawing and a pile of fabric at the moment.

Fenland Textile Studio said...

Wow, you have been busty. I love the hexagon quilt, so much history within in. The person who gets your quilt is going to be very lucky.Can't wait to see what else you are making - you are a very talented lady. Angela x

Su said...

lovely quilt and what a privilege to be able to touch and examine it so closely.

Terri said...

What a wonderful experience for you to finish that quilt. I feel privileged to see it on this screen, let alone you got to touch it! There is something special in the touch of history. Thanks for sharing the pictures.
Hugs!

jan said...

Lovely work Julie, I love the texture in your stained glass window quilt. The antique quilt is beautiful. Look forward to seeing your reveal!

pam said...

Oh the hexagon quilt is lovely - lucky you. You have been busy - but did you let the gangster steal you away anywhere nice!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Really like your stained glass window quilt. Lovely colors and design.
best from Tunisia,
nadia