Tuesday, 3 July 2012


for want of a better title!  This time last year I was bemoaning the fact that time was passing in a blur and here we are 366 days later and I'm saying just the same thing.  Not that life hasn't progressed a lot in that time but I still seem to be chasing my tail.

One thing I am happy to say is that I have finished my entry for the Festival of Quilts and I'm actually happy with it.  Phew!

It probably doesn't look much different from the in-progress view I showed before but it has had a lot of stitching added to it.  

My label says that it is about my fascination with the effects of time and the elements on buildings, walls and natural surfaces.  I have tried to echo some of the shapes in the lace and the printing with my machine stitching and also with a little hand stitching.  I have deliberately left many of the thread ends loose to add to the feeling of deterioration.  If you're going to the Festival of Quilts my number is 150 and it is in the Art Quilts category.  All I have to do now is package and post it.  I just hope it hangs straight after it's been rolled up for weeks!

Bearing in mind that this was a dusty project I cleaned my machine out twice while I was working ( I used my second best machine as I didn't want to use my best one).

I do try and remember to clean my machine regularly but the hardest part is stopping myself from 'blowing' the fluff away.  I have to admit to having done it in the past but I recently read that it blows more dust in than out so I'm trying to stop.  The temptation is excrutiating!

I think I told you recently that I had been reorganising my sewing room so while I had my camera in hand I thought I'd take some of my new space.

Above is a view from the door looking into the room with my lovley Janome that I bought from a friend and which has made quilting a pleasure.  The trolley looks scruffy but it helps to support the heavier projects.  I've finally got round to working on the Roman Stripes quilt today and am getting on with adding some quilt lines.

This is looking the other way back towards the door and you can see some of the gifts I have received from internet friends and also the new chests of drawers that house a lot of my fabrics (there's another chest of drawers in our bedroom and two drawers under the bed full of fabric not to mention 2 bxes full of batting, flannel sheets and blanket).

The final wall houses our bookshelves that have always been there but now they mostly house my textile books and threads, oh, and some more fabric in one of the cupboards and in the storage boxes on the floor.  Why do we collect so much fabric when we don't have a clue what we are going to do with it!  You can probably also see Norbert who keeps an eye on proceedings and a little oil painting that I did many years ago for Grace as she loved bluebell woods. (if you've been counting you'll notice I've only shown 3 walls.  The 4th is the patio doors to the conservatory).

One day last week when the sun actually came out my DH decided he ought to get on with a bit of gardening and also clean out the gunge from the pond.  This is the result!

It gave Mum a good laugh!

You're probably aware that we have been known to take the odd cruise and today P&O are celebrating their 175th anniversary with all 7 of their ships leaving Southampton this evening with a review in the solent by Princess Ann.  The departure is underway but the weather is appalling  but I'm sure everyone on board will be having a great time.

I have to go.......DH has given me a 2 minute warning for dinner!


imac said...

Another Julie great again,
I love it, to see your face - when it all finally comes together, the thrill to see your your eyes sparkle.

Maggi said...

Thanks so much for the close ups of your entry Julie. It really does look good and I can't wait to see it in August. I really enjoyed to tour of your workspace too. That's a large jelly roll I see in the bed. Have you plans for that? Looks like Stewart has earned that drink. Your mum looks very well too, so nice to see her so happy.

ju-north said...

Your entry looks great! Had to laugh about all your stash - I think we're all the same!

Heather said...

I am always trying to reorganise my workspace and have loads of stuff I'll probably never use - it's a common failing!
I love your quilt - such an unusual design and loads of lovely little details to find and enjoy.
Your husband looks as if he's earned a rest and your Mum looks very elegant in her sun hat.

Clare Wassermann said...

Hey that quilts looks fascinating, I'm so looking forward to seeing it at the NEC you clever girl. Thank you for all the updates on your home, I think we're all the same. It made me laugh.

Anonymous said...

Another action filled post Julie! I love your foq piece. It's quite different to last year's I think?? Very interesting textures and stitching - good luck with it all for this year. Your workroom has a lot more in it than mine, but I'm impressed with your organization - very neat :)

gilby said...

The quilt looks stunning. I have made a note of the number and i have my instruction from Hazel to take her a photograph of it.

Angela said...

I'm looking forward to seeing your entry into the FOQ.It looks as though it's full of texture. I had to take my textile books into my sewing room because I had so many. The trouble is they take up room that could be used for fabric.

Peneller said...

The quilt looks really good Julie. I can't wait to see it for real and i promise not to comment on hanging threads!!!!! Your work room looks really tidy and well organised too! Just what I would have expected. I hope the DH has recovered from his gardening excesses!

Helena said...

2 min warning LOL

I was reading about the Festival of Quilts just today!

pam said...

Yeh looking forward to seeing it at the NEC - nice to see someone else's machine gets mucky - and yes the temptation to blow is incredibly difficult to resist.

Wendy said...

I am looking forward to seeing the quilt in all it's glory. Your new sewing room looks great, it is nice to see the quilt on the machine, will I get to see it finished before you send it off to your new home?

Emma said...

Wish I could touch & have a good peer at it! Looks great & I do like a bit of different. While in Edinbro I put my machine in for servicing & I was shown the little hole where I should put in some oil after every 8 hours.....oil? Don't worry, i bought some ;) Now I'd better have a look at where this fluff might be collecting....

DILLY said...

Julie be best at kwilts.
Julie be best at evthing!

HEWO Mr Julie!!
HEWO Granny Julie!!!