After a sleepover at our house last summer, my nephew asked me how much it would cost him to buy one of my quilts ~ he’s ten! And so the mission to make him a quilt for Christmas began!
I found some lovely printed fabric at the Eternal Maker in Chichester, and then set about matching up fabrics from my ever growing stash.
I wanted to add something personal – and so two pairs of my husbands old jeans were donated to the cause!
I decided a simple patchwork of large squares would be ‘boy-ish’ enough
I stitched a small test block, to see how the quilting would look. My first attempt at wavy lines.
And the finished article – completed on the Sunday before Christmas – just makes me smile!
He was allowed to open it when I saw him on Christmas Eve ~ and he loved it!
We were emailed this photo hours later, with the message ‘he’s hardly moved off the quilt’!
Happy nephew ~ happy me!
I love making these little fellows, they are such a lovely way to showcase some of my favourite fabrics, and mixing and matching has long been one of the ‘best bits’ of the whole stitchy process for me.
This gorgeous barkcloth in particular was treat to work with, it is a design called ‘Vibration’, by Nicola Wood and was printed in the early 1960′s by Heals. The ‘experts’ tell me that this is a particularly sought after fabric. I consider myself very lucky to have found some in a local shop. It is beautiful indeed. And matching it up with a brand new print by fabric designer Ellen Luckett Baker‘s recent ‘Stamped’ collection bring out the connections in colourways that span the decades.
These seasidey little beauties have a story to tell. This beautiful fabric was once a tea towel. Part of a range printed by the V&A, reproducing designs from the mid century era, this one is based on a furnishing textile designed by Rhona Park in 1951.
And here is one of my all time favourite vintage floral sheets, these soft yellow and grey flowers have lined a few bags, nestled into a quilt or two and now are showing off the graphic strokes of Jessica Jones‘s ‘Picket’ design, part of her Outside Oslo range which now seems impossible to source anywhere!
The glorious softness of this reclaimed wool weave, the colours of the land, so tactile and evocative. Sitting together with another reclaimed favourite, I like to think that this bright apple print dates from the 1950′s, but base that only on the colours of the design and the feel of the cotton. The two fabrics together, lending each other colours and references, feel both frivolous and dignified to me.
And all of these baskets are now available in the lemon loves shop, right here!
Although I am not entirely sure I am ready to part with any of them!
A new quilt project seems to be emerging … a year of stashing the offcuts away in a drawer, until the drawer could take no more …
… forced the ‘sorting out’ of said drawer, and I found myself colour coding all the scraps …
… re-discovering the colourways that have threaded their themes through my varied stitchy projects …
… the weaves and textures …
… and the datelines and history of the the fabrics I have used.
A sorting out of ‘all the scraps’, turned into a stitching up of colour blocks, each different in composition and size, yet, somehow sitting side by side, in harmony …
… there may be more to come … and then the discovery of how they are going to be joined together, and what is going to be used to back them …
… it is an adventure in the making.
First name out of the hat was Dawn Frost ~ who selected the ‘Pink Cushion’ as her preferred giveaway!
Dawn get in touch with me using the Contact link here, or message me on facebook with your address and this lovely pink cushion will be winging its way to you!
Big thank yous to everyone who entered … and wishing you all a sunny and warm weekend!
We are all about celebrating the good stuff here at lemon loves … and so, when it came to my attention that the lemon loves facebook page was launched exactly a year ago today, what better excuse do we need!
So to mark the occasion – and to show my gratitude to everyone who has supported, liked, encouraged and promoted lemon loves along the way – I am hosting a little giveaway!
One of these gorgeous lemon loves cushions will be winging its way to one of you by the end of the end of the week!
All you need to do to enter is hop over and ‘like’ the lemon loves facebook page AND then leave a comment on this post to let me know which of these two gorgeous hand made cushions you would prefer ~ Red Cushion or Pink Cushion ~ if you are the lucky winner!
Giveaway closes on Friday at 12.00 noon BST. Winner will be announced here and on the facebook page!
Go, go, go!!
Conquering castles is surely the best thing to do when you are 10!
And why stop at one, when you can bag three in one day!
Admittedly, we didn’t do the twenty mile Three Castles Walk, but we did visit all three in one day, from the top, Grosmont Castle, Skenfrith Castle, and White Castle. Quite a collection. And a very lovely day.
One happy nephew, and a very happy Aunt and Uncle too.