|Note the presence of our purple iris!|
|Fairy Steps with con fuoco|
Her husband, my mum's brother, still lives at their house in Lancashire, a county in northern England. He is undergoing some cancer treatments right now, and as I was sewing Fairy Steps, it hit me
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In email discussion with Judy about the wavy line quilting on her latest quilt for Kat's charity, Covered in Love, I hit upon the wavy line quilting idea for this quilt. Once again, the friendships formed within QBL prove invaluable. Judy had thought of doing wavy lines on her quilt incorporating some of Christina Cameli's designs and I thought yep! Perfect for this quilt. Let's have a look!
|Top to bottom: pebbles within two wavy lines, cursive L's within peapods, music notes and treble clefs (eeep! my own invention on this line), cursive E's and a Uncle Frank's name|
I did about 4 or 5 different wavy line motifs and repeated them, and then at the very last edge, I wrote several meaningful phrases and words. The first, "poems for proles" is Uncle Frank's blog. He is one of the most talented people I know, a writer (wrote a couple episodes for "Coronation Street"), writes beautiful poetry, conducted the Besses o' the Barn brass band for many years and put out a few LPs, he paints, is an avid reader (recommended to Mum and hence to me one of my all-time favourite books, The Book Thief, and he went back to university and got his BA in his 70s, to name a few.
Here is 'textiles' and 'love'. Uncle Frank worked in textiles all his life. There were several mills in Lancashire at one time.
|I went over it three times, once to go back to cross the 't' and another to try to make it more visible.|
Modern By the Yard. I love that I've used nothing but stash and scraps in this quilt, both old and new!
Just as for Fairy Steps, I quilted con fuoco with cotton 50 weight Essential thread.
|Essential threads: 20872 Blush and 20875 Pumpkin|
I just love it, as does Avril, my Avanté. There's very little fuzz.
|After one full self-wound bobbin of So Fine, this is what I cleaned out of the bobbin case area|
|Of course! Lay fabric down, poof! Out of nowhere Bella appears to loll about and pose on it. She's showing you "Bananasana" invented and named by Bernie Clark, which is a sidebend on your back, and a real pose in the Yin yoga system. She hasn't quite got the 'cradle your head in your hands à la hammock-style' part of it down yet, but it'll do!|
I washed them and dried them both together. You haven't seen Fairy Steps all crinkly, so here you are:
|Sorry that the collage maker in picmonkey has a pre-set rectangle, so it cut off the side borders of Fairy Steps.|
I folded and refolded those quilts MANY times, trying out two different boxes, weighing them, folding them up again, placing them inside a plastic bag. Taking them out. Adjusting. Putting in cards for recipients of each quilt. How did I not get pricked by that damn pin?? Sent them merrily away on June 1. (btw they arrived yesterday!!! June 7!!! That's faster than sending a letter from Ontario to Alberta!) Got back home from the post office, puttered around doing this 'n that. Emailed Mum to tell her I'd sent them, started sewing on the next project, which just happens to be yet another DREAMi project, (my pet term for DRop Everything And Make it)...
and THEN. Heart dropped in my chest.
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