That yippeeeeeee - was from the heart. The last bits of putting together anything that needs to be measured and accurate are torture for me ... but the banner is finally done and now having a very final light blocking:
And just because I like to see what machines and stuff people use - here we are in action, joining all those bits together, with my newly serviced and no longer screaming Janome:
If you can see a few odd blobs, then those are the blocking pins. I have to say the old thing went together very well (I am truly impressed with my measuring and care ... very unlike me, but then it is not for me, and that makes a difference) But I do like a nice flat boy .. so I shall leave it blocking for at least a week now and then just add the hanging sleeve. That will no doubt be minutes before it is due at the AGM in Nottingham .. but that cannot be helped.
So - still with the theme of the AGM (rather obsessed with it at present), I have been making up pieces to use as examples for the workshop I am running. I did have examples, but had forgotten (if I ever realised - probably not actually) that they would be out on exhibition with Grosvenor Shows during the very weekend of the AGM. Not a hardship for me to make more of these though .. I truly love putting them together and will no doubt make many more before I am done. I said in my workshop blurb that those attending would have a choice of three flowers and three pots - to be combined in any way they wish. So I have made mine with Spring daffodils:
early summer tulips:
and mid/late summer daisies:
each in a different pot or jug. Hopefully the colours I have chosen go with those choices. They are made with a mixture of painted papers and fabrics used together with commercial fabrics and lace. Backgrounds are overall quilted in a wonky (oh how I love wonky) grid and then the pots and flowers are free machine stitched. These still need some hand stitching added, a few details enhanced with some crayon and /or pencil, and obviously edging and mounting. This will be done soon ... this will have to be done soon, the AGM is soon ....eeeeek. So if any of you are coming to my workshop, these are what you will be doing. But before that, I need to decide which one I will donate as a prize in the Chinese auction? I am so bad at these sort of decisions, so I'm hoping you will tell me which is your favourite, to help me choose. Daffs, Daisies or Tulips?? Which would you like?
I will post more images when they are done, and let you know which one is chosen for the auction.
I have a busy week next week, visiting the Bramble Patch to deliver the Orientation pieces (note to self .. must find Orientation pieces) and then a visit to the NEC with Steph the day after for the Spring Fashion Embroidery and Stitch Show. Oh yes .... and I need to make another quilt - very quickly before the AGM .... will be another Diary of a very quick Quilt that .. if I can manage to write as well as make. I have an idea for the design (just as well I think) - but I'll tell you about that next week - Hilary x