Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Success follows disaster ...!

I have no idea where September disappeared to - this year is flying past all too quickly and I realise that I now need to sort out my Christmas projects so as to be organised in good time.
I have just finished two totally different but equally gorgeous quilts:  Maggie and Finn's wedding quilt is from Jo Colwill's new book and I am so thrilled with how this has turned out:
Maggie wanted creams and pale colours:  I am so happy with this and Carole at Butterfly Quilter's has long-arm quilted it for me with hearts: it looks so beautiful:
I have also sewn my favourite wedding sampler for them too:
I am off up to Surrey tomorrow and will be delivering this "little" package as I am am having coffee with Janet, the mother of the bride, on Friday morning.  Much more fun to deliver this early rather than carry it to the reception in  December!
I love this quilt pattern so much that I am using up the left-over fabrics and making another one, similar but different:  using slightly stronger colours - think I will keep this one!:

Then in complete contrast I have made a Big Fun bunk-bed quilt for 4 year old George:
The request was for bright and fun with pirates and dinasaurs, dogs etc. - this was such fun to make, I LOVED doing it!
My main objective was to use fabrics that George would not think were childish as he grows older - so I have added computers, and spacemen and planets and galaxies etc. - lots to look at and I hope he will enjoy this for several years.
The backing is the same as his bedroom curtains, a fabulous fun world atlas for children, with a large square of this in the corners.  This is now off to be quilted so should be able to deliver by the end of this month.

I have at last finished my Stacey Nash cross-stitch - I have struggled with this piece for some unknown reason.  I wanted to omit the Merry Christmas in the design as it is far too nice to have out for just one month of the year.  But I seemed to go wrong time and time again and ended up with much unpicking, which is very unlike me.  Then, to add insult to injury, right at the very end I was sewing the last few stitches on the stag - and a spark flew out from the fire and burned a whole on the edge of the border, it looked just as if a cigarette had been stubbed out on the fabric.  I cried .......!  I was devastated.  A total disaster ......
After much thought I carefully snipped away the black burn edge:  and then I bond-a-webbed some of the same green leaf stitches underneath the hole. 
I then took it to the framers before anything else happened and they have close-framed it and overall I am pleased.  I think unless you knew and were looking for the flaw you would probably not notice it.  What do you think?  It was the best I could do anyway!

We had some friends staying last weekend, and on the Saturday we drove down to Llanhydrock, the National Trust property in Cornwall.  It is the most fabulous place and we spent a lovely afternoon there. The gardens were still in full bloom with begonias:  so bright and colourful:
here our friends Nina and Derek look as if they have just stepped out of the country home to greet us!:

In the house there is a beautiful patchwork quilt on the Nanny's bed which I managed to photograph:
If ever you are in Cornwall and have the chance, do visit this magical place, it is my favourite National Trust property.
We have been able to have lunch sitting outside a couple of times recently in the autumn sunshine:
The Tamar Valley is looking so beautiful.

Well, I am back sewing the SL "Country Life" and will update my progress on this in my next blog - plus I will be starting the long and beautiful Saxony sampler too.  Then I have a couple of Christmas stockings to sew - the joys of our wonderful hobbies are always challenging, always enjoyable and there is always something else I want to sew or another patchwork quilt I want to put together.  Little time for housework - the spiders can relax for another day!  Just no more sparks from the fire please - I have been cross-stitching for over 30 years and this is the first - and hopefully will be the only time this has happened.
I hope everyone is well and happy and life is good and creative for you all.  Thank you for visiting My Quilting Life.


  1. Such gorgeous quilts! Wow! I especially love the wedding quilt -- it's amazingly subtle and beautiful! Love your Christmas at Holly Berry Farm! Wow, I can't spot the burn at all! I would have been so upset if that had happened to me. You are so clever with how you fixed it. I would have had no clue how to fix it. It's beautiful, and I love the frame! I know George will love his quilt too. Lucky recipients all! Lovely wedding sampler too!

  2. Your quilting is just beautiful!! Holly Berry Farm looks wonderful. I can't imagine how upset you must have been!

  3. Beautiful wedding quilt Angie! I love the soft colours you have chosen.

  4. Lots of beautiful eye candy! The wedding quilt came out beautiful as well as the sampler. I had not seen that sampler before but it is so very sweet with the I <3 do! I think your Stacy Nash piece looks fabulous! If you are not looking for that spot you do not see it. There are so many motifs of interest in that piece the eye has so much to see. I love your adaptation of it. The gardens are absolutely GORGEOUS! What amazing color! One of my enjoyments is photography and I love going to gardens to take pictures, looks like there is a lot of inspiration there!

  5. OMG!! That wedding quilt is divine. I love the pale colours and the more striking border and the little hearts at each corner! I think I will get married again so you can make me one. What a thing to happen - a spark hitting your sampler. I would have cried too! But I can't see it and it looks wonderful. I love your taste in the things you create - it is just my thing. Well, not the kiddy quilt, but even that is perfect for its recipient. I think we went to that NT place years ago when we were on hols in Cornwall. We trudged round the gardens in the rain, as I remember! xCathy

  6. Gosh, you've been very busy Angie - the quilts are beautiful, as are the cross-stitches. I can imagine how upset you were about the fire spark, but you really can't see anything - well done!!

    Julia x