Naturally, the Munchkin found this hilarious. Not sure about Jacky Ginge. Despite having taken the small man to Northcote Road last week (good for me: Fabrics Galore and Cath K; good for him: toy shop and pizza), and the purchase of a new "must have" Lego Atlantis set, I was horrified to find my afternoon of peace I had cunningly planned became a figment of my imagination as he declared he must be with me and set himself up a camp in my Den. Eeek.
Jacky Ginge got his own back by watching this scene rather amusedly from the comfort of a pile of my latest sewing achievements. More of that later. Sigh.
On Friday, we decamped to the country and on the way, we stopped just a couple of miles off the A303 to visit somewhere I had a sneaky feeling the Munchkin was rather going to like...
The infamous Haynes Motor Museum, home to the rather jaw-dropping Red Room:
Yes, these cars (below) are all Ferraris and represent about a quarter of the Ferrari collection at the museum. Apparently, I was very honoured to be seeing the Enzo. Yes, Munchkin, if you say so.
This was more my style. I can just see myself roaring up to Goodwood in this darling Frog Eyed Sprite.
My favourite bit though, was to come, when we stepped into the hall full of cars from the 1950's, largely British made, hurrah! Look at those gorgeous paint colours.
Ok, so I could have this one as well as the Sprite?
More excitement for the Mucnhkin at the sight of a whole garage devoted to Morris cars, Minors and so on.
From the sublime to the ridiculous!
But there was no denying that it was a trip that rated highly on the Munchkin's radar!
Too boyish? Not pretty enough? Come on, Hen, give us what we want! Ah well, I've saved all that for last.
I've been a busy girl, not much sitting down and drinking tea from dinky china cups, I can tell you!
But lots and lots of patchworking with beautiful 1930's inspired fabrics...
...and lots of quilting with pouffey battings!
...and pretty rosy fabric backings...
Hmm, fabric with shoes!
Fabric with flowers, naturellement!
That was quilt no 1 by the way, "Happy Hearts", but there's more inside.
Hmm, cosy, looking good as a sofa throw...
...but even better on the bed!
I approve, says Big Ted!
That was the "sweet retro" quilt.
And finally, back to something not quite so pinky but still rather pretty...
...a blast of vibrant colour has found its way (temporarily) into the Munchkin's room.
It does look rather splendid here. The Munchkin definitely thinks so!
But in fact, I made this quilt thinking of a bright red camper van, picnics in poppy fields and that sort of thing. So, the Happy Camper quilt was born. Sadly, I couldn't quite find the red camper van to use in my little "photo shoot" over the weekend!
So, there you have it, I have gone quilt crazy! My little fingers are bearing the scars of hand sewing the binding on all three quilts, no cutting corners, these quilts are entirely traditionally made. Yes, that's 230" of binding on each of the three quilts!
And the exciting news is that these are the first HenHouse quilts I have made... for sale. Yes, I hope they will find new happy homes across the globe where they will be loved and enjoyed.
They're all dressed and ready and smelling beautiful. They await loving new owners who want to keep toasty warm here!