It's also a really beautiful day here; serendipity. Beautiful daffodils, furry compliant cats and delightful cosy quilts, what could be better?
Did you spot the new addition to our hallway when I posted a shot of my crafty baskets all ready for their holiday last week? I have been hankering after an old pew for a while but all the ones we saw were pretty shoddy examples, chopped down from longer pews and then with new bench ends squashed on, stained in a very dodgy fashion to "match". Must thank my Mr HenHouse for alerting me to this shoddy workmanship, he is great at spotting when something is "not quite right" about a piece and reigning in my over-enthusiasm to snap something up there and then.
We finally found a really gorgeous one, completely authentic yet perfectly petitely sized, at the last Shepton Mallet Flea Market, being sold by a genuine lady out of the back of her horse box, and for a super no-haggle price, too. Getting it back (eventually with the boot tied down) was another matter but that's all old history now, isn't it!
It makes a super place for displaying all manner of my quilty cushiony craftiness.
So I started this quilt before Christmas. I must tell you that I was mightily inspired by the style, workmanship and colours of Lucy's stunning blog. I then found the pattern for this "double hourglass" quilt block online, oh the wonders of the web. A very nice lady named Alison had kindly made available a free tutorial on her blog. Isn't that great? You don't need to leave the house or spend any money; just get on the good old www, find a free tutorial, make your own template with a bit of old card and off you go, justifying your sizable fabric stash. Ah yes, one of those is definitely a pre-requisite.
Out we go then into the chilly sunshine for a shot of the quilt in all its glory. It's not huge at about 42" x 54" but the perfect size for snuggling on the sofa. It is made of sixty-three blocks and that was quite enough, thank you!
I used wool batting for the first time. It was nice to work with and has made an undoubtedly snuggly warm quilt but it has more loft than I would have liked for this quilt, as it was meant to be vintage-looking and therefore somewhat flatter. No matter though, it's a lovely quilt and very usable, as Charlie-Boy and Vorey informed me as they slept soundly on it on the sofa last night!
I quilted it on the diagonal which generally made the quilting process fairly simple.
I have used a palette of red, blue and browns of varying shades, as you can see, mainly from my Civil War reproduction stash. In each block, each main colour is accompanied by a "shirting" fabric. My sister was kind enough to send reinforcements when I was running out of shirtings. Handy, eh?
I think it will live in our sitting room which is where we tend to be snuggling these days as we find it is the warmest room, with a roaring fire and the box-set of Foyle's War on DVD. We are now at the very last episode of the last series. Oh it is simply wonderful (if you like 1940's style and stories it's definitely for you) and I think we will just have to start again from the beginning once we're at the end!