Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Beautiful Felt

My daughter gave me this beautiful piece of Nuno felt for Christmas. It is a small scarf and is really quite lovely. It is in some of my favourite colours and is so soft to wear. I have made felt but never anything this fine and soft. I would like to have a go at making some but at the moment I am busy dyeing fabric for our debut at the Exeter Quilt Show at the end of March.

I have had stands before at shows in the US and France but haven't ever tried selling at an exhibition in this country so it will be a first for me. Without Graeme encouraging me and giving me loads of support I don't think I would have taken the plunge but having done so I am quite looking forward to it!

My classes at Falmouth Rugby Club have been fantastic and the good Arthur who runs the bar and function room has fallen over backwards to make sure that everything is ideal for us. Lots of room and very light and airy! We are having fun doing a row by row quilt and it is as much a surprise for me as it is for the students as being ill with flu in the new year I didn't get it finished as hoped so I am only a step or two ahead of them. In fact it could almost be called a mystery row by row quilt!

My friend Yvonne and I went shopping today and I ended up buying a lot of fabric! This wasn't the intention but I have some great ideas as to what I can do with it! I just need some time!

Friday, January 07, 2011

A Fresh Page and another Year

Already the first week of the New Year is nearly over. I have done nothing! Christmas was good and then I got the dreaded flu! What a waste! I was going to do so much over Christmas and the first few days of the New Year but instead I just sat around feeling sorry for myself, constantly sneezing and feeling as limp as last summer's lettuce!

Today was my first quilting class for this term and I had half a dozen students turn up. The others were down with ...flu! But it was a good class in our new venue at Falmouth Rugby Club. There was lots of space and it was light and warm. This term we are doing a row by row quilt which I had hoped to have finished over the Christmas break but hadn't due to the afore mentioned illness. However I had planned the quilt using EQ6 so was able to give everyone a handout which with what I had sewn at least gave them an idea of what they were letting themselves in for! In fact the first class went really well and we all had fun. I now have to finish the quilt and then I'll post some pictures. 

There are ten weeks before our first venture into the world of exhibiting! Ten weeks in which to dye enough fabric; put together enough kits; have lots of good ideas and put them into practice and also to get more and more nervous as the end of March gets nearer and nearer! I'm sure we will manage. Well I hope so! Nothing ventured, nothing gained! 

The above is a book that I have found most useful and I am going to re-read it and put it's words of wisdom into practise this year. I can thoroughly recommend it! It staves off procrastination. Something I am very guilty of!

I will also start dyeing threads and ribbons and not keep putting it off for yet another day!

A belated Happy New Year to all.