Thursday, 27 June 2013
A Doily, an Anniversary and an Encounter
This is the latest item I have completed for the Doll Quilters Monthly swap - my partner Brittoni in New York State has just received it. The theme for May was to make a quilt any shape but square or rectangular. That had me flummoxed for a bit, until I decided to make a free motion quilted doily
Starting with a tiny circle at the centre, I kept on going outwards, making it up as I went along. It started with a flower shape with radiating leaf shapes around it. Then I changed the top thread for a lighter colour, and went round a few times doing flame shapes, followed by spirals.
Around the edge I put binding in a contrasting shade, pink ric rac using the braiding foot and added buttons and beads.
When a vase is put in the middle you can see the darker quilting thread peeping out.
And because today is the first anniversary of the blog, here are the flowers, picked on a quick raid on the garden last month.
Finally, the encounter. I was in Bath this morning, on my way to my favourite café there, and heard singing. Nothing unusual, Bath is a buskers' haven. But this was two unaccompanied, unamplified voices singing folk songs in harmony. It was an absolute delight meeting Will and Ed, who walk around Britain singing on their way. Yes, really. Visit their website, where you can hear them sing. I had a request for them, but they didn't know it - a new song might be added to their repertoire if I'm lucky, in which case I will stand them a few jars next time they are in Bath.
Update - 28th June
Well I didn't tell you yesterday, but I sang a quick song for Will and Ed, and ended up being recorded, and today it is on their website with other soundtracks. Thanks for the lovely picture of the swans and cygnets, lads!
My top favourite song is The Good Old Way, which you will find if you click on the last track, Little Song in St. Rumwold's on the Marsh - the player will keep on going straight into it. I love it, it is sung with real feeling!
This post is being linked to Leah Day's blog for Free Motion Friday, so there will be links to lots of other free motion projects...
and also to My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday for quilting and other needlework projects. .