Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Old Laces

The third in my series of photos from the Warkworth Museum.
What a treasure trove this was. 

This time the focus is on laces.

These are late 19th Century laces from the Barbie Stanley-Harris Collection.

Cushion Lace

More Cushion Lace

Crochet Lace

Ribbon Lace

Net Lace

Ribbon and Lace Bonnet c. 1890

Thanks you Warkworth Museum for a wonderful display.
And what I have shown is just a small part of it.
Do get up there and visit if you can.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Old Buttons

More from the Warkworth Museum.

This time buttons.
What a wonderful display - all nicely labelled.

And what a range of products buttons used to be made from.

"Buttons were made for ornamentation long before 
they came into general use as fastenings."






And then the 'Piece-de-la-Resistance - a tin box full of tiny buttons.

Back soon with laces from Warkworth Museum.

Warkworth Museum, Parry Kauri Park, Tudor Collins Drive, Warkworth. 

Monday, 15 January 2018

Old Sewing Machines

We visited the Warkworth Museum while up that way staying with friends.
I was really impressed with the museum.

It has a whole display of tiny old sewing machines. 

Casige - Toy Sewing Machine

Singer 1890

Bigger Unity Machine set in the beautiful table top.


Back soon with laces and buttons from the same museum.
Warkworth Museum, Parry Kauri Park, Tudor Collins Drive, Warkworth. 

Saturday, 25 November 2017

New Project - Sashiko Sampler

Yeah - how much fun is it starting a new project.

This one will be a Block of the Month starting early in 2018.

It is lots of sashiko and hand quilted panels.

Some are hand pieced first and the stitched.

While others are pre-printed sashiko panels.

It is so much working on these smaller pieces, as once they are stitched
they are finished as I am doing them Quilt-As-You-Go.

Three more piles this high and I will be done!

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Katrina Hadjimichael Retreat

We have finished our three day Retreat with Katrina Hadjimichael.

What a wonderful few days we had with her.
I was working on my Pemberley Quilt that I actually started with her last year, but just haven't had time to get it finished. Shop samples keep on getting in the way!!

This is the centre of the quilt that I started on last year and did find a little time to stitch 
and  add on the corner sections and the next border..

This year I got the next borders ready for stitching - well almost - just little 
gold semi-circles to add.

I prepared these two blocks for stitching. They form the next round of 
borders - along with several more versions of them and another 
design yet to be made.

I am not sure the centre of this one is staying - I suspect the motif is not 
round enough for placement within the circle, but I do like the colour 
as it links back into my 'tongues' in the centre.

This block has some 'leaves' to be added around the edge.

So that is quite good progress with time snatched between co-ordinating 
the Retreat and helping others.

This is Katrina's sample.
We will have patterns available soon for it.
You can place your order at the shop now.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Little 1800s Quilts

Here are the next two Little 1800s Quilts.
They are so much fun to make.

From your set of five fat quarters you get plenty of fabric to make your quilt top, 
backing and binding. We have had fun piecing our backings as in the patterns.

This is number four which Cindy made.

This is number five which I made.

We have enjoyed hand quilting these little projects.

Number six and the final one just needs the binding hand sewn on, 
so we are now almost ready to go with the
"1800s Mini Quilt of the Month" Programme through the shop.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Number 3 Mini Quilt

This is number three in our Mini Quilt Series.
I love the fresh look of this one - it will be either a Spring or Summer wallhanging.

I have really enjoyed hand quilting these little projects.

Back soon with Number Four made by Cindy and Number Five should 
be finished tonight by me.