Sunday, 27 July 2014

I can see the light......and Langholm....

I can now see the light..... at the end of the tunnel that is! It's been a busy month, all of this lovely weather outside too.  It's a good job I don't do heat too well, my skin is too fair and sensitive so it's better and far cooler for me to be indoors working whenever possible.  It's been a while since these two quilts were returned, both the same random piecing designs, I love the rustic or country look that the stripped shirting fabric gives, it's reminiscent of ticking fabric.  Anne Bright's panto 'Surf' really softens the geometric lines....love that panto.



This wonderful hand pieced Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt is now all quilted and bound and will be travelling to Ireland very soon for the Granddaughter of my customer. This is the second quilt from this customer who is in her nineties, this was one huge quilt around 109 x 120, I also bound this one in a suitable blue fabric by machine front and back.We chose a primrose panto to mimic the shape of the hexagon flowers.




I'm still playing catch up with these 'delightful stars' blocks....here is my next grouping.......





The quilt is slowly filling up......

On Friday morning we took a few hours off to go watch the procession at Langholm Common Riding, didn't take any horses just went to watch...this is the view from the bottom of the hill...


View from the top of the hill, this is 8.30 am....that's a steep climb.... for spectators and horses with riders....



The crowds parted to let the horses gallop through and on up the hill past us.........




We stayed to watch some of the processions, it's a bit quirky. See the guy with the spade, next the Herring on a plate with a Barley Bannock, further back is the crown of roses, then further back still is the giant thistle.....yes a giant thistle...



We were home before lunch and back to work again.....such is life......

Friday, 11 July 2014

Helped to finish this one.....

I was contacted by the none quilting family of a hand quilter to ask if I would finish a quilt for their Mother who is in her 90's. The quilt was already sandwiched and the quilting was already started by hand and my clients didn't want the hand quilting removed. I finished the quilt the best I could even though the wadding was too short and needed to be pieced....This quilt is all hand pieced.....



All in all, the quilt turned out quite well with hand quilting and machine quilting blending together, I found some fabric that matched in well for the binding and off it went back to the forest.....



I quilted pantograph designs with Quilt Path on these next two whirlygig quilts in thirties fabrics, one with Primrose to match in with the border fabric and on the other quilt quilt with a piano key border we chose Wildflower.....

The same but different....



This is a view of the back of Edinburgh Castle from the Grassmarket, you can see the grandstand ready for the Tattoo on the right skyline. I spent a few days up there last week having 'patch testing' for allergies and sensitivities....had a major result too for a food additive....we'll see how that pans out in the near future. Trust me to have a major sensitivity to an additive that is in fresh foods, processed foods, fish, shampoos, tea....yes, tea, choclate, white flour...OMG.....it's in everything.....

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Happy Crosses...

I had a lovely customer from Belgium send me this super huge quilt top requesting Happy times panto densely quilted. Some pantographs lend themselves totally to being resized, this is one of them....there are no crossing lines so this one can be reduced or enlarge without any problems. I chose a lovely Metro thread in aqua which blended beautifully across the fabrics and can be seen well on the white backing fabric.






I've been missing a while what with 'ride outs' and Common Ridings, although still quilting I've got a little behind with my 'Aiming for Accuracy' blocks so here is the next batch....playing catch up....



The spaces are filling up nicely.......need to get some of that border started soon.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

1514 AKA The Horse Quilt Hawick Common Riding 2014 ...

So, I did get my latest quilt finished. Could have been a couple of weeks earlier but, hey just in time. I've been lucky to have it hanging in town during the lead up to the 2014 Hawick Common Riding, it's been on display for a week already in one of the local high street banks (RBS). It seems to have been very well received. I popped down this morning to have my photo taken for the local newspaper The Hawick News.

The quilt measures 70"x78" cream cotton sateen with Quilter's Dream wool wadding over Hobbs 80/20 and a mixture of trilobal polyester threads by Glide and Superior. This is my own design drawn out on paper first then transferred to fabric with a blue water soluble pen.  The design and all quilting including a variety of background fills was first quilted, washed and blocked, then painted with pigment paints and Inktense pencils finishing off with a coat of fabric medium.


A bit of background.....Firstly understand that the Men of Hawick were conscripted to fight for King and country in 1513 at the Battle of Flodden, most of the Men didn't return. Only old men, young boys, women and children were left in Town.

This quilt commemorates the capture of the English flag a year later at Hornshole, nr Hawick in 1514, so this year 2014 is the Quincentenary....500 years.



I love this before and after shot of the horses head.


Had to find a place to add some feathers...


The oak leaves are worn by the riders in their lapels on the main Common Riding day in June.






The monument which is on the out skirts of town to the east commemorates the skirmish where the young boys of the town overcame a band of English Raiders and captured the English flag in 1514.


The map in the background shows all of the villages where the 'ride outs' have a halfway picnic.  These rides are kind of 'an enactment' of riding the town boundaries to check that no English have crept through.












Around the border quilted and then shadow painted is the first verse/chorus of the Hawick Ballard sung at any and all of the ceremonial events, this song has over 20 verses...no way I was going to include all of those.

Teribus Ye Teri Odin
Sons of Heroes Slain at Flodden
Imitating Border Bowmen
Aye Defend Your Rights and Common





1514 AKA The Horse....

We are now off out to watch The Cornet tie the ribbons on the horse statue in town and then up bright and early tomorrow for the big celebrations.....




Tuesday, 3 June 2014

To Denholm....

The past weeks have flown by, Saturday saw the last of this years Hawick Ride Outs before next weeks big celebrations. We counted 268 horses leaving via Wellogate on their way to Denholm.....







Arriving in Denholm, looks like Tessa has been up to her knees in mud...


 We had some light refreshments and waited a while....Fieron joined in with her Dad for the return ride....Kyle swapped horses and rode Willow home...


 Waiting again with refreshments



Fieron riding Bess