I have been absent from the blog for a few weeks as end of year school celebrations seem to have had me running the girls from one event to the next. It is such a busy time of the year for everyone. So while the girls were having a good time celebrating the end of another school year my DH and I were in Terrigal having a celebration all of our own. My husband works for a computer company and this years Christmas party was in Terrigal. We were flown down and accommodated for the weekend at the Crowne Plaza – heaven – no children, breakfast (that I didn’t have to cook), a few nice dinners (Le Chat Noir was simply divine) and drinks by the pool – what more could you ask for. We had a relaxing weekend looking around the area, which is so picturesque; there are gorgeous lakes, stunning beaches and breathtaking bays. Definitely somewhere I would like to visit again.
So after Quilt Market in Houston all the fabric reps hit the road with the new fabric swatches to try and entice all good shop owners…..every year their job gets easier and easier as the fabric gets more irresistible. The colours, designs and fabric stories are like candy to a child – so many beautiful colours and prints…..yummy.
So what have we ordered I hear you ask. Gorgeous, gorgeous and more gorgeous. We have ordered the full range of Barbara Brackman’s new range titled Battle Hymn. In 1862 Julia Ward Howe published the Battle Hymn of the Republic, a moving anthem still sung 150 years later. This reproduction fabric line remembers the first full year of the Civil War, its battles and losses. Muted colours recall the mood of mourning. The original prints date from mid to late 19th century, many drawn from an 1860’s mill sample book. Print styles fashionable in the 1860’s include small figures in formal repeats, floral trails and a floral spray that might be a cotton boll (the pod from which the cotton fibers grow). The flag print may date to the 1870’s, a postwar celebratory fabric to commemorate the Union’s Centennial. This is beautiful fabric and we loved every print in the range. I am sorry we forgot to take a photo of it when we ordered it but you can have a look at it by clicking on this on this link (hope it works).
Another range that we fell in love with was Athill Range by Cabbages and Roses. After a lunch with a divine lady named Diana Athill the perplexing task of naming their latest collection was solved. Her name, demeanor, elegance and wit, her fine head of coiffed hair, everything about her stated “English Lady”. Born in 1917 she worked as a literary editor with some of the most important writers of the 20th Century. In essence their collection is brim full of vintage English charm and the name Athill seemed so fitting. Moda has adapted the prints into tiny, medium and larger scale prints with just the right amount of colour. Cabbage and Roses hope you embrace this collection.
We have lots more beautiful to share with you so keep watching for the next installment.
Kay brought her finished Antique Baby Quilt in to show us and I know that you will all agree that it is truly stunning. Someone asked Kay which baby was going to receive this wonderful quilt to which she replied - this baby, meaning herself. The quilt is large enough to lay on top of a queen bed. I am sure that I have said this before – but I really want to make this Marg Sampson quilt – it is on my list – I hope I live long enough.
Another to have finished a quilt of super size is our bubbly Izabella. She collected her Love Letters by Blackbird Designs this week, after Majella did the most beautiful job of quilting it. This is the first needle turn applique quilt for Izabella and her fellow class participants are extremely proud of her – if truth be told they may even be a little jealous – good jealous though – the jealous that makes them want to finish their quilts so that they can be as proud and happy as Izabella. So imagine our surprise when we show Izabella her quilt only to be told she has another ready for quilting. She has also completed her William Morris quilt, which she started a couple of years ago in a class at the shop. She is starting to put a few of us to shame – or more precisely – me. Her William Morris quilt is a credit to her hard work and persistence to see it finished. Congratulations Izabella!
Precious Pyramids is the latest creation from Majella, made with a delicious mix of fabrics from Joel Dewberry and Anna Maria Horner you will be able to whip this quilt up in no time. We have precut all the fabrics for you so that all you need do is go home and start sewing. All the fun without any of the tedious cutting – I wish all my kits came like that – what joy. If you come into the shop have a feel of this quilt as we backed it with one of the many beautiful voiles that we have in stock. Not only does it feel divine but it also makes the quilt so light and the drape is like an antique quilt – soft and dreamy.
As it quietens (not sure if that is a word - but I'll run with it) down there is still a mountain of work to be done at the shop. We take this time to work on the class program for next year, clean and freshen up the shop and best of all - make new quilts. If you have been to visit in the last week you may have had a peek at some new quilts on the design wall.
I hope all is well at your house and that you find some time to enjoy your stitching.
Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. ~Laura Ingalls Wilde