Thursday, 23 November 2017

A little William Morris

I've been meaning to share again some of the new Morris fabrics from Moda (done in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum), and a new range due out soon from Free Spirit that was developed in collaboration with Morris & Co. ..........

I have to confess I have purchased quite a bit of the Moda range from two local shops and I am sure the Free Spirit range is going to be hard to resist when it comes out early next year! The Moda range is simply delicious.....


 Free Spirit have a delightful video launching the new range but I have to say I totally disagree with one of the commentators calling Morris's designs 'Art Deco.'......I think 'Arts and Crafts' would be more accurate. I think Art Deco came many years later - in fact at least 30 years after Morris died.....
I used some of the new Moda range in the border print of one of my new quilts and I love the red shade. I will be releasing the patterns of both these quilts very soon and I would love some feedback about that. I am thinking of doing hard copies for Curzon Fabrics to supply to the shops here in Australia but also selling them online myself for overseas quilters but in a PDF format. The down side is the patterns are on large A3 sheets so you would need to copy them and take them to a print shop unless you have a printer that does the larger size.....do you think this would be a worthwhile exercise for me to release patterns this way? I just know posting patterns overseas would be cost prohibitive with postage costs....I would love some feedback......(and you might notice I appliquéd some of the motifs upside down on the corners......not sure if I can be bothered doing them again!!).........
Back to matters from home with just a little William Morris thrown in! I received some packages in the mail this week - one of them from New Zealand. I was intrigued by the description of the contents of a 'Beanie for Tea'!!........
 and what a gorgeous tea beanie it is.........a most splendid tea cosy and I just love it! This was handmade just for me by Linda who won my quilt in one of the classes at Symposium last month. She shared with me that the quilt is now hanging above her bed and I am so thrilled that she loves it so much. Thankyou Linda....I hope you get this message....I will write to you but if someone who knows her reads this please tell her how much I love my tea cosy........
I have a fabulous collection of china cups and saucers to go with my new gift but have to confess to not using them as often as I should. It all started when my late mother starting buying me a set each birthday and being a December girl this was my first.......
 The china cabinet is full of more china cup sets and all sorts of other bits that one day my girls will have to decide what to do with! Maybe little Maisie will love it all....even the little cup cakes that are in fact soaps........



 And I have far too many Morris mugs!!.......




 The other package was addressed to dear little Wade and it brought me to tears when Sophie opened it. Sadly I don't have a photo but it was the dearest little teddy I have ever seen complete with a tiny story book about an inch high and a little blanket for teddy to sit on with 'W' embroidered in the corner. The card was written to 'Wade from Teddy' telling him he would watch over him and read him stories.....so precious and thoughtful (thankyou dear Dot and Tony xx).............
It reminded me of some little handmade teddies I have as well so I dug them out and they are now resting with all my other clutter!!.........
 Back to 'the garden'......recently the local council came and gave the roadside trees a very serious prune. We don't like the trees at all but they look worse now and we are not allowed to touch them. At least now the front part of the garden will get more sun so we've been busy planting daisies, lavenders and other cottage plants hoping it will fill up quickly. We also covered some of those awful pebbles with mulch and 'planted' some slate stepping stones and a new bird bath.........







 I can't sign off without a little update on Wade. They trialled him again without the high flow for breathing but he didn't tolerate that so he is back on it again. He is such a little fighter and it is such a rollercoaster for Sophie and and Tim. Last night I embroidered some singlets for him but I might stick to appliqué for the rest......


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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

What matters

While current affairs are full of unhappy stories, political unrest, world starvation etc, etc one can forget about matters close to the heart. We are experiencing some hot weather at the moment and it was tonight while I was watering that these images made me happy.........a hydrangea starting to bloom, one of our first patio limes and our very first snow pea........


 Of course little Wade is consuming our thoughts at the moment and he is already three weeks and two days old!  His last weight reached 1355gms and he is thankfully making slow and steady progress......





 Emily had planned a baby shower for Sophie on Sunday and between them they decided to still go ahead. I cannot imagine how hard that must have been for Sophie especially sharing the day with pregnant friends and their babies but she did well and it was a lovely celebration......... 



Maisie still insists that little Wade will be coming home to her house very soon where she is waiting to care for him....as she told me all this she had her arms in a rocking position.......such a dear little girl and one wonders if she might be a third generation nurse.....she is certainly a natural........
 She also showed me where she likes to hide her treasures under her bed.......


 Emily had been very busy stitching all sorts of personal items for Wade so I am glad my late nights sewing have rubbed off (!!).......


It was lovely to have photos of Wade with us on the day......


 but there was way too much delicious afternoon tea.......


 Emily had set up various activity stations including biscuit decorating, painting baby clothes, a book to write memories and a box of nappies for writing messages to Tim and Sophie...... 



 Sophie was pretty exhausted by the end of the day so she found a quiet place where Beau and Maisie snuggled up with her.......they sure do matter to all of us ❤