This is my Show and Tell for today... which I left at home... but there's a story to these two lovely single bed quilts.
Way back in 1977, we sailed to England for a couple of years, we had three little people with us and we bought a house then bought second hand furniture. This couch was so ugly I needed to cover it so I bought some fabrics, cut them into squares to make a cover.
I knew nothing about Patchwork or Quilting back then but I could sew. Most of the fabric is Laura Ashley except the fabric with the little green flowers on it, this was left overs from my oldest daughters School Uniform that I made... or so I thought...
I hand cut squares and sewed them together, there was no backing or border and I had never heard of rubber mats and rotary cutters... below is the result with oldest daughter Nerys on right and friend Genevieve on left.
See the white fabric with little green flowers...
When we returned to Australia I turned this 'Cover' into two Duvet
Covers ... then only last year I decided I needed to keep and preserve
this lovely cover so I turned it into two quilts with a fabulous red
border and Emma Smith quilted it for me.
... when I showed my quilts to people they and I started to suspect this fabric couldn't be School Uniform fabric, the School uniforms we remember were either plain or check... but then...
I found this photo of my two daughters and Nerys my oldest is wearing her School Uniform.
To confirm either Yay or Nay of my School Uniform thoughts, this did happen 40 years ago... I put these photos up on a Facebook Page I belong to in Guildford, Surrey, the same town we lived in back then and where Nerys went to school.
The response has been terrific and YES! Nerys is wearing her School Uniform.
Brenda casting on... I've never seen it done like this, very clever. I've not only done but seen a LOT of casting on.
If you see me putting together these little half inch hexagons together you can tell my sewing life is pretty boring but at least it's fall back sort of handwork and it might turn out to be a quilt one day.
Maggie is up to October! Yay... October 2017 that is 😃
Lisa is loving the way her wool is knitting up so beautifully, so are we!
Now what exactly is Heather up to I wonder?
Pretty little needlework being done by Lynne.
Irene is knitting a scarf.
Chocolates looked popular.
Cath's project looks very interesting.
Emma's handwork is coming along, I think we've seen some of these before.
Rita's Monet's Garden hexagons, I should have asked her to show us... but I was talking too much as usual!
Now this looks very interesting! What are you up to Robyn? We need to see more blocks please 😃
Jill was putting these Hexagons together for the Quilters Guild for a Charity.
We enjoyed our usual room all on our own... there were 14 of us here today, I know... we aren't all in this photo.
Jean dug out an old project and managed to get a whole row put together.
Cath was binding just as I was below.
This quilt is more than 40 years old, I put these squares together back in 1977, in England, to hide an ugly couch, I didn't know anything about Patchwork back then so it was just these squares. When we returned home I turned them into two Duvet Covers... and it was only just this year that I decided they really needed to be quilts... so I will have two single quilts when I finish binding them.
Irene was busy knitting away...
Lynne is stitching a????
Aaaahhhh... a Bird! That's what she's stitching, hope we see more of this another day.
This looks good fun, being put together by Ann.
Heather was binding.
Joy was sewing down this funky Magpie!
Fiona was quilting... Hey we are a Quilting Group but I think Fiona was the only one actually quilting!! Yay!
Liz was stitching a Reindeer... another one to come I suspect!
Ruth was knitting a hat and she certainly managed to get a lot of work done today that's for sure.
Becky and Stephanie were knitting the same jumper can you tell who is doing which colour??
Here they are... Becky in Green and Stephanie in Pink! I think I need to knit this pattern, I really like it.
Becky is modeling Marilyn's shawl.
Check out all the beautiful work that's gone into Stephanie's little bag, just lovely!
.... and talking of Beautiful, I just love this bracelet belonging to Liz, she bought it in Paddington recently... made from old cutlery... what a clever idea!
This is what Heather was binding, a Christmas Wall hanging for a friend.
Becky has been to a hand dying course, how lovely are these two.