dear diary,

Ever since the day when ‘my man’ gave me a beautiful book on making Welsh Quilts have I wanted to learn how to. Living in Wales and loving history as much as I do, I feel it is absolutely essential that I make one of these traditional patterned quilts for our home here in the beautiful Welsh mountains. As always, time is an issue, but when my dear friend Jackie mentioned about a course on learning how to quilt spread over a period of almost a year, I thought it’s now or never. My quilting adventure started yesterday.

Quilt Book

gift from ‘my man’

I arrived at Liberty Bell in Chester and was greeted by the lovely Sue, owner of this Aladdin’s cave of fabric and notions heaven, and quilting expert.

She showed me to my place and I found this…

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my fabric bundle

…which when I unrolled it looked like this…

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fabric spread out

Sue then showed me what I was going to make…

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first block

…really??? I was beginning to panic. Faced with so much fabric, a cutting mat and rotary blade, all measurements in inches (as you know we don’t do inches in mainland Europe), terminology like ‘walking foot’ and applique…my head was spinning.

There was really no need as Sue is an incredibly patient and kind teacher and soon I was cutting, pressing, stitching and taking endless notes.

Before long I had managed to make this…

Squares

squares

…which soon turned into these lovely pinwheels…

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pinwheels

…and eventually turned into the bottom strip of my block.

Bottom Strip

bottom strip

I was best pleased with how much sewing I managed to do and on top of that I cut out all my applique bits and started on putting them together.

This course has six sessions making nine blocks to produce an stunning quilt the size to fit a single bed. This is what it will eventually look like, just different colours.

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the finished quilt – eventually

I am a long way from my dream of making a Welsh Quilt, but I feel that this dream has potential of becoming reality one day in the not too distant future. 🙂

 

dear diary,

Finally, the day to set off on our African adventures had arrived. Flying from London to Cape Town we arrived tired but excited that we had made it after dreaming about it for a while.

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Arriving Cape Town

Cape Town…wow…what a city!!!

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Table Mountain from Waterfront

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African Dancers

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City Bowl

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Victoria stands Guard

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Stone Sculpture

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Zulu bead work

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The Muslim Quarter

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Sea Creatures

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Sunset at sea

We had a great first day, Christmas eve with a difference!

…to be continued…

dear diary,

You know how much I like a challenge! An idea that has been in my head for a while, to publish a series of books offering a selection of small designs, is finally coming to fruition. I thought long and hard about how best to publish, in print or on-line, but as I am a great believer in simple solutions I have decided to go the on-line route first…

…and so it is that I can announce with greatest pleasure, that the first book in the Lola Loops series is being launched on Wednesday 7th November 2012 at noon UK time. It will be available to download on this website and on Ravelry from that day.

I am quietly excited about sharing Lola’s knitting adventures with you and hope you will like the things she has been making as much as I do. To make the launch a little more exciting I am giving away an extra pattern design to the first five people who purchase the book from this website. Watch out for the next post tomorrow when I will explain how it works 🙂

 

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