Thursday, 19 July 2018

A gift to share

Almost 12 months ago I received an email from C&T Publishing sharing an idea that they had of producing playing cards using the designs from my Stitching with Beatrix Potter book. As you can imagine my heart jumped with joy.....how many can say their designs are on playing cards!! So it was this week that my own personal pack of playing cards arrived....
 What wonderful gifts these make - not just for quilters but for anyone in all walks of life. And let me tell you - the quality is superb - not flimsy paper but plastic coated and easy to shuffle. So as I was typing this post I wondered where playing cards actually originated. Google led me on that informative path and I discovered that they go back to the 9th century during the Tang Dynasty in China. Cards have also been found in Egypt dating around the 12th and 13th centuries before spreading across Europe in the 13th and 14th centuries. It is fascinating and you can read more HERE. So here we are in the 21st century and this small timeless gift can still bring hours of pleasure to us all. They are a very affordable gift available on the C&T Publishing site but I've also seen them on Amazon and maybe even your local quilt shop can get them for you where they come in this display box........
The back of the cards feature detail from my version of the 1863 wedding quit that belonged to Beatrix Potter's parents..........

There are characters from the 'Nursery' quilt scattered among the cards..........
 I adore Peter Rabbit as the joker - so appropriate and dear Jemima Puddleduck..............

 and the mouse from the Tailor of Gloucester and Jeremy Fisher.....
Even Mrs Tiggy-Winkle is featured.......
My Mrs Tiggy-Winkle iron cover is used every day and keeps my iron dust free - this is another project in the book.......
 And a reminder of some of the blocks from the 'Nursery' quilt......


And finally the Ace cards feature detail from another book project - 'Floral Frieze' that was inspired by a drawing Beatrix made when she was just 15 years old of a plaster frieze.......


Jemima and Peter look over us at home every day so we seem to not only be keeping the genius of Morris alive but also Beatrix Potter!.......

Thankyou for reading and allowing me to share all of this with you x

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

In the eyes of the beholder

I often contemplate on why we do what we do and why we react the way we react as we face hurdles along this journey called life. To find balance and contentment can be challenging but with friends and family surrounding us it makes it so much easier. Finding special friends is certainly one of life's rewards and I am forever grateful for them all. So it would seem as I sit here that I am obviously in a state of melancholy perhaps lamenting at something I am dreaming of that will have to wait for that "rainy day"! I do love prose and I even found that the "rainy day" meaning is on google........
My late mother's armchair is one of the most comfortable of all and I have been wanting to get it re-upholstered in one of the new Morris & Co 'Pure Morris' range fabrics. It needs to be upholstery fabric which restricts choice but the Willow Boughs weave seems to be top of my list.......
Which is quite surprising considering how mellow and neutral the print is compared to most of William Morris's busy and colourful prints. But I have come to realise that these bright bold prints don't really suit our small home amongst all my clutter! These rooms on the Morris & Co site are definitely mellow.......


 Then again I think Mum's old chair could look quite spruced up wrapped in a new coat.......
 When talking of colour I am constantly reminded of my own issues with having a condition called Tritanopia - a blue/yellow colour blindness that has been challenging at times in my quilt making! I was tested many years ago and the optician was incredibly excited as it is extremely rare. One of our daughter's has inherited it and I am sure one of the little ones possibly will as well. I challenge you to try this online test......for me it wasn't easy but in the scheme of things it is a minor barrier and as I say all the time......"beauty and colour are in the eyes of the beholder". This was my result from that test......
So maybe these neutral Morris hues are quite perfect and will work for me. Some years ago some black and white Morris prints for quilting came on the market and I enjoyed using them to make this quilt for a special person.......

 And I was on the receiving end of a beautiful gift of a handmade wallet in one of those black and white Morris prints as well in the Brer Rabbit pattern.......

 This wallet is so handy and the mobile phone fits snugly inside too so I have enrolled in a class in a few weeks to learn how to make some more.........
Well that was a load of garble about nothing.......guess I just need to fill in the blog diary so you know we are all still here! We've had a day in the garden this past week pruning all the roses and very strangely there were even some late blooms.....
So as always I will conclude with the young members of the family following yesterday's "happiness is" calendar page that says it all.......


 And young Beau has lost his first tooth!.......
So my words for the week are that I truly believe all things including feelings, opinions and perceptions are in the "eyes of the beholder".  Take good care and thanks for dropping by x