inspiration

ImageThis week I visited Tate Modern on the south bank to see Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs.  It was hugely busy, but a brilliant exhibition and truely inspiring.  I saw a film on iplayer with Goldie about the exhibition and read The Guardian’s review.  Full of paper cuts small and large, films of Matisse working and sketches – I was so inspired I am planning another visit.  I loved the idea that Matisse covered his studio walls with cutouts and this really inspired me to start sketching some ideas for a large wall quilt.  To add colour, fun and extra texture to a room, now to find the fabrics to create it and time as I am working on a project for the LMQG show in August at the Festival of Quilts.  More on that another time.

 

quilts | Weild & Downland open air museum

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Today we visited a place I used to go to as a child, The Weild & Downland open air museum.  Beds have sertainly not changed a huge degree in the hundreds of years the museum spans!  There was a newer house built that I’d never been in and the upstairs had a lovely treat in store

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log cabin quilt

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grandmother’s garden

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and one last

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I have no idea how old these are, the lady in charge of the house had her hands full with my little nephews – washing sheets and putting them though a mangle.  New see such handy and willing helpers!

bouncing bunnies

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This is my first attempt at machine embroidery and its on a vintage blanket, I did draw first and then follow my lines and after a while did get the hang of things.  This little chap will be an egg cosy, and may well join a little line of Easter egg cosy gifts.

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Another make this week has been a quilted boxy pouch – my new sponge bag!  I followed Pink Stitches instructions and love it, the fabric is Liberty from Fabrics Galore.

Decorating for Easter

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I love this bright fluffy Easter Wreath tutorial by Design Editor, what could be more fun to make!  I bake little cakes in eggshells and give them in egg boxes to friends, perfect for an Easter picnic.  They can be frosted, decorated or just left plain.

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Claire Garland has designed some super cute knitted egg cosies and there is still time to whip these beauties up.

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And for the very last minuet there are several free printable garlands here and here.  I have been experimenting with machine embroidery this week and will show my little makes in my next post.  I think Kirstie Allsop was right, it can be addictive!