This design has been waiting in the wings now for quite some time ~ waiting for just the right fabrics. And here they are! The flavour is slightly retro, and the design features water colour pencil painting and embroidery, held together with piecing in the most gorgeous fabrics from Quilt-Gate. We will post more photos as the blocks are stitched.
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The quilt will be a Block of the Month programme. Scroll down if you wish to put your name on the Expression of Interest List, or if you would just like to see more photos. Below are pictured the fabric range we are using, as well as a small selection of the threads.
Since stitching the first block (the sewing room), I've been feeling that the design is creating a life of its own. Without any consciousness on my part, something (or someone ~ probably my Mum, who passed away four years ago!) is dragging me, kicking and screaming, into the retro 1950's era ~ the memories of my childhood are tumbling in on me, bringing a poignant connection, some sadness, and lots of joy. It's life.
The second block ~ "The Good China", depicts a lovely range of Carlton Ware ~ which, for some reason, just grows in my china cabinet. I don't know how it gets there, but it does! Iconic for the era, and so pretty.
The third block completed ~ "Baking Day", brings back so many memories of my Mum's happy little kitchen, buzzing with activity, and filled to the rafters with delicious aromas! Home-cooking was what you did in those days!
The fourth block has now joined the existing three ~ "the Powder Room" shows soaps, talcs, guest towels and other iconic images of the time. The softness and prettiness of this block shows how feminine was the era ~ the home really was a woman's domain, her nest in many ways, even though the man "ruled the roost" to a far greater extent than happens in today's Australia at least.
The fifth block to be completed is "Going to Town" ~ an almost sacred ritual in our house. Mum dressed up to the nines, with stockings, gloves and hat, to take her little brood into the big city for a day's shopping, malted milks for lunch at the Regent Theatre in Birsbane, then the trek home in the tram, tired but happy, clutching our parcels. Lovely memories.
This will be an interesting journey, as I delve into memories, reflections, hopes and dreams. Thank you for walking with me, and I hope that, for you, this journey is a very special one too!
Scroll down to see the photos as the blocks unfold........
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