Thursday, 27 October 2011
A Quilting Story........
Also, the beginnings, of my love of this craft. The last three years or so, I have developed a deep love of this craft, the origins, a thirst of knowledge, in which I have purchased several books. Australian, Dutch and American.
Quilting, was introduced to me by a fellow neighbour. Each week, we had a craft afternoon at each other's places, four of us. The hostess, had to provide, an afternoon project for each person and provide a slap up afternoon tea.
At this time, funds were very limited,in our household.... Initially, all patchwork blocks,were cut by hand and the 1/4 inch seam marked with grey lead. Then came along rotary cutters, self healing cutting boards, and the quilting rulers.
I had those three items on my wish list, for a long, long time. The lass, in the lps, suggested to lay-by one item at a time. It took me, nine months to pay for these three items, and I still use them today.
Now, you are probably wondering about the photo of my jacket, I think you may need a cuppa by now...
Last Spring, while in London, DH wanted to visit the Greenwich Maritime Museum, to be honest , I had no wish at all to see another Museum. Off, we went on the ferry, upon the Thames, we walked up to the village. My eye's soon sparkled, when I saw the Antique Market. I circled the market once, lost DH in the process, was uncertain, about going down the alleyway's. Then, I made another circle of the market, I am glad I did, as down the alley was a Vintage Clothing Stall, hanging from the rafter, was the Patchwork Jacket. It was manufactured by Orvis in the mid eighties. I was uncertain, if it would fit my old bag of bones. The lass, passed it down to me. It fits perfectly, and the simple style flattering. I love the softness of the fabric, it is in excellent condition., chambray trim, and the patchwork blocks within.
I normally wear it, on special quilting occasions, to try and preserve, this part of quilting history.