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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

"in all their glory and in situ"

Not my words, but a note from Kate telling me she was looking forward to seeing the finished Trip Around the World quilts.

Me too !! 😊

A marathon of hand finishing on Sunday, and a couple of hours on Monday got them completed by mid-afternoon but so far the weather has been awful which means grotty light to take pictures.   They were 'christened' yesterday when I had a quick trip up the coast with Daisy and a friend.









The inside of a campervan is not really the best place to take photos, but this will do until nicer weather offers a better opportunity 😊.   Daisy did not participate in this afternoon's photo shoot because she's been crashed out all day.  As we have noticed before, longer walks completely wear her out and whilst she clearly had a great time yesterday we definitely have to be very careful not to over-exercise her as she gets older.






23 comments:

  1. They are AMAZING ! They look perfect in situ and on a dreary day bring a whole lot of sunshine and colour to your jollies out ☺ hugs to Daisy x

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    1. Thank you my lovely, glad you like! Maybe they would not work in Africa with such different light, but during a very grey and dull January they have certainly cheered things up.

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  2. Ooh, just lov-er-ly for sure. I'm glad you're taking Bill out for short runs.

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    1. Thanks Sue. It was lovely to pop out in Bill, even though it was just a couple of hours. The neighbour I took with me was a bit confused by it all, even though she'd asked to come and was keen to "experience" the van.

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  3. The quilts look fabulous in situ, and there's nothing wrong with the photos :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice, maybe one day we'll persuade you to make one for your little home-on-four-wheels!

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    2. Not a chance Jayne! :) I gave up sewing years ago when circumstances meant I could afford to buy things rather than make or repair them, and I don't think I have a needle in the house anywhere. Anyway, I wouldn't have the patience to do something like that :(

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    3. I meant to add all credit to you for having a hobby you enjoy other than the garden - and producing something so lovely :)

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    4. Thanks Eunice :) Unfortunately sewing and gardening are not my only hobbies and despite being retired there just are not enough hours in the day for all of them!

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  4. Simply stunning, you must be so pleased, you are clever.

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    1. Thank you Marlene. Not really so clever - these have to be some of the easiest quilts I have ever pieced.

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  5. Ooh, they look gorgeous!! Now you've got me thinking about brightening up our van. It has got a specially made quilt on the bed, but done to match the original pale green curtains. I think I've really got too much on at this end of the year, but maybe later on. I've two baby quilts for nieces in UK, which I must get done, a pattern due by May 5th and some finishes, a customer quilt & a class to take in 2 weeks, so definitely later. Oh and our step granddaughter is arriving on March 3rd to stay & use us a base for her travels around Oz. Yikes!!!!! Take care.

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    1. Hi Susan, I cannot reiterate how quickly these quilts go together. Once you've chosen the fabrics it is just "cut strips, sew them together, cut them up, sew them together again!" and for anyone who - like yourself - has got a few miles on the sewing machine, it would probably only take you a weekend to do the piecing.

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  6. Wow your quilts look wonderful in Bill.
    We've noticed Annie just ambles along beside us these days, she's nearly twelve and we're careful that she doesn't over do it. Daisy is loving life bless her even if it does wear her out.

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    1. Thank you Eileen. Isn't it horrible when we notice our four-paws have slowed down?

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  7. Omigosh. You sure didn't have to worry about camera lighting with those brilliant things. You could've turned off the camper lights altogether and they would've glowed in the dark. You'll have to wear your sunglass inside the camper else you might harm your retinas. LOL

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    1. Cheers Kris, you are abslutely correct - they are very, very bright. But in a country where the light is usually grey and flat it's probably not too much of a bad thing.

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  8. These look absolutely wonderful- I hope that you think that they're worth the huge effort you put into them.

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    1. Thanks sweetie :-) They were/are certainly worth the effort but I am already looking at them and seeing things I would have done differently if the crystal ball/TARDIS was working ... but that is the nature of creativity, you're always looking at what has just been completed and thinking about how you might make the next one better. See latest post . . .

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    1. Is it clever to invest all this time, energy and materials into quilts which will get covered in mucky dog pawprints and probably badly faded by the sun?

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