Tuesday, 16 August 2011

The Festival of Quilts 2011 - Birmingham NEC

Last Thursday my friend Jenny and I visited the Festival of Quilts
in Birmingham.  These are some of my favourite entries.

This piece in memory of baby Peter and all the children like him

Their names embroidered onto flowers made of fabric...

 resting on a cushion made from a piece of antique quilt.
Thought provoking and beautiful.

In my head I am brewing up an item of clothing that I would love to make.
This piece is constructed with...

the seams on the outside - loving that.

This quilt caught my eye in the schools section.

Loads of creativity in it.

Then to the mini quilts.
Beautiful beach huts...

in yummy colours...

with a seaside theme hanging underneath.

 This lovely Liberty mini quilt was made by my friend Jenny.

Jenny also made this one too!
"Here's one you'll like Jenny" said I 
as we approached it.

She had kept her entries a secret!

Full of gorgeous bits from her collection.

Next up is this quilt made from paper.

So much to look at on this one.

A very inspirational artist.

This was the Foundling quilt.
Read about the foundlings here

Beautifully represented.

This quilt made me want to do research.

During my trip to London last weekend I went 
over to the Foundling Museum and
bought the book.
I will post about that later.

This was another school quilt .
The sampler lettering tugged at my heart.
You could feel their concentration coming through.

I hope you enjoyed the whirlwind trip round my favourite
quilts at the show.
Hugs Daisy xxx

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Jessie Chorley - Things I couldn't come home without!

There was so much loveliness in Jessies shop
it was hard to choose but as it was
her journals that had caught my eye and
imagination many moons ago I decided to 
adopt one of those.

Inside there are envelopes to put things in and lots
of buff coloured pages to fill.

It turned out to be a day of 'Alice' (see my last post)
So we kind of chose each other.

I also bought some cards to go on my mood board at home...

and a couple for birthday treats.

Better have some wrapping paper too, thought I :)

It was a fantastic day,  not only at the shop
but the whole street had a friendly vibe to it.
When you next visit London, Columbia Road E2 it's well worth a look see.
Have a fab and creative day bloggers.
Love Daisy xxx

Monday, 8 August 2011

Jessie Chorley Workshop - What I got up to

Morning all.
I'm back to share with you what I got
up to in the Jessie Chorley workshop
I went to recently in London.

With a table full of loveliness we began creating.

Jessie provided threads, lace ...

and a suitcase full of goodies for us to use.

I fell in love with this shade of pink paint on the table.

We were asked to take some words of inspiration.

I took Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll as it had this
 wonderful poem in the back.

And so I began stitching the words...

on different ribbons and linen using an old red linen thread.

 I added this bow from Jessies treasure box, some
faded pink ric-rac, a scarlet and ivory cord and a pin on the back...

and this is the finished item.

After lunch I made another piece using a vintage
diamante brooch and some sheet music.

To finish it I added a soft net bow.

These were made by the other talented ladies on the workshop
and the little 'once upon a time' brooch was
made by Jessie.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what we got up to.
On my next blog I'll share some photos of
a few things I could leave without!
Enjoy your Monday.
Love Daisy xxx

Friday, 5 August 2011

Jessie Chorley Workshop

I recently had a day for me.
I booked myself on a workshop with Jessie Chorley
at her wonderful shop in London.

The shop was a fairytale world of
hand made treasure.

Cards designed by Jessie tied up with
colourful pieces of cotton.

The window so temptingly full of beautiful vintage
finds which had been lovingly turned 
into something new.

Jessie wearing her fab oversized watch.

Knitted bunting and the Little Red Riding Hood window display.

A vintage pram holds rolls of wrapping paper...

while fru-fru skirts hang with hand made bags and a gorgeous blue wreath.

The day was filled with inspirational pieces from framed hearts to ...

paper mache light shades and ...

voile curtains and giant bows.

Finally for today a display shelf filled with journals.

On Monday I'll show you what we all got up to.
For now, here is a glimpse.

Have a fantastic Friday.
Love Daisy xxx