Sunday, June 17, 2007

On the Doll Quilt Swap front, there's good news and perplexing news. The good news (for me at least) is that my partner likes Civil War Reproductions, so I get to keep the quilt I'd already started. Usually I am not bothered about whether I keep a quilt myself or not, but I'd gotten quite attached to this one and I really wanted to put it on the wall in my kitchen - so much so that I had in fact cut out all the pieces for its twin. I've just got the put the binding on the first one and then I'll post a picture. So far, so good. The perplexing news is that I don't have a huge collection of Civil War reproduction fabrics, so ... I've just pulled all the fabrics that look as if they might be from that era to give a similar overall effect. What do you think - will they be okay? I think they will be fine, and in fact there are a few that are repros. This is an unexpected challenge for me. I like all of the fabrics - I wouldn't have bought them otherwise. But I wouldn't normally use this selection all together. And yes, I know I could limit the number of fabrics I use, but once a scrap quilter .... In the Doll Quilt in the last post I used over 40 different fabrics - just because it's a Doll Quilt doesn't necessarily mean that you have to use fewer fabrics. And for me, the scrappier the better - now I've just got to decide on a pattern.


Meanwhile, I went to my first ever Quilt Group meeting in Lutterworth, where I met fellow blogger Jane, from Sew Create It. It was such a friendly group and there are some very talented members if the Show and Tell was anything to go by. It made a nice break in a week where work has taken over (again, and I know I keep going on about it but it accounts for the fact that it's been two weeks since I last posted anything).

I also found this article a couple of weeks ago about how women are using the web to forge friendships - have a look, it really reinforces what most of us know already, but it is interesting in that it shows that men don't use the Internet in the same way as women at all.

9 comments:

Jane Weston said...

Thanks for sharing the article, it was very interesting...might even show it to the hubby, who doesn't quite get the whole friends and blogging thing.. :o)
Glad you enjoyed Lutterworth. Look forward to seeing you at the next one.

Lisa K. said...

I think you did a nice job matching the mood of the repros. No need to go out and buy a bunch of fabrics that you wouldn't use. I think you're on the right track with your selections.

Also - LUCKY YOU! You get to keep that wonderful quilt :o)

anne bebbington said...

Lovely selection of fabrics Fiona - but no good asking me if they're Civil War repros - I wouldn't have a clue I just pick out something I like and stitch it to something else I like regardless of fabric genre. Lucky you to get together with Jane, wrong side of the country for me but I suppose Leicester and Rugby aren't that far apart

Ali Honey said...

Enjoyed the article - Thanks.
They missed a vital point I think. We can blog at any hour of the day or night and not disturb any one else. Other bloggers may then decide when they will read our blog.( at their leisure.)So me being on the other side of the world doesn't matter a bit!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Hi, I'm not a civil war chick either (heck, wasn't our war!!) But yours seem to fit the mood. Cheers, Tracey
ps I loved last post's doll quilt

Marisa said...

Ok, these fabrics are AWESOME! I love civil war fabrics too, and think you did a nice job of putting this collection together. Your partner will love them. Looking forward to more doll quilt teases!

Shelina said...

I don't know much about Civil War repros so I can't be of much help there. I am absolutely amazed and awed that you are able to use so many different fabrics for a doll quilt. No wonder yours turn out so incredibly beautiful!
I am off to read the article. Thanks for sharing it.

meggie said...

Not a Civil War repro girl either. My choice would be the first doll quilt you showed us, with the lovely bright colours!! In a way, you are lucky, because you get to keep it.

Thimbleanna said...

How fortunate for you that you can keep that adorable quilt! Can't wait to see what you come up with using these fabrics.