November 2018

The biggie of the month was that I finished all the blocks for the second version of my appliqué English paper-pieced tile quilt. Unfortunately there was a little reverse sewing as I started stitching them onto background blocks a while ago but where I was taking them to classes the edges frayed and I lost about half inch off the size of some of them. Not good. So they are currently in their English paper piecing state, awaiting an order of new backing fabric. This time I plan to sew the edges first to stabilise them. Here’s the most recent ones. They are looking good, I love the Alice In Wonderland fabric.

Classes were busy this month - usually are in the run-up to Christmas. Below are the cushions made at my beginners course. Lovely work and fun group of people. 

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I also finished another little tin. The text is from the Brighton Gazette dated 26th May 1900, and I thought the difference in the licencing laws was amusing. The article went onto say that some people did come over to Hove from Brighton have a late night drinkie.

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Playing this month was the wonderful new Bagpuss album. Reissued and remastered the artwork is simply stunning. I love Bagpuss, so immersing myself in this nostalgia was just what was needed. The Victorian feel of the animation very much influences my work, and I am sure it is where my yearning to walk round in a Laura Ashley dress while making corn dollies comes from.

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I have also been reading lots. These were two highlights. Bloody Brilliant Women took a couple of pages to get into, then I couldn’t put it down. I loved the way it was packed full of information and it felt like it was well structured, but one minute you are reading about one woman, then a paragraph on your have seamlessly skipped to another amazing story about someone completely different, so I needed to warm up to that. I feel so much of history focuses on women who, from their born or married status, were in the position to do something notable so I very much liked the way it almost felt classless, talking about working class women as much as the upper classes. I have no idea how Cathy Newman managed to fit in all the information, she could have written a set of encylopedias about the women featured. Do give it a read, I very much enjoyed it and learnt lots. Help Me! was a book I selected off the libraries app one evening as I thought it looked like a lighthearted read. Over the years I have read quite a few self-help books and love the way they promise success and confidence, but a week later you are back in the same place. A bit like buying stationery. A new diary makes me feel I will be organised and on top of the world, but a week later I am not writing in it as I have forgotten to put a pen in my bag. Anyway, this book was a lot deeper and darker than I expected it to be. The journey was so much more than a happy trot through some self-help theories. Don’t let that put you off though, it was very funny and an exellent read for the dark days of November.