I was also offered a space at this particular fete, in the Art and Craft hall so Crafting at the Cottage went on show, and I met some very interesting people and handed out cards and schedules so fingers crossed for the workshops!
In between cups of tea and chatting, I did some doodling and finally committed my ideas for my next quilt to paper. Based on an eight by eight block, but not in a traditional way, I linked squares quite randomly whilst keeping a strong central design. I won't do any further paper work, as for me the real joy of patch working is playing with the actual fabrics and improvising as I go along. It's an organic process but one that I love. The finished item I am imagining will have interesting textures and combinations of plains, stripes and chintzes, so quite different from anything I have done before. I love velvet, crushed and plain, and although it is a challenge to work with, the results are always stunning and with my new favourite gizmo, my rotary cutter, slicing through the pile will be much easier and more accurate than ever before.
So here are some photos of the Art and Craft show and the design for my new quilt.
|The doodle of my next project
|A table display laden with examples.
The Oxford Scribes were particularly taken with the alphabet sampler cushion
|Paper cuts on show
|Two quilts hung by the entrance to the hall