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Dashing from the garden

Far too glorious outside to be sitting indoors at a computer. Big littl’un declares that we’ve missed spring and gone straight to summer, and has been seen wearing a floaty frock. I’m not going that far – the voices in my head sound a lot like my Nanna, who would warn us ‘cast ne’er a clout ’til May be out’ – the inference being that if you were foolish enough to remove a layer and consequently caught a cold, don’t go crying to her about it. I did refrain from passing on those words of wisdom, but I didn’t take my jumper off.

I can’t get enough of my anemones. I thought I’d prefer the white ones (classy and understated, you know?), but secretly the rather garish purple blooms are the ones making me smile most.

The thing that made me smile most of all though was finding this little posy on the bathroom sink. It’s little littl’uns doing. She will be known, for the rest of the day, as Mrs Treasure.

posy of weeds

I have been pondering the size of things, hands in particular, more of which tomorrow if not the next day.



Order is everywhere

As I’ve been thinking about making the girls scrap quilts I’ve been looking for inspiration in other people’s quilting on Pinterest and other places around the internet. Now I see orderĀ – regular arrangements of shapes and colour – everywhere I look. I know the universe tends towards chaos, but nature (and humans) seems to stick two fingers up at the universe and impose order on everything.

Order in nature

Clockwise from top L: Peacock feathers; Small Tortoiseshell; Houses in Burano, Italy; Smoking bloaters, Stonehaven, Scotland

Lots of the quilts I’ve been ogling use very simple shapes – squares, rectangles and half-square triangles. These same shapes are found in design for all manner of objects, from buildings to brollies.

Quilt shapes in design

Clockwise from top L: Squares in paper woven by little littl’un; Rectangles in building in Glen Tanar estate, Scotland; Half-square triangles in mosaic, Verona, Italy; Half-square triangles in my umbrella

Given my limited quilting experience, I think simple shapes are definitely the way to go. My past quiltmaking is limited to a cot quilt I made for Big littl’un’s first birthday. The fabrics were all naturally dyed (not by me I might add) and they’ve faded considerably. (The blocks top right have faded to a particularly dirty looking shade, please pretend you didn’t notice.)

Blue, pink and purple cot quilt

Quilt made for Big littl’un’s first birthday

I arranged the blocks on that quilt by trial and error, laying them out on the floor until I was happy with the layout. This time I’m embracing technology and have been using Adobe Illustrator to mock-up some ideas for block placement. It’s been a doddle, I’ve had a great time playing around with different arrangements of pattern. Illustrator is brilliant for quickly manipulating size and shape of blocks, rotating and reflecting objects – so much quicker than sketching it out on graph paper.

Tonight the girls get to choose which layout they like, and then the fun bit starts – cutting the fabric. Now where did I put that rotary cutter?