Recently I came across this book "Quilting in No Time: 50 Step-by-step Weekend Projects Made Easy" by Emma Hardy.
It was going cheap at The Book People (for those who aren't familiar with it - it's a website for cheap deals on books ). I checked out the reviews on Amazon and what sold it to me was what this reviewer said "If you're a dedicated quilter you will be disappointed in the disregard for quilting techniques and in fact the lack of much quilting at all (it focuses on the patchwork side). " Perfect, I thought, a book about quilting without complicated quilting techniques - just the thing!
Well I'm very pleased with the book. The instructions are easy to follow and better still, there's lots of lovely pictures of fabulous patchwork. Brace yourselves, dear readers, there are some seriously delicious pictures to follow.
Droooooool with me over this lovely red cushion (not literally, you understand):
Loving the pouffe:
I am swoooooning over this gorgeous rug:
Check out this darling draught excluder COMPLETE WITH POMPOM EMBELLISHMENTS (sorry, I'm shouting with uncontained excitement):
Oooooooh noooooooooooooo, three of my favourite things ever in the whole wide world: patchwork, pompoms and BUTTONS (sorry, the excitement is reaching fever pitch here at J and P Towers):
Deep breaths now, dear readers.... an apron:
Breathe in 1-2-3............ breathe out 1-2-3........pretty patchwork curtains:
And relax...........a picnic blanket:
Every night I take the book to bed with me and ooh and aah over the pictures, sometimes stroking them and occasionally giving out a little frenzied yelp in excitement at all the stuff I'm going to make (this is normal behaviour, is it not, dear readers?).
Anyway, enough of this patchwork craziness. I would like to say thank you to those lovely people who left comments and suggestions on my previous post entitled "Swimming Costume Drama". The vast majority of you thought that I shouldn't chop up the 1950s swimming costume that I've had lurking in my wardrobe for too long and many of you suggested that I display it. The lovely Sonia of Raine and Sage told me that Simone of Beach Vintage had framed her collection of swimsuits like so:
And this got me thinking. The 1950s cossie is such a an iconic style and shape that I thought perhaps I should keep it intact. What sealed the deal, was discovering a large IKEA picture frame in the charity shop for £4 - exactly the right size. Take a look:
Yes, it's in pride of place in our front room where I can gaze at it lovingly.