Experimenting with Quilts

May 19, 2017

 

 

A few weeks ago my friend Christina sent a message asking me if I was watching BBC. I wasn't... so I checked it out, and it was a program about amazing hotels around the world, and this particular episode featured the Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland. Obviously I was going to watch it... and Christina knew I would too. Newfoundland is the province where I was born and I love it so.

 

The program blew my mind. I fell in love with the island, the inn, the woman who created it, Zeta Cobb... I fell in love with it all.

 

But really I want to talk about quilts. Every bed in the Fogo Island Inn is covered in a quilt that is handmade on the island. They are traditional and beautiful and tell a story. I immediately wanted to start making quilts and cover every surface in my home with one. A little carried away, yes... I'll admit.

 

I spent days cutting out squares... then another few hours laying them out... then another couple of days machine sewing them all together (with the "help" of my 3 year old daughter, Charlotte).

 

 

I am forced to pause here now as I don't have enough fabric to back the quilt. My next task is to look around some of the charity shops and look for some bed linen that will do the job. And I know the tasks I need to do now to continue and finish the quilt will be the long and tedious bits... my fingers are crossed I will keep the motivation going!

 

 

 

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