Rememberance Day and some finishes

I’m sorry I haven’t had a chance to visit most of you in a week. I couldn’t not put this pic up from our trip to Clitheroe in the Summer. To me it summed up the soldier’s attitude -a bowed head in front of the land he was protecting with his life. I saved it for Rememberance Day where we are silent for 2 minutes at 11.00am.
The names of those killed in WWII in Clitheroe on the monument.

The Bombing of Dresden

I listened as you told me of the bombing of your town.
Thousands of civilian casualties.
Beautiful, historic, “protected” buildings strewn
Their finger bones pointing towards the sky.
Feeling my country’s guilt, all I could picture
Were beautiful broken china plates placed around dining tables
All open to the sky, vulnerable.
Not families.
I think you thought I was trying to be funny.
I was trying not to cry.
It’s been cold here with frosts and crisp mornings.
A flock of starlings found the palm tree seed heads in the garden.
Precious huddled on Angel “Can I join you?”
Michele shared a wallpaper horror from her home. I finally found this one in an old cupboard drawer. Late 60s early 70s I think. Very retro.
I’ve a few finishes to share Crazy Christmas as a 6X4 blocks rather than the 5X5 blocks that Lynette Anderson designed it to be. The person it is going to has little wall space so this was a better layout for them.
Block 12
Block 11 I put presents in instead of the cat in the original design.
The “quilt as you go” back.
Finally I finished a Nancy Halvorsen Wall Organiser for me! I made a couple for friends but it took ages for me to decide on how I wanted mine to look.
The rainbow binding was perfect! From left to right
Big scissor holder
Rotary cutter and tape measure holders
3 flower pincushions and a leaf thimble holder
Cotton thread holder and a bobbin holder
Small scissor holder and a pen holder.

A tick on my Wanna Make 2010 List. 🙂
I played with Mary Engelbreit’s Recipe For Friendship charm pack
And used up some stash of complimentary cherry fabric. Bees and rosebuds made the border.
The back is pink gingham bound in a citrus coloured stripe.
A Noro pattern jumper has been calling me for a while. The back is finished. I’m making it in an aran yarn because Noro yarns, although stunning, are just too expensive to make a whole jumper in. Maybe one day I will buy a skein and make a pair of socks. I expect I will stroke it a lot first though. 🙂
My final finish is Pond House by Lynette Anderson. It is my first proper double bed sized quilt.
Love the bright colours.
Nastertiums sunflowers and batiks.
It was inspired by a trip to Monet’s house in Giverny, France years ago. I so wanted to see the actual lily pond which inspired so many of his later paintings.

I pieced the back in as many watery fabrics as I could find. It will be for Lovely Husband for Christmas.

So that is all here for now. I have begun on Christmas makings at last. Must have more coffee! Promise to catch up with you all soon. I’ve just been getting my head down and organising the presents which have the furthest to travel.

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