Category Archives: Inspirations

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Spring flowers

We have an horticultural and produce show in our village twice a year.  The spring show is dominate by daffs, tulips and other spring flowers.

When all the judging is done and the prizes handed out, the flowers and other produce is auctioned off to raise funds.  Aren’t these lovely -

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And they lasted well too!

 

 

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The colourful world of Kaffe Fassett

Earlier this week, we went to the American Museums just outside Bath.  It’s 30 years since I last visited – the quilts there were the inspiration that resulted in me eventually starting to quilt myself.

The Kaffe Fassett exhibition was wonderful, quirky and had a tremendous feel good feeling right from the start

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I particularly liked the way the exhibition pulled together the various medium he has used into the different colours which showed how the same tones have run through all his work.

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Like many, I first came across Kaffe Fassett with his designs for Rowan Yarns – I loved both the yarns and the wonderful designs.  Then I rediscovered him when he moved to needlepoint – I’d done tapestry since I was a teenager and very much welcomed his colours and freer designs.

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And of course, now I enjoy making quilts from his wonderful fabrics.  What a talented and inspiring man!

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Festival of Quilts 2014

Yesterday a friend and I made our annual trip to the NEC for the Festival of Quilts.  It’s always such an inspiration to see the variety of ideas, interpretations and just beautiful quilts.

I was really pleased that Philippa Naylor had won the traditional quilt category and thought the quilt was superb

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The overall winner was also pretty amazing too -

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As was the clock

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Some of the other quilts that caught my eye were

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“Working with your hands brings sanity and bliss.”

“Anything worth doing is worth over-doing.  Always go to extremes.
If in doubt, add twenty more colours.”

Kaffe Fassett

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Kentwell, Suffolk

Yesterday afternoon, we went to Kentwell Hall near Long Melford in Suffolk.  Being early in the season and not a very nice day weatherwise, the place was deserted.  But the daffodils were still looking lovely -

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And the peacock put on impressive show

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Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.  Look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.  Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best.  Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.  Give so much time to improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticise others.  Live in the faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you!

Christian D. Larson