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Saturday, 5 October 2013

Slow progress

Other things have been getting in the way recently, so progress has been slow on my white quilt, and making in general. Not rushing has helped me plan how I'd like the quilt to look though, and it's getting less white each time I see it in my head–maybe, this is the thinking equivalent of the more you handle something, the dirtier it gets? I have some lovely concrete* coloured linen which I think will work well in between the two large bands of patchwork and the row of, well I'm not sure exactly what you'd call it—fabric manipulation, spliced together stitchy doodlings?

More squares,
this time lace ones,
to add to the above patchwork

I won't use batting for this quilt, it would make it too bulky. Besides, batting would just poke through the lace and any holes in bits of broderie anglaise or the scraps of openwork borders that once belonged to napkins, table cloths, and old bed linen. Instead, I'll simply have a layer of muslin between the top and backing. The backing will still be made up of pyjammas and nighties though, so they should provide plenty of warmth, and if I keep the pockets, maybe they'll also provide hiding places for midnight feasts.


*Now, I realise concrete isn't to everyone's taste, but I absolutely love it–the colour, the texture, the endless possibilities it offers. Best of all, it's not green or mirrored glass! Concrete is a bond (shameful pun) I share with Patrick. One of our favourite places is London's south bank: he gets to admire the Royal Festival Hall, I get to drool over the slabs of concrete that make up the National Theatre. For some reason, they always remind of a pile of Dougal's sugar lumps, although I'm not sure this is what the brutalist architect Denys Lasdun had in mind when he designed it, unless of course he was secretly a fan of the Magic Roundabout.


  1. Is that a still from 'Dougal and the Blue Cat'? Always loved that film. And I entirely agree with you about glass buildings, though the South Bank doesn't do it for me. I'm very much a brick fan, especially yellow bricks.

  2. Often the best quilts are the ones that grow as you go, a totally white quilt will not stay white forever - look at white items in museums, are they still snowy white? So why not settle for 'shaded whites' to start with? Concrete is another material that change with age, usually getting darker of course. About the batting, you COULD add a block of batting! With a bit of quilting or manipulating it would be interesting.
    Have fun, but work slowly.

    1. Great idea to just add batting to only one or two blocks, thanks for the suggestion.

  3. Dougal and sugar lumps AND the Festival Hall. I am in blog heaven.
    I appreciate brutalist architecture since I worked with architects, pupils, staff and parents at Thomas Tallis school in Greenwich when they were planning their new build. Despite the brutalist architecture the building was well loved and we had to ensure that the new school retained some of the features of the old one. It was a fascinating experience

  4. Yes, I like to mix it up. Coincidentally, Patrick's also working on a similar project in central London to the one you mention.


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