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The Beauty of Quilts

Secret Society Blog 19-20

The Beauty of Quilts

Alison Owens

The Festival of Quilts this year was full of wonderful quilts, all abilities, all sizes and amazing colours. Modern, traditional, country, arty, wacky, thought provoking, tear jerking, mad and pretty.

Just walking through the aisles made my heart blip when I thought of all the hours of work that (mostly) ladies have put into those quilts, all the volunteers, all the groups, all the friendships, all bought together for the common cause of the needle and thread.

My Favourite Quilt of Festival of Quilts 2019

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One quilt caught my eye every time I passed it. It was made by henhousehomemade, check her out on Instagram, her work is colourful and fun. The pattern is by Treehouse Textiles from Australia. The reason I loved it so much was because it used pieces from old vintage table cloths of which I have a large collection. Damaged ones I turn into bunting, which I bring out on all family occasions, and the rest I alternate between the outside and inside tables when we have tea. I love decorating my house when my family comes home. I suppose that quilt just reminded me of home!

I get lots of inspiration from old magazines and patterns that I collect. A picture, a drawing, or even an old advert can lead me to go crazy on yet another idea for Redwork or a quilt. Next time you pass a charity shop take as peak at the sewing magazines and patterns, you never know where it might lead you.

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Just some of my large collection of vintage table cloths.

Just some of my large collection of vintage table cloths.

Some bunting I made from damaged vintage table cloths. There really are 100s of things you can do with them! Keep an eye out in the charity shops.

Some bunting I made from damaged vintage table cloths. There really are 100s of things you can do with them! Keep an eye out in the charity shops.