Quilts for Comfort ‘Roving Reporter Jan’ is back with us……
Remember I told you of my impending visit to see my son and daughter-in-law? Well I did it! I survived the flights, the heat and the food and made many new friends along the way. I took my hand quilting supplies along with me, even managing to smuggle that needle onto the plane! I spent lazy days sitting on my veranda hand sewing my squares together to make my nine patch blocks of what is to be known as my ‘Island Quilt’, while we waited for our fishing boat ‘Evergreen’ to return with the day’s catch. I must admit I got lots of puzzled looks from all the villagers who passed by my veranda on their way to and from work, school or market, until they got the courage up to ask me what I was doing, then it all seemed to make sense to them, apart from the fact that we needed quilts to keep warm and comfortable, (it never drops below 24 centigrade there!)
There I was in the Philippines, on the Island of Cebu, in Manay-as, a fishing village just off Badian. It was 5.50 pm and almost sunset (the sun goes down dot on 6 pm over there and comes up dot on 6am every day!!) …. As I sat on my veranda at the other side of the world I reflected on the myriad of colours I saw before me, blues, corals, deep purples in the sky, the turquoise and inky black of the sea all framed by the darkening greens of the palm trees .
My thoughts drifted to a time just before Christmas 2015 when I visited the new premises of The Quilters’ Cupboard, http://www.thequilterscupboard.co.uk/ a fabulous quilting supply shop with it’s own Quilting group which I am sure you remember I have mentioned. I had the same feeling there as I looked at all the beautiful colours of materials on display in the lovely Rita’s shop.
They all reminded me of beautiful patchwork quilt patterns. I can see why all you quilters out there just love to run your hands along those lovely materials…Oh if only I could have ran my hands along all those colours of nature before me.
The owner of the Quilters’ Cupboard, Rita, has a keen eye for colour matching and will generously advise you on what to put with what.
Just as nature has a way of blending colours together so Rita has a natural ability to do the same. Thank you Rita for advising me on what colours of material to buy to sew on to a quilt top I am making, there is only one problem! It is just too lovely to cut into!
Whilst there I met some of the Quilters Cupboard quilting group and marvelled at their skills as they worked on their personal projects and told me of their contribution to the Quilts for Comfort Cause. A lady called Tina made a lovely ‘doggy’ quilt and Sybil loves to take her quilts up to the Craft House and give them to Sandra. herself. She has produced some amazing quilts despite being colour blind. She told me “Quilting is a disease!”
Do you remember the quilt blocks which were made up into quilts by the Usworth Quilters Group?
They were donated by Rita from a display made by the Quilters Cupboard group.
….thank you Jan for another wonderful report…..wish I could transport myself into those beautiful pictures!! I visited Quilters Cupboard last week for some fabric for a quilt I’m finishing for QFC and really enjoyed my fabric fix…Sandra