We met, had fun, travelled, had fun, made plans, got married, had fun, moved to the country, had children…
It might not be perfect, we might not be (metaphorically) where we thought we would be when we started this journey. But we’re here. It’s not always rosy; it’s not always easy. There have been ups and downs, sometimes more downs than ups, sometimes just long periods of downs, but there are always the highest of highs along the way. It’s my life, my family… and I love it and love them.
Pictured below the ‘Home and Garden’ paper-pieced blocks I’ve been sewing this week.
It seems that Wiltshire – and the rest of the UK – has come to a complete standstill because of the weather. As everyone knows in this country, the ‘Beast from the East’ is hitting us hard; we are experiencing blizzards and temperatures haven’t risen above freezing for the last few days.
The kids are, of course, loving it. My girls have been at home for the last two days as their schools have had to close. And today, whereas normally I’d be sewing away at my machine, I’ve been out playing with them, throwing snowballs and sledging; it was REALLY cold but so much fun!
I still managed to squeeze in some quilting time, and I’m pleased that I’m making progress on my Blue Leaves quilt. Last week I felt a bit daunted by the thought of how long it was going to take me, but throughout the week, and today, I’ve managed to steal a few minutes here and there to work at my machine. And it’s paying off; last week I had 18 blocks left to quilt, and now I’ve only got six to go! Yay!
However, I think this weekend might be a write off for sewing; I’m looking forward to spending more time outdoors with the girls, or simply staying in with them keeping cosy watching movies. I’ll still keep my eyes peeled in case I spot any quilts on the telly, and if I do I’ll be sure to let you know in this month’s ‘quilt spot’ which I’ll post towards the end of March (see my ‘quilt spot’ posts for January and February).
Here’s hoping you all have a nice weekend; stay safe and warm!
What have you been watching this month? Since starting my ‘quilt spot’ blog, it’s clear that my viewing choices are not necessarily my own, but are heavily influenced by my family… so please… no judging me!!
First of all, McMafia (the series I was watching on BBC 1 and which I referred to in January’s quilt spot) came to its unsatisfactory, and wholly predictable, ending. On the plus side, I was pleased to see more of the quilt in the couple’s bedroom. The long scene gave me the opportunity to take a closer look at the quilt; I absolutely love the contemporary design and the colours used. I managed to get a screen grab to post here – what are your thoughts on this quilt?
And from there we move on to my family’s choices… First up, The Hobbit – my youngest daughter’s choice for a Friday night. I have watched this movie so many times, and I love it, but somehow I never really noticed the wonderful patchwork coat Bilbo Baggins wears at home. OK, so it’s not a quilt as such, but the patchwork is pretty cool! Though you wouldn’t catch me wearing one!
Next, my eldest daughter, who is now 12 and who is going through a ‘horror’ phase. Reluctantly I watched The Descent and Annabelle. The Descent is about a group of young ladies on a caving adventure which goes horribly wrong… I’m not spoiling anything by saying this; it is a horror after all so it’s unlikely to end ‘happily ever after’. The only good thing about this movie for me was the brief glimpse in dim light of a patchwork quilt in the cabin where the women spend the night before their expedition.
And from there to a possessed doll, Annabelle. I found this movie so scary that it literally made me jump, spilling my hot cup of tea all over myself and the sofa… The only redeeming factor for me? The patchwork quilt the mum-to-be, and main character, sews for her newborn. A little later in the movie, the finished quilt is seen a number of times, being used as the baby’s play mat and snuggle blanket.
Another movie we started watching but never finished – as we decided it wasn’t suitable family viewing – was Cruel Intentions. Again, the only nice thing about this movie was the traditional quilt seen hanging in young Cecile’s bedroom.
I’m hoping next months viewing will be more pleasant for me… What I have enjoyed though has been how patchwork quilts crop up in unexpected places and in all genres.
Have you spotted any quilts in movies this month? I’d love to hear from you – do let me know by leaving a comment below.
We’ve only just started 2018 but I’m thrilled to announce that I have ALREADY finished my first quilt of the year! Yay!
OK… the truth is I started this quilt a little while ago and I really had hoped I would finish it in time for Christmas, but being mum, keeping house and going to work all came first… as they always do!
I also went through some variations of my original design which set me back a bit, and I spent a while drawing, re-drawing, sewing, unpicking and re-sewing various blocks. But I think it’s been worth it. I have a design I’m really happy with. I’ve discovered over the years that sometimes designs on paper don’t translate so well onto fabric, but this is something that can only be fully appreciated once the process of piecing the blocks together has started.
I have named my quilt Golden Glow as it features this lovely mustard colour which seems to be all the rage at the moment. When it’s set off against black and white it becomes really striking. The main feature fabric – with the apples and pears – is from the company Cloud 9, which produces organic cotton. I’ve used some of their fabrics before and love the contemporary designs they feature. The other two fabrics – the mustard yellow and charcoal black – are from Makower’s Linea range. The design and the colours evoke an autumnal feeling, and although this season is a good few months away, when I hold this quilt it makes me think of the low-lying sun at this time of year and kicking fallen leaves.
My next task now is to write up this project so that others can make it too.
I hope you like it. Do let me know what you think!
2017 is almost over… I say this with a hint of sadness as this year has been a good one for me. I’m blessed that my family are in good health and happy. I’m blessed to have a job where I know I’m helping to make a difference to people struggling with their mental health. I’m blessed to have some great friends with whom I’ve shared many special and happy moments. I also feel very lucky that this year I’ve been abroad with family, sang at music festivals with my choir and had one of my projects featured in British Patchwork and Quilting magazine (Yay!).
So it’ll be with sadness that I say goodbye to 2017, but it’ll be with a great big smile that I welcome in 2018. I have no idea what it’ll bring, but as long as I have my family and friends nearby, a job I feel passionate about and a few creative projects on the go, I couldn’t ask for more.
Wishing you all a peaceful 2018. Mel x
“Serenity” quilt – designed by Melanie Vincent, featured in British Patchwork and Quilting magazine (January 2017)
I love the word cozy. To me it means snuggling under a patchwork quilt, with a loved one by my side, in front of a roaring fire. In winter, of course.
A few years ago I designed a patchwork quilt just for that purpose – it’s a double-width lap quilt featuring pieced hearts, one of which has a secret pocket where little tokens of affection or love notes can be placed to surprise your loved one…
As the icy winds chill the air outside, I can think of no better way to spend these winter days than keeping cozy under that quilt with my hubby.
Hope you all have a peaceful winter and a happy new year.
Hi! So I thought I’d start a blog… I’ve been meaning to do it for a while but for whatever reason never got started and kept putting it off. Anyhow, here I (finally) am, and here is my first post. Not sure how it’s going to turn out, but hey ho, I’m sure it’ll be fun!! And if you find it fun too, please join me in my journey – like and comment on any posts or just say ‘Hi!’.
So a little bit about me. My name is Melanie (you can call me Mel) and I enjoy designing and making patchwork quilts. I have always had a passion for fabrics and sewing and I now design and make patchwork quilts in my ‘spare time’. I say ‘spare’ in quotes because just like many other working mums, I do not have much spare time. Some of my designs have been published in British Patchwork and Quilting magazine, and I have an Etsy shop Melony Patch where I sell some of my kits and patterns (as well as some of the yummy fabric I love to work with).
As the strap line above indicates, I am also very much into wellbeing and wellness (my day job is working on a project that provides therapy through nature for people with mental health conditions) so every now and then I may wish to write a post on that subject. And I’m also a mum and love all things family and homely, so you may find the odd post about that too, and perhaps a recipe or two.
Well that’s it for now – I’ll be back in the New Year with more blog posts. For now I’d like to wish everybody a peaceful and happy 2018!! Cheerio! Mel x