Friday, 13 June 2014

Friday finish

What a week!
I had the most fab time in Dublin with Ros, Sue, Anne and Letitia. It was my first time back in 15 years and it could not have been better. Ros had organised for us to stay at the Radisson Blu St Helens which is a little way out of town but all the better for that. The hotel has been converted from an 18thc country house. Many original features have been retained including marble pillars and staircase in the hall and a musicians gallery in the ballroom (now the sitting room). The gardens were immaculate with a spectacular fountain and beautiful formal flower beds. We ate out at Dun Laoghaire on the coast both nights and had a ball. The days were spent touring Dublin on an open top bus, lunch in Temple Bar, visiting Trinity university, seeing the magnificent Book of Kells and having brunch in Bewleys Oriental Cafe.

On Tuesday I attended a Trapunto class called "Sew it and stuff it" run by Barbara Chainey. More on this next week except to say that it is a technique I shall be revisiting.

So on to the Friday finish. Ta dah!!!!!

It is the quilt I made for Sam using a jellyroll of Hearty Good Wishes by Janet Clare. I blogged about it first here in more detail. I chose a wave pattern for the quilting which you can just about see on the border fabric. This adds a great texture to the quilt as well as keeping to the nautical theme. I've just finished sewing on the label and it is off to it's new home in Wiltshire this afternoon.

I'm linking up to TGIFF which this week is being hosted by Jo at Riddle and Whimsy and Can I get a Whoop Whoop? which is run by Sarah Craig at Confessions of a Fabric Addict If you can hop along to see what is going on. It is a great way of seeing what others are up to.

Have a wonderful weekend (it looks like the weather will be pretty reasonable here in the UK). I am taking the grandchildren to Malmesbury tomorrow for the Malmesbury Living History weekend when the town will be recreating life in the 17th century. Should be fun!



  1. I love your quilt, so masculine, gorgeous colours and great design. You keep visiting all my favourite haunts, I love Bewleys, I like having breakfast there before I shop on Grafton Street. And then Malmesbury, Wiltshire - before I moved here 3 years ago I lived in Marlborough, Wiltshire for the last 22 years, I would love to have been with you over the last two weeks and revisited all these wonderful places. Have the best time this weekend with your grandchildren - Chris :D

  2. It's a beautiful quilt Catherine. Lovely colours and very well made. Great photos as well.

  3. My husband is from Dun Laoghaire so we have visited Dublin lots of times, coffee in Bewleys is always a must :)

    Your quilt is lovely, what a great finish!

  4. Sounds like you had a great weekend! It's been a good while since I was in Dublin. Our trips to Ireland are few and far between these days. Gorgeous quilt Catherine, you're such a dab hand at them now! x

  5. Congratus on your finish ...a very lovely quilt! :)


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