The centrepiece

This is a detail from the centrepiece of a quilt that was shown at an Expo in Nantes a few years ago. It is to all intents and purposes entirely made up of squares and triangles.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Squares and triangles

The Purple Peacock

Purple and violet are the key colours in this wall-hanging of a peacock, quilted by Madame and now taking pride of place in our daughter’s new home.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Purples & Violets

How to bag an elephant

Cee’s Fun ‘Foto’ Challenge for this week has the theme of ‘texture’.

This is a detail from an embroidered bag that I saw on display at the ‘Pour L’amour du Fil’ expo in Nantes a couple oof years ago.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Texture

Blue and Yellow

Cee’s theme for her Fun ‘Foto’ Challenge this week is ‘blue and yellow’ – always a harmonious combination.

As it happens, the colour scheme of our kitchen is blue and yellow, and the endlessly talented Madame has made table mats, napkins, covers for appliances and many other things to match the theme. Including this wall hanging:

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue & Yellow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

Strong vertical lines demarcate these bolts of cotton fabric on the shelves of Madame’s favourite shop ever, Classic Quilts in Dubai.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

Tuesdays of Texture: Quilting

Following on from last week’s images of highly textured bags from the quilting expo at Nantes, here are two details from a display of Welsh quilts that show how the process of quilting adds texture to the fabric.


Tuesdays of Texture 9 May 2017

Macro Moments Week 32: Thimble

Madame just loves elephants, and she loves sewing (quilting in particular) too. So when we saw this thimble decorated with a baby elephant, well it just had to join the collection.


Nikon D800 with Nikkor 105mm ƒ2.8 lens at ƒ3.3. 1/125 with built-in flash. ISO 1000. Cropped and edited in Lightroom.

Macro Moments Week 32

Tuesdays of Texture: Quilt

Last year, as a wedding present for our son and (now) daughter-in-law, Madame made a king-sized bed quilt, with most of the stitching done by her own fair hands. It took close to a full year to complete, and the last Swarovski crystal being stitched on just two days before the wedding. This is a work-in-progress image.


Tuesdays of Texture

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 9 – Patterns

The Girl That Deams Awake has set the topic of ‘Patterns’ for this week.

Most stained glass windows display overtly religious images. However, this example, to be found in the crypt of the medieval church in the French village of Gargilesse, is an interesting exception.

The geometric patterns remind me of Celtic designs (Celtic knots?). I’m also reliably informed – by Madame the quilter (a.k.a. The Best Girl Ever) – that there are very similar quilting patterns.

In another departure from tradition, the colours are far more subdued than in typical stained glass windows.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Future

When I saw that this week’s topic was ‘Future’, I knew exactly which image I wanted to use. Unfortunately, I didn’t take it (my son did) and nor do I have a copy in my library. However, the immensely talented Madame made a wall-hanging based on it, which now sits over our stairs. Here is my photograph of that:


It shows our twin grandsons taking their first unaccompanied walk together down the beach to the Arabian Gulf in Abu Dhabi. It always looked to me that they were heading off into the future.

I think I know why, too. When I was about their age now (eight), I remember a big – or so it seemed to me at the time – picture painted on the wall of the old Birkenhead Market. It showed a boy and a girl heading off down a path together towards a brightly shining sun: As I recall, it was actually an advert for childrens’ shoes and was captioned ‘The Highway To Health’. Anyway, the photo on the beach brought it back to me.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future