31 March 2012

William Morris

This is my very first ever blog post.  Welcome!

As a pretext to my posting a photo of what I am working on at the moment, I thought I would share an experience from last year. 

I love William Morris designs thanks in a very large part to Michele Hill, an Australian quilter and designer.  (She was top on my "Bucket List" to meet and do a class with. Tick! A wonderful and generous lady.)

We have 2 children and a partner living in London at the moment and we took the leap to visit them.

High on my list whilst over there was a visit to William Morris's Red House and Kelsmcott.  We didn't make it to Kelmscott but yes I made it to Red House.

In September 2011 my husband and daughter accompanied me from London to Red House Lane, Bexleyheath Kent for a visit. I loved the stories and the display of his works. Walking through the house every room was filled with history and creaking floors and hidden drawings.

It is run by volunteers and is a credit to them.  Below are a couple of photos of my visit.  
JulieAnn sitting at the well William built for his wife.
JulieAnn outside The Red House
Williams lifetime work was on display with fabric and furniture being the main attraction, but every nook and cranny had special features including sketching of designs inside cupboards and on walls showing William was constantly creating new things and ideas when ever and where ever he was inspired (no wonder he was an insomniac and hyperactive).

View from the back yard

Around the house is a garden with a wide variety of plants and shrubs.

If I go back to England again, Kelmscott will be at the top of the list.

Now what am I sewing at the moment?????

This is Pies and Tarts, a BOM by Sue Daly.  This has been camping by the Murrumbidgee River, travelled The Great Ocean Road and toured England while I covered the paper pieces and joined the Pies and Tarts together.  After 18 months, (thereabouts) all the pieces are together and the Pies are sewn to the background.  Last weekend I got the rows together and have got the Tarts all glued on ready for sewing.  Seeewww what next you ask??  I have given myself till the end of April to get the tarts all sewn on.

I am very good at making plans.  It is the execution that I have trouble with.  Let's see how I go!

Hope you enjoy the day and come back for a visit.



1 comment:

  1. Great first post JulieAnn!!! How exciting to visit the William Morris house and congratulations on the Pies & Tarts, it looks fantastic.