A few months ago I participated in the BBC program Flog It! I just got word that it will be aired on Monday at 1545 on BBC 2. I am a bit nervous to say the least. More nervous than when we filmed...isn't that odd?! (Flog It is a bit like Antique Roadshow - they appraise an item but differs by bringing the item to auction. In my case it was a circa 1880 quilt that I have had for years.)
I haven't gotten as much sewing done the past few days as I would like. We have a house inspection on Tuesday. I hate these! The estate agent comes by every 3 months to do a walk through and even though we have "passed" them all and they say not to worry about them....well, I do. I spend hours wiping down baseboards behind the furniture, searching out cobwebs and battling lime-scale. I used to worry about my quilting room but now that they have seen it (and the agent's sister is a quilter) that at least is one room I don't go crazy over. One of the things I will look forward to when I move back to the states is not renting and being in my own home again!
Since I haven't done much in the sewing room I posted a photo of a silk tie quilt brought into a quilt documentation day a couple of years ago. The woman who made it (around 1900) ran a boarding house and it is thought that the silks may have been salesman samples. She also made one with a wide range of wools in a similar brick pattern. I had a cousin who worked for a major fabric manufacturer who used to send me and my sisters boxes of sample fabric. If they were large enough to make something out of my sisters generally got them (I am the youngest) but I did have a very well dressed Barbie doll!
Since I am in the file of photos from the documentation day...this is another style quilt we saw a lot of...wedding ring. I really like how this one was done. Not too pastelly (is that a word?) and the four patches are perfect. The pieces making up the arches are tiny. This is one pattern that I have never made. I've gone as far as pulling fabrics and making the templates but then I bought one at an antique fair! Maybe someday....