Sunday, February 24, 2008

Flog it on Monday

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....

16 comments:

Clare said...

I was wondering when it was going to be. I thought I had missed it.

Robin said...

Please explain: what is Flog It about? and why do you have house inspections every 3 months? Are you buying? Selling? Renting?

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I'm so glad I have SKY +, by the touch of a button I'll be sure to catch it. ;o)

Mary said...

What a pretty quilt. Having the inspections sounds like a pain - I always have to clean up before letting anyone go through my house and since we're getting ready to move - I think I have to let the rental office *show* this apartment once we give our notice to move. I'm also tired of renting and it's just been 15 months for us. I'm ready to be back in my own place.

I'm going to start packing up sewing stuff first so I'll just claim it's a mess because I'm already packing!

Gypsy Quilter said...

What pretty quilts. Hope the inspection goes well so you can get back to fun things.

cher said...

oh how awful to have to clean for an inspection...sounds too stressful to me! pretty quilts- love the silk one.

Carol E. said...

That quilt is gorgeous. Does this mean you are selling it at auction?

Sew Create It - Jane said...

How wonderful! I caught Flog it and you were brilliant..gosh they didn't know a thing did they!!! Good thing they had an expert on hand...YOU!
Let me know if you want a copy of the show. I can back it up to DVD for you if need be.

Kris said...

I have been checking your blog from time to time and enjoy it alot. I'm also a ex-pat (Colorado) living in the Netherlands. I watched Flog It today and you sounded just as I thought you would! You did a great job! Most times I see Americans on BBC, they sound so....'corny'. Not you! Were you happy with the show? I'll keep checking in.

quiltmom said...

Flog it sounds fun-Did you find it a successful experience?
Good luck with the inspection.
When will you return to the States?

I have made a wedding ring quilt although I used a continuous arc instead of pieced arc- it still was kind of titchy and and I made a lap size quilt.It is pretty and I made it in Christmas colors. We were lucky as we had acrylic to templates help have more accurate cutting. The quilts you showed are lovely.
Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,
Anna

Dawn said...

Oh I always love your pictures of old quilts! And I don't blame you for being nervous about the house inspection and the show! I remember when it was filmed and you talked about it! How fun!

Sue in western Washington, USA said...

Oooo, I *love* that silk brick quilt! Is that all feather stitching between the bricks?

Ick. Cleaning up for an inspection of any kind is never fun.

atet said...

Oooh -- so how did it feel seeing yourself on TV??? Do tell :0).

julieQ said...

Beautiful treasured quilt! I watch Antiques roadshow...but have seen no quilts yet!!Wish I could see Flog it.

Jeanne said...

Wish I could see the show. The quilt is wonderful. I hope you write about the show after it airs.

Karol-Ann said...

aah! I missed it. I've just had such limited internet access and haven't been checking blogs much.
I hope you are feeling better as I read, while catching up on your blog, that you had not been feeling so well.