A Vintage Picnic!

So Christmas is over and it was wonderful as always, but I have itchy fingers to get back to my sewing room and lots of new ideas queuing up on my cutting table.  First up is the 'Quiltalong' that 'American Patchwork & Quilting' magazine have in their new 'February' issue.

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Designed by Lissa Alexander and fashioned after a vintage quilt, this is a lovely project and as soon as I saw the buzz about it on the internet, I knew exactly why I wanted to do it.   I sent off for the magazine and it arrived over here, in time for me to curl up on the sofa with christmas chocolate and wine and mull over how to go about it.   Several of the moda designers are making it and I am enjoying reading their tips and ideas as they go along.  The fun thing about a project like this is how differently all the quilts turn out and to see everyone else who is joining in, post their photos on Instagram.  You can find out more about it on Lissa's blog www.modalissa.blogspot.com and there you will find links to all the other moda designers who are working on it.  But I have got a bit ahead of myself.  When I saw the photograph of Lissa's beautiful finished quilt, it made me think of something that I had been meaning to do for a while......

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 You see I have a picnic hamper that belonged to my Grandparents.  Its really rather lovely and completely authentic. 

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Here's the family and the little girl is my Mum.  I imagine that this picnic hamper was packed away in the car behind after a day at the cricket club.  The extraordinary thing is that nearly 80 years later, everytime I open this case, I can smell the house that it belonged in.   It has the flavour of happy summer days by the seaside, picnics on the beach and blackberry picking in the Sussex south downs. 

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It is so pretty inside, with china teaplates and bone handled cutlery , bakerlite containers for cake and sandwiches and even salt, pepper and mustard pots.  It is a reminder that things seemed to be so much more civilised in days gone by.   Anyhow, it needs a quilt to go with it, so that we can go on a vintage picnic and this quilt is IT!!!  (I know.... I know...... we need the car too!!)   I had already built up a stash of 1930's reproduction fabrics for the project and suddenly it all came together with this 'quilt-along'.  I am excited to get started.

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I think that the pattern works wonderfully as I can make the rounder shapes in the blocks tie in with the design and colour of the china plates.  The plan is lots of yellow with some vintage blues and greens splashed around and ofcourse, ruby red squares to link it all together.

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This might take a bit of working out, but first of all, I am going to take the advice of Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill designs who wrote in her post about it, that you should draw the design on graph paper first to try out the colour schemes.  Check out her blog for loads of great advice for this project www.bunnyhillblog.com   So I am off to find some paper and coloured pencils and we shall see how it develops.   I hope you will pop back soon to see how its all progressing and maybe even decide to join in too.   Check out how everyone is getting along with it on Instagram using #APQquiltalong.    Ruby x