Firstly, massive, massive congratulations to Barak Obama and every American who voted for him. The energy and excitement of election night was palpable even here on the isle of Lismore. Although not intended, I found myself glued to BBC election night ’til 2.30 in the morning with a smile as broad as a Cheshire cat and and a great warmth in my heart. I think this may be the man who can inspire us all to solve the enormous wounds of this earth through listening not talking, understanding not rash judgement and through words rather than war. At last.

Throughout the election wonder, I was making a patchwork quilt as a wedding present for our primary head teacher Jennifer. I say quilt, but really it is more of a patchwork throw. I knew I would be pushed for time and a day was allocated to the job. I had been given messages on notepaper form the children (there are only six) and decided to write the messages on to branches in a leaf and berry design on tweed.

Shayne's square
Shayne's square

I started by deciding which colours to use and then cutting out equal numbers of squares. Again Selvedge magazine came in very handy as a template.


Then twigs, messages and berries were embroidered on to the appropriate squares and they were sewn together.

Kara's square
Kara's square

I tried to copy the individual writing style of each child. I wish they were further on with joined up writing but sadly no.

Sewing squares together
Sewing squares together

Once all squares were embroidered and sewn together piping was attached and a lovely plum backing added.

Complete quilt
Complete quilt

The quilt was presented to Jennifer at the school coffee afternoon yesterday amongst  a throng of grannies, parents, children and home baking.



If any of you would like me to make a custom quilt for you or your friends. Please do give me a ring or email. I LOVE doing this kind of thing!

Posted by:mogwaii

Born: 13th March 1969 in Edinburgh Star sign: Pisces Where do I live? An beautiful island called Lismore Who with? I live with my gorgeous man - Yorick, and my beautiful boys Ruben (currently 14) and Tom (10) and we also have cat poppy, cat Bashy and cat Spyro. What do I do there? Water veggies in the polytunnel, loads of mopping up, picking up clothes, cooking and washing dishes. The rest of the time I'm in a blissfull state in my studio making things out of wool and designing the next must have (in my head!) and a lot of cycling to and fro My favourite Books: Right now...empowerment books like "The power of now" and "The Secret", but also John Fowles "The Magus" and "The kite runner" and I love the "Tao of Poo" My Favourite films: Babettes feast, Wings of desire and The colour of Pomegranites. My favourite music: Bach cello suites for designing, Dolly parton for making (especially her album Little Sparrow), Teddy Thompson and loads of other stuff! What did I do before moving to Lismore? * Went to school in Edinburgh (South Morningside primary then St. Mary's music school and then George Watson's) * Went to Brazil for a year, fell in love, learnt Portuguese and spun a lot of wool * Studied foundation in visual arts in Manchester poly and then went on to study BA Hons in textiles at Goldsmith's college * Made felt hats, sold them at Camden market and then eventualy Liberties and had Ruben in the midst of it all - moved to Pathhead * Tom came along and I stopped making hats. sung lots of Jazz, taught Brazilian and samba singing, recorded an album and started singing with La Boum * Tom went to school and I set up Mogwaii * Moved here in 2006 There you go!! xx Sarah (from left) Ruben, me and Tom (from left) Ruben, me and Tom

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