Altar frontal: September update. The joining up begins

Ipsden church: altar frontal. The joining up begins

Ipsden church: altar frontal. The joining up begins

People have been asking to see a bit of joined up progress on the altar frontal, so here are a couple of not very good photos. There are more 7 star blocks with embroidered flowers ready to add on but first I must make a calico template to work how much space should be left for a border and how much to cut off for the curving corners. For individual flowers, see here:

snake’s head fritillary

dog rose



ox eye daisy


Ipsden altar frontal: progress of patches

Ipsden altar frontal: progress of patches

Late September and early October have become booked up for me as I am needed for granny duty as stand in night nurse. The political party conference season is upon us and daughter and son-in-law both being political journalists have full schedules at conference centres across England and Scotland. (Bouncing baby’s other granny and grandad will be doing duty for the Tory  party conference but no conclusion as to political affiliation should be drawn from this.) It may, of course be, that all troublesome teeth will have made their appearance by then and that we shall all just have a lovely holiday in London with blissful uninterrupted nights.  (A proper nanny will be doing the lion’s share of weekday day care, so our duties will not be exactly onerous).

Ipsden altar frontal: plenty more patches

Ipsden altar frontal: plenty more patches

In Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing, Benedict’s eccentric wooing of Beatrice culminates in the rousing cry, ” the world must be peopled” – and who that saw it can forget Robert Stephens and Maggie Smith sparring in these roles in the 1967 BBC live transmission (seen once, the recording lost, thought to be for ever but found and returned to Britain in 2010. Come on BBC, let’s have a look at it again.) Well, Ipsden parents can be proud of their children as many of them have been doing just that recently. Accordingly, I have some confidence that my lack of success in organising sewing bees will meet with some degree of sympathy. If the world must be peopled, grandparents can only be joyful, and man the buggy and cot when required.

But all this means that I hope to call a meeting of the village patchworkers around the second week in October and full steaming ahead can go on after that.


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  1. Posted September 4, 2014 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    It’s looking wonderful! I am enjoying watching this one progress.

    • Mary Addison
      Posted September 4, 2014 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

      I’m glad you think it’s looking good so far. Thank you for your encouragement.

  2. Lydia Sage
    Posted September 7, 2014 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    I love your patchwork – the motifs just sparkle with joy and life. Now I want to immediately commence a patchwork quilt… all thoughts of crewel embroidery tossed to the wind! I joke, but I do find all your work very inspirational which is a wonderful way to be. I have just taken delivery of a magical patchwork book which I am sure you most probably already know about – The Patchworks of Lucy Boston – exquisitely made quilts from a time gone by.

    • Mary Addison
      Posted September 7, 2014 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

      I’m so glad that looking at our patchwork makes you want to do some yourself. I read Lucy Boston’s books to my children and have seen magazine articles featuring her quilts (this quilt was inspired by a sofa throw she made – see hope this link works as I have been having trouble linking recently). I will probably be unable to resist buying the book you mention if I catch sight of it.

  3. Jane
    Posted September 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Your patchwork is looking really magical, can’t wait to see it finished.

    • Mary Addison
      Posted September 7, 2014 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Jane – can’t wait for it to be finished!

  4. Posted September 10, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    This is beautiful!

    • Mary Addison
      Posted September 11, 2014 at 7:43 am | Permalink

      Thank you Pamela.

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