Thursday, 18 May 2017

Our Ancient Mariners

It is hard to believe that a whole twelve months has flown by since our last workshop with the ever talented Di Ford Hall. In that time Di has had her 2nd book published by Quiltmania for which she made 14 quilts. Think she did it in two years but even so, how many of us can lay claim to completing them many quilts in that time? During this time she had a nasty altercation with one of her horses resulting in surgery on her shoulder. I think she is Wonder Woman.

This year I had two days with Di. This one was at Cheltenham with Sue Watters. As always it is a fabulous day. Sue is a great hostess.

I started this project from Di's new book and it is called Our Ancient Mariners. I used some of Di's fabrics and some from my stash.


I stitched like a demon in an effort to get the centre assembled for the next class which was at Cowslip Workshops in Cornwall. Di's classes are always relaxing and fun and made even more so by such a lovely group of people.


By the end of the day my centre was set into a square and some fussy cutting begun. Still to make progress on this but I am pleased with it.


At Sue's we bring food to share and it is always a wonderful feast.. we even managed enough sunshine to sit out and eat. 


I have just noticed in this photo that the door handles in the background look like they spell Di. How strange is that?

Lots more to show and tell coming up.

Happy Stitching.



  1. Hi Shirley wow your project is gorgeous,you are very clever and looks like a yummy spread you's have there xx

  2. It's fun to fussy and create a block with such a visual impact. I love how you used that rippled design around the center circle. It looks fantastic and using the gray dot for the background really sets everything off. I see some Broderie perse applique in the corners. More fun!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous, Shirley, Every bit of it.

  4. Hahaha the door handles 😂
    Loving that block, you're making great progress!

  5. oh wow that mariner centre looks amazing!
    Such beautiful fabric choices, too clever.
    Di is definitely a Wonder Woman!

  6. No doubt that Di is Wonder Woman !!
    Your center medallion is beautiful and how lucky you were to spend 2 days with Di and Sue.... Great memories for you !

  7. Beautifully stitched MC. Wouldn't expect anything less than perfection from you!

  8. Your centre is beautiful. You are so clever. How wonderful to have classes with Di Ford...gorgeous designs xx

  9. Fabulous Shirley - how lucky you are to have the opportunity for classes like this :-) I love the start you have made.