Dawn, Drama and delight.

Dawn, By far, the best time of the day.

I got used to 'Dawns' many years ago.

There was a family asleep in the house, the day lay in front of us and it was a wonderful part of the day to have time to myself.

As soon as the troops arose… it was all go.

Drama  OK, so I'm a control freak. I have to have everything written down and I have a form for the Bayeux, Date, time worked, needles changed, bobbins used…. etc, etc. Strange indeed, but I like to keep track of my progress.

Bayeux work.numbers
Somehow, I lost the file on one of my desk tops. I couldn't believe it… Drama. But I finally realized I had some of it on the other Desk top and I was able to recover it and add the missing pieces.!!!! eek.

I want these statistics to be absolutely accurate… so I was disappointed…These figures are not for anyone else but me, but they are wonderful to look back on. Fortunately I was able to fix it with my back up.

In 1996 I made the first of my large Quilts. I called it "reflections…" It's rough, badly quilted and it just doesn't fit the bill. I think the valuation on the quilt was around $3000. The valuers were excited to that a complete diary accompanied the quilt and gave it a higher price.


It's fascinating to look back on. So much has happened in that 16 years.

Opening the book is like being transported back to that time. "Oh my goodness, I forgot that happened"

So my documentation is an important part of making a quilt.

I have a studio full of files. Every quilt I made has a file. A very detailed file.

I'm loathe to get rid of them, I don't have the time to put them on the computer and now every thing is digital…. it's a bit a problem. It's history, It's my thinking process and growth.

OK, my Delight….

Because I'm going to be home for some time… I decided to put a satellite on my shed so I can get satellite TV…. two workmen came, 15 minutes this morning and it was done. Now I don't have to watch American politics and argue with the TV  in the wee hours.

I'm teaching Miss Tilly to do Tom Boy and my new light box is working a treat.

I rolled out the quilt today and I almost did cartwheels… seeing it as one piece is really exciting.


This is an assembled viking ship waiting to go on the quilt.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Chris John says:

    Your quilting journeys are fascinating but I’m not sure that many will be as interesting as the Bayeux. The viking ship is so detailed. I cannot wait for the unveiling of the masterpiece. I eagerly await every post of its progress.

  2. Pam says:

    Thanks Chris, sometimes I feel it is self indulgent, but I’ve been talking about the Bayeux for so long… I decided that I would share this part of the journey. The other part was kept a secret for a while. I unfurled it today and my heart raced when I saw it in it’s long form….
    This one is a little brighter and I like it better… and I’ve learned as lot from doing the other parts…

  3. Lynn in Orlando says:

    This is going to be an amazing journey for all of your followers….I love the detail and the colors. Will the detail in the faces be inked in first or will they be done with thread. I love the drawing! The horses are incredible.

  4. adamsme says:

    I love satellite television, but I cannot imagine watching U.S. politics from the other side of the world and down under in Australia. Must seem like the biggest soap opera to people outside the country. Anyway I, too, eagerly await every morsel of information about the Bayeaux. I hope to be able to see it in person someday. Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. Carolyn says:

    Wish I had had students like you who detailed all their work. We used to teach them how to do this using a design model and then they had to assemble a process journal detailing all their thinking and design processes. For those doing it the first time they usually said “why can’t I do it and then write it down?’ By the time they were seniors the A students had it ‘off pat’ and would say ‘this is really important to work this way’, and ‘These are fantastic reference notes.’
    And you have just done it without a teacher telling you to and know the value of it!!

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