And they are beautiful.
Bev's a retired teacher like me. And she's been creating her wonderful quilts for years now. The red, black and grey cat quilt (below) is one of her early creations. That's Beni on the chair. And that's Bev hiding behind the quilt. The closest she would let me come to taking her picture. I love the juxtaposition of dog and cats in this shot.
This is my favourite of Bev's quilts. I love the rich burgundies and reds. It looks wonderful as a wall hanging, doesn't it?
What Bev mostly creates these days are baby quilts. So pretty in these bright primary colours. And she sells them too. For around $70.00. That's a steal especially when you look at the workmanship, not to mention the hours and hours of work.
If you want Bev to make you a baby quilt, you can e-mail me here and I will pass on your contact information. You might have to get in line, her time and her quilts are much in demand these days. But she'd be happy to hear from you.
Bev's industriousness and clever workmanship have inspired me. I used to be crafty. In the 80's and 90's, I knit up a storm.
I made several Icelandic sweaters for myself, and for friends, and boyfriends of friends. Knitting actually helped me to quit smoking during that time. It's hard to knit and smoke at the same time. And knitting keeps your hands busy.
Sometimes I'd stay up until the wee hours...drinking tea and knitting... unable to stop as the colours and pattern unfolded before my eyes. And then I tried my hand at other kinds of sweaters, two cable knit sweaters for Hubby, a couple of beautiful mohair sweaters for my sister and a friend. And then I petered out. Work commitments took up more and more of my evenings. Long nights of marking meant that when I was finished I couldn't bear to do close work, able only to flop on the sofa in front of the TV for an hour before bed.
I made these "Cottage Craft" sweaters (below), in the 80's when I was still living in New Brunswick. I love them, even though they don't fit me anymore. I gave away all my other handmade sweaters eventually, but I couldn't bear to part with these two.
Recently when I travelled home to New Brunswick for my high school reunion, I dug out a sweater that I had started knitting years ago. And I do mean years ago. And I stuffed in into my bag, determined that with the moral support of my knitting mentor (aka my mum) I might just finish it.
I only need to finish sewing it together now. I'm not sure if I will wear it. It's pretty long and bulky... but oversize knits do seem to be big this year. And now that's it's almost completed I'm looking for a new project.
Maybe something like this Stella McCartney sweater.
Or either of these, below.
I love the ribbing on the Fendi sweater on the left. And that slouchy Isabelle Marant on the right is very similar to one I made for my sister a few years ago. You can order them on Netaporter.com for $736.00 and $845.00 respectively. Ahhh... I don't think so. But I might be able to find a similar pattern and make myself one.
We leave in a couple of days for our final camping trip of the year. This trip is a favourite of mine. I love the fact that we have the campground almost to ourselves. The fall colours of the trees and the leaves underfoot when we go for our walks. Frosty evenings around the camp fire with a glass of wine, watching the sparks disappear up into the darkness.
And in the meantime, maybe I can finish sewing together my old/new sweater and wear it camping. While I'm dreaming crafty dreams of what I can make next.
By the way...be sure to let me know if you want Bev to make you a baby quilt. They're lovely, and a sweet gift for any new parents you might know.
Are you a knitter, quilter or otherwise crafty person?