Thursday, May 09, 2013


Freedom is much underrated. But today is Liberation Day and we have a bank holiday in Jersey to celebrate the liberation of the Island on 9 May 1945. There is a week full of activities, with the main focus being in Liberation Square today. On Sunday we are enjoying a picnic at a vineyard listening to jazz with friends Jane and Mike.
Early this morning I trimmed my Perkiomen quilt with the pink Ikea backing. I'd even moved my ruler and rotary cutter downstairs last night to be ready so I didn't disturb a sleeping daughter when I move around at silly o'clock. I then cut my binding from the leftovers making sure to cut it down the fabric to get a few peeks of the script. I'd usually just finger press the seam open and fold the binding as I go along, but Jojo pressed and rolled the binding she sent me for the Siblings Together quilt and it went on much more nicely and there's something satisfying about how it looks whilst it's waiting to be used.

Ikea Britten fabric dyed and used for backing and binding
May's bee mama at the FQR honey bee, gave us freedom to make flying geese blocks with the fabric she provided. I have been slowish to start this month. I like some constraints, this had too many choices. The one choice I made early on was to use 3D flying geese. It's a long time since I made these, so the first block is a simple block of four large geese so as to practise getting the measurements right
FQR kinky bee May block one of two
I don't have enough fabric for the geese to make another block of large units so I'm going to make some big and some small and play around with them to make a 12" block. Winging it is so not my style so I may be gone a while.


Jo Jo said...

Have a great bank holiday! Yes, freedom is much underrated and largely unappreciated here where we have had relative peace for many years. I bet the girls locked up in that house in Cleveland for ten years are enjoying a bit of freedom! I love your dyed backing, I can't wait to see your quilt finished. The binding looks great too ;) X

Just Sew Sue said...

I don't know how people get away with those atrocities. You just can't imagine what they've been through.

Gertie Pye said...

I am always amazed that the occupation of the Channel Islands isn't really covered that heavily on the school curriculum. I don't think I found out until I was doing A Level history! A public holiday definitely in order - enjoy!

QuiltCandy said...

I agree with Gertie, I wasn't really aware of the impact of the war on the Channel Islands until relatively recently. I think the book 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' book did a lot to raise awareness. But now I live here I think it's so important to appreciate how lucky we are to be free to enjoy this beautiful island. We had a lovely day down in the square too :-)