Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Christmas stuff.....


I showed this applique already but now I have put the blocks on around the edges.  This is the first block of Holly Christmas by Michelle Ridgway that a bunch of us are doing in a Stitch-a-long.....  I love the mixture of applique, embroidery and piecing...... 


In Norfolk we stayed with the Out-Laws (no luck with Robin Hood) but these out-laws hosted us amazingly and we went all over the place.....

A real holly bush just outside their home.....


One place we visited was Thursford, where a stupendous show is held over the month of November.... people from all over the world go ....


For 6 months the lovely big hall holds The Thursford Collection -  amazing old carousels, steam engines and organs...


Spectacular equipment ....


A lot of the big Christmas lights were covered up but you can see how pretty the room is... this is some of the steam engines which used to run the organs in showgrounds.....


Carousels and organs have been beautifully restored, some are still in original paintwork


A lovely man went around with us and got them playing - that old paper music and showground sounds..... 


just amazing pieces that you just don't see in our shows anymore....


We also had a short show of a very accomplished organ player.... goodness he has to move his hands and feet..... 

I took video but for some reason I can't access it onto my computer.... but there are bits to see on their website....

A fabulous visit..... now I want to go there at Christmas for the show..... hmmmmmm

Back to home.... I completed July's block for the Stitch-a-long so I could do the piecing together.... This month is the Pudding as you can see....


Righto, Gotto Go ....... the weather has cooled a bit and the fire is inviting me......


13 comments:

I am said...

Good morning Fiona,i am loving your HC blocks they look fantastic.
Wow what wonderful places you got to see,love the Carousels.
Hope you have a lovely day my friend xx

Doreen Auger said...

Those carousels/organs are gorgeous! So glad to see such restorations....these really are artistic treasures. Your stitcheries are lovely as always. I always enjoy, and am inspired, by your shares. Sending warm summer hugs..............

WoolenSails said...

The borders look beautiful for the blocks. That is a really unique place to visit, must have been amazing in person.

Debbie

marina said...

Gorgeous sew along blocks, pretty fabrics.
What an amazing place to visit..

Karen S said...

Lovely work with the stitching. These blocks are coming up a treat.
What a fascinating museum to visit. And how wonderful that someone has seen the importance of preserving these items.

Susan said...

What an amazing holiday you had.

Jennifer said...

What an interesting place to visit! You could go for a white Christmas......love that quilt, I can see why it appeals to you.

Michelle Ridgway said...

LOVE those gorgeous old carousels and they come to life in lights! I really love how your HC blocks are looking xx

KaHolly said...

I'm sure loving those blocks for the Stitch-along! Michelle is so gifted and talented, and your work is just lovely.

Jeanette said...

Love those carousels. They would've been a fabulous sight to see. Love your Christmas blocks. Hugs,xx.

Maria said...

What a great night out visiting the carousels ...
Your SAL blocks both look 👀 fantastic..

Raewyn said...

Fabulous, the carousels must have been a sight to behol! And lovely SAL blocks :-)

Jane Galley said...

there is some amazing craftsmanship in those old style fairground attractions, something magical about them

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