I've had technical difficulties with my blog so there has been a delay in posting. Hopefully the glitch it is sorted, but with computers one never knows!
Well it is to be - another Royal Wedding! From now on the media will be relentlessly promoting it and trying to work us up into a frenzy of excitement. At the moment most people I have spoken to are rather luke warm about it but it is early days!
Inevitably thoughts go to the last Royal Wedding in 1981, when everyone celebrated the occasion and we all had a wonderful time. It's a different story now and any suggestion of making a Royal Wedding quilt has a negative reception. Everyone seems disillusioned, not only with the Royals, but with their own family divorces and separations and making samplers and quilts to celebrate weddings is no longer popular. It's all rather sad.
I sincerely hope this marriage will work and I wish them every happiness. Though when it was announced that the engagement ring was Princess Diana's, my immediate re-action was ugh! Some friends agree with me but others think it's a lovely gesture - strange how we think so differently?.
One of my first thoughts was that now I had better dig out the last Royal Wedding Quilt, which is waiting in the quilting queue and finish it! Here it is in its un-quilted state -
It is a long story. Way back in March 1981 in the midst of Royal Wedding frenzy the Quilters' Guild had a Museum Visit to Wales. Someone mentioned that it was a shame that commemorative panels were a thing of the past as we could then make a quilt to celebrate the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales, we all agreed.
The next day Jenny Hutchinson, the Guild's President, produced a few panels that her brother had screen printed to make up as cushions. I bought one, only later realising that I didn't have any suitable fabrics to use as the colours in the panel weren't my colours, so it was put away in my box of precious pieces.
25 years later I decided that it was time to make the quilt - it had been a happy and momentous day that I for one enjoyed and by now I had plenty of fabric I could use, so why not? Well now I've moved it up to the top of the queue - watch this space!