There was also one of a grumpy faced man, a rat, a pig, a couple of guitars, a harp and so on. The border was a beautiful moss green velvet which set the whole thing off to perfection. (Madame La Poste and I have divergent ideas about colour and I know she would disagree with me here.) For me this was the icing on the cake of a wonderful weekend and I came home vowing to be more creative and use more techniques in my next crazy quilt. What an inspiration. I was allowed to take some photos so I have included some for you to see. What small pieces and what attention to detail. Every person has their own technique and approach to crazy quilting, which is one of the things I find so interesting about it. Probably everybody has their own unique style which would make it relatively easy to recognise the work of different crazy quilters but it is good to try to keep developing and adding new techniques and try different effects on each quilt. You might be able to see that this quilt includes a fabric with swastikas, which were a symbol of good luck in ancient cultures and did not have the connotations we ascribe to them now. In fact the fabric has been used in several different places in the quilt, reversed for a different effect at times, so we obviously weren’t the first generation of crazy quilters to think of this trick. I know I have included an awful lot of photos of this quilt but it is worth poring over to see the use of stitches and colour. It is quite well preserved but the backing is deteriorating quite badly, fortunately the front shows less sign of the ravages of passing time.
In the same exhibition was displayed another "crazy". This one appears to be a runner, perhaps for the top of a piano. The colours are more subdued and it includes a lot of beading which has withstood the ravages of time remarkably well.
When I returned exhausted but happy to Shoestring Cottage, Mr Shoestring had had the honour of being promoted to the exalted position of going out in one of the boats for the annual opening of scallop season and was thrilled when the effort entered by Farmer Peaceable won! It was scallop on black pudding, with a bed of potato/pea/spinach mass and a garnish of lime mayonnaise. Astonishingly we had a repeat of last year's events, where a very similar recipe was entered by another team. You can imagine how proud Farmer Peaceable was when presented with the trophy. This year the silver cup has been embellished further by the addition of a handsome wooden base and back board, and the addition of a magnificent scallop shell. We all had such a feast that even the poor unfortunates who have yet to win the cup must have been happy. (I hope so, or they may have gone to plot our downfall next year. I can imagine that the cookbooks and knives are already out. Gulp.)