Monday, 13 November 2017

More from Detling

Janet Stevens: One Fabric Quilt using a Jinny Beyer fussy cut border print to great effect.
As I do a less considered stack and whakery squares technique I was interested in the
regular patterns achieved here.


Stephanie Crawley: Pansy wall hanging
I was interested in this because a Bonnie friend has just
got an embroidery machine and we watched it working at
our last meeting.


Flower Pots by Janet Keenan
I took this because I also like to quilt and then
applique and I liked her style of quilting.

Another block in Janet Keenan's quilt

Sunday, 12 November 2017


For the last few years Grosvenor have mounted one of their seasonal shows at the Kent Showground, Detling. It's on a rather small scale compared with the others but much appreciated as it's much nearer  than the others. I quite like seeing several quilts by the same maker or different interpretations of the same theme.
Here are some of the ones I photographed:

Greta Fitchett: Morrocan Babouches

Lesley Brankin: By the Common

Cherry Vernon-Harcourt: Coastal Study 1

Jaqui Tobin: Sea Snake, a favourite

Sharon Gray: The Dot

Monday, 30 October 2017

Currently . . .


I am working on disappearing D9P pieces for a class I am going to teach. I have made a basic three fabric one and now am using precious pieces of Kona Bay and other Japanese style pints in a scrappier version. One more to come before I move on to the interesting bit, the variation which will be the chief focus of the class. However I will get the students to do a couple of basic ones from my fabric kits and they will be yet further strategies.
I'm using a border print for the borders
The start
Centre section done

Border print


Auditioning alternatives
Our Jackie Taylor Civil War quilts are coming along well. I am going to do Flying Geese borders and have elected to go for dark geese and paler skies. I shall quick piece four at a time and make four piles one for each border.

This one is  from Mavis who used pattern elements from a duvet cover as her feature fabric.

this is Fran's she quilted then joined sections. Next borders will be added quilt as you go.

Monday, 23 October 2017

From the retreat 03

Izzy's Christmas centrepiece

Mandy's plethora of immaculately pieced bright hourglasses.


Colette?? child quilt

Julie's woven jelly roll

Kathy's dachshunds from an Elizabeth Hartmann pattern

Julie's hidden wells type pattern from a jelly roll.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

From the retreat 02

From Jill

Instantly recognisable as Julie's. Beautifully made.

Sue's for a soon to be born baby.

Not sure whose this but lovely Lberties.

Detail - doing hexagons like this kooks lovely and avoids lots of problems.

Pretty one from Jill in 1930's fabrics.

Debbie made this one for a new baby to use as a playmat.
She's awaiting the name to go in the centre once known.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Sewing Day

Before the retreat we had our  bi-monthly Sewing Day at Lower Hardres, Usual Suspects and friends.. It is late being posted as my charger give up the ghost.
Judy O's shirtings quilt - just what a quilt shoukd be like.

Maggie has finished and longarmed the Ladybirds quilt. The spotted red ribbon trim is
 a lovely finishing touch.

I have bordered my disappearing 9-Patch; it needed pepping up. And I used up some of my stash.

From the retreat 01

Jill's Quilt of the Crosses in the making

Isabel's jelly strippy top, a quick way to achieve
a good sized quilt


Julie's Winding Ways in her signature colours


Isabel's Shadowed Squares in fabrics that work really well.


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

What I did on the Quilting Retreat

This was the third retreat of the year and five nights and days of sewing interrupted only by daily walks and shopping trips as there was a well stocked quilt shop locally. As I knew we were going to have two tables each I took major projects I wanted to move closer to completion. Some stages of quiltmaking are hurdles to get over I find and the long retreat days were the necessary push. I was one of the two packing up at midnight.
Row 4 ready to add

Top complete: most blocks constructed with templates.
I framed each Bonnie Blues block (2015 project) and trimmed to 14", then sashed them, sewed the rows and bordered with my focus fabric plus a thin strip of orange mitring the corners.  I am really pleased with the result and know my husband will like it as blue is his favourite colour. The top is wider than it is long because that is how it will go on our bed which has a footboard.I didn't want the house and mountain and bargello to be sideways on.
I also added two unpieced borders to the current Bonnie project, Jackie Taylor's Civil War pattern. partly to bring it up to a size divisible by three as the final border will be 1 1/2" by 3" flying geese.
I had to do quite a bit of partial piecing in the corners as I wanted o sew the cheddar and red strips together before adding them to the borders and the black cornerstones necessitated some juggling.
Working which sort of geese - I opted for dark geese on light sky to my surprise.

Awaiting final border: a very successful quilt, I feel.
In between these efforts I completed my own Split 9-Patch+ kit and sewed the top in preparation for a workshop next year.
My first arrangement of units

This was a group effort

Sewn together

Detail of lovely 1930's repro. fabrics
So time well spent plus good friends , exercise and fun.