Saturday, 22 August 2015

Sisters Quilt Show

I'd forgotten all about posting photos I took at the Sisters' Quilt Show. So here are a couple more, obviously modern. Try as I might I can't focus on the labels. There were Kona Solids quilts there and others from the Portland MQG as well as QuiltCon exhibits.

Florence Quilt

Here s the quilt I made for new baby Florence. I hope to get some better quality pictures when I visit my son next week. He's going to hand it over to his friends, the parents. Their hand shapes and the baby's name are on the back of the quilt. A fabric pack which I won in a Village Haberdashery draw was the basis for this quilt with other Valori Wells' fabrics thrown in.

The elephant was a surprise when I
unfolded the fat quarter

The reverse, letters from Tonya Ricucci book

The father's hand

and the mother's

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Sandy Shells

Bonnie Blues clamshells held in place with a Sewline glue pen

This weekend I finally finished hand sewing the binding on my Sandy Shells quilt held up by EPPing Bonnie blocks and binding on the Florence quilt. Yesterday I made a sleeve and pinned that on so I'm set up with more hand sewing for the evening. Most of yesterday was taken up with prepping a clamshell block for the Bonnie blues sampler which was very laborious. Lynne EdwardsNew Sampler Quilt Book was the source.
The Sandy Shells quilt is something of a teaching project about fussy cutting large scale patterned fabrics but although I intended to keep it, I don't like it enough, so it will be given away or sold when the classes are done.

On the bed

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Harbour Day

Whitstable Harbour

I went to Whitstable on Saturday and it was Harbour Day. Although there are hardly any people in my picture it was teeming very happily and I swarmed about with the rest of them and partook of an oyster. Meanwhile in Herne Bay it was the Air Show (where I had dropped off my husband) and planes grouped and regrouped overhead, notably the Red Arrows.
I visited the butcher's (Alan Long) and the greengrocers's as I always do here - you can get "proper" watercress for one thing but my main destination was the Whitstable Quilt Show  and here is some of the work on display there.
Sylvia Bowman: Purple Surprise from a Carolyn Forster class

Sandie Rogers: Scrap Happy

Madeleine Kavanagh: Midnight Origami from a Jenny Rayment Class

Rosemary Jordan: Odds and Ends

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Days out

It's been an unusually busy week with days out both quilty and family. At my daughter's it was lovely to see Isla go and get a quilt when it got chilly and to see the cushion she made with me just fitting on her chair.
Keeping warm

The DP9P cushion my granddaughter made
 The usual gathering at Lower Hardres produced some interesting Show & Tell with Judi having made a Roundabout quilt from our class, quite different from mine in moody batiks, and Judy brought in her pretty applique quilt for Maggie to longarm. Maggie produced her "Jill" quilt, her version of the last Jill made. I got my cot quilt back from her and have since bound it - photos yet to come. My daughter loved the cot quilt fabrics so I showed her my Modern Board from Pinterest. Interestingly she said she like the fabrics but in traditional patterns and those were the ones she singled out. So I shall make her one.
Judy O's quilt top

Maggie's quilt

Judi's quilt sandwich, a birthday present for her sister who loves it.

This afternoon the Bonnie ladies met and showed off their paper pieced and pineapple blocks. Next up clamshells and a wreath.
Mavis's Pineapple

and her "Inner City"

Fran's Pineapple

and her Inner City

and another EPP block from a Love P&Q magazine supplement

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

My Book

Two ribbons and one clasp

A sample double page spread: still one little cranny to fill when something
suitable turns up.

Not one I've written but one I write and stick in. Earlier versions were smaller and tended to hold workshop notes and sketches made in front of interesting quilts but as I took to more and more sticking the pages filled up fast. So when my latest notebook was nearly full I was pleased to spot this in a French bookshop and my husband who was buying something for himself bought it for me. It was quite expensive and I've since seen them here - behind the counter in WH Smiths. But I have just told him what a wonderful present it has been as I not only love the cutting and sticking process - as in primary school - but I often love to turn back the pages.
And more from Sisters, this time using selvages (of which I have a burgeoning collection):

I can't make out the name despite zooming but this quilt had found a buyer.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

And from Sisters

Made by Valori Wells Kennedy; so simple and so effective.


I've delivered the baby quilt to Maggie for quilting and have spent some of the weekend tidying. I keep and file lots of magazine pictures and  patterns and they have been piling up. So yesterday I sorted them all out into various categories such as Squares and Oblongs, Squares and Triangles, Settings, Borders, Strip Piecing etc. etc. Bag Patterns and now Modern Quilts have a box all to themselves. To make up for all this hoarding I've thrown away the contents of another box of strings which I am never going to use. I had to put back the spare room furniture now our visitors have departed and I empty the cupboards as they are too heavy to move full. The novelty fabrics (seen spilling out of their inadequate box) have taken the place of the strings - I cannot resist these and use them mainly for children's charity quilts.
Cupboard contents, empty box on right.

Australian/NZ fabric on left, two piles of Malaysian batiks  and sarongs on right.
Dots and stripes on window sill from Sarawak (very poor quality),
plus African fabrics given me or bought here.

After all these good deeds it was time to sew and the FP technique taught by Judi Mendelssohn last weekend and by other teachers proved invaluable in putting together the pineapple block. You ensure a good fit by placing a card on the line you are going to sew, folding the paper back, tearing if necessary and trimming a quarter inch seam with an Add-a-Quarter or ruler. Turn over and set your fabric piece on the seam edge (it's best to pin), turn over again and sew on the line with a smaller stitch, backstitching at the seam.
Card placed on sewing line

Paper pulled back over card edge

Measuring quarter inch seam.  The ridge on the Add-a-Quarter ruler is
useful here.


Fabric placed on seam edge; I then pin each end to secure.

Completed block

Thursday, 30 July 2015

And from Sisters

A modern quilt

This is from Jean Wells's collection


Flowers along the way

Written word

From Sarah Fielty's workshop

I warmed up for piecing the baby quilt back by adding an end piece to my "Stitch" workshop piece and squaring it up. I like these improv. letters very much but they are quite time consuming  and greedy for fabric so for the child's name I opted for a different method following a book friend Tracy lent me. I have appliqued the pink hand and heart and the lilac hand and will  do the red star tomorrow when I'll attach the final back piece. I have nowhere to put my leftovers so took the bold step of emptying the "short strips" drawer which only gets fuller, never emptier, and put the lot in bags for the bin. A first step to overcome my over hoarding.
Newly emptied drawer

Bags to go
Auditioning the arramgement
The lettering book

Nearly done