Monday, 26 September 2016

U3A Sewing tidy

This is a sewing tidy to place under your machine with the pockets hanging down in front.
The mat under the machine protects table surfaces and reduces noise. The three pockets make it easy to keep track of your scissors and unpicker and any other items.


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Twirling Hexagons








































I handed over my Twirling Hexagons yesterday as a present for a young friend but took a picture before parting. It was made in a very interesting class with Maggie Breakspear and I used Malaysian batiks. All the class projects turned out well and were very different.
A different camera setting



Monday, 12 September 2016

Old and New at FOQ

Most of all I enjoyed the Guild's Family Connections gallery which included the sort of quilts I like and would like to emulate.
Bertha Mitchell Cumbrian Frame quilt

Lydia Davis smal frame quilt

Cann Family squares quilt

I always photograph quilts using shirtings and Marilyn Miles Recycling of Stripes quilt seemed very much in the spirit of older quilts.
Detail of shirtings quilt

Marilyn Miles' Recycling Stripes quilt

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Back with the U3A

I was very pleased to sell 10 quilts, two bags and a table mat and  also found good homes for 4 more quilts as gifts but I still have a pile on my rocking chair to put away.
Earlier this week the U3A class started up again and I took some show & tell pictures.
Janet's from Cathy's mystery pattern which Margaret showed us but with
added applique

Grace with stained glass fish  from a summer workshop
by Margaret.

Margaret's wdding rings made by an applique method, the
 current topic.

Betty's made in my Oast workshop.

Window treatment by Georgie in a class with
Margaret showing areas covered by the U3A.

Another mystery quilt completed.

And Margaret's jelly roll project from last term made by Jane from 1930s
designs.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Quilts for Sale

No, not on this blog but our St Stephen's Residents' association is having a jumble trail involving more than 30 houses, jumble but an arts and crafts element too. I am taking the chance to try to sell some of my surplus quilts as storage is becoming a problem and some have been made for sheer enjoyment rather than to keep a finished product. I've arranged them in rough size piles, not necessarily different prices.
If I sell one I shall be pleased! Hopefully we'll get rid of our jumble and no longer needed children's stuff from up in the loft. None of its going back up but will be off to charity shop or dump as applicable.
Smaller pieces - the animal squares were tucked over my grandchildren as
I read to them.

1930's Farmer's Wife block in front, with Hexagon batiks peeping out and Jen Kingswell strippy
at the back.

Lotta's Crosses in front, Log Jam behind with Jam & Custard and
Trip around the World at the back

In a Green Shade,  dragonfly Mystery, April Rise, Little Red Riding Hood and Snails' Trails.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Yet more from Hever


Jan Godding curated a special exhibition of Pat Salmon's quilts mostly done by hand and made over a course of a long life, a founder member of the Guild and the original circle.


A detail of Pat's Hexagon quil, the one she considered her first.

Chris Stewart's Liberty Round Robin started in 1995. She
contributed the centre and three outer borders.

Autumn Diamonds by Elizabeth Coates started
 at  a group woup workshop.

I think this is "My Garden" by Louise Bell.


Pat Samon's magnificent hexagon quilt. Even for her first quilt she composed an original piece
from traditional elements. Made in 1973.

Another three

Three very different quilts here.
Jennifer Viner's Soleiado Stash  using bundles of fabric from the Souleido Museum in
Tarascon, Provence.

One of the two quilts by Daphne Barker in the show.
I always look out for her distinctive large pieces which
she quilts herself.

More from Hever

Mystery Quilt from Dartford Quilters made by Beryl
Connelly

Kaleidoscope Hexagon Quilt by Liz Christieson from a  Carolyn Forster Workshop

detail - love that pale pink fabric

This one stood out from afar and is by Deborah Harding, Regional organiser

I have made a note of this block

Lavender Dreams by Jean Wilkinson, a raffle quilt
for Macmillan Cancer Support From Karen Henderson's "Striling Strip Quilts".

An online Laura Nownes BOM made by Janine Pound. I liked the
arrangement and variety of the blocks.

More from Hever

Mystery Quilt from Dartford Quilters made by Beryl
Connelly

Kaleidoscope Hexagon Quilt by Liz Christieson from a  Carolyn Forster Workshop

detail - love that pale pink fabric

This one stood out from afar and is by Deborah Harding, Regional organiser

I have made a note of this block

Lavender Dreams by Jean Wilkinson, a raffle quilt
for Macmillan Cancer Support From Karen Henderson's "Striling Strip Quilts".

An online Laura Nownes BOM made by Janine Pound. I liked the
arrangement and variety of the blocks.

Monday, 5 September 2016

To Hever on Sunday

Beverley Brawn's beautiful applique quilt using lots of
Kaffe Fassett fabrics. First Visitors' Choice

I returned To Hever on Sunday to enjoy its last day and see all the quilts hanging. I took more photos of mine and the ones I took there. I was delighted that Beverley's won first Visitor's choice and even more delighted that I won third. Not bad for a single car load. Best of all was being presented with my envelope by Jennie Lewis, first organiser of Hever and of a lovely retreat I used to attend. She was my room mate. It was good to see her there after a long gap now that she's moved away.
Judi's Blue Triangles quilt

Sandy Shells

detail



My Little Red Riding Hood Quilt

Judi's HST quilt

My Gargantuan quilt custom quilted by Maggie Breakspear. 3rd Viewers' Choice