Thursday, 14 July 2016

Heather's visit

Heather  who lives in these parts and who does lots of stuff for the Modern Group of the Quilters' Guild brought their teaching samples for Judi and me which to choose from as the basis for a workshop and some recent work.
Modern sampler quilt

MQG Teaching samples

Crosses quilt

Lovely use of negative space.

Modern version of Dresden Plate

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

From our retreat

We are all enjoying each others company and time to sew plus a little shopping too. We are making progress with projects old and new.
Ingrid's blocks begun in my workshop
I completed this Linus top

Linus detail

Two blocks done; 28 to go.

Lvely blocks by Judi

Marigold with her quilt top

And Carrie's imono blocks laid out/

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Wednesday night at QQ

Aprons with decorative pockets

It was the end of term at Quay Quilters with the bag challenge decided by popular vote and completed aprons (to wear at our show) laid out as well as Show & Tell.
After Ann's demonstration Valerie came up with these zippys

Following a wedding quilt Jan has come up with this
baby quilt

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Jelly Roll Race Day

I'm at the far end, Tracy on left, Mary on my other side and Maggie at right.

Having lunch, Belinda at left and no I didn't eat all the home made
sausage rolls.

Sadly Judi couldn't make it but five happy souls gathered to feast and sew. Four of us had jelly rolls while hostess, Maggie, had cut long and short strips which she joined with 45 degree seams as did Mary. I'm a Mary too and I used squares between my strips - I left the plain white strip out and my Annaluna Pop strips from Stof were very bright. Belinda and Tracy joined theirs with triangles which I  now know how to do having watched Tracy. Lunch was lovely. I plucked up courage to try to make a big cheese scone but Belinda also brought some very successful efforts which we had at lunch (we had mine for tea). I have picked up some helpful scone hints. Tracy showed her completed I Love Scraps  quilt (see post for 14th April) which she had quilted concentrically from the central heart shape. I was impressed and now plan to use concentric circles for my jelly roll quilt so all in all the day was as good as a workshop for me. Thank you friends. I should say Mary came to my aid to untangle the mess my first long strip got into. After that I carefully concertinered the strip sets as they came off the machine.

Mary's still unpressed. She wasn't sure about the red stripe and may take it out.

Belinda's usng Modas.

Maggie's  from her stash; I love the pale colours - another thing  to try.

Mine and I am pleased - to sell or for Linus.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

One I made earlier

This is another novelty Linus quilt made from blocks sewn by friends, students and myself. Here the blocks are joined using frames. I hope a child will derive pleasure from looking at the multitudinous subjects depicted.
Margaret W. made the sheep - a very different take.

Horrible burgers from Sisters
friends - we laughed. See
above also.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016


As I am doing the Piece of Cake applique along with friends I need to keep up the momentum with that. As I can't get on with needle turn I have to prepare and press patches which is more time consuming and I am prequiling my blocks; both these processes seemed too hard  in my more poorly state but I am now coming out of that tunnel and sat down at my machine for the first time since early May to quilt the triangle pieces which frame the central on point medallion. Choosing the fabric combinations was the most time consuming part though with quite a few rejects. I also had to change out the centre of the large circle on the medallion as I didn't like my first choice. I'll have to be more gung ho when I get to the blocks otherwise the quilt won't be finished in this life!
Framing triangles with fabric pieces laid out and rejections below.

Central on point block to be trimmed to size ready to
join quilt-as-you-go.

Joseph's Coat is much more straightforward though even there I have to unpick because I have two blocks with the same fabric adjoining.
Latest sections

To be joined to the above once the bottom left block changed out.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Joseph's Coat

My handsewn project continues to grow. I was a bit concerned that some of my 9" blocks weren't entirely suitable but spaces were allocated so I've made 3 fresh blocks, all 8-pointed stars.
I love the grey fabric in this my favourite of the three.