Thursday, 12 January 2017

Quayquilter night

One of our members along with her partner does a lot of professional photography work and we are lucky to have them take pictures of our raffle quilt for publicity purposes. I took in my quilt stand to hang it on and many of us took the opportunity to take pictures. It's Gwenfai Rees Griffiths' "Houston Stars" pattern which appeared in British Patchwork and Quilting magazine a number of years ago (2003?) as a part work. Trish masterminded it and Mavis and I were her assistants but everyone in the group has contributed blocks. It's the first one not to have been hand quilted. We shall be selling tickets and displaying it at our quilt show in June in aid of a meningitis charity as we lost a dear member to this illness last year.
This is my photograph. I have another full on one but the colours appear garish in it which they are not!
Quay quilters Raffle Quilt

Hilary showed the quilt she made in time for Christmas - we loved the rick rack and the use of printed pictures and Pauline showed a charity quilt her daughter started using scraps backed with a fleece throw. After the first three rows it was down to Pauline to complete it! On which subject Mary B. bound two Linus quilts for me over the holiday which I collected. Pictures to follow anon.
Hilary's Christmas quilt which I'm sure will get a lot of use over the years.

Quilt for Linus, cuddly and soft.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Table Mats

Mats with central square

Vice versa  reverse side of mats with strips backing whole pieces. 

On a similar theme to double sided runners I decided to make a couple of table mats so that U3A members could opt to make a smaller project. I got rather carried away and made six and the two simpler ones on the basis that if we all get together there are more than six of us.
I learnt some useful lessons:
1. that fabrics in the same line do not all play well together
2. More blenders and backgrounds are required than stars
3. More of fewer colours is best
4. Each side can  need not two but three fabric groups allowing for the previous point.
Now I have to bind them all and look out for some of the pale gold print blender type fabric at Farnham on Sunday.
Just a simple square and side strips

Reverse side - I needed to add a bit of extra quilting to
 this version.

Monday, 9 January 2017

First Finish

My first "finish" of 2017 is yet another Linus picture play quilt. It's 159(f) in the inventory of quilts I have made. T he smaller ones and items like this in which other makers have had a greater or lesser share only count as part of a work.
Back with matching faced binding.

36 by 48: alternature framed and unframed 12" blocks.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Running into 2017

First one: I always use this side up

Reverse: the dark indigo shows every speck of dust in no time.

We are starting a fresh term with the U3A patchworkers and Margaret is going to be showing members two-sided quilt as you go blocks while on a similar theme I shall offer the option of a two sided table runner. I made the first one in a house group with friend Marion.
From the magazine:This one is extra long, 48" by 16" and stresses different colours of the same fabric range on each side
 Since then I found Karen Montgomery's pattern in Australian Patchwork and Quilting vol.8 no.1 and I note that the one I made with Marion had an extra square in a square in the middle and no extra triangle on the end, whether by accident or whether that was Marion's variation I don;t know. I later went on to make another one with Bonnies, smaller to fit my bedside chest and with no end triangles.
Bedside version: no end trangles

Reverse side
 (The first one is on my bedroom chest of drawers). It would also be possible to make a placemat sized version.
The first one I made had very differing fabrics on each side and I could't source a binding fabric to fit both so made my first double sided contrast binding.
Binding detail: single fold with two contrast 1.25" strips sewn lengthwise together.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Sewing Stints

Marking the lines of stems . .
Hand pieced block 9" square

Trimmed applique block

Batik blocks
I have been getting on with various tasks and have finished the latest applique block and have been marking out a line for the stems on the next one with a serrated wheel and dressmakers' carbon which I've had in my possession for 40 plus years.
I took out a centre block from my hand pieced top as it jarred on me  and have sewn a new one; it took a long time.
I've also make some batik blocks assigned to me for a group project.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Happy Christmas everyone!Houston Stars

Houston Stars quilt designed by Gwenfai Rees Griffiths: it goes on my bed every Christmas Eve and remains there
until Twelfth Night

Thursday, 22 December 2016

So far so good

I am forging ahead with my applique blocks as I know I shall stall if I stop and I love the fabrics so much I don't want them to go to waste. The hand sewing is very absorbing and restful. The preparation is quite tedious and I find the stems a bit troublesome but I'm developing new strategies for dealing with them all the time. I am currently stitching the fifth 15" block and have the templates for the next three ready to cut out and the  background sandwiches pre-quilted and assigned their places.