Monday, 8 February 2016

Time to return to Sisters

On Thursday I set off with and friend and her daughter to London ready to fly to LA for sightseeing in Pasadena and  QuiltCon. So it's time to resume the Sisters quilts before I start on QuiltCon ones.

These ladies sang a capella and very good too.

My daughter liked this one.


I like this one very much.

All in a row

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Away weekend

Tracy sewed this little top for her group's "Wish I was here

And here is Tracy with the first of many Shimmer
pattern Christmas quilt blocks.

I used the second half of my Gardenvale layer cake to make this top  to which I'll add a
b/w border. Great fun and quick.

Surveying or projects and sharing observations.

My poppies top - it will be quilted by Maggie and be a gift for Judi.
Also awaiting a border using leftover strips.

Sewing away

My poppy fabric before I cut it up!
Five Usual Suspects enjoyed an away weekend in Broadstairs, sewing, eating and walking and in one case reading a good book. We missed our sixth member and raised a glass of her donated wine to her in absentia. This is just a small taste of all we got done.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Bad blogger

I have been very remiss with blog posts not because of a lack of quiltmaking , more a plethora of gatherings so that I felt like an evening in front of TV and not attending to the computer. Anyway I have finished the Bonnies 2014 magnum opus and it's currently on my bed.
Dargonfly Blues

Sunday, 17 January 2016


Four of us made the trip to Farnham today but later than usual and having lunch at a pub just outside the town before making our way to the venue and taking advantage of early arrivals leaving parking spaces vacant and the cheaper afternoon entry rate. None of us bought hugely and I enjoyed meeting up with old friends, checking out the demonstrations and looking at the quilt displays as all the local groups mount a presence though the main reason for the event is quilt shops selling off surplus stock more cheaply.
I took a few picures of quilts that caught my eye:
I love the simplicity of this.

General view

Angela Fitzgerald: Scrappy Wild Flowers
I saw an old quilt of this pattern  in a display
of Patricia Cox's collection. The pattern
is included in a book she wrote.


Red White and Blue by Elizabeth Hoad. I like
the simplicity.

Detail of Sue Goad's MQ Sampler, a pattern I like.

Untitled by Anne Gallagher. This piece uses Janet Clare fabrics to great effect.

Ruth French: Strawberries and Cream

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Photo Session

This camera always brightens the reds

A better representation of the scarlet block.

The back and striped continuous bias binding.

Last night watching Spin a fascinating French political thriller on More Four I finished my hexagon fragments, rosettes and hexagons left over from my first quilt made for my daughter started in 1983 and finished in 1995. The leftovers took over another decade to complete. It has been a go to resource when all other hand sewing was done. Now I need another such long term intermittent project. . . .I found a very pleasing vintage fabric in my stash for the back. Just now I also took another photo of the Thimbleberries 9-patches. Don't check out the seam matching!
A better picture, I hope.


Friday, 15 January 2016

Sewing Day

Queen Beez met for a delicious curry lunch followed by fruit salad and I made gingernuts and butterscotch and walnut cake oh and we did some sewing too. I pieced my Thimbleberries 9 patches from a long time ago, part of my clearing out old projects and sewing fragments about the place. I'll try and take a better picture tomorrow and of my hexagon fragments which I completed this evening. When I got home I also chose a border for the Thimbleberries - from my stash of course.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Last night at Quay Quilters

I took a few Show and Tell pictures. Last term Trish demonstrated the Carpenters Wheel block by three different methods. Bid showed hers as did Vanessa but I was slow getting my camera out. Bid also showed another completed quilt. Melinda is a Fine Cell Work volunteer. Fine Cell Work  runs quilting and stitching groups in prisons, all by hand. The meditative aspect of the occupation helps prisoners channel frustrations and pass long periods confined to cells especially over Christmas. Items are sold and the proportion of money earned gives the inmate a starting point on leaving. She showed a completed item which will appear on the Sale section of the website soon and a top made by a very withdrawn man for whom quilting is his only outlet. The hand blanket stitch is exquisite. Check out their website .
Bid's Quilt

A completed Fine Cell quilt

Fine Cell hand appliqued top

Bid's Carpenter's Wheel cushion.