Sunday, 21 August 2016

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After taking time out to enjoy the Festival of Quilts, it’s now back to what I love doing best; making quilts and immersing myself in colour! Whilst I was at the show, I searched high and low for a suitable fabric for the Garden Trellis quilt as I needed to make progress on it. Here is the fabric I found and I have to say that my chums didn’t think it was right for the job. However, I had that gut feeling that was telling me it might work and it does. I chose this fabric because it was darker than all the fabrics used in the last row of each block and also because it had lots of different colours in it so it would blend in well. It adds depth and definition to the design.

                Lattice fabric


The blocks will be set on point which means that the edges have to be filled in with triangles to straighten them. The individual blocks are just pinned on a design wall at the moment so there is still a long way to go to make this into a quilt. But at least the major decisions have been made to establish the ‘flavour’ of the quilt and for that I am grateful.

                   Infill triangles

 Another project that I have embarked on this week is a commission. I have been asked to make 5 colourful cushions (inspired by my Multi-coloured Dream Quilt) and 2 table runners (thread and soldering iron) for Christmas so I need to get on with them. This commission is all about colour so it is right up my street! So the fabrics are out, the iron is switched on, the machine primed and it’s ready, steady GO!



              Bocks cushion 1

               Sequence cushion 2

                Blocks cushion 2

And what made me laugh this week? We have a ginger cat called Chivers and I know, I just know, that he thinks he’s a tiger!






Sunday, 14 August 2016

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What a treat I have had this week; 2 nights in the Hilton hotel and a couple of days at the NEC for the Festival of Quilts. This is my yearly pilgrimage as a member of a quilt group and I met up with my chums and we have a couple of days of mirth and merriment! Our quilt wasn’t successful at all this year in the judging, (it was a big category with over 50 quilts in it) but it did provide humour which is why we enter the show (there aren’t many laughs on the surface of quilts believe me!!! ) We took comfort from the fact that there was always someone in front of it studying it detail and enjoying the panels. And what did we do this year? We revived our furry friends the Meer Kats and the quilt was entitled A Quilter’s Tale by Shakesmeer . Here is the quilt and the panels.

              A Quilters Tale











 When I go to a quilt show these days I just take pictures of work that interest me. Here is a flavour of what I wanted to take from the show and I hope it illustrates the depth and breadth of quilting as an art form. Enjoy them!

            Winner group quilt

                Detail of championship quilt (machine whole cloth)

            Group quilt entries


            Suzette’s quilt


             Winner pictorial

              Nelson Mandela

            Second group


Miniature red

              Miniature dresses

               Dimensional (why?)


              Gallery quilt


               A funny quilt

                Funny quilt detail

             Girl with a pearl earring

          Detail 1

               Detail 2!

              Fabulous embroidery

PS: Don't forget that you can see each picture full-screen by left clicking it.  Useful to see the finer detail.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

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I was on a roll this week as Rog was away on the family farm in the Forest of Dean, helping with the TB testing of the cattle (passed with flying colours!). So I had lots of time and space to myself. After cleaning out all cupboards and wardrobes and drawers around the house to justify my existence and appease my conscience, I decided to quilt a quilt top that I had made a few months ago. This is intended as a small quilt for the Linus project (for you Jackie!). The design is called disappearing 4-patch.

               Disappearing 4-patch

I followed my usual system of pinning the batting and the backing to the carpet with open safety pins before pinning the quilt top in place.

                  3 layers

And before I knew it, the quilt was under the sewing machine with a variegated thread on top and a dark thread to match the backing in the bobbin. I started on one corner and worked my way across the quilt using a random and flowing cloud pattern.


                 Cloud pattern


I added a signature and then trimmed the batting to ¼” beyond the quilt edge. I trimmed the backing fabric to 1” from the edge of the quilt edge.


I rarely finish a quilt this way but for speed I thought I’d give it a try. I folded the backing fabric over the batting, tucking in a small seam allowance at the same time. I pinned it ready to sew on the machine and sewed it from the top side of the quilt as you see it below.

                 Pinned seam

              Sewn seam

                 Finished quilt

And because I enjoyed making that Linus quilt, I finished a second one as well (also for you Jackie), doing a loop-de-loop quilting pattern on the machine this time. I bound it in the traditional way with a 1 ¼” strip and mitred corners.


               Shaded triangles

And here’s my charity shop bargain of the week. I needed a small cabinet to hold my thread boxes and sewing machine paraphernalia. I saw this at £6 and couldn’t leave it behind! It is on castors so it slides underneath my sewing table when I don’t need it. Brilliant!!


                  Fit for purpose

                  Stowed away

An exciting week lays ahead for our group. We have submitted out quilt for judging at the Festival of Quilts and we will be down there as a group for 2 days to enjoy the show and see how the quilt has been judged. I will be full of the show next blog; you can depend on that!