Wednesday, 7 December 2016


Show and Tell at the Oast Quilters' meeting didn't disappoint and here is a mini selection.

My friend Tracy's Christmas quilt started on a retreat together earlier in the year. Super pattern.

Runner started at my S & W squares workshop in June.

Quilts by Blockmakers for MS sufferers.

Quilt tops by Blockmaker member, Pearl, to be finished.

Another riot of colour from Pearl.

Cilla's quilt started at my workshop - gratifying to see.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Back with the U3A

Anne's Owls bag

Sheila's inimitable tartan version of
Margaret's design

Stephanie with the term's initial project

Grace with one in the soft colours she favours

It was the end of term at the U3A with finished projects to show and plans for the New Year. This is such a friendly group and is really valued by tutors and students.

Margaret's double sided quilt, the starting point for next term's work

A detail

The reverse side

Detail of back


Tracy brought her Modern Log Cabin blocks from Judi's workshop to show us.

Sewing around the table

Several of went to celebrate Maggie's house move. It was good to see the longarm machine in its new quarters and enjoy a new set of lovely surroundings. Lunch was delicious and so was the chat and sharing of projects.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Modern Log Cabins

I have finished my Cut the Cake top which I'm not very thrilled about mainly because the layer cake was very repetitive with at least to and sometimes three repeats of the same fabric. Hopefully some lover of clay pink might like it. I liked the pattern and the sewing but might like to take a more considered path next time.
Nicky's block

Judi and some attendees discussing the modern logs

Monday was the second and final Log Cabin workshop led by Judi Kirk and like the other fully booked with 20 sign ups though not all could make it. It was a very satisfying day for the participants with just the right level of difficulty, improvisation and not too difficult sewing. The original worksheet was drawn up by Heather Hasthorpe for the Guild's specialist Modern Quilt Group but Judi provided some much needed extra guidance and measurements as well as pointing out possible pitfalls. As ever, it was interesting to see people's different fabric choices.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016


These are all separate blocks from my Houston Cut the Cake
class with Kimberley Einmo laid out ready to to sew.

Secret gardens  for a kitchen cushion, sadly too small.

Latest blocks for my Piece o'  Cake group applique quilt

Cutting the layer cake which to my surprise was 10" by 10.25.
hence the trimmings in the picture

Sunday, 20 November 2016

A Busy Week

Mary, now an empty nester, with  the silk quilt she made for her younger son.
Another quilt of hers hangs on the wall behind.
Quilters's Guild MLC workshop in the Kingston Barn

It was Usual Suspects on Monday (but I didn't take any pictures), then The Guild Modern Log Cabin on Wednesday which Judi led with  Heather Hasthorpe's notes for the MQG as a starting point, Quay Quilters at night (where most photos didn't come out) and on Friday one of the Queen Beez occasional get togethers. On Saturday it was the Region 2 Guild committee meeting (but definitely no pictures there). Judi and I are on Hever raffle quilt duty so friends and helpers might want to avoid us for the next few months.

QQ Mags with elephant strippy

Mavis's Bonnies quilt from last year - a very partial view

Bid with a project started in an Oast workshop with Jenny

At Queen Beez - Mary's tree skirt, a pattern she shared with us.

Queen Beez - all names of English Queens, me, Mary on left, another
Mary back right  and Maggie (Margaret) in foreground.

Christine who sometimes travels down from London to join us
with her hexagon project.

Maggie's tree skirt is made with woolies and will have
appliqued reindeer in the large squares,

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Some scrap quilts at Houston

Rhanna Summerlin Color my world - 5657 1" squares of scraps organised to emulate a 1930's Trip Around the World that sold on eBay for $110.


Lisa Mason: My first DWR - using kaffe plaids and
stripes with shot cottons arranged  with a warm centre.

Truly scrappy by Kathy Wight titled "Nancy's Closet"
to reflect the clothes and shoe colours of her friend.


Chawne Kimber's notable "Cotton Sophisticate" a nod to her grandmother who
lived a very different life.


View from the room with fast fading rainbow over the Convention Centre.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Sewing it all together

The art work in this primary school is always a delight
The quilt sections laid out to admire

First social sewing since getting home - just 3 days!
We gathered in a lively decorative schoolroom (cold though) to trim and assemble the blocks for our raffle quilt. Some points were lost; sometimes little strips were added to bring one up to size but once we began to join them QAYG it started to look really good. Just large sections and borders to go now. Some machine sewed, some hand sewed the joining strips on the back and some both. We enjoyed a lovely shared lunch. We can cook and bake too.
We are following the Houston Stars pattern by Gwenfai Rees Griffiths published some years ago in British Patchwork and Quilting magazine.