Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Two quilts and a plethora of bags

Fran's baby quilt

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with side and fron fasteners
Lovely stripes
At Bonnies Fran showed a baby quilt she is making for her daughter's colleague. At U3A grace showed a quilt she made using the heart wreaths we did and with the cut out out stars in the alternate blocks. I think nearly everyone has completed a bag and the result showed so much variety and creative use of fabric.

Grace's Quilt



Monday, 19 January 2015

Marking crosses

This is how I line up when adding the last section of my cross blocks. I mark the 1/4" seam line and draw lines in a continuation of the seams on the first section as shown.
Cut square into quarters and add internal sashing

Marking top and bottom sewn sections; the cross over sections are
reference points.

All sewn together

Trimmed block

Saturday, 17 January 2015

First meeting of 2014

Bid's bag

Bid's runner

Quay Quilters met and as is traditional started the term with a charity project, Avril's scissor cases to raise money for the Pilgrims Hospice at our quilt show in July. Bid who is in the U3A group with me brought her runner and the bag (in Liberty fabrics) to show.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Current activity

At the moment I am making crosses blocks from a Keepsake "Glimma" kit. I realised soon on that I wanted my crosses although wonky to still look like a cross so I mark when adding my final section to get the cross pieces lining up. I started with the plain squares and now have the treat of using patterned ones. I shall make my quilt slightly larger and I did buy two kits. The remaining fabrics will be added to my other "jansdotters" for another project. The kit is acclimatising me to this new fabric departure.

The first batch

Making good progress

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Bonnie Quilts

Mavis's for her son and wife, purple by request.

Fran will keep this one. Note the corner Dresden plates.

This is Trish's and she master minded and drafted this project.

That lovely quiet time at the turn of the year has come to an end  but it's now good to be out and about meeting up with quilting friends. I was startled that the others have got their blocks together though Trish hasn't added her corners yet. Crumbs these quilts really are impressive. Next day it was the 3 M's and Maggie has finished her "Jill" quilt. I like the grey blue background.

Maggie's version of the quilt Jill made before she
left us. It uses a jelly roll to make the petals.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Tessellated pinwheels

This is going to be the U3A's next and last project for this term. For the later sessions we will be doing "bits". I found a couple of cushions I made earlier taught by Cathy Northcutt who, with permission, used Lynne Edwards' handouts. I also made a Linus quilt with bigger pieces taught by Maggie Kingston. I also have Martha Thompson's "Square Dance" book to help me and an article in a magazine.
This is the cushion I took to class today. I added the extra border
to fit the cushion pad.

This is what the fabric quantities I gave the class will yield.

36" square quilt for Linus made with Maggie Kingston.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year

I just managed to stay up to
see in the New Year (on TV)
though there were fireworks
outside as well.

Brace of pheasants about to braise
 for New Year lunch : very
successful. Pheasant pie to follow!

Bag with a recycling theme

Zipped pocket

This is green

Another one from same batch of leftovers

I have been feasting but also from time to time getting on with bagmaking and these are complete; others remain at various stages as class illustrations for Monday's U3A session when we will add handles, ties and pockets all secured by the binding.