Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Wicked Wedsnesday

Wicked being slang for "great". The day was spent teaching the second batch of U3A students: we were doing "Patchwork by Hand". Both were a lovely days and everyone got on so well, laughed and worked hard and were very appreciative so I was very pleased. I'll post pictures of our litlle projects in a future post. I'm behind because once I'd put my stuff in order after these days it was time to get on with other plans.  On Wednesday evening it was the last meeting of Quay Quilters. I'm ashamed to say I was so jittery about judging the challenge which was "trees" that I didn't take any pictures of the entries but they will all go on display at our show next year.  We missed our "chair", Vanessa, who couldn't be with us but the theme of quits/needlework with a story turned up some gems. First off though was Show & Tell and one or two folk impressed me by  putting the Seminole kits from last time to good use.
The Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games is on tonight and I have a homemade curry ready to go . . .
U3A group hard at work

Bag by Pauline??

Valeries Seminole Book Binders

Jenny's bag

Bid's bag with machine embroidery

Other side of Bid's bag

Pauline 's quilt for a student

Friday, 11 July 2014

Bonnie Blocks

Yesterday and today I've pieced my Bonnie blocks and quilted them too. I find making these a very enjoyable task and the quilt should go together relatively quickly. Just two every two weeks or so is pretty easy to keep up with and we prepare a lot of the fabric patches at our gatherings. I like to see the other interpretations.

My blocks laid out



As I was sewing with white  thread
I sewed leader ender HST's for the
Quilt Show Bom from a few years ago.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Quay quilts

My workshop project from the TQG weekend.
I am a bit behind with posting as I have been out and about notably to Nymans, the home of the Messel family, where the extensive and beautiful garden was created over three generations. I've also been on a walk with a women's group which passed through Howletts Zoo, affording a glimpse of elephants. I have completed the setting squares to my workshop quilt, however, and think I've decided on a border  I wasn't sure whether to add one at all but bigger is always better! Mainly though I've been preparing for my patchwork by hand days with the U3A. The prep. could go on for ever but I've now drawn a line and it's just handouts and kits to go. The other photos are Quay Quilters' Show & Tell.

Mary Barnes' quilt from Maggie Kingston's workshop for Oast.

Pauline's piece from a workshop.

Mary I. with Africa quilt for a niece.

Elephant walk

Nymans: the rockery

Monday, 30 June 2014

Tracy's quilt

This quilt Tracy is binding is for a wedding present. It's a really successful piece. I think the pattern is from the US Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine but Tracy's fabric choices are very different.
Tracy's quilt

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Monday's tea and Tuesday's sewing day for retreaters

Gillian's autumnal quilt with
interesting sashing
Marigold's exploding pineapples with elephants.
Marigold's applique
Belinda's stars
Belinda's polygons
Belinda's tumblers
Judy O's Lone Star
Joy's reversible log cabins
Maggie's buckets and spades
Maggie's cowboys on bucking broncos
Maggie's diamonds
Maggie's flying geese
We basted Judi's flying geese
We basted Judy's modern blocks featuring Moda's
Comma collection
Pork Fillet stuffed with Petit Suisse bought in France
with the bacon cooked on top of it, a wine sauce,
Jersey Royal with parsley butter and fat asparagus


Monday's tea was Sunday lunch deferred as we went to France for a village twinning event and needless to say there was plenty to eat (and drink) there not to mention Flemish games. Tuesday was another day of good food and good company with the retreaters catching up on their progress or not since our time away.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Bonnies' blocks and more from the TQG retreat

Fran's is black and grey, Mavis's purple and Trish's repros. It's
good to compare and contrast. Mine is blues and aquas on the
edge of the picture.

The four Bonnie quilters met yesterday with our completed stint ( I finished mine on retreat and posted them then). I am also including more pictures from Jackie Taylor's class at the TQG retreat. Jackie owns the White Cottage Country Crafts shop and what looks like a lovely attached B&B. You can go there and sew.

Same project as mine

Mary's, a scaled down piece in lovely fabrics.

Aud's in browns and pinks

Liz's in batiks

Another class participant's..

Carolyn's stunning border treatment.

Another completed top by ?

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Yesterday's meeting and today's tea

French onion soup for tea. The recipe involved 8 hours of cooking plus croutons. I assume this was because it was cooked overnight ready for the porters of Les Halles when they had completed their dawn stint. It was good but I shall opt for a simpler version next time. Lunch was at Chom Choms as we collected friends off the coach from Rye, lunched, then coffee at our house and onto the doorstep of the theatre in plenty of time.

Margaret's bag (reverse)

Margaret's bag with handy pockets

Gillian's quilt, lovely colours and wonderful pattern