Sunday, 24 May 2015

Quayquilters night

Hilary speaking

We are still getting ready for our show which  I shall miss while in Sisters. It was good to see the lovely decoration in the school where we meet. Hilary gave a very thorough presentation of the surface techniques she has been learning on her City and Guilds embroidery course. And, of course, there was Show and Tell.
Hilary's samples

Paper Bag printing

Pauline's quilt

Heather's without benefit of rotary cutter

Pot as demonstrated in paper by Ann last week

Items for sales/tombola  started in
a previous meeting

And some more

Jan is making covers for her Aga hobs

Gail with her version of the bag taught in our U3A class

Norma's creative bag replete with

Saturday, 23 May 2015


Aisle of quilts, general view

After our Chesterfield holiday we stayed 2 nights in Malvern to attend the wonderful quilt show. It was very busy and I withdrew from the throng at midday to attend a screen printing mini workshop with Kate Andre ably assisted by her husband which was a very good introduction with lots of different screens and colours and an efficient cleaning up and drying (Hairdryer) operation. I was impressed by the results.
Screen Print class samples

I didn't have a quilt in the show but my friend Margaret had two in the theme section which I think was explosion of colour. She constructs in sections which are joined together by exquisite stitching and beading.
Margaret's bargello

Detail of joined sections

Margaret's quilt: I love the centre

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Bonnie blocks

Blue Stained glass block

I have been doing my stint involving lots of hand sewing. I've finished the  stained glass block from Lynne Edwards' book in blue but this design does seem suitable for my Doe fabric so I used an applique design from a recent magazine. I made my bias strips using bias bars then ironed Steam-a-Seam 1/4" fusible to the back and ironed it into place then handstitched to secure.
Fabric audition

More fabrics

Pieces in place, temporarily secured with pritt stick and
Roxanne's fabric glue.

Stained glass ready to sew.

I've also pieced a new Honey Bee base to replace the one in my last post. It'll have dark wings. I've drawn  round templates on fabrics to make a Leila's Fan block and drafted a 12" schoolhouse.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015


I completed my blue version of the Honey Bee block.
I knew as I was making it I didn't like it.
This one won't make its way into the quilt.
I was plotting an alternative version as I sewed.
Small picture on purpose!

Monday, 11 May 2015

Been Shopping

Today we have been visiting the wider area around Chesterfield and calling in on two local quilt shops along the way. The first was  Quiltessential where there was a class going on and lots of lovely fabrics including my favourite Carrie Bloomston prints. the shop owner was also a fan and brought up pictures on her phone to show examples of items made from Carrie's next collection, "Story", out in September. I think I've thought of how I want to use these designs, a repeat of a quilt I made for Bronwen in NZ some time ago. This shop is sited in Cromford Mills, the first/very early, 1771 cotton mill built by Richard Arkwright and powered by a complicated system of water power. My husband enjoyed reading up on all this while I was in the shop. Then we checked out the canal and the wharf. I was pleased my quilting led us to such an interesting place.

The setting

What I bought

On the way to Bakewell (utterly lovely) we stopped at Heirs and Graces, Patchwork Direct. Lots of varied fabrics including wovens and designer voiles and the converted church was an excellent setting.

My Heirs and Graces purchases: I continue to collect novelty prints.

It was a lovely day and the countryside round here is so delightful; the leaves are very fresh and every town has a river and extensive riverside walks.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Honey Bee

After ignoring a good  deal of pre-election news, a mixture of spin and wild promises from the politicians and misguided polls and commentary we watched TV yesterday evening as something real was happening, particularly mass resignations, very sad for the people concerned who were only doing their best. And "Have I got news for you" was lively as well with the recording punctured by news of yet another head to roll.

Anyway I took the opportunity to  finish the Doe Honey Bee block. I am appliquing the "wings" on the blue version but am not very happy with the fabric choices on that one. Indeed. although on the face of it it's an easy block, we all found fabric selection very difficult.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Helen's House

During our 40+ years of married life we have enjoyed many house exchange holidays which has enabled us to enter into into the domestic lives of other families, visit places we had never thought of visiting and sample other choices of books and music. Anyway yesterday we voted and made our way to Derbyshire stopping at the Newark Air Museum en route. I  stayed up till three to watch the election results then listened to the radio in bed as more rolled in. Very exciting as all the polls were wrong as were the politicians and all the pundits. The people had the last word. It was a very sad night for some.
Anyway here we are in very aesthetic surroundings, lots of graphic art and Helen's quilts adorn the walls. With her permission here are some pictures.

Bedroom quilt


Kantha quilt


House quilt


Day Bed

More houses

On the sofa arm

Chair back

QQShow & Tell, Wednesday evening

All packed up for the following day I set off to Quayquilters where we were making items for the sales table and tombola for our show. I hate making bits and bobs so brought in the tessellated pinwheels cushions I made for the U3A. Pauline, meanwhile, had been asked to make a peg bag and bored with usual options came up with a wonderful wigwam held up by a hook. She had also made a bag while Vanessa has made a top from HST's which she found was incredibly quick to make and to quilt compared to her usual complex pieces.
Bug Bag by Pauline

Pauline with her peg bag

Vanessa's batik quilt

Vanessa,right, with her quilt