Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Bauhaus and Babylon

Building designed by Walter Gropius

Examples of Bauhaus weavings

On Monday we walked through the diplomatic quarter to the Bauhaus archive museum, Berlin being the last resting place of the Bauhaus school after Weimar and Dessau.I didn't have my camera with me but I really enjoyed the exhibits. The precursor of my kitchen chairs was on display. Most directly relevant to patchwork were the weavings, one in particular I liked  but it doesn't seem to be featured in the book I bought.
Yesterday we visited the Pergamon in the throes of massive building works (like so much of Berlin. Here the blue version of the Coca Cola tiles appeared on the Ishtar Gate built by Nebuchadnezzar.
Detail of Babylonian gate

Sunday, 15 May 2016

On my travels

Detail of tiles on Coca Cola building

I am in Berlin at the the moment, house exchanging and getting a taste of city life. This morning we walked along to look at a remaining section of the dividing wall by the river and remembered a long ago holiday in the Harz just in the West and seeing the watchtowers. always with two not a single occupant, and hearing the guard dogs barking.  The old communal gas pipes wend their way along some of the former East side streets where we are staying but corporations are erecting smart newedifices by the river. Two offered a smidgen of patchwork inspiration.
Before I left I prepped wadding before having a quilt long armed by spraying, steaming and hanging on the line to disperse creases from tight packaging. It worked too.
Wadding on line
The very day before leaving it was the U3A Open Day and I was delighted to see two quilts including the blocks I taught last autumn term.
Grace's quilt

and Georgie's

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Finishing Post

Thimbleberry Squares

I find hand quilting very enjoyable and relaxing but make too many tops to have time to quilt them all, quilting by chequebook is expensive and I find machine quilting stressful and tend to put it off but I have gritted my teeth lately and got past quilters' block.
I did hand quilt the Thimbleberry squares as my husband found it an acceptable replacement for the 20 year old lap quilt currently in use but worn out; another one (Poppies) is going to a friend so that merits longarming, another (Sisters Log Jam, photo later)  has been machine  quilted and now I'm sewing down the binding (a task I  like) and as I was machine quilting Hawaiian Snails Trail in the ditch I took control by using my hand Singer for the job. And the latest Linus quilt I machined the binding as well as the top (photo later).

First Linus Quilt of this year now handed over.
This is the top as I forgot to take a photo of the finished piece.

Sandwiching Hawaiian Snails trails adding extra height to
table  legs.

Trusty hand turned Singer

Hawaiian Snails Trails laid out on wadding.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Quay Quilters

Melinda's son's quilt home for a wash.

We had a good  Show & Tell last night
Avril's stunning version of the Letha's Fan block we did.

Bid's jelly roll quilt which she did with Margaret in our U3A class.
though I haven't photos of everything as there was quite a lot of whisking.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Going upstairs at the AGM

Everywhere one goes quilts are on display both by specialist groups, traders and teachers and as here by quilters from the region hosting the event. These were shown on the stairwell leading to the main hall.

I know the one on the left was made my Gwenfai Rees Griffiths who was a
busy at the event  as one of the Region 13 team in boater and stripy top.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Quilters Guild Conference

Lots of good things today. I loved Moira Neal's talk; she kept a good pace and it was all utterly joyful.  Maggi Relph of the African Fabric Shop reminded us of how good these fabrics look and it was touching to see her emotion at  the thought of all the friends she has made through the fabrics and the Guild. I took quite a few pictures of De-Anne Hartwell Jones' quilts. This lady doesn't own a sewing machine; she does everything by hand over papers though latterly she has resorted to having some of her  quilts long arm quilted. All my pictures are of her work.

1712 blocks made with the aid of Susan Briscoe's book.

Kaffe Fassett wanted this but he will have to make his own!!

A wool "Celtic" quilt using fabric from Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

I was intrigued how these striped effects were achieved - they're pieced.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Sewing with friends

Fran with quilt made from panel prints.

At Bonnie Quilters Fran had made a new quilt for her great grandson who is moving into a big bed.
Meanwhile at Lower Hardres some had been very busy,
Tomorrow I'm at the Quilters' Guild Conference here in Llandudno so should have more to show then.
Judi's samples for the Guild Abracadabra disappearing blocks workshop.

Tracy with her Liberty Stars

Colours not very true on this photo of Maggie's pinwheels - lots of sewing.

Ingrid's bright patches

Tracy's celebration of scraps