Saturday, 20 January 2018

Feeling smug

I'm very pleased with myself today as I've attached the two side borders to my Three Score Years and Ten quilt, quilt as you go,  a job I've been putting off. In the end it went quite smoothly. Now to sew up the open seams on the back but that's no hardship. I'm still appliqueing the final border but it's well advanced.
A Piece o' Cake pattern

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

U3A first New Year meeting

We met to make a disappearing nine patch block but more of this in a later blog.. First there was show and tell of previous work including convergence pieces, diappearing four four patches and a wonderful quilt finish from Bid.
Linda's Convergence cushion

D4P

D4P using a Laura Ashley print

I know this was Pam's

And this Rosemary's

Bid's wonderful sew-a-row quilt for a grandson and reflecting aspects of his life.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Farnham

It was the time for the annual trip to Farnham when traders sell off surplus stock more cheaply. I was pleased to acquire some woven checks from a stash sale stall at a good price and one or two supplies such as flower head pins but my main focus was the upstairs quilt displays and demonstrations by local groups.
Amalgamation by Coral Smith from Katharine
Guerrier stars workshop and Carolyn Forster Quilt as
You go workshop

Christine Vlietsta: Purples in Africa.
There several examples of her beautiful work
all with brilliant use of handstitching.

Neel Williams: Maldives
I have photographed this quilt before admiring the hand dyed fabrics and effective use of
inserts

A detail

Wall hanging version

Fiona Moss: Trip Around the World using Kaffe Fassett fabrics

Bright Stars by Claire Morris, another result of Katharine Guerrier's workshop

A lovely mosaic quilt hanging behind the demonstrators

Thursday, 11 January 2018

More group work

Heart cushions

Fabric choices

Quay Quilters made lots of heart cushions for breast cancer patients last night. I have them in my house to deliver to the group member who organises this project as she was ill for the meeting. Lots of people are going down with bad flu at the moment. We also did a fabric sorting exercise. On my own account I finished my quilt from the Skopolos quilt leftovers but now wish I hadn't included the block which is a blot!
My quilt

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Dizzy Daisy

I belong to a charity sewing bee and we are each taking turns to choose a block for the others to send in. This is the January one and Gillian requested a pink and a purple one with yellow centres. I enjoyed making them - they were very quick - and look forward to what the next person comes up with.
Completed blocks

Blocks in the making

Monday, 8 January 2018

And on the second day . .

I added the final touches to my Space DNP variation example also possibly destined for Linus though I may put this on my goup sales table as I need to fund my Linus habit. I was very bold and quilted round the seams with a curved line using my quilting hoop as template. I used to do this sort of thing  all the time but lost my nerve as I went on.

Backing

The quilting paatern shows up more on the back.
If it doesn't sell I shall donate it..

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Flying Start with Dinosaurs on the back

Faced with dinosaurs on the back

Final Linus Picture play quilt
I had such a big pile of Linus tops and blocks to assemble, sandwich and quilt it was quite daunting. It was very worthwhile but I am glad to have completed th final one, tidying the corners of the facing by hand on New Years Day.