Thursday, 18 October 2018


Here is a small selection of bags made by the class using a clever construction technique taught by Magaret. We plan a group picture at the end of term.
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Table Mats by ?

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Retreating 04

On the last day I cut out masses of triangles for square in a square sashing pieces and made use of Mandy's cutting machine to cut out half square triangles for a workshop next year. I also worked on a sample for the log cabin star I'll be doing with the U3A in November. Method Photos to appear in November. 

We all loved this made by someone not on the retreat and using shirtings and checks.


Colette's set out for pinning

Debbie's with very effective sashing

Maggie's magnum opus using African fabrics

Miriam's Quilt of the Crosses


Mandy's taupe BOM made larger

Yvette's for charity


Saturday, 13 October 2018

Retreating 03

A lot of work got done yesterday. I had a productive day too, finishing my Westminster blocks and then cutting 200 squares for the sashing units. Mandy had brought in her electric die cutting machine and after some hesitation it came into use. I am doing a workshop next year involving masses of HST's and I took the opportunity to cut up some of my Westminster fabrics, all pales.

Julie's stripped hexagons

Miriam's angel

My Westminster blocks

Heather's baskets


Heather's fish: Julie was the recipient

This one came my way; I love it

Jackie's aeroplanes


Belinda's Liberty log cabins

And her jelly roll quilt


Colette's super top


and detail

Maggie's: I'll sleep under this when I visit her in South

Heather  with a quilt which gained an award
at the West Country Show

Friday, 12 October 2018

Retreating 02

Experts from the class tried out my machine; one phoned her expert engineer and the other talked him through it.  Such helpful people. The view was the machine is faulty and needs to be replaced. At least it's not me. I'll get on to it as soon as I go back home. Then a wee morning shopping trip and  then I got out my my trusty basic Bernina and off we went - what a relief! I completed my current stint on our joint (secret) quilt and then got to work on Westminster Chimes blocks.
Julie's pieced hexagons taking shape.


Isabel's top in the making


Two of my Westminsters

A whole row

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Retreating 01

Colette's Jewel Box made from vibrant South African hand dyes.
 I am on an annual autumn retreat enjoying stunning weather. On Tuesday I completed the first row of Westminster blocks but have yet to take a photo and today I have been working on my and Maggie's joint quilt for a friend which is under wraps. I should have finished my stint on this but still have more to do as my new very expensive machine is giving me problems, mainly tension. There are a number of very knowledgeable people here but after struggling to solve these issues the consensus seems to be the machine should go back. Thank goodness I have a spare machine which I'll get out of the car tomorrow. I have come to bed having tension problems myself! 
Anyway here are projects from fellow retreaters.
Jackie's subtle crosses from her workshop

Sunday, 7 October 2018


I'm now sewing down the binding on my Bonnie Blues quilt but soon I am off on Quilt retreat for 5 nights so the remaining length will have to wait till I got back. I finally machine sewed down the facing on my Safari DNP. When I came to do the label I'd forgotten I'd called it that and put down "Disappearing Elephants". When I turned it over I could only see Rhinos but on closer inspection I could see elephants And here they are with the rhyme I included on the label.

Gathering work for the retreat I had rush of blood to the head and cut out a fresh new quilt, from Kaffe Fasset's Quilts in Provence though I am trying to use a more summery palette.  The sashing will be a lot of work! I've wanted to do this pattern and had this in mind since I saw the original at FOQ (Festival of Quilts). Since then I used Westminster fabrics in two workshops but didn't progress beyond the days as I wanted  to complete this one first and then see what I had left.
Blocks and frames laid out

The picture in the book

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

This and That

At Show and Tell at Oast Quilters the last weekend in September there was a modern hexagon quilt made in Judi Kirk's workshop: all the results from this have been super. And Judi herself had a finished quilt to show. 
Hexagons from Judi's workshop

Judi's quilt

Now she is teaching (and judging) in Virginia Beach, USA. How impressive is that!!
Judi's classroom

Last night as I hand quilted the border  of Bonnie Blues I had that Channel Tunnel moment of reaching my starting point. I had stayed up late to do so watching "the Reluctant Fundamentalist". I had read the book with my book group and was pleased the film followed it closely. As the border was marked with Berol felt pen I washed it in the machine today. I wanted to hang it from the backing and wadding edge but my clothes poles aren't tall enough. When nearly dry, I'll lay it out flat and (Ssssshhh) iron it. It must have needed a wash anyway after so long in the making and trailing while being quilted.
Bonnie Blues awaiting binding
And at our sewing day yesterday another Judy, Judy O, showed a delightful quilt she has made as a gift.
Judy O's sailing ships