Monday, 25 August 2014

Catch up

Bonnie block










I have completed another Bonny Block today.
I have also been trying to finish the 2012-13 U3A teaching sampler. The centre is all assembled. I thoght I would add the wadding to the sides and sew and flip the border. I found myself harassed and fighting the quilt when sewing the wadding and the result was wavy so I cut it off and am now sandwiching and quilting the borders separately as I did the blocks.

borders separately as I did the blocks.
Wavy wadding

 Yesterday I visited the Phoenix Quilters' show and was surprised by the number and quality of entries as they are a relatively new group.
Phoenix quilt - a pattern I'd like to
do one day.

I loved this cushion on display at the show.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Charlecote Park

Upton House

On the way back back from FOQ we spent the day visiting two very different National Trust  properties, Charlecote Park, where the Lucy family have lived continuously for 900 years, and Upton House,  Art Deco home of Shell heir, Lord Bearsted who seems to have been a very good egg! I got something of the flavour of the man through reading his diary left out for anyone to peruse.


Rag Rug in the servants' quarters at Upton.

Pietra Dura table at Charlecote









And today I've completed two more
"Bonnie" blocks and am in the process of framing and quilting them and the previous two.
A lot of pieces in this


A lot of inset seams in this!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014


543 Four seasons Sampler by the Paper Piece Group (8 in all)

543 detail

543 detail

543 detail
Here is my Visitor's Choice quilt made by the Paper Piece Group. Many of their designs came from Maaike Bakker's book which I bought. I already love her strip piecing title. I looked for Makke's quilt in the Art section but there was a blank there. Speaking to her later I learnt it had been stolen by someone armed with a screwdriver. If you check out the photo section of her website, the stolen one looks
like/is (?) the one pictured on the bottom left.
Maikke's book
 

Monday, 11 August 2014

Sunday at the Festival of Quilts

I had a long full day as I stayed to the end to collect my quilt. Today I'm including some general views to try to give an impression of the special nature of this show, particularly the white wall gallery lit areas. My friend, Judi, had the the privilege of her work being selected to go on show in a gallery alongside some other London MQG members. The Quilters' Guild is also setting up its own specialist group for modern quilters and Helen Howes and Heather Hasthorpe seemed to be busy signing up members. .

Heather and Helen manning the Modern
Quilt Group's stand
 



A gallery



Judi's quilt facing and another near left


A gallery


Quilted Creations category


Philippa Naylor's winning quilt in the Traditional section
attracting admirers.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

FOQ

"Gargantuan"
Here at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC where I have a quilt on show for the first time. It's my "Gargantuan"  square quilt so called because it's 90" square and seemed a major project. Here I was surprised by how small it seemed. Quilts are well displayed at this show, most on white walls I was at one end of an aisle and friend Tracy's wonderful quilt made from Liberty Fabrics was at the other but hers was in the Traditional category and mine in the Two Person because it has been machine quilted by Maggie Kingston.

Tracy's "My Love for Liberty" quilt.
Before I set off my daughter and family came to visit and Isla asked after the quilt she had started and I promised to finish; I was pleased she wanted to take it home with her.
Mother and daughter

Isla helped to make this!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Lovely Day

at Lower Hardres where I worked on my
Bonnie block and admired my
companions' projects.
Ingrid's quilt
 

Jill's, made with a jelly roll.

Jill's again using Liberty prints

Detail





 

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

More done

Cushion using Simple Marks fabrics
I finished the cushion I started in Tracy Aplin's handsewing class. It's quite big and perhaps I overstuffed the pad. I'm now sitting on it to try and squash it a little bit.
I've also made a second Bonny block and struggled with this one too. I should remake it but probably won't.