Four of us went to the Ardingly Show today. There were lots of very technically skilled and artistic quilts there by Pat Deacon, Irene McWilliam and Patricia Archbold and others but I especially enjoyed the assembled group quilts made by Beckenham Quilters a compendium of fabric and quiltmaking styles over the last 30 years, some of which I show here. Ardingly was followed by a visit to the Hanging Together Exhibition, all wonderful work.
Thursday, 28 January 2010
The Usual Suspects house group spent a very enjoyable day at Valerie's where we enjoyed some feline company and gasped at Valerie's stars, many handpieced. There are some wonderful quilts in the making and we have a block swap idea for another in the making.
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
I was very pleased when my brother emailed me with a link to a quilt I made in the 1990's for my father to have on his bed in the nursing home. It caused comment from the staff and was much appreciated by my dad. I would sew patchwork when I visited him and as a mathematician he would take a good deal of interest. It meant I could just keep him company without having to maintain a constant stream of conversation and I found these times well very companionable. When my father died in 2000 I wanted David to have the quilt. I liked the fabrics; the cotton check had a batik type flowery pattern almost like a watermark only visible if you look very closely and the corner triangles were Malaysian batiks. I was also prompted to have a good look through the family section of my brother's site and see lots of wonderful old time photos.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Saturday was Oast Corners day. There weren't as many Show & Tell items as usual. Here are three. I love the applique stems and leaves and the lap quilt started in Katharine Guerrier's workshop looks stunning. It's amazing how different these quilts look.
The Ethelberga ninepatch hearts and flowers has been shown on this blog before as Liz seen here on the right was quilting it at our retreat in October. This time the recipient, who had had a significant birthday AND got married, brought it to show us.
Sunday, 24 January 2010
Here is the Twisted Sisters Linus quilt made on a Crab and Winkle Sewing Day. I cut the strips and Pam and I both sewed blocks which I put together and quilted and bound to make this quilt. It won't be donated until after June when I teach the second and last of two Twisted Sisters workshops.
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Friday, 22 January 2010
Crab & Winkle'ssewing for each other is gathering pace. Here are the pinwheels and hearts I was assigned for the other Mary's wall hanging. (I'm Mary too!) We are 5 M's and a P; the P is Pam then 2 Marys, Marion, Maggie and Melanie. I've enjoyed my swap sewing - I liked blanket stitching the hearts. The fabrics are charming.
After several hurdles I've finally completed this quilt - the hanging sleeve is sewn and ready to attach. It started life as surplus blocks for a block exchange, then a 3 by 4 block quilt for a forest challenge and has now been enlarged to 73" by 84". I think of it as Babes in the Wood as that is what we will feel like when it's on the bed. Although it'll never win a prize I feel it's somewhat of a best effort quilt for me because of the complexity of some of the blocks and I love it because of the different blocks used, the funny birds with spindly chain stitched legs and lots of fabrics some of which have been with me for decades. I took it to Quay Quilters last night and two kind friends held it up so I could take a photo.
Monday, 18 January 2010
Today we adjourned to Maggie's wonderful workroom where, led by Marion ,we spent the morning making these little bags - Pam's, Maggie's, Melanie's, mine and the rest Marion's. We are still missing the "other" Mary.
In the afternoon we made amazingly easy boxes, still with Marion showing us how but I forgot to take photos so perhaps we'll bring them to show and tell later. Maggie lives surrounded by fields and shoes get muddy on the way from the car. So I bring my going out slippers. Do you like them?
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Monday, 11 January 2010
Saturday, 2 January 2010
For a photo here is the bag pattern I won in one of those magazine Giveaways - I don't know which magazine even as it arrived without comment but timely as I intend to make bags for the Oast Showcase tombola in May this year.
Friday, 1 January 2010
The first two answers to the crossword this morning were twenty tens which mystified us somewhat before realising the reference to a new decade. New Year's Day was spent looking after our grandchildren, which turned out to be quite demanding but this was a pleasant time making a doll's quilt for DGS seen here turning the wheel of my Singer 99K a lovely machine and DGS in charge of pins. They swapped every so often. Finally all is quiet and it's home time tomorrow morning!!!