Friday, 26 March 2010
We had a lovely sewing day led by Maggie making quite large hexagons either strip or foundation pieced. Maggie's completed quilt uses her own fairtrade fabrics and is embellished with rick rack while her second work in progress is a masterpiece of simplicity. So effective. I had already planned to make a similar quilt and on my US trip last Autumn had collected lots of fabrics, especially modern large scale West minster type prints. Maggie with her artist's eye arranged them into various sequences for me. Meanwhile Melanie used recycled shirts which also worked well with this pattern. Pam was undoing and restitching blue English paper pieced hexagons. Mary worked on various projects during the day and last thing in the afternoon completed a bright log cabin type cot quilt for an about to arrive young relative.
Sunday, 21 March 2010
I haven't posted much about quilting activities as the project I am now binding is yet another version of a pattern I hope is going to be published in a patchwork magazine so I am holding my horses with posting photos for the time being. Meanwhile the weekend's big excitement was the members' preview at the Victoria and Albert Quilt Show. This was the first of several visits. I think there are only 42 quilts on display but all merit such close attention that by the time I reached the fifth section I was visually exhausted and will make that my starting point on my return visit. I have bought the catalogue to study further and some of the lovely limited edition Liberty fabrics created to accompany the show.
Saturday, 13 March 2010
I have been away in Madeira, a lovely island with a wonderful self reliant population who have done a great job of clearing up after the floods. The scenery was varied and different flowers were coming into bloom, Calla lilies and mimosa during our stay and lots of patchwork and quilting inspiration in the elegant streets and historic buildings.
I came back on Wednesday evening and since then have attended 3 quilt groups and taught a charity workshop. I shall enjoy my Mothers Day tomorrow.