Last Friday evening it was my turn to host the Crab and Winkle group. We were getting together our entry forms for the Oast Quilters Showcase. Maggie had retrieved her little people quilt from her own little person to put in the show and also brought her embroidered and stitched hexagon piece to show us. Mary is putting the finishing touches to her family wallhanging; her three young ones are depicted on it and she's machine quilted a log cabin quilt for a new born in the family.
Sunday, 25 April 2010
Although I haven't posted anything this week I have been really busy as I have had the house to myself and set up tables in the spare bedroom to get down to some machine quilting. I am really trying to finish those many projects in a partial stage of completion so I can get back to where I was when I first started quilting with just a couple of projects at different stages on the go. One of my problems in this respect is belonging to groups which generate projects and also attending workshops though I have cut down on these and try to stick to ones which generate samples rather than projects. Also there is the spot of teaching and demonstrating I do for which I make things and also complete charity projects started in the class. This Twisted Sisters is one of these. Quayquilters made the blocks and I'm putting them together. Now it's done but I haven't taken a photo yet. Here it is with two of the purple inner borders added and two more to go. Quay Quilters member Ruby sewed all the offcuts into two 4" wide strips which I've cut in half and placed all round. They make a very effective finish.
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Saturday, 17 April 2010
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
I went to the BQSG day at the V&A - an interesting talk, lunch and then round the show starting at the end this time and listening to the recorded commentary. I was much more thorough this time. Having investigated lots of details I will stand back and consider general aesthetics on my next trip. I decided I had time to go to Libertys as quilts were on display there and check out their fabrics especially as I need one with a 24" repeat for my Sisters class. There were several large scale designs but the repeats were only 12-15" though one was a possibility - photograph here. I'll look again at Malvern.
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Three Usual Suspects have had a very pleasant day at my house. Judi showed us how to make a very pleasing bag which was not too hard to construct. I'm very pleased with mine - the one with stripes and trees. The others are ones Judi brought with her, the wavy stripy one made by Brenda from Judi's fabrics. Immaculate work. Mine is not perfect but I will be neater next time and meanwhile it's an acceptable result. destined for the Oast bag tombola.
Saturday, 10 April 2010
I finished catching down the Quiltology binding while watching The Quilt Show on my computer feeling very virtuous as I cleaned the house this morning. As I'd marked the stitching line on the border with a felt tip I washed the quilt and it's done apart from the label. It will never win a prize for my workmanship but at least it is finished.
Friday, 9 April 2010
Now I need to get going on my setting triangles. I'll use a fabric bought for the Quiltolgy quilt and joy of joys it's been bought recently locally so I can buy more if need be. We have three shops each with a very small selection but this one proved just right.
At this point I had lost the plot to some extent trimming the backing as well as the wadding and joining backing and wadding together so I needed to add either a single or turned over double strip to the back when I joined the blocks so I had a flap to cover the exposed seam.
Once all the blocks were joined I quilted the sashing and show a back view here.
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Monday, 5 April 2010
Here you can see two blocks in a row ready to be joined . The wadding is trimmed but the backing extends.
The sashing is placed on top of the next block and I sew through four layers. Then I flip and press
so the block is joined at the front but open at the back. What next? Wait for 03!
Saturday, 3 April 2010
Marion had finished her hexagon top shown above in soft brushed checked and striped cottons started on our last sewing day led by Maggie. It is just gorgeous and we couldn't resist stroking it. I'm dying to get on with mine but must FINISH what I've started first. Mary brought in her log cabin for a new baby in the family and we deliberated on backings - we do love to give advice. There's a lot of work in it as some of the logs are quite narrow. We also tacked a top to be quilted by visitors to the Oast Showcase but I've no photo of that either.