Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Back with the U3A 15th September

We had a very good turnout for the first U3A meeting of the year, only two avoidable absences and just a little bit of Show & Tell.
Our little handsewn project before we start on our main term's project is a Greek key key ring and a coaster or needle holder which we foundation pieced on gridded vilene, a technique I first came across in the work of Dorothy Stapleton. It is just as quick to do by hand as by machine. DS went on from traditional log cabin to piecing buildings and landscapes and her book is still available although she has retired from teaching.
As often happens once you start to think about something it pops up everywhere and there were several quilts at FOQ that could have been made by this technique; I don't know whether they were or not.

Made by a quilter from the Middle East
Detail of a quilt by Mary Mayne
Very effective quilt by Mary Mayne
Made by another Middle Eastern quilter
And another one I spotted

Key ring and coaster/needle holder projects sewn on gridded vilene



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