Monday, 30 June 2014

Tracy's quilt

This quilt Tracy is binding is for a wedding present. It's a really successful piece. I think the pattern is from the US Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine but Tracy's fabric choices are very different.
Tracy's quilt

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Monday's tea and Tuesday's sewing day for retreaters

Gillian's autumnal quilt with
interesting sashing
Marigold's exploding pineapples with elephants.
Marigold's applique
Belinda's stars
Belinda's polygons
Belinda's tumblers
Judy O's Lone Star
Joy's reversible log cabins
Maggie's buckets and spades
Maggie's cowboys on bucking broncos
Maggie's diamonds
Maggie's flying geese
We basted Judi's flying geese
We basted Judy's modern blocks featuring Moda's
Comma collection
Pork Fillet stuffed with Petit Suisse bought in France
with the bacon cooked on top of it, a wine sauce,
Jersey Royal with parsley butter and fat asparagus


Monday's tea was Sunday lunch deferred as we went to France for a village twinning event and needless to say there was plenty to eat (and drink) there not to mention Flemish games. Tuesday was another day of good food and good company with the retreaters catching up on their progress or not since our time away.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Bonnies' blocks and more from the TQG retreat

Fran's is black and grey, Mavis's purple and Trish's repros. It's
good to compare and contrast. Mine is blues and aquas on the
edge of the picture.

The four Bonnie quilters met yesterday with our completed stint ( I finished mine on retreat and posted them then). I am also including more pictures from Jackie Taylor's class at the TQG retreat. Jackie owns the White Cottage Country Crafts shop and what looks like a lovely attached B&B. You can go there and sew.

Same project as mine

Mary's, a scaled down piece in lovely fabrics.

Aud's in browns and pinks

Liz's in batiks

Another class participant's..

Carolyn's stunning border treatment.

Another completed top by ?

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Yesterday's meeting and today's tea

French onion soup for tea. The recipe involved 8 hours of cooking plus croutons. I assume this was because it was cooked overnight ready for the porters of Les Halles when they had completed their dawn stint. It was good but I shall opt for a simpler version next time. Lunch was at Chom Choms as we collected friends off the coach from Rye, lunched, then coffee at our house and onto the doorstep of the theatre in plenty of time.

Margaret's bag (reverse)

Margaret's bag with handy pockets

Gillian's quilt, lovely colours and wonderful pattern

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Tuesday's tea and Wednesday's block

Lamb Kofte with rice and fresh peas topped with tomato sauce,
yoghurt and coriander.

Framed New York Beauty block, a stretch for me. I usually
avoid curves at all costs.

I have got so much duty sewing and quilting deadlines I'm starting to feel quite stressed! However completing my block for Quay Quilters' group quilt is a step in the right direction and making a nice meal yesterday (Alan's chef today) and cleaning the house this morning (it needed it) helps me to feel I haven't totally ...

...lost the plot.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Traditional Quilt Group retreat

Our workroom

Jackie at work

This was a lovely weekend and the Jackie Taylor jelly roll/precuts class enjoyed a large space and plenty of tables to work at and spread out work. Jackie amused us all and was very knowledgeable and managed us doing different projects with aplomb so there was plenty to look at and we had a day and a half to make good progress with our work. Lots of examples of her own work for which patterns are available were spread out for us to enjoy. I used a set of strips I'd been given by a magazine which were not the usual coordinated array and which I was anxious to stress were not my own choice from my stash (I'd have done a better job) so my project was traditional in the sense of making do with what I had. Others displayed more taste however!

I took the pink hearts out

Star pieces laid out ready

Trying out setting triangles and border

QGBI TQG Retreat

On the way here I called at The Bramble Patch, a wonderful Patchwork shop where I spent my vouchers.
Our planned hotel for this event had obviously overbooked which caused considerable disruption as we had to stay elsewhere for the first night but the organisers coped very well. However now we are here  it's a super venue with excellent facilities and definitely a cut above the norm. The organisers have coped with the problems with patience and determination to make sure all is as easy for the delegates as possible. Anyway last night we had a super talk by Jan Hassard about her own quilts rather than her collection though she did include a few of her vintage collection items.
One of Jan's early teaching sampler quilts

A Red Cross quilt from Jan's collection

From Jan's collection, a TRIPLE wedding ring quilt
Today we got down to work early at 9 with Jackie of White Country Crafts all working on different precuts projects. My quilting death wish has come into play and I've passed up all my lovely Moda jelly rolls in favour of a very strange selection of strips, not coordinated at all.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Quilt Retreat Last Post

Marigold's Liberties
Photo Call

Ingrid's twirling stars

Judi's dazzling Commas

Becky's modern quilt

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Retreat Day 3

For the first time ever I finished a top on  retreat, one started last year when I was here and I've added red frames to some of the hexagons from Maggie Kingston's workshop. So it was a very productive day.
Becky's blocks using
Moda's Comma line

Maggie's delicious bucking brncos (detail)

Gillian's blocks with interesting sashing

Valerie's Quilt Show BOM stars, a group exchange

Judy O's wonderful star layout, a big effort project

My Fabric Fusion top started in a Judy Johnson workshop, Sisters, Oregon.

My twirling stars, higher contrast here than in reality

Maggie's quilt top all done

Isabel's quilt top for a child