Friday, 31 March 2017


I'm attending the Quilters' Guild Conference in Torquay this weekend. Today I attended lectures and sussed out as much as I could of this very confusing building.The two morning speakers were wonderful hand quilters and like me (or should it be but like me?) learnt with templates made from cereal packets. One also like me wielded compasses and set squares. (Pictures posted with permission)

Linda Pardoe who until revently made all her quilts entirely by hand : this is an early piece.

The arena where we'll have the gala dinner tomorrow.

Another wonderful early quilt by Linda Pardoe.

Art Deco piece by Linda Pardoe.

Jo Colwill with her Baltimore style quilt behind

Jo Colwill with a quilt made with samples left at her
Cowslips shop.

With a quilt patterned in a recent Todays Quilter magazine

And a  disappearing nine patch

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Mavis's Masterpiece

Here is Mavis's version of the quilt we have all been making. The pattern by Piece O' Cake was her choice but as she only works on one thing at a time she started long after everyone else but hers is now complete while I am still deliberating about borders.

Monday, 20 March 2017

More from the retreat - mainly Heather

These are Miriam's exquisitely EPPed tiny hexagons

Cross inserts sample from Heather

Tiny pineappiles from Heather

6" miniatures by Heather

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Still going

Mandy's top with impeccably caculated and pieced "frames" and more to come.

Carrie's Log Cabin Star  top now all the blocks have been joined.

Jackie's ninepatches with appliqued centre

This is julie's; Peter Rabbit is beautifully embroidered and these pieces were cut from
expensive curtaining.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Stars etc

Friday was the day I chose to enjoy my Secret Santa treat from Tracy.
I laid out my star blocks in sections then rearranged elements before layering them up with serviettes inbetween ready for sewing.
Star blocks all numbered ready to go

A single block

Busy here

Now the projects are appearing thick and fast.

Pat made this one for her husband.

From Sue

Kathy's beautiful bag

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Further doings

My work table - can you see what it is yet?
Julie's bright wedding quilt

Miriam's EPP piece

Isabel's text and liberty quilt

Carrie's extra large log cabin quilt blocks - a partial view

Friday, 10 March 2017

More from here

We are all working hard here.
Julie's longarmed by her and ready to bind.


My quilt which is going to my daughter. I brought it to how as I pieced the blocks here and I am sleeping under it.

Block made by Isabel inspired by some Judi made at
an earlier retreat.

More of Isabel's blocks.

Quilt Retreat

Here I am again away for five days of nothing but sewing.
It's very enjoyable to look and share the work of other retreaters.
Isabel's top

Julie's top made largely from tash

Detail of little bee on Julie's quilt

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Monday doings

Sheila's srrip quilt

Monday morning was my last U3A of this session and there was a slight end of term mood as class members laid out their projects. Once it was over I set off down the road to join Usual Suspects at Maggie's for lunch where there was more to see and wonder at.
This is Maggie's destined for lots of border quilting