Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Workshop day

I've just spent a very pleasant day with the friendly ladies of Twydall Quilters who made disappearing nine patches in arious colourways Here are some of their blocks. I hope I've got names right and some I didn't catch.



Barbara sewed lots of strips

This student made an interesting asymmetric arrangement planned as a
topper for a garden table.

Monday, 28 May 2018


Louise Mabbs cushion

Zip closure

I've finally taken a picture of the cushion project started in a workshop with Louise Mabbs using a French seams technique. Very useful was learning how to use a placket to cover the zip. I've always just folded over the back before but this was much tidier. My husband likes this very much so it's a keeper.
Also my husband did duty once more to hold up the charity batik DNP started with Castle Wall Quilters. I sewed the last stitch of binding down at the weekend.
Warm and cool colours alternately placed
within the blocks.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Katie's Krazies

Katie's Krazies 52.5X64.5"

Amother picture
 I think these pictures look slightly different. The colour blocks were started in a QuiltCon class with Katie Pederson using a layercake of solids. I bordered them on three sides and squared up to make a good sized quilt.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Quilters' Guild Area Day

This looks Welsh

Pretty sure this is Welsh

Durham strippy

Wonderful Elisabeth Sanderson star: the centre pink star is one piece of fabric. Not one
for a beginner. North Country.

I really enjoyed the Area Day in Sevenoaks with a talk by Pippa Moss and little hand sewing project to follow with Lesley White who provided us with a very generous kit to introduce us to crazy  patchwork.
Pippa's quilt

Made using the Ruth McDowall technique and pattern

Pippa specialises in Hawaian quilts

Pippa showed her collection of Welsh and North Country wholecloth quilts as well as some of her own stunning work.
Lesley's sample

Hever raffle quilt made using a technique
I am interested in but I don't think this makes
full use of it. I would have put these on point
as baskets.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Siblings Together block

The block set for this month was a design by Quilt Dad John Adams called Swallows.
We were asked to use bright colours.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Into the Woods


Newsprint backing

At the Quilters' AGM I was prevailed upon to make a quilt for the group's Into the Woods Suitcase collection which can be hired out to groups. Some people make exquisite pieces but time was short and I had a busy time coming up so I had to keep it simple and quick. I pieced the top on my quilt retreat making the "tree" using a technique from a Helen Howes workshop though it would have helped to had her notes there. I thought the environmental fabric and the backing newsprint were also appropriate.
On another note I spotted this crocheted lamp post on a trip to Whitstable.
Keeping warm: our French twinning guests in the background

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Louise Mabbs at Oast

A typical colour palette from Louise

Also on the stage an early quilt by Louise Mabbs

Her workshop samples

Mine before manipulating

Class outpur

Louise on left 

Monday, 7 May 2018

Last evening and last morning

Show and tell in thecountry

Show and Tell elephants

Show and Tell session

Show and tell wool project

In the evening we had an enjoyable show and Tell session with other group of sewing and quilting ladies staying at the same time. In the morning I pieced my inner DNP top and Mags had completed a section of her quilt.
Mags's underway

My DNP before adding a border


As I'm teaching two more DNP workshops I'm making a version in just three colours and strip piecing to speed up constructing the nine patches.
Meanwhile other projects were taking shape.
Marigold's arrangement showed off the cute
panels very effectively

Another baby quilt from Maggie using her
Fair Trade fabrics.

Mags set out her HST's in a complex arrangement ready to sew. Sh won the pack of Oakshott
in our group's tombola.


Milva's circles pinned and ready to go

Stephaie's hexagons started in a class with Gyleen fitzgerald.

Tracy's "Halo" quilt, one she made earlier

Judy'sapplique and setting locks. Just charming.

Friday, 4 May 2018

And a couple more


Belinda's WIP from a Sarah Fielke workshop


And a charity baby quilt from Maggie: lucky baby!