Tuesday 30 October 2018

Show's Over!

 Our group quilt show is over.  For three days the cathedral like space of The Landmark Art Centre was filled with quilty colour, inspiration and outright loveliness - but now it is over. 

Avril, of Stitchinscience won the visitors choice award for her 'Bigger Australian Splash' - congratulations Avril!  Apologies for the poor photo - you can see a much better one on her blog here.
 I had the chance to see my 'Ultimate Sampler 365' quilt hung for the first time - the bottom was still draped on the floor, as it is such a monster quilt, but I was pleased to see it on display.

Big thanks to the committee and all the other group members (and their families!) for making the show happen.  They did a great job of hanging so many lovely pieces and giving over 600 visitors pleasure, as well as raising money for both REACT and the British Heart Foundation.
 There were many other quilts in many styles.  Lots to think about.  Apologies in advance, but the photos of the hanging labels that I tried to take were of even poorer quality than the quilt photos, so I don't have attributions for all of them.  My photography skills in the low light level of late Sunday afternoon were not quite up to the task!  If you recognise your quilt here without your name then please let me know!

I suspect that this was foundation pieced.
 This quilt had been hung at the Sisters outdoor quilt show too.  Isn't it gorgeous?
 Love a jelly roll play - I think that this was by Karen.
 Another piece of beauty by Avril - wonderful piecing and quilting shown here.
 Fabulous art canvas by Karen.  Lots of different techniques drawn together with their palette and theme.
 Benta's Ferris Wheel. Paper pieced.  Love the colours and the quilting on this too.
 Back in the sewing room (after a good rest!) I sewed these two Aves Quilt blocks.

This is number 40 - a 6.5" block.
Number 41 brings me back to up date - another 6.5" block.

Love sewing!  Love the friends that I've made through sewing!  Love playing with fabric in all sorts of ways!

Friday 26 October 2018

Show Time!

26th -28th October 2018 

Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm  Sunday 10am-4pm                                      

LANDMARK ARTS CENTRE  FERRY ROAD, TEDDINGTON TW11 9NN   Admission £3, Children free    
Lots of quilts to see (including several of mine), traders, raffle, quilter bric-a-brac, and a cafĂ© for when it all gets too much and you need to sit down! 
If you have a chance do come along and visit - there are some really lovely quilts to see and lots to inspire you!

Wednesday 17 October 2018

A finish!

 These little 3 1/2" squares made up the requirement for week 39 on Aves block of the week.

Cute, but I'm a bit worried that I'm running short of my light colours already, and we still have several weeks of lights to go, I think!  It's going to be 'nip and tuck' - although at least as I'm making a scrappy version I'll be able to add in additional fabrics if I need to - although I'll need to hit the shops as anything from my stash is already in the pile ready to use!
My finish is really a 'group quilt' finish.  Made for DD1's form teacher who is about to go on maternity leave, the girls decorated the required blocks with good wishes, colourful motifs and their names.  I merely helped by putting it together and finishing it off.  Dreadful photo, but in real life, a lovely meaningful quilt!

I'm now at a pause - I need to decide which of the many options I have I choose for my next quilt.  I think that I might have a look in my scraps drawer and decide whether its going to be from scraps or yardage before any other decision can be made!

Tuesday 9 October 2018

Wee Braw Bags and more

  First of all, my weekly block for Aves Quilt.  Another fun design by Kathryn Kerr for our Block of the Week program.

 My other sewing has been bag related.  After making one 'wee braw bag' as  part of the baby shower gifts, I made another three - getting ready for Christmas....
....and then another one this morning for a birthday that is coming up.

I'm enjoying trying to choose the fabrics that I think the recipients will like.  Turns out that my stash of liberty type fabrics wasn't as extensive as I'd remembered.  On the plus side, I rediscovered some lovelies that I hadn't seen for a while, so my head is busy again with ideas for another quilt.  Isn't that always the way?!?

Tuesday 2 October 2018

Sewing Small Things

 Week 37!  It really feels as though we are getting through the blocks quickly now - and these eight 3 1/2" blocks were nice and simple to produce.
 I've been sewing small things over the last week or two - from the scraps of what will become a baby quilt (once the rest of the team have decorated their blocks).  Three different types of bag, a covered notebook and two tissue covers...
 ....and this baby taggy.  My best attempt at a heart on this side (and words like 'baby' and 'hugs' quilted into it)
 whilst using the same bear fabric used in lots of the other small items for the back.  it's going to be the baby quilt backing too.

A fun way to use up some of the left over fabric.
My other textile ventures have been into crochet.  A cowl (which my DDs suggested I could wear as an ear warmer if I wanted to) and a flower, which I'm assured can be turned into a star with a bit of fabric stiffener and some blocking.

All good fun, but I'm starting to think that I really need to get my teeth into another 'proper' quilt project.  The only thing is, I've got 'real world' stuff to be doing instead!  It's never as much fun as sewing, though!