Saturday, 26 September 2009
Today is a beautiful, sunny, autumnal day in Lincolnshire - not very Christmassy at all but it's no good waiting until December to think about these projects as I've learned from experience - the Advent wall hanging I made for my scrumptious grandson last year was a very close call!!
I thought I'd make a few changes to the appearance of my blog too, please let me know what you think :)
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
I've just been given a link to this blog by Brenda on BQL and it's fantastic. 25 year old US quilter, Leah Day is posting a new FMQ design each day for a whole year, she's on Day 41 so there's plenty to see already and plenty to look forward to. She has full details, including the inspiration for the design, and tutorial videos. It's an impressive undertaking and a great resource. Thanks Leah.
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
I've developed something of a phobia about this block but yesterday I finally made my challenge quiltlet. I admit to cheating as I only made four blocks, and of a larger sixe than in the BQL challenge but I decided to make mine following Lynne Edwards' instructions and in the fabrics of my ongoing sampler quilt so that I didn't have the added challenge of choosing colours! I chain-pieced my block but I understand Log Cabin can also be foundation-pieced.
I'm pleased with it, so here it is for your consideration:
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
Sixteen more northern hemisphere partners are needed for the swap so why not sign up with Fionamarie, it'll be great fun.
Trudi's just told me about a great jellyroll giveaway at the Missouri Star Quilt Company You need to go to the website and have a look at all the wonderful ideas and patterns, go now...
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
I would recommend the quilt show at Harrogate, it is not so large that you become overwhelmed but there is a good selection of exhibition classes, good workshops and demonstrations and a fair range of traders. I found the catering a bit pricey and another time would take a picnic, there are plenty of chairs and this is what a lot of people seem to do. This first picture shows the airy hall where the quilts are displayed and that there is plenty of room to enjoy them (this was taken on Sunday in the early afternoon).
I took a lot of photographs but have removed them from this blog because of some concern about copyright. If anyone can advise me I would appreciate it but my favourite quilts were:
"Autumn Stars" by Joyce Dawe of Hertfordshire who was exhibiting a selection of her "Quilts From My Princess and The Pea Bed". The star design is enhanced by applique within the block and I loved the colour graduation.
"Sea Fever" by Chris Waddleton of Somerset, a machine pieced and quilted design inspired by the John Masefield poem and I thought it was beautiful.
"Circles Of My Mind" by Glenda Smith of North Yorkshire, the result of a circle challenge set by Priory Quilters. I thought the colour combinations were lovely and the quilting was superb.
"Uplifted" by Sheena Norquay of Invernesshire, inspired by the colours of autumn leaves and the turquoise sky. The quilt includes printing and machine quilting and I thought it had a great sense of movement.
"Blue French Braids" by Trudi Wood of Lincolnshire, machine-pieced and machine-quilted. The blending of peaceful colours immediately caught my eye, before I spotted that the quilt was by Trudi!
"Nocturne" by Dilys Roberts of Cheshire. The colour combination is lovely and the pattern is Winding Ways which is on my "to do" list. The quilt was machine-pieced and hand-quilted and was gorgeous.
Saturday, 5 September 2009
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
The next goody bag was from my sister who has just holidayed in Florida. She brought me home this wonderful selection of fabrics and I have a plan for a rainbow quilt in square within a square blocks. I started talking about quilting with her and it turns out that she has ALL of Jennifer Chiaverini's books (which she buys in America) and was willing to lend them to me. Here they are in my sewing room, I started the Quilter's Apprentice last night and am on chapter 9! Jane had bought herself some fabric and wanted to know where to start with an English pieced-patchwork project so she has begun working on Grandmother's Flower Garden with hexagons and promised to start her own quilting blog. She found lots of helpful information on the internet including Wendy Harbaugh's very helpful tutorial at http://sunshinescreations.vintagethreads.com/2007/03/tutorial-on-english-paper-piecing.html all in all, a very successful weekend, plus, hopefully Jane and Mummy are going to the Quilt Show at Hever Castle this weekend while I'll be at the Harrogate show and we're intending to go to the forthcoming V&A exhibition together if we can find something to amuse the menfolk!!