After a quick stop to "forage" for supplies at the local farm shop this morning we arrived at a quilt exhibition a little early for the organisers so Al was put to work hanging the last quilt. The quilts were in an ancient church, always a good setting I think. All the fundraising was for the restoration of the church. This was the display behind the altar.
I'm going to share my two favourite quilts with you. The first is this wonderful blue and white quilt, "Willow Star" by Paula Doyle and it was longarm quilted by Izi Hall.
Here's a close up of that lovely piecing and quilting:
The second quilt that I would have liked to take home was this one by Jackie Norris called, "Oh Yes I Can!" after she saw it as a kit at the Houston Quilt Show and her friend told her she'd never be able to make it. I'm so glad she proved her friend wrong!
It's hand pieced and then machine assembled and machine quilted, here's a close up:
After a not very quick visit to the LQS to buy wadding and fabric for a Gail Lawther workshop (watch this space) we visited the Straw Museum. Al's ancestor was a strawplaiter so we had a bit of interest in the hat making side of straw work and of course knew about corn dollies but we were blown away by the Swiss straw lace.
Yes, everything that looks like goldwork embroidery is made with straw, here's a closer look:
I'm now thinking about how I'm going to layer and quilt the two quilt tops I got finished at my group yesterday, the picnic cloth and the Round the Nara Garden, and my darling Al is cooking dinner, aren't I a lucky girl? Enjoy your weekend.