Friday, 17 March 2017

A fabulous evening

Our March meeting wasn't quite as busy as the February one but the room was still buzzing.  We were all eager to hear Gilli Theokritoff's talk, as she had been originally booked for last year, but life had overwhelmed her, and she forgot to come!  

Here she is with her 'David' quilt.  A lovely lady and a masterpiece! 

She brought lots of quilts, which ranged from the 'that's a good idea' to 'wow!'  Lots of people were keen to get a closer look at her work.

The raffle was a bumper one, with fabric and cutting boards.  Unfortunately I wasn't one of the lucky winners. 

Show and tell was a bumper one!  I think the winter weather has encouraged people to stay in the warm and sew.  This is one Sian made of her GCSE students' exam pieces.  Very colourful. 

This is a treasured old quilt from the 1950s.  It has all kinds of fabrics in it, old dresses, curtaining, the obligatory Crimplene and even wool pieces.  The wool has shrunk slightly, giving an interesting irregular look to it.  Not the most beautiful of quilts, but certainly one to treasure. 

Ar Rocheberie Schoolhouse Quilters in Rugby, they had a competition, to be decided by viewers' choice.  The three prizes were taken by Piecemakers' members.  This is Liz's quilt with a sea theme. 

This gorgeous butterfly quilt used up scraps, apparently.  What lovely scraps! 

Not a very good photo of this one, but it was very big.  It's the first prize winner at Rocheberie, made by Gaynor for her Golden wedding.  She says it was a bit like Topsy, and grew and grew! 

Here is Sue's fabulous 365 Challenge quilt.  The challenge was to make a block a day for a whole year!  I started it but didn't get past January!  

Here is one of my Mile a Minute quilts.  Bright and cheerful for Project Linus. 

This is mine too, the other prize winner at Rocheberie.  It was a BOM and I put all my blocks on point.  

Chris was asked by her grandson if she could 'knit' a Star Wars Lego quilt.  She could do that, and here it is.  Perfect. 

Here is Di's Rocheberie BOM quilt.  Her colours are so pretty. 

This is Jan's BOM.  I bet she used up some of her scraps on this! 

Jan also set herself an extra challenge.  Every time she chose one of the blocks and made enough of that block to make a small quilt.  Isn't that clever?  I love how different each quilt looks.  It's hard to pick out the original block. 

To help in identification, Jan pinned the block pattern to each quilt. 

They are all lovely.  Well done, Jan. 

Denise made this quilt for her daughter's wedding.  (The wedding was 18 months ago, but hey ho!) it's all silk, beautifully quilted and Denise says she never wants to work in silk again!  It was worth it though, to produce such a precious gift. 

This is one of the brown bag challenge quilts from last year.  The owner added another row of hearts and is thrilled with it.  Quite rightly. 

This quilt is for a very musical grandson.  I'm sure he will treasure it. 

This is a Linus quilt made from leftover ballet fabric.  Perfect for young dancers. 

By this time, Gill and Denise (who were holding up the quilts) had got serious arm ache, as you can imagine.  Denise was heard to mutter, isn't that it yet, and are people adding more when I'm not looking, but I was able to reassure her that there was only one more left. This one is a quilt as you go made at last month's Carolyn Forster workshop.  

And here is the last piece of show and tell, another brown bag quilt.  Again the owner was thrilled with it.  I would be too! 

2017 Challenge
Just to be clear, thus year we are challenging people to make 4 small quilts/blocks on the theme of the seasons.  These will be kept by you, to make into a wall hanging, placemats, small quilt or whatever you like.  We suggest fir each one a size of about A4 or if you like to work with squares, about 12.5". The idea is that they can be displayed at the exhibition in October.  The first challenge is Winter, and everyone taking part has had (or will receive if you haven't managed to sign up yet) an embellishment, which is snowflakes. 
Hope that makes sense. 

Friday, 17 February 2017

February Meeting

The first meeting of 2017 was certainly a popular one with the hall bursting at the seams.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Christmas is on the horizon!

In November we always have our Christmas meeting.  It usually involves a little sewing project and a try and taste buffet.  How suitable!
I forgot to take a photo of the buffet, but it was perfect.  Lots of different savoury and sweet delights, and very tempting!  
The sewing project was organised by Pam, and was a lovely surprise! 

We had to bring green and red 6" squares, and nobody knew what they were for. 

Everyone was up for this project, and had a good time. 

It was a gorgeous pointsettia brooch (you can see mine on the left of the picture) which will be very appropriate for the forthcoming celebrations.  Pam was very generous and provided all the yellow fabric for the centres - already cut into circles! - so thanks to her for that.  

June had done a great job with the raffle, and even had an extra mystery prize!  I didn't win anything, so don't know what any of them were, but everyone seemed very happy. 

Show and tell was quite busy.  It started with this gorgeous Scottie dog quilt.  The alternate squares are very intricate. 

A birthday gift for a brother who likes pirates, even at a mature age!  I'm sure he'll love it. 

Ruth has been making Linus quilts, all from the same pattern.  It's nine patch with a patterned square. Nice and bright. 

The same design with a plain square. 

The green fabric has footballs on it.  Super. 

Here is s two colour version of the same design. 

Here is another space quilt, looking good. 

This quilt started from a grandchild's request, and a grandparent's response of, 'tell me which one you'd like'.  It caused a lot of head scratching, but was well worth all the effort.  Fabulous. 

Here is Sian's 'Grand Illusion' quilt, made from a Bonnie Hunter mystery.  If you would like to use some of your scraps, a new mystery is starting over on on 23rd November and is based on a lavender field in Provence, and uses purples, lilacs, mauve, yellow, grass green and neutrals.  Have a look, but if you fancy it, only make half the blocks Bonnie suggests, as her quilts are huge! 

Here is a tree skirt made by Gaynor.  It's not quite finished, as she's waiting for instructions on how big to make the central hole. Apparently a previous one was too small, so was attacked with scissors - she'd like to avoid that happening again if possible. 

A finish for Gaynor of double Irish chain started at a retreat.  A good scrap buster. 

A beautiful Christmas table runner.  Red work looks even better in blue! 

Here is a Linus quilt ready to bring joy to a child. 

Here is Olive's quilt which won a 'Highly Commended' at the FOQ this year.  Quite right too. 

Ann knows someone who is expecting twins, so she is making these quilts for the new arrivals.  The twins are non-identical, but beyond that, nothing is known, so Ann wanted the quilts to be gender neutral.  

The Australian quilter Sarah Fielke has been running a Block of the Month this year, and the central portions are now completed.  This is Ann's. 

This is Maria's. 

This is Janet's. 

And although I didn't bring it to show and tell, for your interest, this is mine.  All looking so good, and all so different!  This design is still available to buy, or you can wait until next year when it will be published as a book.  Sarah is doing another BOM next year so check out her website if you think you might be interested. 
I would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, and I'll look forward to seeing you all again in February.  

Thursday, 20 October 2016

A hectic meeting!

October sees our AGM, but while AGMs usually mean a thin crowd, that doesn't happen at Piecemakers!  We keep the formal part of the meeting short, a celebration of the last year, looking forward to next year and, most importantly, a chance for members to air any issues they want to.  This year, the only issues were how much people had enjoyed the meetings, and how welcoming and friendly everyone is!  
The meeting was hectic because we had all the Brown Bag quilts unveiled, a sales table and an opportunity to cut out Accuquilt shapes, facilitated by the talented June Farmer. 

There was a lot of interest in using the Accuquilt, especially with the lovely examples June had brought along. 

The sales table was popular too - we all love a bargain! 
The display of Brown Bag tops was stunning.  I wish I had taken pictures of them individually, but I'll be able to do that once they're all finished!  

The one on the left is Maria's (I know, because I worked on it) and I think the other one is Julie's. 

It's hard to believe that they resulted from the same instructions! 

The one on the left is mine.  Great final border! 

A very large one.  There were no size instructions, so the tops have ended up at different sizes. 

A beautiful autumnal quilt.  The rounds complement the centre perfectly. 

Not a very good view of these two, but the best I could do. 

Two tops with circles as centres. 

Another large one.  You can't beat blue and yellow. 

This photo doesn't do the top justice.  Sorry.

This one looks almost Aboriginal to me.  

Love the cheeky bear appliqué. 

Debbie's Mariners Compass is a great centre.

And then we had show and tell.  A baby quilt made by Ruth.  

This is Ann's Christmas candle wreath.  Very clever. 

Maria used the bonus triangles from her snowballs as a border.  How clever is that!  

Gaynor made this at a workshop.  She's more of a hand quilter than a machine quilter, but this proves that she can do both beautifully. 

This is a Bonnie Hunter design using up 2" scraps made by me.  Very colourful. 

I'm trying to finish projects, and here is another scrap quilt.  I love log cabin. 

Work in progress from me.  Scrappy snail's trail, with at least two mistakes.  Oh well, it'll still have the same snuggle value. 

This is Di's sew a row quilt from 2008!  A finish is always a result.  Well done! 

I'm not the only one to bring a work in progress.  The green fabric has footballs on it, and Ruth has used it perfectly with the solid 9- patches.  Can't wait to see it finished. 

Pam made these great free form blocks and then used this bright yellow to complement the purple.  Snazzy. 

She also found a great use for this floral panel.  She used black bias strips to make a window to frame it.  Lovely. 
What a great meeting!  The next one will be our Christmas one.  You will need a sewing kit, as Pam will have a little project for us, plus a small plate of finger food, a mug and glass.  See you there!