Thursday, 22 September 2016

September meeting

I think everyone was glad to be 'back to normal' as the hall was full last night, and we had a few visitors too.  They had a lovely evening, as there were goodies to buy, techniques to learn and inspiration and laughter given by our speaker, Sue Kershaw. 

Here she is, looking a bit self conscious. She certainly wasn't self conscious while speaking as both her words and quilts were excellent.  Everyone enjoyed the evening very much. 

And here she is demonstrating her easy, no hand sew piped binding technique.  It looked very nifty, and what's more, she was selling piped fabric by the metre so you didn't even have to make your own! 

She and her husband brought lots of goodies for us to buy.  There seemed to be quite a bit of interest in them! 

The raffle was suitably Autumn themed, with richly coloured fabrics, fallen leaves and a little broom to sweep them up or take a flight on, as you wish. 
The show and tell was very good.  Some people have been sewing rather than lazing in the garden! 

This is a Linus quilt made by me using up some hexies I made from an article by Micky Dupree.  I was never going to make a whole quilt of them and was delighted to use them up! 

This beauty should be seen in close up.  The circles are all hand sewn seeded shapes.  Gorgeous! 

This space themed quilt looks fabulous.  I love the alternate purple and lilac squares. 

This is a simple rail fence made by Julie and finished for Linus by Paula.  Very effective. 

Another Linus made by Paula from scraps.  Very colourful. 

Here are some fiddle cushions on their way to the Sutton in the Elms Care Home. 

Denise had been on a workshop and produced these little pieces, 

And this beautiful larger quilt.  It was completely pieced, nut bonded at all!  I love the foreground and the rich colours. 

A very large quilt, in lovely fabrics. 

Gill made this quilt while she was off her feet for a while.  It's beautiful. 

This is Asians Grand Illusion, a design by Bonnie Hunter.  She knew it was going to be big, but not quite that big! 

This is another quilt which needs closer study.  The elephants are beaded and sequinned, and the colours of the quilt all tie together.  Stunning. 

And here is a picture of a quilt which didn't actually make it to show and tell.  It was made by member Olive Millichip, entered into the FOQ and won a Highly Commended ribbon!  Well done Olive, and we look forward to admiring it in the flesh soon.  

Sunday, 14 August 2016

The Festival of Quilts

Here I am in front of our fabulous group quilt, hanging beautifully flat in the exhibition.  

It didn't win any prizes, but with over thirty contributors, we didn't think it would.  It was sufficient that everyone had fun creating their blocks then pleasure seeing the final result entered in a prestigious international competition, to be enjoyed by thousands of people.  Not to mention the delight of some lucky children who will get to drive their cars up and down the streets and enjoy looking at all the different buildings. 
Many thanks to all who contributed a block, and especially Maria, Di, Maggie, Vicki, Ann A, Ann G and Lynda for putting it together, and Liz, who quilted it so beautifully.  

Friday, 17 June 2016

June meeting

This month was a busy meeting.  We had our brown bag challenge, sign ups for our zip workshops next month, and Gwyneth kindly brought along bargain zips from Bloodwise to sell, apart from all the usual activities of raffle, show and tell and a very interesting speaker. 

Ruth Singer is a local textile artist, who has come to her present position through the museum service! She is particularly interested in making exhibitions, especially using historical starting points.  She will be exhibiting at the Festival of Quilts with some of her work in response to photos of women criminals, and will have a workshop there too.  She is holding up a piece which consists of an 18th century silk waistcoat which she has unpicked and then conserved by trapping it between two layers of organza.  The pocket flaps, which have survived surprisingly well, are on the outside!  We enjoyed her slides, but we especially enjoyed being able to examine her work.  

Even though the weather wasn't in full summer mode, June's raffle prizes were!  Ice creams with flakes - what could be more representative of the British summer! 

The show and tell started with this gorgeous medallion quilt.  Apparently it's not perfect (according to the maker!) who knew?  First picture is the front, and second the back.  Great way to use up extra fabric. 

Ann made this hexagon bag.  It looks lovely, but she said it was very tricky to make and she wouldn't make another! 

Nik made this lovely heart quilt for Linus.  A great use of scraps. 

This piece was made at the recent Jenny Raiment workshop.  Good use of a sample. 

And here is the other side - the other workshop sample! Very clever. 

This sample has been made into a cushion. 

And this one! 

Although Maria wasn't able to be at the meeting, she sent this lovely quilt which she has made as a present.  It will soon be off to its lucky recipient.  The prairie points are a super touch. 

And lastly, Gaynor showed this bag she made from a pattern she bought at Malvern.  She likes the bag, but found the top was a bit narrow for getting her purse in and out.  She'd definitely make another, but widen the top slightly. 
In case anyone wasn't at the meeting, but will be at the July meeting, there is still space on all the zip workshops.  They are an integral zip with Lynda, a simple make up bag with Maggie, a zipped cushion with Di and an easy quilted zipped bag with Liz.  If you want to join one of the workshops, just email me and I'll add you to the list and let you have the requirements. 
See you in July! 

Friday, 27 May 2016

Jenny Raiment!

The highlight of the year was the talk by Jenny Raiment.  She is an amazing lady, and didn't disappoint.  She started off with an anacdote about going the the airport with her husband.  She explained that in her carry on she always has toothbrush, toothpaste and a bottle labelled shampoo. 'It doesn't have shampoo in it, it's full of brandy!' she confessed!  And then it went on from there!  She was outrageous (as usual) but also generous in showing her techniques and work.  Her demonstration of how to make a Fabulous Fandango was in French, but completely understandable and hilarious!  Jenny, we love you!  Here she is at the end of her talk, in her underwear (as usual). 

She gave us fabulous tips, like how going to the loo in high heeled thigh boots can be a shock, as you're higher from the seat than you think!  And also quilting tips! 

June was in spring mode with her flower show.  Gorgeous. 

Show and tell started with my new holiday bag.  It has an inside zipped pocket and replaces a similar one which has worn out. 

Liz brought her bag she will be teaching at our zip evening in July.  Very useful. 

Here is another bag which looks as if it's been made from leather.  Very clever. 

This quilt is very attractive in its coordinated colours.  

Here is a stunning study in black and white. Exquisite. 

This is a way of using up curved blocks made at a workshop. They make a lovely bed topper. 

This is a first quilt.  I wish my first quilt looked like this! Fabulous. 

Some people went to a workshop recently where they explored prairie points and other ways of finishing quilts.  This is a sampler of different interesting techniques.  Looks very clever. 

This is a sampler of New Zealand fabrics.  Looks like a great souvenir. 

Paula has been using up her 2.5" strips.  And here is one of her lovely quilts.  The appliquĂ© in the corners adds a fun touch. 

What a riot of colour! 

This is a simple block which looks really complicated.  It's just placed horizontally then vertically.  A great way of using scraps. 

Paula took this unfinished hexagon top and made it up into a lovely Linus quilt.  I love seeing unfinished tops being completed.  Perfect. 

And here is the last of Paula's 2.5" Linus quilts.  Great for a boy!  Thank you Paula.  
The following day, we were lucky enough to have Jenny teach her workshop, Wiggle and Weave.  

Here are people hard at work. 

Jenny was a very good teacher and everyone enjoyed the day, 

Her instructions were very clear and her Blue Peters were all excellent. 

This is the kind of thing people made.  Intriguing.  

And the impressive fruits of the day!  Wow!