Thursday, 10 May 2018

Pat Archibald

The meeting was not on our usual third Thursday, as we had heard that another local group was planning a workshop with the talented Pat, who lives in Edinburgh, and we grabbed the opportunity to book her while she was in the area.  This meant we could share Pat's travel costs and make it much more accessible for us. 

Here she is with one of her quilts.  Her talk was about how to use travel as an inspiration for your work, and while her main presentation was by PowerPoint, she had brought the quilts with her, so we could see and enjoy them in actuality.m

Her use of colour was inspiring, as was her sharing the process of designing her quilts, from initial idea, through drawings, paint and fabric choices.  Fascinating. 

June was able to come and stay for the speaker, and her raffle theme was The Village Green.  A very appropriate subject for this time of year.  The prizes were green fabric, floral fabric and toning thread.  

Shoes and tell started with Linus quilts.  Jan is a master of using up scraps, and this one is bright and cheerful. 

This is another of Jan's, linked by the brown crosses. 

Di had been very busy making some gorgeous prem baby quilts.  Here is a blue one and a green and yellow one, both with the cute teddy motif in the middle. 

Here are two pink ones.  I can't decide which one I like the most! 

Edith is making a blue quilt, and found she had quite a bit left over.  How kind of her to make the excess fabric into this classic blue and cream Linus quilt!  You can't go wrong with blue and cream.

Chris has made this dog quilt for a dog!  She cut the dogs using an Accuquilt cutter and was delighted at how quickly it came together.  Let's hope the recipient appreciates it! 

This is Di's king sized quilt for a relative.  The blocks are log cabin, arranged in the barn raising design. Stunning! 

This is a first quilt!  (I wish my first quilt looked like this!) It's for a very lucky grandchild.  Great colours. 

This tour de force was made by Hazel.  It's called Heirloom, and it certainly deserves to be one.  The border is a flock of butterflies, which sets the design off beautifully. 

This quilt is an example of what we will be making at the next meeting in June. It's a Stuart Hillard design, and great for using up scraps.  We'll be using donated fabric to make blocks like this for Project Linus.  If you want to take part, bring a sewing machine, rotary cutter, mat and ruler (if you have a square ruler more than 10.5" it would be useful) between two people and get ready to sew! 

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Something for everyone!

This month's meeting featured the lovely Hilary Jackson!  She was the perfect speaker for our group, as Paula said, "there was something for everyone!"  There were traditional quilts, appliqu├ęd quilts, prize winning quilts, modern quilts, wall hangings, grunge and contemporary pieces.  A whole feast of inspiration! 

Here she is in front of one of her fabulous pieces - lots of lime green, what's not to like! 

Her contemporary pieces attracted a lot of attention, and were well worth a close inspection. 

She was generous enough to let people examine all her other work too - and we took full advantage of the opportunity! 

Despite the fact that June has recently had a back operation and is still recuperating, she managed to come and run the raffle (with a little help from her son!) and this month's theme was the lily pond, complete with chocolate frog!  Thank you, June. 

Show and tell started with this lovely quilt, probably for someone called ..... Alex? 

Jan wanted to try out this scallop stitch on her machine, to see if it was good for quilting.  I would say a very successful outcome! 

Last month Linda Forey ran a workshop on New York Beauty which was very much enjoyed.  Here is one of the results. 

Here is a New York Beauty bag. 

And Maria used her blocks for the front of a block book, 

And the back of a block book.  

This Liz's quilt which she entered into Uttoxeter.  (I voted it my favourite quilt in the show, but I don't think it won.  Shame. ) 

This scrap quilt was made from strips and strings. Lovely. 

Paula used much the same technique to make this Linus quilt.  I love the quilting in the borders. 

And here is a blue version of the same design.  

Jacquie made these flower blocks quilt as you go. 

This is the back to prove it. 

I made these cute dollies.  They are multicultural and all shapes and sizes.  No discrimination in this quilt!  They were fun to make. 

This design was chosen 'because it was quick'!  Apparently the pieces were bought ready cut, as the maker thought this would speed things up.  Unfortunately the accuracy of the pieces left much to be desired, and lead to a fair amount of unpicking and fudging, making the whole thing not as speedy as had been hoped.  Still, the final result is gorgeous, so all's well that ends well! 

And lastly, here's Chris's beautiful daisy quilt.  Looks perfect on the blue background. Well done, all. 

Friday, 23 March 2018

March meeting

I was away in February, and forgot to ask someone to take photos.  I hear that the name badge workshop went very well, and was sorry to miss it.  I was glad to be at the March meeting, as I had met Linda Forey a while ago ( at a party at my brother's!) and was looking forward to seeing her again. 

Here she is, with her water on hand - she was recovering from a cold.  She was a lovely speaker, full of fun, and had an impressive set of quilts.  She was a self confessed competition enterer, and had won lots of them!  It's no wonder, with the standard of her work.  It was innovative and very skillful.  

Lots of people wanted to see her work in close up after her talk, and she was kind enough to allow people to handle her quilts. 

Here is her New York Beauty quilt, a taster for the workshop she ran the next day.  This was a huge success, and this fabulous technique was thoroughly demystified. 

June couldn't be with us, as she has had an operation on her back.  (I hear she is recovering nicely, but gradually.  We send her our best wishes. )  Thank you to her husband, Ed and her son who filled in for her, and here are the raffle prizes.  The 'game' is the chocolate rabbits!  Such fun! 

Show and tell started with a bang, with Janet's 'Down the Rabbit hole' designed by Sarah Fielke.  This is a fabulous quilt in beautiful colours.  I know other Piecemakers members are making this quilt, so look forward to more versions of it. 

Here are two sweet baby quilts.  Effective ways of using a print and keeping it out with plain fabrics. 

This is a beautiful bright quilt using up lots of different fabrics.  

Paula started this quilt in 2015 when we had our 15 Challenge.  She made the fifteen butterflies, but that's as far as it went.  The next year she made one more, but again, that's as far as it went.  This year she put them all together into this gorgeous quilt! Well done! 

Here is a scrappy Mile A Minute quilt, with the blocks cut in half and arranged in a zig zag.  I think it looks fun. 

This is a Linus quilt which has been made from a set of donated blocks. The hearts had been made by quilters from the UK, USA and Australia, probably in some kind of a swap.  They work well together. 

This is a rather blurred photo of my En Provence, designed by Bonnie Hunter.  The colours represent the lavender and sunflowers of the South of France.  I love the way it floats on the cream border.  Bonnie does a free mystery quilt each year in November, and if you're interested, look at her blog, 

This is Gloria's '365 Challenge Quilt'.  The challenge was that there was a new block pattern every day for a year!  (I started this challenge, but only lasted till January 25th and then gave up!)  this quilt is fabulous, and I hope Gloria is suitably proud of herself! 

Here is a very clever baby quilt.  Lots to look at here. 

And here is a taster for Linda Forey's New York Beauty workshop.  Some New York Beauty blocks made into a beautiful bag! 


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Welcome to 2018!

OIt was a cold and miserable evening, but there was a bumper turn out for the first meeting of 2018.  We were delighted to welcome quite a few new members - I hope they had a good evening.  The speaker was our own Maria Thompson, who had brought lots and lots of wonderful quilts.  She said it was less a talk, and more a show, and there was certainly plenty to look and wonder at. 

Here she is in front of a mountain of quilts. 

And here is the interest her work inspired.  In the front of the photo is her 'Down the Rabbit hole ' BOM, which is all ready to be hand quilted.  Most of her quilts are hand quilted, because, she says, she can't do machine quilting!  I'm sure that's not true, but her hand quilting is gorgeous!  On the right of the photo you can see the bags and boxes which were all full of her work at the beginning of the evening!  Lots of treats! 

June had provided us with delectable raffle prizes, as usual, and had bundled them up so beautifully.

It's a bit late, but Anne had brought the Christmas tree we entered in the Misterton Church Festival, so we could admire it, and people could take their own doves home.  It looks fabulous, and apparently won second place!  Well deserved. 

Some people had brought their four seasons challenge hangings.  I have photos of some, but not all unfortunately.  This is Maria's.  Lots of stitchery here. 

Gwyneth's children's literature is on the left, and some real beauties on the right. 

A clever idea to integrate all the seasons in one hanging. 

Here is a child's view of the seasons. 

Is this Sunbonnet Sue, or just one of her relatives?  Such fun. 

Next came show and tell.  Here is a handy bag, which was first made for a present, but then quickly repeated as its so useful. 

Di made this quilt from a panel, which she cut up.  It's a perfect child's quilt. 

This is a lovely Linus quilt using squares,  the red is a clever addition. 

You know how at shows, some stalls ask you to fill out your details and promise a prize draw?  Well, Chris filled out one of these cards and won this kit made from beautiful Oakshot fabrics.  Fabulous! 

Madeline made this quilt for her granddaughter from a Stuart Hillard pattern.  It's all foundation pieced, and has a lovely snugly fleece backing.  Perfect! 

Stuart Hillard's book '100 scrap quilts' has made quite an impact, as Paula made this striking design from it too.  It's a great way to use up scrap squares, and the white adds extra pizzaz. 

Paula has used the recent poor weather to make more Linus quilts.  Pink and green windmills, what's not to like? 

Paula also made this stunner.  Some while ago we had a pack of navy and white fabrics donated to Linus, and Paula has made good use of them, adding red to make the colours pop.  Lovely. 

And finally here is a quilt made by Rose from a bag of Linus squares.  Rose is a new quilter and has made a great job of this.  Keep up the good work! 
Next meeting will be a sit and sew where we all make name badges.  What a great idea, especially for those (like me) whose memory is getting increasingly dicey! See you then.