Sunday, 20 June 2010

Susie Corke

We were very pleased to welcome Susie Corke, and see her quilts, as she is a traditional quilter, like most of us. Her quilts were all beautiful, and she shared tips on how to achieve accuracy - such as 'measure your borders carefully, and then the quilt will hang flat' - which were very useful.

Here she is in front of her prize winning Sunburst quilt, which was designed, pieced and hand quilted by her. Since the shape is an oval, all the rays are different shapes, and had to be cut individually! It was worth it for such a fabulous result.

She was very generous in allowing people to examine her work after the talk, and give advice.

I particularly liked this triangles quilt, which, with its blue background, looked very 19th century. It was supposed to be a sugar quilt. The blue was blue wrappers for sugar cones, and the top row of every set of triangles was white, to represent the white doily on the edge of the shelf. Lovely.

This quilt is a miniature - hard to believe as the stitching and machine quilting are meticulous.
I think people have been working hard in their gardens lately (or holidaying!) as there were only a few quilts for show and tell. Never mind, what we lacked in quantity, we made up in quality.
Here is one section of the group quilt, all quilted and ready to be joined together.
And here is the rest of the section! It's a 7x7 block arrangement, so is rather large. We'll be putting it together on Wednesday 23rd, and it will be presented to the Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance for them to use in fund raising.
While I was on my feet, I showed this Linus quilt which had been made from blocks donated by Rocheberie Quilters' members. They recently had a games day, where each person was invited to make a 25 patch to use in a bingo game. After the game, people could either take their block home or donate it to charity. Most people donated their blocks, which were divided between Linus and Rose's Alzheimer charity. I divided my blocks into three groups. Ones which were less than the required size of 12.5", brights and pretties. Here are the brights.
And here are the pretties, waiting to be layered and quilted. The smaller blocks have been added to the Linus Orphan box, ready for another project.
I also showed this Linus quilt, made from blocks sewn by Y9 Textiles students at a local school. For more information about this quilt, click here.
Gaynor proudly showed this lovely jacket, made from scraps of flannel - very cosy!
And, it's fully reversable! How clever is that!

Doreen showed this lovely table runner. She loved the subtle greens, but felt it lacked something (don't ask me why!) She's pointing to some painted spirals which echo the fabric design, and add a unifying touch.

Ruth had been busy making a Linus quilt - how sunny and cheery is that!

She had also been busy making maple leaves to take as a present to a relative in Canada, no less! What a fabulous gift!

1 comment:

solomi558 said...

A beautiful collection of quilts--cottonreel