Saturday, 6 October 2012

September and vintage quilts

What a fabulous evening we had when Jane Cobbett came and brought not only her delightful son James, but also part of her wonderful collection of vintage quilts!  Here Jane and James are displaying a gorgeous Victorian crazy quilt.  It was beautifully embroidered. 

Some of the quilts were quite utilitarian, but still fascinating.

 Double wedding ring - always a favourite.

 Here is Sunbonnet Sue - love her or hate her! - either appliqued or in redwork.

And finally a Dresden Plate quilt in 1930s colours.  Charming.

There was a lot of excitement over the new Block of the Month quilt designed by Andrea.  Bunty was in charge of the organisation (and who better?) and gave out the instructions to people individually.  I'm waiting with anticipation to see some of the finished blocks next month!

 Now to show and tell.  The wet summer has certainly had an influence on people's output!  Paula was first with this lovely quilt which was made from Linus orphan blocks.  I bet the donors of these blocks are kicking themselves when they see how lovely they look now!

The Linus ladies have been rather taken with working with strings, and here is Paula's excellent use of blue strings.  Gorgeous.

Paula can work her magic with anything which comes her way!  Here's a pack of charm squares converted into a cute cot quilt for Project Linus. 

How can simple 9-patches look so good?  The white makes them look crisp yet gentle.

 And these 9-patches on point look completely different and quite jaunty!

 And lastly, here is Paula's version of the Rocheberie Mystery Quilt.  The colours are stunning, and although it is all straight seams, can you see the circles?  A super design!

Ruth had been busy too, and had hand quilted this lovely cushion.
She had organised a workshop with Yvonne Brown which included lots of burning and layering, based on medieval tiles, and had made up her samples into this fabulous quilt.  The colours are wonderful and very in keeping with the theme.
Ann and Doreen had both been to the same workshop, but had been more content to leave their samples as testament to a fabulous journey.  Fair play.

Sarah is a talented quilter who has won commendations for her quilts in national competitions.  This was a way of using up scraps - but with talent!  Amazing!

This is the quilt which was commended at Bletchley - and quite right too.

Gaynor had been to a summer school and made several lovely quilts.  This one was made from different sized strips, and was an interesting slant on Chinese Coins.  What fun.

Here's another use of strips called tenements (I think).  It looks really effective.

Here is a quilt which has been several years in the making.  Gaynor made all the teddy blocks a few years ago, and then they languished in the cupboard (we all have blocks like this!)  Then recently she realised that her granddaughter would be too old for teddies if she didn't get a move on, so the piano keys border was added and this is the result!  I'm sure the recipient will be thrilled!

Di was asked to make this Rennie Mackintosh rose for a friend.  I'm sure they'll be delighted.

She recommends buying backing fabric from IKEA (from the children's department) as it is 100% cotton, very reasonably priced and bright and cheerful!

This is the front of the quilt - simple, but very effective.

Another child's quilt from DI is this alphabet quilt.  She has bordered the letters with bright colours to make a vibrant and cheery educational aid come comforter!  Double purpose!

 More IKEA fabric on the back - gorgeous.

This super bag was made for a friend who loves sea horses.  This doesn't make any sense unless you could see the fabrics and embellishments, but believe me, it's gorgeous and completely appropriate. 

Rebecca had spent her time very profitably by working these lovely Sashiko fish on this top.

On the back were these lilies and dragonflies.  Rebecca particularly liked the dragonflies until she realised that their meaning in Japanese culture is 'dutiful daughter'!  None of us want to be lumbered with that!  (Although of course we'll do our level best!)

Next month's meeting will be the next block of the BOM, the AGM and mini-workshops.  You can't miss it!
Stop Press: is anyone going to the Quilter's Guild AGM in Nottingham, as Ruth would be interested in car-sharing.  Leave a comment if you are interested.