Saturday, 7 December 2013

November meeting

The November meeting is our Christmas celebration!  June was in the festive mood with her raffle prizes, which were all mysterious presents.  It was a free raffle, so everyone was entered.  (I didn't win, as usual!)
We had our tasting buffet, which had lots of delicious nibbles, both sweet and savoury.

We had a Christmas item competition, and I didn't manage to take any photos of the beautiful entries.  Everyone voted for their favourite one by leaving a coin next to it, and all the coins were given to Chris as a donation to Leukemia Research.

There was a bumper amount of show and tell.  Here is my Basket Weave which was a project at Rocheberie Schoolhouse Quilters at their recent sewing day.  I pieced it and Liz quilted it beautifully on her longarm.  Thanks Liz.

Here is an example of the same block in a different arrangement,

and this is yet the same block, in another arrangement!  Very versatile.

This my Orca Bay, a Bonnie Hunter mystery from a couple of years ago.  Bonnie has started another mystery 'Celtic Solstice' which is free to everyone.  Click on the link if you'd like to join in - it will be fun!

gaynor brought this lovely quilt which has embroideries of genuine antique sewing machines.  Gaynore collects miniature sewing machines, so couldn't resist this pattern.  There are some really unusual machines here, and the colours are beautiful.

This is a really fun Christmas quilt. 

Gorgeous Christmas stars.

This photo doesn't do Bunty's quilt justice.  It's panels quilted in various designs with a subtle variegated thread.  It is very impressive.

Jenny had been feeling a bit guilty that she hadn't brought show and tell for us to enjoy, so she brought a fabulous bag full!  Here is a lovely Christmas wall hanging.

This runner show cases some intricate machine quilting.

Her tree skirt has been made from strips joined together.  I love the colours!  Very jolly!

Jenny said she can't do random, and could only contemplate bargello if it was controlled.  The repetitions make the design really stunning.

A 'simple' yet very effective runner.

This is a work in progress, quilt as you go.  Fabulous!

Muriel continues her love affair with scrappy stars.   The black background really makes them sparkle.

Jan's soduko quilt has the answers included!

Judy and Ruth went to a workshop with Jan Hassard.  Judy used her offcuts as a border,

and Ruth used hers on the back.  Clever.
Our next meeting will be a sewing evening.  Please join with a friend and bring a machine between you: one sewer, one ironer/cutter/gaffer!  We will be making blocks for Linus quilts in the Scrappy Trip design.  If you want to bring some fabric cut in strips of 2.5" x 16" (or longer) that would be lovely, but I will bring plenty for everyone to use.  Have a lovely Christmas and a happy new year!

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Exhibition success!

Our exhibition was an unqualified success!  As ever, the setting up was a little stressful, but the helpers all took it in their stride, and did their usual fabulous job of displaying the quilts.
Our banner was still looking good, although Di said that she had had to repair a few of the letters where the wind had damaged them slightly.

The sales table was very popular, and lots of fabrics and ready made items were sold.
Here is a better view of the goodies available, fabric bowls, fat quarters, book covers, pin cushions, broaches, threads, cushions, wall hangings, magasines, books and lots more. 

No exhibition would succeed without a good refreshments area, and this was quiet, restful, and furnished with an amazing array of delicious home made cakes.

Here you can see how the quilts were laid out - lots of space for visitors to admire them.

Here is our trader, Jenny, who kindly came along after our original trader let us down.  She had an array of fabrics and kits to tempt us.  (I certainly succumbed!)

June did us proud with the raffle (as usual) and made baskets to illustrate 'A Quilter's Year'.  There were baskets of delights on the theme of the four different seasons, Christmas and Easter.  These prizes were very popular indeed!

Here are Eileen and Jenny on the door.  They made sure to give Visitor's Choice slips to everyone.

here are some of the 'House and garden' quilts, designed by Andrea.  They were all fabulous, and all so individual.  Most people had modified the design slightly, and some had used it as a basis for their individuality.  What a talented bunch we are!

These three quilts are a kind of 'variation on a theme'!  The blocks are in different places on the middle and left hand quilt, while the right hand quilt has a different block at the top.  Wonderful!

More variations in blocks and borders,

and more variations in colourways.  (Is that a ladder I see on the trapunto tree?!)  If you missed out on the mystery quilt, and would like the pattern, Bunty is proposing to print some more.  The cost will be £10 (as it will be a much smaller run) and if you would like one, please leave a comment on this post or contact Lynda. 
The whole exhibition attracted over 250 visitors and was praised by all.  Here's to the next one in 2015!

Sunday, 13 October 2013


 Lutterworth Piecemakers are proud to announce their fourth biannual exhibition!

There will be loads of eye candy and inspiration for all, not to mention a sales table, trader and most important of all - cake!  If you would like to see the kind of thing you can expect, look at the last exhibition and you'll put the dates straight into your diary!
See you there!

Sunday, 6 October 2013

September meeting

Unfortunately I couldn't attend the September meeting (I was forced to go on holiday by my husband!) and from the look of the photos, I certainly missed a treat!
There were lots of finished mystery quilts, all in different colourways.

                                          The lime green and purple one is very striking!

  Someone is sneakily hiding behind this lovely green one!
Two more, one bordered, one not yet.

June's raffle was based on a mystery too, a Cluedo mystery!
Liz and Nik were in the kitchen and were delighted to both win a raffle prize.  Liz looks rather satisfied with hers!
Here is our speaker, Janet Cook, in front of one of her fabulous mosaic quilts.

She brought plenty of quilts to be admired.

Paula had been busy, busy over the summer.  This quilt is for Project Linus and was made from a strip of robot pictures a generous Malvern stall holder gave her.  The backing is made from robot fabric from the same range! 

This is a fishy quilt and the 'blue sea' sashing has been cleverly quilted with waves.

This is another one of Paula's Linus quilts, and is a Lynne Edwards design.  Beautiful choice of fabrics.

Paula bought this owl pattern a while ago and has had lots of pleasure while making it up.

Gaynor has a small wall hanging of Japanese coats.  Lovely colours.

Like many of us, Jan hates to waste time.  While hospital visiting recently she appliqued all these mittens and made them up for Linus.  Cute.

This is another owl (and family), made by Debbie.  Gorgeous.

A fabulous scrap quilt - I'd have liked to have seen this closer up.  Looks wonderful.

The next day was a workshop by Janet.  here are some of her samples.  They all look so good, I can't imagine which one I'd choose.

Here's a close up, so you can see how it's done.

Lots of concentration at this table.

And this one.  I look forward to the results at the October meeting.