Sunday, 24 February 2013

Frazzled and dazzled

Alsion Bramley's talk this month was called 'Frazzled and Dazzled' and we were definitely dazzled (and she was a bit frazzled as she had come down from Yorkshire, just for the evening!).  Her quilts are nearly all made from silk, and the colours were fabulous.  Here she is in front of one of her amazing quilts.
This piece is her latest one, called 'York'.  It was so carefully researched that Sylvia was able to point out where she was proposed to and the hotel she stayed in with her husband!
Just to show that she can use a more realistic palette, Alison brought these two quilts.  Beautiful. 

June had been putting a lot of thought (and work) into the raffle - as usual.  This month's theme was a detective one, where people could choose an open or shut case!  Great fun.

 Lots of people had enjoyed making the latest block of the mystery quilt.  They all look so different, and I particularly like Carol's bright yellow house and Elaine's gingerbread house!

Gwyneth and I used the very same brown fabric for our roofs, strange that we did that when our styles are so very different.

 Most people used Andrea's idea of topiary trees, and don't they look gorgeous?

Very good going that 13 people had finished their block and were willing to show and tell.  We're all eager to see the completed quilts!

I'm always trying to finish UFOs, and this one has been around for a long while!  It resulted from some bargain charm packs which were bought at Malvern some years ago.  I enjoyed making the pinwheels, but felt it had rather an 'old lady' feel.  That's why it didn't get finished, until now!  I'm sending it to Ann Hill for her Alzheimer's fundraiser.  If you haven't sent a quilt yet, look here to find out what and where. 

Here is another of my UFOs, again from a while back.  I agreed a swap with some Canadian ladies which didn't quite work out how I'd anticipated!  I'll spare you the details, but suffice it to say that the resultant blocks were very difficult to put together. 

Here is a gorgeous child's quilt - I love the bright nine-patches.

Ruth had been given some raw silk, which was beautiful, but not in her preferred colours, and not a large amount.  In the end she has made this beautiful bag, with a black velvet top.  She said she's used it all up, which is a good use of something special.

Ruth has also been experimenting with some curved rulers which she bought from Creative Grids last year.  Unfortunately they came without instructions, but she managed to get some and produce these lovely items.  Clever.

Bunty made a confession - she was actually fibbing when she said she had no more UFOs last meeting, as she discovered this one, hiding in a cupboard!  She's no slouch though, as it's a UFO no longer!  Good use of scalloped borders there.

Jan is a star: she produces lots of charity quilts, and is an expert at using scraps.  This one is for Project Linus.  Thanks Jan, it's lovely. 

You would never be able to guess who had made this quilt, as it's a very scrappy quilt made by Stephanie, who doesn't do scrappy!  It was a challenge fabric swap which she embraced wholeheartedly, including putting in some Scoobidoo fabric which I got the blame for!  It's for her grandson, and I'm sure he'll love it.

She has also been busy knitting with 2-ply wool!  This shawl is so fine that it will go though a wedding ring.  (Not sure if she's tried it yet!)

Here is the Jacob's ladder quilt Paula made at the beginners' workshop last October.  Her colours are perfect and the design stunning. 

Liz brought these three quilts which had been made by Jane for Project Linus.  Jane found her scrap box was getting very full, so made lots of Mile a Minute blocks but sorted the colours out, so she ended up with a pile of pink blocks, a pile of blue, green etc. 
She was a t a loss as to where to go from there, but having made several Granny Square quilts, decided to use the blocks for that design.  She chose some 'reads as a solid' fabric from the Linus box, and sewed away.
Result - one empty scrap box and three lovely Linus quilts, which have been beautifully quilted by Liz.  Fabulous!  Thank you Liz and Jane!

Liz had brought along the jelly roll quilt she made at the last meeting - all layered and quilted!  You can see the spiral design she chose which goes perfectly with the bars on the quilt.  What a clever lady.

And here is Carole's New York Beauty quilt.  She used calico foundations to piece the points, which have all come out needle sharp - and what delectable colours!  The clever pieced border sets it all off too. 

If you fancy some quilty inspiration before the next meeting, book a ticket for The Journey of Quilts - a talk on the work of Headley Court for recovering servicemen and woman.
It is on Tuesday 12th March at 7.30pm at Jubilee Hall, Market Harborough Congregational Church.
Tickets are £5 including light refreshments and are available from "The Quarter Inch" St. Marys Road, Market Harborough, Sue Sharp 01858433396 or Ruth Wallett 01858 525346.
All proceeds will be divided between the Teenage Cancer Trust and Quilts 4 Injured Servicemen .

Thursday, 7 February 2013


Poor Di has not only lost her computer, but also the contacts for the Round Robin!    So here is all the information you would have received personally.
A trip has been arranged to go to the Spring Quilt Show at Duxford on Sunday 10th March. Pick up points are in George Street, Lutterworth 9am, White Lion, North Kilworth 9.10am, Market Harborough bus station 9.30am & Church View Road, Desborough 9.45am. We will leave Duxford at 4pm. Advance tickets are available at £6 for adults & £5 for seniors plus £12 for the coach & driver’s tip. Men are welcome to join us – maybe to visit the Imperial War Museum at Duxford – pay £14 on arrival for this option. If you’d like to come please give Ruth a ring by Monday 18th February- 01858 525346  Please bring cash or cheque to the 21st February meeting.

CHARITY For those who do not already know another way we support charity is to collect fabric scraps, threads & wadding at home then leave the bags of it just inside the main door & they are whisked away as if by magic by member Chris. She works in the Leukaemia Research shop in Lutterworth where our “rubbish” is turned into cash to support this very worthwhile charity – they have raised thousands of pounds this way so please keeps your scraps rather than them ending up in landfill sites.
Also, the table with the plastic box full of rummage is the box of delights donated to Project Linus, which aren't suitable for making children's quilts.  Please take anything out of the box (one man's trash is another man's treasure!) and leave a donation on the saucer.  the money will be used for buying wadding for this worthy cause.
Walcote hall is booked for Saturday 9th March & you are invited to come along for all or some of the day to sew with your Piecemaker friends.
Lynda has lots of Linus quilts which need layering, quilting & binding – can you help? Just bring yourself, a sewing machine and/or a hand sewing kit & lend a hand for charity.
The tombola at Festival of Quilts this year is for book wraps/covers. Sarah has already shown some examples which can use up orphan blocks, stash fabrics & embellishments. She will bring patterns, fabrics & embellishments to give us a head start. We just ask that one book wrap is donated to the tombola with any more made to keep or give away as you like. Again bring a machine &/or a hand sewing kit plus any materials you have.
Drinks & biscuits are available all day, so just bring a packed lunch if you plan to stay all day. What a lovely way of spending your day & it’s FREE!

 Finally, do you recognise the quilt above?  I was surprised to find it hanging in the coffee area of Saint Mary's church in Lutterworth.  Apparently it's very much admired by visitors (although some of the church members were unhappy about the autumn trees with ghosts and witches on them! You can never please everyone!)   Can you spot your tree?