Tuesday, 21 May 2013

New England memories

In May we were lucky to have a tour round New England with quilts!  Claire and Wendy LeMaistre told us all about their New England trip and showed the fabulous quilts this inspired.  They are mother and daughter, and how many people in the group envied their joint passion for quilting (and fabric!)

Their quilts were wonderful, bears, eagles, pumpkins, rainbows, they had all of them!  It was a really inspirational show.

More inspiration was in the 'Little House' blocks, especially for those of us who are a little behind in this mystery!

June is always full of inspiration, and here are her May raffle prizes.  Beautiful floral fabric, tied with pink tulle ribbon and decorated with flowers.  Wonderful!

And now for the show and tell.  I am constantly fascinated by scrap quilts, and here are Mile A Minute blocks combined with my other favourite - lime green!

More MAM in a different design. 

This is a striking double Wedding Ring quilt, which (according to its maker) is 'poor workmanship'.  Everyone can see how gorgeous it is, and the yellow background makes it extra gorgeous.

This quilt hasn't responded well to my 'point and click' camera style.  It was originally made for an Olympic theme, but wasn't finished in time.  (How familiar did we all find that strain!)  Still, it's finished now, and absolutely stunning.

Piecemakers were lucky to have a workshop taught by Ruth Jarman on Heirloom Quilting, and here are two quilts made by this method.  Debbie has made 20 beautiful blocks and got them assembled.  This quilt repays closer inspection!

And Ruth had got completely carried away and made 42 blocks for her fabulous heirloom!  Again, you had to look closely at this quilt to appreciate it.  Beautiful work.

Why are people so mdest about their work?  Who is this hiding behind this vibrant quilt?  I love the colours.

This is definately Di trying to hide behind this lovely quilt made from various blocks.

Di was lucky enough to have this snazzy bag given to her as a birthday present from her brother.  Can you see, it's made from a suit sleeve?  That's the ultimate in recycling.  What a thoughtful present (and from her brother!!)

A wonderful strippy, Chinese coins style.

And lastly, a Linus quilt completed by Paula.  Bright and cheerful!

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