This month's speaker, Pat Archibald also showed slides of her journeys, but she made it into a tutorial on how to use experiences and images as inspiration for quilts. Here she is showing a piece which was inspired by North Africa. The images are of people she met there, and look fabulous.
Her quilts were stunning, and the descriptions she gave of her thought processes and the ways she worked were fascinating. There had been a few cancellations for her subsequent workshop (due to illness and broken bones!) but these were quickly filled, once people could see her work.
Our show and tell was good too. This quilt had been made for an elderly person, and beautifully quilted by Liz. Good use of scrappy blocks here.
Coincidentally I brought a scrap quilt, Mile a Minute with Stars. I look like I'm chewing on a wasp in the photo, but honestly, I was very pleased with it!
This is Di's quilt. She was inspired by the scrappy trip blocks we made in January, and made all these blocks using the same colours in each. She then used some fabric she'd bought in IKEA as alternate squares - perfect. She'd also quilted it on her new Bernina - lovely!
Here is another one quilted by Liz, for Project Linus this time. It is the quilt made at the Rocheberie Quilters Sewing day last year as a sample. It is a very versatile block.
Debbie was quite surprised when this quilt came up. It was one she'd made a while ago, and she'd put it on the table to indicate where to put the show and tell! The colours are beautiful.
This is the second quilt that gaynor has made using this design. The first one was to showcase the wonderful fabrics she brought back from a trip Down Under. This one uses all kinds of feature fabrics. She has made it as a present, but was feeling rather sad to let it go, as there were so many memories in the fabric collection.
This is another Linus quilt made by Jan. There are some gorgeous penguins in some of the squares - sorry you can't see them!
Here are Judy and Rebecca's designs for this year's challenge. Rebecca's is on the left, lines if vibrant colour. Judy's two are on the right, and will make a matching quartet - can you see the yellow in the bottom corners in the middle? This will unite all four blocks. How clever is that!
The rose is easily recognisable as Rennie Mackintosh, and Elaine glibly said, 'Everyone's got one of these.' Well, Elaine, I haven't, and I think your colour choices are very sophisticated. The Welcome wallhanging is also Elaine's and was made from a kit.
This top had been made by Ruth from some old shirts which were being thrown out. It shows how even humble fabrics and simple patterns can made a lovely quilt.
Here are Ruth's challenge quilts. For 'squares' she has used the squares to show Australian road signs,
and for circles, Thai calligraphy, spelling the words Thailand and Phuket. Clever interpretation of the themes.
This is Ruth's too. The piece she made in the Janice Gunnar workshop last month. The colours are perfect to suggest Australia.
And here are some photos from the workshop Pat conducted the following day.
Everyone is listening intently to the many words of wisdom.
Here is Pat showing her sample for this workshop.
I think this another of Pat's pieces. Very atmospheric.
And I'm guessing these are the results of the day. Wow!