Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Gail Lawther

This month we had the pleasure of a talk and workshop with Gail Lawther.  Gail is particularly known for her 'stained glass' patchwork technique, and she had brought plenty of wonderful examples to stimulate us! 

Here she is with one of her Egyptian inspired designs, while people admire her other work.  She was a lovely speaker, interesting, amusing and inspiring in equal measure. 

With it being February, June had prepared little boxes of fabric love and chocolate for the raffle.  I wàs lucky enough to win one to take home.  I shared the chocolate, but not the fabric! 

Show and tell started off with a patriotic drum roll. Here is Chris's quilt made with London motif fabrics.  She made it quilt as you go.  Great fun. 

Di made this baby quilt for a friend.  I love the way she has quilted round some of the letters to define them.  Lovely. 

Is this one rail fence or courthouse steps?  It's very intriguing whatever it is! 

This is dis quilt made for the Rocheberie challenge.  Shame it's a bit late to be judged as it's beautiful. The diamonds and triangles in the border were made from the leftovers.  Clever. 

Chris made this quilt for her granddaughter.  It is certain to become a treasured possession. 

Paula is in 'use it up' mode.  She has cut lots of her fabric into 2.5" strips, and is merrily working her way through a jelly roll book.  This quilt combines Chinese Coins with some on point four patches.  Cute. 

Here is another Rocheberie quilt. The addition of the hot turquoise is a master stroke! 

This pretty granny squares quilt was made by a new member's mother.  The colours are delightful and the addition of the prairie point border adds to the charm.  

Here is my own take on a granny squares baby quilt.  It doesn't look like the same design! 

A quilt for a large bed, in very sophisticated colours. 

This is my Lovely Ladies quilt for a charity fundraiser.  It's Mile a Minute, but using lots of pieces of my novelty fabrics (by Michael Miller and Alexander Henry especially) to add a lady to each patch.  I hope it'll make some serious money. 

This is a family quilt based on Scrabble.  It has family photos and patches showing their interests.  I think it's the best quilt using photos that I have ever seen.

Ruth made this lovely baby quilt.  The stripes aren't quilted, they're the fabric's pattern!

Ruth also made this Hungry Caterpillar quilt from some leftover fabrics. 

Here is a super stencilled crane. Mit looks so lifelike. 
The next day, fifteen people came back to the hall for a workshop with Gail.  Some people made topiary trees, 

And some a Clarice Cliffe scene. 

Here they are in various stages of completion. 

And here is Madeline's too.  I can't wait to see them all finished!  

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