Friday, 16 June 2017

Farnham trip 01

Before the talk

I have just returned from Farnham where Belinda and her daughter, Penny, were giving a joint talk to Farnham Quilters. Belinda showed her lovely quilts and Penny her screen printed textiles. The listeners were super impressed by both. Their work is so lovely. However we had to scrabble a bit to find pieces with hanging sleeves on as Belinda's quilts are mostly for beds so we held up the major pieces on the stage. That was my role, bag carrier and holder upper, and I was very glad to be taken  along. Needless to say as I was holding up quilts and teztiles I have no pictures apart from a view before the start.
We stayed with Brigitte Gillespie whom we had met up with in Pasadena so it was a chance for Show and Tell and  a local expedition I'll write more posts but start with quilts which Brigitte owned which she hadn't made herself
This one was made by Farnham Quilters
member, Doris Dove, who I used to go on
retreats with years ago, a lovely lady.

I think this is one of Doris's also. She devotes her time to
using up stash and making charity quilts these days and
took five years to finish all her UFO's. A lesson for us all.

A lady called Sue Davies made this but as it wasn't going to be passed on she elected to sell it so Brigitte bought it and has
given it a good home where it is seen and appreciated. A superb.work.

Label of the Baltimore quilt.

This precious piece was made by Ruth McDowell, a famous quilter, a lives at Brigitte's sudio, hanging outside when
she is working there.
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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

A lucky girl

I let my sixtieth birthday pass by with little notice. Being retired, pensions and bus pass were a sufficient celebration for anybody in my view. However the biblical three score years and ten has always held a special fascination for me and I thought I should be very disappointed not to make it that far. Well now I have but  I did start working towards it a long time ago and suggested to my friends thay might make me a small quilt either 24" or A4 sized expessive of them, more perhaps for fabric choices than technique which might be complicated. As the time approached and they reminded me of this I felt rather shamefaced but they insisted they would and the first two have been handed over. I am so inexpressibly grateful for the time and trouble taken, far more than I anticipated.
Belinda sent me a teaser picture of hexagons but I was amazed to open the package and uncover tiny hexagons with half inch sides made from  Liberty fabrics. All this plus beautiful big stitch quilting. Tracy loves improvisational piecing and uses a distinctive bright colour palette so I knew instantly who had made this little quiltlet which has so much sewing in it. All this and a delightful mug carrier (we take our own mugs to sewing days) plus my favourite Earl Grey tea.
Doll's bed with Belinda's quilt and quilt stand with Tracy's piece.


Detail

Close up

Detail

Label

Label

Mug carrier and tea from Tracy The catch catches without being buttoned through. Very clever. Trademark yellow and pink dots on lining.

Monday, 12 June 2017

I'm back

I haven't left such a long gap since I started this blog. A partial excuse is I have taken on an organising role which has tied me to my computer quite a lot so I needed to leave off and do other things.Once I've settled in it shouldn't take up quite so much time.

I made myself use my low volume  prnts collection I've been hoarding.
Foundation piecing helping with the long points.

However I have been trying to finish quilts albeit by basic walking foot quilting. Martha's quilt is for a friend's sixth grandchild and no the previous five didn't get one while Codebreaker uses leftover strips from a Kimberley Einmo layer cake class. As the workshop project has been sold, this quilt will serve as a memento though in time I may sell it too. The block white is the same as the background of the print but I didn't have enough for the sashing which is bright white. I call it a design feature.
Codebreaker and it's a true enigma as it doesn't say or mean anything. .

The back

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Oast weekend

Another quilt  by Mandy at the trunk show talk

Mandy on the stage with her quilt

Mandy at the interrupted log cabin workshop with the sample piece.

Slass work

My pieces using a printed background for a blurry effect.

One of our members, Mandy Munroe, has carved out an interesting career almost by happenstance from beginnings as a hobby quilter to teaching locally and after a spell in America making quilts for fabric manufacturers and magazines. She gave a talk on Saturday and a very successful workshop on Sunday; everyone's blocks looked good.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Last morning

Tracy's vintage farm quilt inspired by Lori Holt.
 
Tractors play a significant part in Tracy's family life so no wonder it takes pride of place.

Maggie's churn dashes with centre transposed pinwheels.

Tracy's Pippi Long Stockings

Judi's super Elizabeth Hartman Fancy Forest animals; she paid great attention to the facial
expressions! Butterfly to follow anon.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Last full day

All good things must come to an end and now projects are taking shape and we are starting to get a little tired.
I have completed my stint of  blocks and rows or this year's Bonnie project.

Tracy's churn dashes with pinwheel sashing posts.

Gillian's Night and Day blocks

Marigold's long ago UFO from a Judith Trager workshop

Stacked border print quarter square triangles

Isabel's blocks to teach this technique.

Judy O's beautiful top: we all love this.

Mags has finished quilting and binding this.

Tracy's Lori Holt blocks

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Stitch in time exhibition


I caught the last day of this fascinating exhibition.
I was delighted to speak with Jaqui Holmes smocking practitioner.

Church hangings



Work by the Norwich cathedral embroiderers

Family heirlooms
I loved this textile piece by Barbara Russ

Wednesday

Marigold (back right)with her Stonefield quilt still sewing on hexagons.

Joy's magnificent quilt, a long time in the making with mitred corners.

Tracy' bright churn dashes with deliberate "mistake".

Valerie very pleased with her block.

And Tracy ith her "Pippi longstocking".

 
My 6" blocks, four rows done

TuesdayMaggie's quilt

Mggie's completed top which she'll finish with sme super quilting in the alternate blocks.
Heather Hasthorpe visited with things to show us.

And more things

Isabel's blocks
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More bags - I only had to make one as friendsmade the rest and bought them too, the money going to our show charity,
the Meningitis Society.
 the money going t