Inspiration from BQ members

31 03 2010

Jeanette suggests that we link with her quilt group in Maryland, the Faithful Circle Quilters  http://faithfulcirclequilters.com/

It reminded me that I first started quilting when we spent a year in America in 1987/1988.  I joined a class in Allentown, New Jersey and for 6 weeks on Saturday mornings I learned the basics of patchwork and quilting.  As I was English, the class members were convinced that I would be a source of information about the Royal Family.  I had to work hard to keep them entertained as I knew little about the Royals!

After the classes ended I borrowed a book from the library and started a black and purple wallhanging inspired by Amish colours.  I pieced it all by hand as my sewing machine was in the UK.  Once it was finished and ready to quilt, it travelled with me as we drove from East Coast to West Coast.  I spent many hours, happily stitching while the boys played in a variety of playgrounds, sandpits and motel swimming pools.  When I look at the quilt now I can feel the sunshine and hear the sounds of those weeks and I realise how many memories can be stitched into a quilt.

Jeanette also recommends one of her favourite blogs

http://blackbird-designs.blogspot.com/

Kate recommends a site she uses because they have great tutorials

http://tutorials.missouriquiltco.com/

Lots of you have been looking at this site so if you have a favourite website or blog to recommend then leave a comment or email me and I’ll post it.

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2 responses

24 04 2010
shirley chester

I get a regular newsletter from Quilters Haven in Suffolk and enjoy their website http://www.quilters-haven.co.uk They are great to order from and very helpful on the phone if you have a query.

24 04 2010
brockhamptonquilters

Thanks Shirley – I have added it as a link to favourite websites and places to buy fabric.

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