Basket Bag

27 07 2012

Basket Bag

My second basket bag in Philip Jacob and Kaffe Fassett fabric commissioned in arts week as a birthday present. I hope she likes it!


New Tote Bag

27 07 2012

New Tote Bag

A new tote bag pattern using fat quarters with a contrast band and straps.  Click on the link for the pattern.

A Saturday workshop with Alicia Merrett

16 07 2012

Usually when we meet for a workshop in June or July some of us are secretly wishing we were in the garden enjoying the sun.  No risk of that this week as it rained for most of the day so we were happy to be inside.  After a very late start we enjoyed looking at Alicia’s map quilts and hearing about the inspiration that led to these original quilts.  I particularly like the night one made in navy blue but the green fields were also very satisfying to the eye.

We learnt how to do a curved seam (much easier than you might think) and how to insert a strip of fabric, thin, thick or a mixture, and straight or curved in between 2 pieces of fabric.  Once we had done that we played a bit and then set about creating rows of houses and gardens and roads and fields.  Some of the class used their imagination,  started creating their map and were well on the way to a small wall hanging.  Others probably needed a bit more direction.  I for one, lack imagination and am much happier when I start something new to have a few instructions to follow and something definite to aim for before I launch out on my own.  I think that there will be finished maps but for some there will be a few good techniques learnt and another unfinished project.  But then that’s how it goes sometimes!

You can see some photos here

Upcoming events:

Sit and sew July in Winchcombe

September meeting Bobby Britnell

Quiltathon in September – don’t forget your sponsor form and fabric for Linus quilts

October meeting  Effie galletly

An Evening with Katharine Guerrier

11 07 2012

We had an excellent turn out for the talk with Katharine tonight on scrap quilts and we all enjoyed seeing many scrap quilts made over her quilting life. It was inspiring for those of us who hoard even our smallest scraps and who have far too many fat quarters to see how she made such great use of a huge number of different fabrics in one quilt.  We also loved the backs of her quilts which were often pieced. You can see one of her samplers below and the house quilt made for her second granddaughter who is still waiting for it in Australia!



Projects for the summer

6 07 2012

I have a number of projects that I need and/or want to accomplish this summer.

  • make my miniature for the Festival of quilts (urgent!)
  • make the 3 bags that were commissioned during arts week
  • finish my Japanese cushion
  • machine quilt my oakshott rectangles quilt
  • start my memory quilt for Olivia
  • finish my metrolink quilt for Joshua
  • finish my quilt as you go tote bag
  • And if that’s not enough, I fancy doing some patchwork like this one below.  It comes from Ayumi at pink penguin and I love the smallness of it

scrappy hour glass quilt

That should keep me busy for a few weeks but if keeps on raining like this no problem!

Fabric Baskets

4 07 2012

Fabric Baskets

I’ve finished my marking at last so time for a little sewing.