Quilting Challenges

4 01 2016


Some of us enjoy a challenge – we always have one for our exhibition (silver this year) as most groups do. The photo below shows the cover and one page of the amazing stitched book made by Sue H which won the challenge.  Georgina, our chair has promised the group one that she will set for us for 2016.  We wait with bated breath…

My personal one for 2015 was to complete a year of journal quilts with the Quilters Guild contemporary group.  The only specification was size (12 inches by 6 inches).  The quilts could be landscape or portrait; once chosen you had to stick with the same orientation for all twelve. I took David Hockney as a starting point and tried out a few new techniques like acrylic ink painting and different ways of making landscapes.  The requirement is only to upload photos at least every 4 months.  Some people upload each month but as usual I ended up just making the August (May, June, July and August quilts) and the December (September, October, November and December) deadlines with a few days to spare.  It has been fun to see what the other participants produce and best of all for me has been tying new techniques that I have really enjoyed.  The photo above shows my 12 journal quilts.  Now I am looking forward to 2016 and promising myself not to leave them to the last minute!


BQ End of the year

4 01 2016

We had a lovely sociable meal in November with a fun entertainer followed by our AGM in December with show and tell.  Over the year we have enjoyed wonderful speakers, inspiring workshops and probably our best ever exhibition.  We exhibited at the Pelargonium and Fuschia show and enjoyed lots of sit and sew evenings in different venues.  The young quilters won a prize at Malvern and we have raised nearly £4000 for charity this year with 2 raffle quilts, our exhibition and a quiltathon which for a small group is an outstanding achievement.  We have also made many Linus quilts for children in need. The group membership has been full with new members waiting to join in 2016.

October meeting with Eleanor Marsden

4 01 2016


The group was dazzled by the fantastic rainbow quilts made by Eleanor.  She kept us entranced as she showed us quilt after quilt, most involved using bias binding and some fascinating techniques and effects. The photos above are of her translucent rose window quilt inspired by Chartres.  Eleanor had us laughing all evening as she told us many stories about her quilt making and competition entries.  Her fascination with design and precision (she was a maths teacher) were clear to see and we had a fantastic evening.

Mevagissey 2015

4 01 2016

Once again a group of BQ members spent a lovely weekend at Bodrugan Barton near Mevagissey.  After lunch at Cowslip Workshops near Launceston together with a little fabric shopping, we spent the weekend making a variety of books with the ever inspiring Di Wells  or working on our own projects.  The company was good, the food even better and the weather good enough for walks down to the sea.  Thanks to Georgina, Di, Tim and Sally for all their hard work in making the weekend such fun.  By the time we were ready to leave we had already planned the program for 2016 so mevagissey here we come again!