Showing posts with label quilt show. Show all posts
Showing posts with label quilt show. Show all posts

Thursday, 23 January 2014

A finish and a quilt!

 Last week I decided to get the bags and boxes of craft stuff residing in the loft. I have been keeping some fabric (mainly quilt backing fabric) and some wool up there for some time as there wasn't room to keep it whilst my DD & Son-in-Law were living with us.

Anyway, as I was going through the boxes I found this hat half knitted. I started it for the Oh! Bearded One several years ago and left it half done. It only took a couple of evenings to finish it! Ridiculous to leave things in the way I do when it doesn't take long to finish things!

If you have followed me for a bit you know I am making the quilt on the front cover of this book. The quilt in the book is a lap sized quilt but I am making mine to fit my king sized bed, nothing if not ambitious!

These hexis represent a quarter of the quilt excluding borders (please excuse Molly, she couldn't help but get in on the scene) 

I'm going to quilt this quilt 'as you go' because I want to hand quilt it and I couldn't manage handling the whole quilt to hand quilt it.

Hand quilting!

The cut out borders!

My bit of paper telling me how long the borders needed to be and where they are going!

One border with its' bias binding 'stalk' to be appliqued on!

This is going to be a long project, I started it in 2012 sometime but haven't spent any concentrated effort on it. One of my life ambitions is to show a quilt so I've decided I want to enter it into the Uttoxeter quilt show in 2015 so I've now got a time scale. Wish me luck! and remind me I need to keep going with it and not leave it to rot in a cupboard!

Sunday, 19 January 2014

It could be a big week!

It could be a big week this week, as DD's baby is due on Tuesday! She is certainly more than ready, she is tired and her arthritis is giving her a bit of gip (pain). We are all so excited now! But we will just have to wait & see, babies will be born when they are ready, not when we what them!

Today my friend, J & I have been to the Nantwich quilt fabric sale. This is a fabric sale that is held once a year at the Civic Hall. It is quite a popular sale, although the last couple of years haven't been as good (last year was particularly bad because the weather was so bad some of the traders couldn't get there!). This year was much better and really busy! Next year the show moves to Sandbach High School and will be held on 25th January for anyone is fairly local to me.

The green fabric is to make bias (more later in the week), the advent panel & gingerbread man fabric is for my Grandson for next Christmas. The Christmas panel in the right hand corner was from my LQS (Sew Simple at Lady Hayes in Frodsham), I bought it yesterday half price and I bought the group of fabrics in the right hand corner today, to go with it. The 2 charm packs I've wanted for a while and the fabric bundle (just because!) is Moda Luna Notte - 5 half metre cuts working out at £3.50 per half metre - a bargain in this country! 

We had a nice day! The weather was kind, dry and sunny! It was nice to potter about without any pressure.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Uttoxeter Quilt Show

Is anyone going to Uttoxeter Quilt Show on Sunday!

My friend, J & I are. If you are let me know, it would be nice to see hello!

Friday, 22 June 2012

Quilt Show

I'm on 2 weeks annual leave from work at present so when I found out about a quilt show that is on this week I thought I would go and have a look. I went on Wednesday afternoon and I had a lovely afternoon. The quilt show was held in the village of Gresford, near Wrexham, on the English/Welsh border. It is a very pretty little village.

The quilt show is divided between the church and the village hall and is held every year. I came to know about from the tutor on my workshop day on 9th June. She has a fabric stall here and I wanted some more fabric for my red and black squares quilt which was another incentive to go to the show.

The village has a big duck pond.

The pond is lovely and there were loads of ducks which really enjoyed being fed.

 The displays in the church.


I love this quilt, I love the colours. This quilt was made by Dot Sherlock, my tutor on 9th June. The fabric is Moda Collections for a cause.


This quilt is called Jewel box and was made by Dot.

This quilt was also made by Dot. I didn't realise who had made these quilts until I looked at the catalogue this morning. 

This quilt was made by Dilys Fronks. 

This one is cute.

There were other crafts on display, embroidery, photography and knitting.

The main exhibit was this! The Meerkats. I love this piece and it has been shown at Festival of Quilts last year and Uttoxeter this year and goodness knows where else. There is an article about it in the July copy of British Patchwork & Quilting as well which I just happened to buy on Wednesday afternoon too.

One of the contributors is Dilys Fronks who is famous in the British quilting world, she has written books and often speaks at quilting gatherings.

The detail on this piece is amazing. I can't wait to see what this group has produced for the this years' Festival of Quilts.

Another famous British quilter that is part of the quilting group here, is Sue Briscoe. The group is very lucky to have such talent amongst them. One of Sue's books is on my Amazon wish list.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Uttoxeter Quilt Show

In recent weeks I haven't done any sewing at all, just some knitting in the evening whilst I've been reading blog posts. I didn't even go to quilt group or a workshop day they had on Saturday but not sewing hasn't stopped me thinking & dreaming about quilting and shopping for fabric!

2 patterns that took my fancy, both use pre cuts to make them and as I love precuts, these patterns are for me.

Last Sunday (15th April) my friend, Jan and I went to Uttoxeter quilt show at the race course. This is a lovely little show that is only just over an hour from where we live. I'm afraid I didn't photograph any of the quilts on show as we didn't find them particularly inspiring. That sounds awful! I don't want to decry the work that people put into them, it's just unfortunately none of them were my 'cup of tea'. It won't stop us going back next year though.

The vendors were worth a visit though! I love Sandy Gervasis's Christmas line and 'Reindeer Games' was no exception!

A kit that will make a small wall hanging - for my sewing room when I get it!

Civil war repros, I'm continuing to collect them as I love them and I keep seeing civil war repro quilts I want to make.

Some fabric for the Queen's Jubilee. I've no idea what I'm going to with them but I just love them and as the red crowns fabric is selling out fast if I hadn't bought them now I wouldn't have got them.

A lot of people in Blogland have been raving about this book and it has been on my Amazon wish list. I just love the quilt on the front cover, hexis and civil war fabrics! Bliss!

So I just had to had to start it. The author suggests using charm packs so I bought 3 charm packs from the show and some 2" papers and got started. I sent for some more charm packs from the
Fat Quarter shop that came in less than a week and I am waiting for a couple more. The quilt in the book is lap sized but I want to make a bed sized quilt so hence so many more charm packs.

The hexis make up very quickly. I can't make up the diamonds that go in between because I bought the wrong sized papers and I'm waiting for the right ones.

The charm packs used are: Collections for a Cause-Hope, Collections for a Cause-Comfort, Sandhill Plums, Grace, Friendship, Cattails & Clover, Petite Odile and Rouenneries Deux 

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Uttoxeter purchases part 2

Here's Uttoxeter purchases part 2

A hand made glasses case that I can wear around my neck, especially when I'm out as I'm always swapping glasses - reading to sun to varifocal, it drives me mad. It's the one thing about aging that really gets to me.

 Some magazines!

A handmade handbag for my SIL for Christmas.

2 really nice wooden frames for cross stitch

Some cheap FQs to make I spy quilts when I have enough different FQs.

FQs, just because

 I bought this fabric from a quilting shop in Wales that is closing down (the owners are retiring)

They are Moda fabrics in ranges that I already have.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Uttoxeter Quilt Show

Is anybody going to the Quilt show at Uttoxeter race course?

I'm going on Sunday with my friend, J.

If you are going I'll see you there!

Monday, 24 January 2011

Yesterday's purchases

Yesterday J & I went to the Nantwich Quilt fabric sale. This is an annual sale where fairly local traders come and sell some of their end of lines at much cheaper prices. We were a bit disappointed that there wasn't more Moda fabric for sale. Last year there was a lot more Moda.

These half metre cuts are to finish the charity quilts for work. These pieces are all now cut up as borders and ready to use on these quilts.

2 jelly rolls at much reduced prices. I've already made a quilt using Moda Verna. I love this range and was happy to get hold of a jelly roll in it. The Blessings one is nice too.

Some Moda Figgy Pudding FQs and half metre cuts to add to what I've already got. I love this range and very happy to add to it as it becomes less available. I may not use this fabric for a while but it will keep until I'm ready to use it.

 These are various bits and pieces. A navy blue half metre cut to use with some blue and white 5 inch squares that have been cut out for at least 2 & a half years. These squares are to make a disappearing 9 patch quilt. The yellow flowery fabric is Moda simplicity and is to use on DD's quilt. The piece with green in it is Moda Allspice tapestry and is to add to some I already have. The spotty is Moda Patisserie. The one next to it is Moda Glace which is to add to a jelly roll and charm pack I've already got. The last fabric is a Makower one and is to use as a backing to the 4 lttle quilts I'm making for work.

 These bits are from a scrap bag. I was attracted to it bacuse it held scraps of various Moda lines I like and have got. I'll probably use them for hexis or 9 patch blocks.

 This fabric is from Nancy Nalvorsen's range, Cider Mill Road. J also bought some. we both fell in love with the range. I'm not sure what sort of quilt I'll make with these.

 These pieces of fabric are evenweave and 1 piece of Aida for cross stitch. They came from Willow Fabrics which is very near where I work.

 I also bought this aida tablecloth for £3. You can't tell here but it is cream.

 You can just make out the aida band on it here.

This is a Christmas tablecloth kit. The tablecloth has an aida centre. It should have been £20 and I paid £10 for it. I'm really pleased with it and as you can see I couldn't resist starting it.

I managed to walk round the show dispite the bad back. I'd had enough by the end though. I've taken the day off today and I'm doing a 6 hour shift instead of a 12 hour shift tomorrow. It's settling but will take a day or 2 longer yet. It was such a hardship that I spent the day sewing, at least I was sewing lap quilts for work!