Progress and planning

This evening the class made huge progress with pre lockdown projects and plans for future border quilts. Everyone remains so supportive of each other and I thank them all.

Settling in

After last weeks sudden changes to regulations,  I feared classes would be affected but we are ok and as one wise woman, Ann, reminded me ” it will settle down”. I am so grateful for everyone’s support and how you are getting on with beautiful work.

Second class back and all is well

The evening class has moved to Thursday so we can have the big room and we expanded to fill the space. I can relax and enjoy being together now. Thank you everyone for being so careful and considerate to each other. Let’s get on and do what we love.

First post lockdown class

I was very emotional this morning welcoming everyone back , I apologise for being too bossy but I promise to calm down. It was lovely to see so many lockdown projects and discuss ideas for the next one. We are looking at making quillows or reading bag quilts as well as a group border quilt for next years shows. Here are a taster of todays work.

Wash day Michigan blue

I know, I dont wash quilts very often unless they have spillage but this quilt was looking a little dull and it is a very special piece. I bought the fabric in South Haven Michigan  when we took my dads ashes to be scattered in Jackson, the fabrics feature blueberries which are the state fruit. It has many mistakes but it doesn’t matter, I love it and it has happy memories.

Stained glass applique

Not my favourite technique but this pattern featured in this months Todays Quilter magazine and I’ve really enjoyed making the block. It is designed by Ann and Darren Mayner of Quintessential. Now to add something to make it a little bigger.

More unfinished pieces uncovered.

Like everyone else, I’ve found myself with time on my hands and decided to sort out my stash and colour store it , tick. Pull out projects I’ve been waiting to try, tick and now decide whether to finish long forgotten projects or consign them to the recycle bin.

I bought this Japanese boxes cushion cover 5 years ago at the spring Malvern show and made a mistake piecing it. Time to sort it methinks.

Preparing to quilt

These three videos were made to supplement the Zoom scrappy quilt sessions but please have a look as some tips may help.

Trojan horses

I have made this quilt for my new grandson, I’ve quilted using free motion on the white background and parallel lines to resemble wood on the horses. The blue ones have an unquilted square to represent the hatch for the hidden men. It will be gifted this weekend and hopefully enjoyed for many years.

Design wall fun

I am a visual learner and can’t manage without a design wall when arranging work or auditioning fabric for a project. It doesn’t have to be anything special, a sheet hung from a door or a length of wadding work just as well. This will be the scrappy half square triangle piece I’m making with my Wednesday Zoom groups. I haven’t decided on the centre square yet, will wait and see what is missing when I’ve laid all the squares out.