Saturday, 31 May 2008
Friday, 30 May 2008
As you would probably expect, I didn't find a moment to take any photographs to share, so I am hoping my friends will share theirs. Here are a few that Ursula took before any visitors arrived.
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Almost everything has a place to be now ready for our Quilt Show on Thursday and Friday this week.
This is Dave putting up the last pole to hang a quilt on. He has been drilling for days!
My home is a quilt grotto!!! .. and I love it...........
I am still sewing hanging strips to the back of a few quilts and a little binding needs to be completed.
This is a very small sample of the quilts on show, you will have to come visit to see the rest of them.............
Sunday, 25 May 2008
This is Sofia with her Log Cabin quilt top. The back will be pink with white polka dots and the quilting will be done with bright orange thread. This has been a very popular design with the ladies.....
This is Katja's Log Cabin quilt.
She has decided not to add borders.
Both quilts are the same ... but different!
This is a new lady, Ana. How chic she was, to bring her sewing machine to class when is co-ordinated so well with her chosen outfit! tee hee, even Ana's jewelry complimented the machine perfectly. Here she is testing the stitch length and tension before starting to piece her patchwork.
In red is Dorila, she is adding green borders to her table runner.
Here Dorila is practicing "dancing with her feed-dogs down" before quilting her table runner. After only a few minutes she was producing beautiful meanders and daisies.
This is a great shot of everyone engrossed in their creativity, they didn't even notice me taking photos.... either that or they were just ingnoring me ! he he he
Saturday, 24 May 2008
These are used to give the bobbins a little weight. You can also see the wooden clips used to keep the bobbins organised in smaller groups.
The bobbins are very slender. My Dad turned some of these bobbins. He says for every successful one, he probably breaks ten.
This shows the progress Mum had made on her project.
Thursday, 22 May 2008
This is the second Quilt Show hosted by the IWP quilt group. The first one was 3 years ago.
There will be lots of beautiful quilts made by members of the quilt group over the years. Not all have been made in Portugal as some of our members were already quilting before they came to live here, but most have been made locally.
Today lots of quilts were delivered to my home so that we can start the preparations and planning of how to exhibit them.
Sun Bonnet Sue.
This is Therese with her Round Robin, quilted and bound, ready to show you.
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Our Blue Lady came with this fabulous backing for her blue table runner. We got the sandwich made and now it will be hand quilted. She did try quilting on a sewing machine but, for an unknown reason, the sewing machine didn't want to play nice.
Beta wasn't in the mood to sew really, so she spent the morning listening and learning ... and fabric shopping! Here she is with a quilt that she designed herself, it is very sweet.....
Here is a close-up of the little bird. Beta says she is going to applique more birds yet....
This is Marina's Log Cabin Baby quilt. Behind you can see Paula's latest quilt top.
This is a corner of Marina's baby quilt viewed from the back, it is good to see that she was "dancing with her feed-dogs down!"
Sao didn't stay for quilt class today but she did call in to show us her three blocks. These are from the Marsha McCloskey's Block Party book, we use the book a lot during our classes.
This is when the ladies saw that Paula had a new book and crowded around to take a peek. It was curious as it is all written in Chinese! Iguess it must have had great pictures... tee hee.
And here... last but definitely not least....This weeks special offer fabrics. Each of these will cost only €4.00 per metre for this week only.Call Paula if you want her to save some for you!
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
This one was absolutely fantastic, I stood for so long looking at it. The edges of the quilt are done so as to give a third dimension. What shocked me though, was that there wasn't a single prize rosette!!! I wish this show had a viewers choice vote, so many ladies were agreeing with me that it definitely deserved prizes.... well, I loved it!
Oh, this tiger quilt was just brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! The quilting, piecing, applique.... oooh everything was fabulous. I took several detailled shots but I thought that would be too much to share. You can just see in the corner that this quilt did win an award.
Saturday, 17 May 2008
I will be back in Portugal on Tuesday.
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
Dona Manuela made it!!!!!!!
Yeeha!!!! , she has finally crossed the line to join us on this 'other side' and is now, officially, A QUILTER!
This is Sofia. She is working on this Log Cabin quilt. Today she had a hard lesson in 'fudging'. I am a fabric washer, some people prefere not to wash fabrics before using them. Sofia washed her fabrics, but after having cut the strip to the right size... she found that the black one shrunk a quarter of an inch ... so she had to learn how to play with the piecing to have everything fit well. She did a good job and no-one would know anything had ever gone wrong!
Two new ladies, Alda & Rosalia. They found it difficult to choose their fabrics at first with there being so many to choose from. They have never encountered inches before! Rosario knew nothing about sewing machines, neither had used a rotary cutter...but by the end of the class today, they were almost experts!
This is Noemia with another quilt almost finished. She invented the border herself and is very proud of it. She still says she is a beginner.... I don't think so Noemia!
Last but not least .........This weeks fabrics on special offer at €4 per metre. If you want them better hurry, they are only on offer until close of shop on Saturday.
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Anyway, I cracked on with my project on Sunday and managed to complete the middle of the top. Here is the photo, not my best quality snap shot, but you get the general idea.
Right now, I am "Dancing with my feed-dogs down" on my table runner!!! fun fun fun......
Monday, 12 May 2008
Sunday, 11 May 2008
This is Licinia's, very cute and very portable Elna sewing machine with her baby quilt. Here she is stitching on the binding.
Mafalda, cutting out the pieces for her star blocks, she will be hand piecing and she has promised to have all three blocks finished by Wednesday next week.
Dorila finished piecing her Rail Fence table runner centre and is now adding the borders. Here we were auditioning the fabrics, the green and red won, they were perfect!