Friday 29 May 2009

Quilt Cave

As it was the last day for the Quilt Cave, all the ladies came! All of them. The temperature outside was 34 degrees, you can imagine how hot it was indoors with 20+ ladies huddled together... and believe me, we were huddled, not quite sardine style!

Pineapple Blossom from ... we started this as a group project quite a while ago but Amalia likes to work on several projects at the same time. This one was put to one side waiting for more fabric as Amalia had run out, not from bad planning but because half way through making it she decided she wanted it much larger than the original plan.... quite normal actually, ha ha ha

Sally made this Bento Box quilt, with the placement of the fabrics Sally got an interresting secondary pattern, quite by accident..
She made this pieced backing using up all the left over pieces from the top.

If these ladies have learned anything from my time in Portugal, it is how to use every last tiny bit and scrap of fabric!

Ursula was working on her Daffodil Wall hanging. These fabrics are ready for her next project taken from the Strips and Curves book. These fabrics will form the strata (don't worry, all will be clear when she will show you the progress on the new PIP blog!)

Rita made the quilt bug table topper, but she used a bigger pieced block for the centre and much wider strips so as to get a giant runner... a bit like my Easter Bunny.
Therese also started a new project, the Wonky blocks, they are proving to be very popular...

Leticia, our most recent convert to quilting, finished the main part of her Rail Fence table runner, she was very happy to get this far. the borders are cut ready to be added.

Jackie's Wonky Block quilt, sandwiched and almost fully quilted. This is the very same Jackie who's doing the new PIP blog, I hope you pop over to see what "my ladies" get up to once I leave....
another fabulous pieced backing, while we were looking at the front Jackie was telling us to look at the back... she was happy to have used some scraps.

Garen will use her wonky blocks and the blocks she made to practice curves recently, in the same quilt...
Rosalia originally made this lasagne top to be used as a backing for her log cabin quilt, but she likes it now, so it will be a quilt all by itself... with maybe a appliqued daisy or 3?

Arabela was quilting a new project, I think it was a map of animals around the world, she's loving the BSR.

Caught in the act!!! everyone was working away, but these two ladies looked like they were up to no good... gossip corner?

Amalia was on TV recently, I just had to get her autograph before she became too famous to get close to, I will sell it on ebay when she moves to Hollywood! he he he

It was Therese's birthday so we had champagne and black forest gateaux ... for breakfast! see how many ladies... and this is only one side of the room, most were with their sewing machines and projects to work on.
As it was the last day, I got a tiny taste of being followed be paparazzi... every time I turned, they were there.
It was a very special and very very emotional day for me. All the ladies made a block for me in blue white and yellow, very traditional colours for Portugal... if you would like to see the blocks, they're here... there is so much I want to say to everyone.... Thank you, Thank you, Thank You


me said...

It must be kind of sad to be leaving- are you moving? Seems like you have built up a pretty nice group of friends there, with your quilting! You have all done some beautiful work! And I love that everyone made you a block, that is just the sweetest thing.
Thanks for your offer to help me locate a couple of quilt shops- I followed the links on your blog and have written down the addresses. My email is: if you have any advice on what to look for that is uniquely Portuguese, or what to ask for (like fat quarters), I would be ever so grateful! If you can write it in Portuguese in the email, I will practice before I get there.
Thanks so much Angie, you are a peach.

Angie said...

Christa, I tried to email you, but the mail was returned, twice, address doesn't work.