Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Uttoxeter Quilt Class

Jenni had her very own, very proud "Toot, Toot" moment... her quilt top is finished!! woohoooo, what an achievement it is too. Those tiny little Flying Geese blocks that make the pin-wheels in the centre of the stars were so fiddly and troublesome... but, I'm sure you will all agree that all the trouble has paid off... this one is spectacular and, for sure, has the WOW factor. 
The reds Jenni's used (from my Table Top Shop) are so much more "red and scrumptious" than they look in this picture... Next Tuesday the plan is to make a sandwich. Jenni has decided she'll use a cream fabric for the backing, that should only need one seam sewn so, pins and masking tape permitting, she'll be quilting it next time too.
At home Gillian had stitched all the tiny little bits she had left over from piecing the top and made a fabulous backing, I will have to show you next time... so, good and early in our day, she was able to make her sandwich. Gillian started the quilting using our "points & bellies" method... to make a lovely flowery shapes for the centre. This design will be repeated in the four corner blocks and each of the other pieced blocks will have individual treatment... looking good eh...
Lovely Lyn came with her brand new Janome sewing machine, which she says she's loving. First job was to attach the walking foot so as to join two pieces of wadding together, a handy thing to know about, then we moved on to make her sandwich and start the quilting. Lyn did a great job with the quilting too.. nice straight lines shadowing the zig-zag pattern of the Railfence design, next time she'll have a go at ditch hopping on those borders.
We had another new lady join us, Marisabel. She's had a go at patchwork in the past but she's decided to go "back to basics". She was very interested in every aspect of the day, pressing, cutting sewing... chatting & lunch!!  At The Bank House we can take a packed lunch or choose to order something wonderful from the hotel kitchen, it's very reasonable and tasty to boot. Marisabel's strips were cut at 1 3/4", they will be turned into place mats so the wider strips we normally use would have made the mats altogether too big... great fabrics from Moda!

As requested, we will start to meet weekly for a while, when the hotter weather arrives we might go back to alternate Tuesdays, so, for now, you'll need to watch the side bar for the dates and available places as this class is rather full at at he moment. We meet again next week Tuesday 28th June, 10am to 3pm.

1 comment:

Maggi said...

The red and white quilt is gorgeous.