Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Uttoxeter Quilt Class

Lizzy is back from her travels and quite excited about the idea of starting a new project. First though, she wanted to quilt this scrappy quilt made with Hour Glass blocks just before she left us, about 8 weeks ago actually! Gosh that time flew by... She made her sandwich, pinned and cracked on with the stitching, shadow quilting using her walking foot, she got loads done and I bet it will be finished for next time she comes.
Jenni had to make a start quilting her fabulous red and cream quilt... it was a good, hot and humid day in Uttoxeter... perfect for having a quilt draped over your knees, ha ha ha.. She knows it's going to keep her nice and cosy though, so it was a good "warm enough?" test... he he he She started by quilting the longer lines to stabilize the top then she'll go back to each block to do more intricate stitching.

Messy Maureen surprised us all by bringing in her quilt finished... wow she must have spent a lot of garden time doing it, it looks great! So, with a little help from Dotty Maureen ( who popped in to see what we were up to) she was able to make miles on binding and get it stitched on. She's going to do the hand stitching at home and has a pile of scraps sorted out for her next quilt, fun colours and shapes.
Marisabel started the day by purchasing safety pins from my Table Top Shop, wadding in the van. She made two small sandwiches and quilted her table mats beautifully. She got a little fed up of tying the ends off though... to be truthful, it was threading them onto a needle that was the killer, she has a needle threader at home so she decided to leave the ends for homework, next week... binding.

Lovely Lyn will be making another baby quilt soon but while she waits for news that could affect colour choices she's going to make a Log Cabin quilt (like Lilly's Colours) It needs to be brown and cream with a little bit of Duck Egg Blue to match Lyn's decor... I think these fabrics are a perfect combination and will look stunning made up. We worked on the prrrressing to stop the logs going wonky, repeat after me... "it's not a shirt , it's not a shirt!" ha ha ha

Giggly Gillian trimmed up her gorgeous lap quilt, made the binding and stitched it on. She's been free quilting with her walking foot, he he he... who says you can't?? If your happier with the control you get with your walking foot... leave it on and make curves anyway... Gillian had marked the quilting lines so she had a good guide to follow. She's used a lovely variegated King Tut thread that's just perfect...

This is the pieced backing she made... Gillian has a new book about piecing backings and she's been very eager to use it. Some of these pieces had been accidentally cut only 1" wide while making the inner borders for the top, it just shows that nothing needs to be wasted... personally I absolutely love pieced backings, but I think you know that already. Gillian's next project will be another double size in very bright colours. She made up test blocks so she's all ready to start it next time.

Next time is next week, Tuesday 12 July 10am - 3pm. There's only one spare place so, should you want to come along, please email me... or call the Bank House Hotel and they will pass on my details to ya!

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