Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Uttoxeter Quilt Class

Our room and the Bank House Hotel in Uttoxeter was full to bursting... it's only a small room with 6 tables so with 7 ladies ... we burst! Actually, the seventh lady stayed only to investigate what we get up to.. of course now she wants to play, we'll fit her in somehow but she'll start off at Caverswall Quilt Cave, plenty of room there.
OK, this picture is showing the progress made by Giggly Gillian. She's made 92 HST's (Half Square Triangles) each measuring, I think, 7" and she wanted to  sew some of them together to see how things are looking... looking pretty good, don't you think? This will be a double bed quilt so another 92 HST's should be about right.
Lizzy has been doing a lot of stitching at home and continued producing blocks in class... These Churndash blocks are lovely. Lizzy was worried that there might not be enough contrast in her fabric choices but, they turned out wonderful. Delicate, we don't always have to choose bright colours or dramatic contrast, what we do have to do though... is practice Pleasing My Self (PMS)... Lizzy is going to quilt this large quilt in four quarters and join it with sashing later.
This picture is a very funny angle for you... Lovely Lyn finished he quilting last week and so needed to trim off all the excess batting/wadding and fabric... using the patchwork design to straighten up by. Some people don't trim until the binding is stitched on but this way we can do a little fudging to get the quilt good and square... and hopefully flat. Lyn chose the centre triangle fabric for the binding... perfect!
Marisabel added the final 2 borders to her Bargello wall hanging. This quilt design never fails to look stunning. It seems that no matter which fabrics we choose, and the ladies have tried many different colour schemes, the design gives a WOW... I really mean a "WOW"... that's exactly what everyone says once they see the finished quilts... Marisabel had a good 6" wide strip of her strip set tube left over so we added into the backing... looks wonderful!
Messy Maureen, if you remember, is making a Red, White and Blue table runner to be raffled off in the Diamond Jubilee year, so the blocks will be set on point in the quilt... to represent the diamonds you see, lovely idea eh! There will be three of these blocks in the centre and the rest hasn't been invented yet.. we're making it up as we go along, he he he. Poor Maureen kept forgetting to press the first triangle open before adding the second... won't work that way! Never mind, she's extremely patient and quite a nifty un-picker!
Jenny started work on quilts for twin baby boys that have just arrived in her family, she'll enjoy working on smaller projects for a while, then go back to the large red and cream one that's almost finished.
We're going to meet next week, 20th September and the class is booked up... room full, once again.

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