Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Caverswall Quilt Cave

Wow we were busy today... you must be getting used to how it works by now... the more folks that come to Quilt Cave the busier I am so, the fewer photos get taken... you'll have to come along if you don't want to miss anything!
This first picture is of Joan The Shop. She is quilting a PhD that she started in 2010. Joan found it very uncomfortable pushing and pulling the quilt through the little machine hole to quilt with a walking foot so she could only do it for short sessions... she's just discovered that it's possible to stitch fairly straight lines using her darning foot, no need to turn the quilt at all... and she's on a roll... Go Joan!!!

Krafty Karen added a half inch, dark but bright, green inner border to her Churndash lap quilt which looked fabulous, I would even go as far as to say it was perfect. After that she added a slightly wider border of mottled beige which will have another green strip added after that... it's going to be stunning... can you believe this quilt is being made for Karen's dog? Lucky dog!

Foxy Margaret came with a box of scraps wanting to make up pinwheel blocks and some others that she was inventing as she stitched. Lots of the Half Square Triangles (HST's) are left over form the Katherine Guerrier workshop we had way back in June 2011. Margaret makes fabulous scrappy quilts.

Helen finished all the complicated stitching and fancy bits (that's a technical jargon you know) the piping etc on her second triangular corner... now it's time to start her favourite bit... cross hatch, you know the one with over 300 little ends to tie off and thread in... I'm sure she will tell us all about it!! he he he

Late Sue spent the day joining her Pineapple Blossom blocks together and just had enough time to join all but the last row. We auditioned a few fabrics trying to help Sue choose a border fabric, actually she chose the butterfly fabric instantly, what took a little time was finding the right colour for the inner border... we like to think of that strip as the seasoning, like salt and pepper... fine without it but fantastic with a little sprinkle!

My Mum (Gwynneth) has finished making her leaf blocks and started to add the Log Cabin style border strips, each block has three 1" strips added to only two sides and all the colours are mixed up... quite a challenge if you're not used to scrappy.

 One of the great things about our Quilt Cave meetings is that if you usually tend to come on a Friday but you have some life thing in the way, you just come along and join in on a Wednesday and visa versa... that's what happened today, some Friday ladies came to play... what ever the reason, we don't like to miss our quilty, stitchy fun days... and with 2 days to choose from at Caverswall, we don't have to. Switching days is very acceptabubble!
We meet again on Friday 13th January... don't be fooling yourself that it will be quiet, some of the Wednesday ladies will be joining us because they couldn't make it today!

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