Saturday, 27 August 2016

August Round Up

 Lots has been going on during the month, but unfortunately I was not there to record it.

But this week things are getting back to normal(ish)

Lesley is adding the faces to this cute applique quilt

 Angie was very proud with her progress on the knitting front - Holes in all the right places!

 At our Project day, Jo had bravely suggested that she show some ladies how to make beaded decorations - Here are some of the results
 Elaine is joining all the pieces of her crocheted Ballerina Mouse

 Barbara has started on those Christmassy things
 Started this printed panel
 Chris is making more pencil cases for the Shoe-box Appeal
 Kay is quilting a fun piece of fabric
 Ena is playing with Dresden plates
 Shirley had finished a quilt that was started at a local class

Carol and Pam have completed thier versions of the Fold and Stitch Wreath

 More Christmas intentions from Brenda

Alison was putting the finishing touches to this lovely scrappy Owl Quilt
 Bernice is making TINY stitches for an Embroiderers Guild Challenge piece

Barbara is making a cushion for her cat - or is it for her? 

 This month has seen another fabulous Exhibition - Festival of Quilts in Birmingham is well worth a visit, but I think that you need more than one day to do it Justice.  I was there for four days and know that I did not see half of what was on display.

For those of you who did not get there, here is a small selection of the quilts on display

Simple enough

    But such a clever idea!  Using fancy stitches on your machine to fill the negative space.

This Flying Geese quilt took my eye.

Remember the African fabric that we had as a Challenge? 

I loved this beauty

 I feel I must have one of this type of designs in my future

 I'm sure someone must be following our Challenges - Could have been one of our "Artist" pieces

I borrowed someones hand to show the scale of this tiny Mariners Compass Miniature 

But this is the quilt that kept drawing me back 

left the visitor in to show the scale

 And this was only judged as "highly commended"


Monday, 1 August 2016

August Already!!

And Jo's tuition was in demand.

First by Annette who is make little dresses for her Grand-Twins Christening next month

And by  Lynda who is also making a smocked dress - just to hang on the wall in her studio!
 Barbara is on the last of 10 pieced Christmas decorations
because 10 is enough for anyone!

 Ann is appliqueing a Teddy Linus quilt

 Chris is stitching a sampler

And Eileen was just sewing the binding on a panel that she has made into a quilt 
 Elaine was doing the same thing. Both of these have been around ..........  for a while but they are both worth waiting for !

Jackie was also on a baby quilt, hand quilting still to be finished

Ena has remembered that she was going to make another clock as a gift.  Dresden Plate is her choice of block for this clock.

 Glenys is completely hooked on knitting these lovely bunnies.  She is planning a grey one next
so sweet!

Collen is stitching a pretty floral panel

Linda is also embroidering a sweet block

 Pam was embroidering her Christmas Red Work panels

 Bridget has got another one of her Block of the Month's blocks completed

 Shirley is playing with pretty beads and this snowflake is one of her favourite pieces.

And then there's the Fold and Stitch Wreaths (told you we would be seeing more!)
 Carole was away when we had the workshop but is catching up well
a Christmassy feel
 Tony was also away, but is on the last part of hers

June - another one absent for the workshops had finished hers

 As had Ena whose choice of bright and cheery fabrics are lovely!

Jackie had arrived a bit late on the Wednesday workshop and was feeling quite hot and VERY stressed but was still good enough to come along and have a go
  With a bit of help to catch up managed to get hers almost complete ....... until she ran out of thread, so that would be a finish for another day!
Appliqueing the paels

joining together

auditioning the fold back
Jackie has promised to send a photo of her finished wreath through as soon as it is done. But she is having a very well deserved rest for a few days!!

The lades that belong to the Mini Mania Challenge Group had brought their July challenges n to compare works

July's challenge was Seminole patchwork

they are .... quite small!

Some of the ladies were asking for the pattern for the Bear Ears Hat so I have added a link. 


I have had these two Thank You's for all of the lovely things that you have been adding to the "Preemie Box"

Photo from Instagram

Keep them coming - they are really appreciated.

There will be NO Wednesday meetings in August.

The Monday Project Day on August 15th  will be a "do your own thing" day, though I do know that there are some small groups that are planning to do something together.   If you have a project that you would like to share, let us know.

For some reason the Tutorials page has disappeared from our blog!
I will pop in the pattern links here till it gets sorted !!!
Anyone who knows how to get it back - please let me know!!!!!

Patterns for the Memory Box Project

Bear Ears Hat

From Bliss

Baby Hat

From Black Sheep Wools

Ventilator Bonnet 

Ventilation  Hat

Crochet Hat

From other sources...

Knitted Hat

Snuggly Toy Pattern

Crochet Giraffe 
Knitted Rabbit

Bonding Squares -  Knit DK yarn & 4mm needles Cast on 34 stitches and knit until square ( approx 50 rows)

Crochet - Chain 30 and DC until Square