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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The "Blues" Challenge

Our "Blues" challenge was due this week (well, it was due in December 2014 but who's quibbling?!). Here are some of the results, and everybody had done an outstanding job.  It's always so exciting to see how creative people are with the same instructions. There are still a couple of entries missing but hope to see them soon. Here's the challenge fabric (complete with cat hair compliments of Pretzel), a pretty batik with swirly paisleys.

Meanwhile, here's Pauline's quilt. She opted for the colour "blue" and matched the fabrics beautifully. The stitching also makes her pieces pop, and the binding incorporates the challenge fabric too. A delightful entry.
 Jean is a local quilter who participated in the challenge, and joined us for the evening. We hope to see her more often, she's a wonderful quilter and crafter. Here's Jean's entry - look at those tiny windmill blocks. and the tucked-in prairie points on the border. Jean machine quilts all her quilts, including this one. So pretty.
 Here's a detail from Jean's quilt, you can see the prairie point border with all the beading to fasten them. Lots of work in this.
Here's Donna's quilt. I hummed and hah-ed until I had a flash of inspiration. Blues music comes from the slaves on America's plantations originally, and expresses their sadness about their life. I wanted to represent that with the teardrops. Then I put the flower in to represent hope. All hand stitched. I added some beads I discovered to make the teardrops glisten.
This was our haul before Marg arrived.
 Here's Marg's quilt, a really interesting and beautiful take on the theme. She added music, a guitar and a saxophone, blue birds, lovely stitching, and quite a bit of beading and bling. It's a very cheerful quilt and I love the strings on the guitar!
Annette was the first to post, and she chose the "Blues Train" as a theme.The Blues Train is an event where people spend the evening on the train listening to various blues bands and generally having a good time.  The star and binding are made from the challenge fabric, and Annette experimented with the letter stitching on her machine. It turned out beautifully!

Thanks everybody for joining my challenge, it's always great fun.
Jean was finishing the binding on her Ricky Timms quilt, so we needed to add this to the show n tell part of the evening. Isn't it magnificent?! I added a close-up of the quilting detail (all done by Jean on her machine).  This lovely lady is seriously talented!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Beautiful quilts

Last Wednesday Marina brought in two quilts she had finished...she had to prise them off her daughters..lol!!  Marina has been using up fabrics she has......these are just so beautiful

the light here does not do the colours justice...they are two spectacular quilts, beautifully made and quilted.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Patterns In the Library

P1.    Chubby Birds (Creative Cards

P2.    The Joy of Life Block 5

P3.    No measure Bargello

P4.    13 Christmas Stitchings

P5.    'Rudy' (Molly design)

P6.    Shell Shelters ( Turtles)

P7.    'Love Is' Block 1 - Home

P8.    'Love Is' Block 2 - Angels

P9.    'Love Is'  Block 3 - Made by Hand

P10.  'Love Is'  Block 4 - Nature

P11.  'Love Is'  Block 5 -

P12.   'Love Is' Block 6 - Flowers

P13.  'Love Is'  Block 7 - Tea for Two

P14.  'Love Is'  Block 8 -

P15.  'Love Is'  Block 9 - Neighbour

P16.  'Love Is'  Block 10 - Borders

P17.  Heart & Home  1 of 6 'My Heart's Delight

P18.  Heart & Home 2 of 6 'X My Quilt Shop'

P19.  Heart & Home 3 of 6 'My Sweet Heart'

P20.  Heart & Home 4 of 6 'The Purr-fect Heart'

P21.  Heart & Home 5 of 6 'Pieced Hearts House and Appliqué'

P22. Heart & Home 6 of 6 'Assembling the Quilt'

P23. Heart & Home Accessory Fabric Packet

P24.  Home for Christmas

P25. The Night Before Christmas

P26.  More Night Before

P27. Waiting for Santa

P28. Catch the Spirit

P29. Heart Patch

P30.  All things Christmas.

Books In the Library

1.  Fast fat Quarter Quilts

2.  Fat Quarter Quickies   by  Kathy Brocon

3.  Bags: the modern classics     by Sue Kim

4.  Inchies

5.  Tilda's Studio     by Tone Finnanger

6.  Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide

7.  Strip Lovers   by Suzanne McNeill

8.  Cotton Country Quilt   by Bronwyn Hayes

9.  Jelly Roll Quilts   by Pam & Nicky Lintott

10. Stitched Postcards

11. The Tilda Characters Collection    by Tone Finnanger

12. Quilting Essentials

13. Tilda's Seaside Ideas    by Tone Finnanager

14. Fa la la la Felts    by Amanda Carestio

15. Quilting in no time    by Emma Hardy

16. Raggedy Reverse Appliqué  by Kim Deneault

17. Little Felted Animals   bu Marie-Noelle Horvath

18. Scandinavian Needlecraft     by Clare Youngs

19. Tilda's Christmas    by Tone Finnanger

20. Crafting Tilda's Friends   by Tone Finnanger.