Thursday, April 30, 2009

Show & Tell April/May

As the photographer is heading off for a couple of weeks (Janice) we had Show & Tell a week earlier than usual.

First Alison had a quilt for a small boy in retro prints sourced from Australia.




And a baby quilt (still a top) made from a small pack of fat 1/8s plus white sashing and borders.













Next, Carmen showed us the finished Crazy quilt she has made for her In-Laws.  We have watched this quilt come together

over the past couple of months and it looks amazing.  Lots of embroidery, beads and buttons have been added which look great.

Not being able to find the pearl buttons she wanted in Singapore,  Carmen has raided her wardrobe and used some from her clothes.  Be careful wearing those any time soon Carmen!




and a close up:

carmen Crazy 2

Maurine showed us the cushions she has made with tied & removable covers – a very clever idea.  The ties at the back have a jade ornament which really sets them off well.

maurine cushions

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Quilting Websites

We had a look today at Quiltville a website belonging to Bonnie Hunter who does lots of scrap and improvisational quilts.  There are also lots of clear tutorials on the site and plenty of inspiration.


Anyone who likes miniatures will enjoy this one.  It’s not strictly quilting, but she has possibly used quilting needles and thread while making these exquisite creations -

Quilters Leaving Blocks

It is traditional to make blocks for members of the Group who are leaving Singapore and this is a reminder that the following ladies are leaving in the next few months:

Claudette : 6” x 6” square or rectangular not longer than 8” in unfinished size.

Any colour (NOT white), with applique in any form (hand or machine) with or without

vliesofix. Please include your name and country

Rosemary : Kimono or Fan block 6 1/2” (unfinished) in “autumn colours”

Dal : A 6 1/2'” block (unfinished), any technique and using “autumn colours”

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Quilt Museum, York UK

When I was home recently I managed to find an afternoon to go and visit the recently opened Quilt Museum and Gallery. It is situated in the spectacular medieval guildhall of St Anthony in Peasholme Green, York, and is home to The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles (which I must join) and its world-famous Heritage Quilt Collection. It was a freezing day so I was very grateful to get in and see the lovely quilts which make you feel all warm and cosy and almost ready for the 3C outside.

Unfortunately, you couldn’t take photos but if you follow the link to the website you will get an idea of the type of work they do and exhibits they have. The guild is having a Little Gems' Quilt Tombola at The Birmingham Quilt Festival in Birmingham – there is a link on the right hand side on the home page. The Birmingham festival is THE festival in the UK and Sue Kirley and I both went last year and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who happens to be in the UK 20 – 23rd August. All you have to do is produce an A4 quilt that they can use to raise money for charity. I was tempted to enter until I looked at the quality of some of the ones they have already received! Maybe it’s something we could do ourselves – have a competition and silent auction?