Monday, 29 April 2013

Uttoxeter Quilt Show

Saturday I managed to visit the quilt and embroidery exhibition being held at Uttoxeter race course.  What a treat that was!  There was a section devoted to the Egyptian quilts with demonstrations of the applique used for them.  That guy shown in the photo was amazing - he drew the design outline and then covered the whole area with needle turn applique.  Truly stunning designs.

I also had a play on a longarm quilting machine which had me green with envy.  Imagine being able to see the whole width of the quilt when you are quilting - not just the small section that you are working on while part of the quilt is scrunched up to the right of the needle.  I think that I'd need to win the lottery before I could afford one of them, but I can always dream.

The embroidery section was fascinating given that I do very little embroidery.  I have signed up for a workshop to learn how to use an interlocker and what they can do, so I'm looking forward to that.

I've finished the Lucky Star block of the month for April and I love the result.  I'll definitely be using this one in a quilt some time.  I really must put a paper piecing section on the website:  you can make far more intricate quilt blocks with paper piecing.

Last week's quilt pattern was a raised box quilt which has a lovely three dimensional look to it.  It's amazing what a difference you can make by just changing the corner of the square to a half square triangle.

I know that I said I would be moving this blog across to my website, but I've decided that I like blogger so I'm going to stay here.  Maybe I'm just being a coward after all the problems that I had when moving my website, but here I'm staying1

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Saturday, 13 April 2013

Finishing Quilts


I'm giving a talk next week to a group of quilters and I thought that it would be nice to take a greater proportion of finished quilts with me, rather than a pile of quilt tops.  It's my aim to finish more quilts this year anyway, so this was as good a time as any to start putting that into practice.  I managed to finish the window cat quilt, which pleased me.  I've used curvey lines for the cat itself, meander quilting for the sky and the blue frame with crosshatching in the white window frame.

Next I found a couple of quilts that only needed the binding putting on, so they were quite quick to finish off.   This one was a quilt as you go project so it had been quilted when I made it.

This star quilt was a lap quilt so that didn't take too long to finish off.  I can't believe that I got as far as quilting it before I discovered the mistakes that I had made in the piecing.  There was no way I could unpick enough to correct the mistakes, so they just stayed in the quilt.

I was really pleased with the storm at sea quilt block that I managed to make without templates, using just squares, rectangles and triangles.  I think this is definitely one that I will make again.

Now I must sort out my quilts into some sort of order for the talk.  That's a major undertaking!

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