Sunday, 26 February 2017

Pebbles workshop #1

For those wanting a sneak preview of what we did today, take a look at Alex Waylett's Facebook post

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Fabric Postcards

This month's mini tutorial was a repeat of one we did some time ago, but with so many new members this proved a poplar topic to re-do.  Here are the postcard made last night, all very different ideas and techniques.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Pile of Quilts

Everyone loves a pile of quilts ready to snuggle.

This pile is first 18 of the group's second batch of Linus quilts. Most of these 18 have been made at home over the last few months, but there are at least another 10 to come from Sunday's workshop that are now being finished off at home. 

A fab Sunday sewing, lovely company, lots of fabric, lots of ideas, lots of laughs and scrumptious cake to keep us going.

Well done everyone, thankyou and very much looking forward to another Linus workshop in a few months.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Dorset Buttons

The first of our 2017 mini tutorials, Dorset buttons. Brilliant first attempts and the workshop was enjoyed by everyone.

Here are the photos from last night.



Saturday, 12 November 2016

Christmas Applique Wallhanging Workshop

Here are the first three quilt tops for what will, hopefully, be 11 Christmas themed applique wallhangings from today's workshop.

On what was a dark, dismal and dank day outside, we spent a fabulous day sorting through loads of shapes, fabrics, trimmings etc to design 11 quite different wallhangings. We're so looking forward to seeing the others, quite a few of which are being embellished by hand, so taking a little longer to make.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Big Reveal

Well, part 1 of the 'big reveal'; the first eight mystery quilts from the mystery block challenge that 17 members of the original group took part in over the two years to January of this year. We were given 10 months to turn the 12 blocks into a quilt or other project of choice. As you can see, so far, it's quilts.

So, six completely finished quilts, one almost finished (quilted, awaiting it's binding) and one pieced quilt top. They are all very different and it's lovely to see how they've been personalised - and the backings are lovely too. 

What's also great to see is how those who were absolute beginners to patchwork and quilting when the challenge started have progressed and how confident they are now.

Here's a sneaky preview:

We'll reveal the quilts fully once we've seen the other nine mystery quilts which hopefully will be before Christmas.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

October's Show and Tell

A small group met this time, but still some lovely things to see and two yummy cakes for our tea/coffee break. We have a very talented bunch of group members who don't just patchwork and quilt as you will see.

Front and back views of some very pretty Christmas baubles. A different technique to the baubles we made last month, these use folded fabrics.

A quilt, Christmas table runner and mats and a finished gold work piece from the mini tutorial a couple of months ago. The latter looks lovely mounted in a box frame.

And a lovely rag doll. One of our group members has just completed 2 months as a volunteer for a charity based in Malawi. The children there have very few, if any toys, so a few of us will get together to make dolls similar to this one to raise funds for the charity and to send to Malawi.

Do you recall that back in January we all (well, the 17 of us that were around at the time and took part) got back our mystery block challenge folders that we'd been working on for 2 years, one block every two months to learn and practice a different technique, and that we then had 10 months to put the blocks together into a quilt? Well, the 10 months is up at our next meeting. Surprise, surprise, there's a flurry of work now needed by some to get their quilts finished - they've only had almost 3 years notice!!!!!!