Monday, October 25, 2010

Quilters' Circle - 25th October, 2010

October is nearly over already. How can that be? 

Marilyn was the most productive person today. She chain-pieced many triangles for the 64 flying geese she needs. Here's 4 completed ones, so I suppose that long chain she worked on was the other 60!

Marie was stuffing the segments of a baby's clutch ball. Here's a few of them, featuring some very cute fabrics.

Joy did some embroidery embellishment on blocks for her blue Baltimore Album quilt.  She has started joining the blocks together.  Aren't they looking good?

These blocks will surround the large centre block which didn't come along today.

Vireya has also been putting blocks together.
Today she cut the batting and got this ready to be basted.

As well as all that, we chatted, drank tea, flicked through a big pile of older magazines, browsed catalogues Marie brought along, borrowed books from the knitters, and enjoyed Vireya's recent internet purchases (on the left below).

Our next meeting will be in a fortnight, on 8th November.  We hope some of our missing members will be back with us then!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Bonus - Marie's Birds

This is the quilt Marie showed us yesterday, but that we couldn't show until today:

Isn't it lovely? The birds, leaves and flowers are hand-appliquéd, and the rest is machine pieced. The lovely swirly quilting was also done by machine. The birds' legs, beaks and eyes are hand-embroidered. The end result is totally charming, although I don't think it looks quite as good in the photo as it does in real life.

Marie made this wall-hanging as a gift for a lucky person. The gift was presented today, which is why we couldn't show it yesterday — we didn't want to spoil the surprise! If you'd like to make one like this yourself, the quilt is from a design called Holiday Morning, by Kathy Doughty, found in the book Material Obsession by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Quilters' Circle - 11th October, 2010

Here we are in October already. Today was a lovely warm spring day, "except for the wind", which everyone seemed to say.

Joy has put together the top of her Japanese quilt:

The design is Joy's adaptation of a pattern called "Japanese Collection" by Leesa Chandler. Joy has replaced many of the original blocks with her own selection of Japanese designs, as Leesa encourages people to do in the pattern. Here's a better view of the centre block, showing the kimono flap open:

Unfortunately the lady's face is a bit bleached out in the photograph. But can you see that the inside of her kimono is also pieced?

As if that weren't enough, Joy has also completed the fourth (all hand-pieced) mariners' compass block for her miniature quilt:

Marie also had something special to show us. She has completed a delightful quilt that we can't show right now, as it is a gift. Come back tomorrow to see it!

Marilyn is making another of the blocks from the "Working with Triangles" course. She showed us her first one back in April. Today she was ruling lines on the back to help with accurate piecing:

The sandpaper stops the tiny pieces moving around while they are being worked on.

Glennys did some stitching on a Christmas wall-hanging project she started a little while back:

Cute, aren't they?

Vireya appliquéd some yoyos:

We'll have to get a a photo of the whole thing next time.

Our next meeting will be in a fortnight— the 25th October (fourth Monday of the month). But you don't have to wait that long— come back tomorrow to see Marie's completed quilt.