Monday, January 30, 2012

Quilters' Circle - 30th January, 2012

It was a hot and sticky day. Not unexpected weather for this time of year, we suppose! A small group of quilters attended the Quilters' Circle fifth Monday meeting.

Marie brought along a Down Under Quilts magazine fresh from the letterbox. March looks like a big month for quilt shows in Victoria:
There are a few there we might make it to. In the meantime Marie is still appliquéing circles; quilter's circles.

Vireya spread out the sunflower blocks she has made so far. Will they be a wall hanging? What will go between them? How many more will she make?
Maybe not a lot more, given that today she was playing with ideas for another project using these shapes:

Later on, Richard joined us. He had purchased some fusible bias tape to outline the design elements of his quilt:
The package says, "It will eliminate time consumption in making and pinning it in place." I guess they are right, because it goes on pretty quickly! Richard will stitch it down later. The black lines really add impact to the design:

Our next meeting will be in two weeks, on 13th February. We hope you can join us!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Quilters' Circle - 23rd January, 2012

Welcome back for 2012, and happy birthday to Glennys! We all had cake to celebrate, and enjoyed catching up with what everyone did over the break.

Glennys is trying not to go slowly blind working on this cross-stitch sampler for her youngest grand-daughter:
That's actually four different pale pinks, and keeping track of them is not easy. It is painstaking work, but it will be lovely when it is finished!

Since our last meeting, Carol has finished putting together the quilt she is making for her grandmother, and is now adding a border:
Here's a close view of one of the embroidered blocks:
Very pretty! And baby Isabella approves, too. She wanted to get her hands on the quilt to see if tastes as good as it looks.

Marie made this lovely cushion for a friend:
It is the first time she has made the "snail trail" quilt block, and she enjoyed putting it together, so it might not be her last.

Today Marie was appliquéing circles for her on-going project. Here's her stock of circles:
She had fun going through her fabric supplies choosing which ones to cut out, but it will take a lot of stitching to use up all that she has cut so far.

Vireya brought along this quilt she finished during our break.
She made it using the "stack-n-whack" kaleidoscope technique devised by Bethany Reynolds. Vireya last brought this quilt along when it was in pieces about six years ago, although she actually made the blocks about five years before that. She is very happy to have finally finished it!

She also made this top since our last meeting:
This is Bonnie Hunter's design, "Story-Time Stars", which was only published on 10th January this year. Will Vireya get it quilted as quickly as she assembled it?

Leigh has been bitten by the hexagon bug, so came along to show us her progress and ask us about various methods of doing English paper-piecing. Everyone has a different preferred method, of course!
For now Leigh is just making these shapes, but she's considering unconventional layouts when it comes to assembling them into a quilt. It will be interesting to watch her progress and see what she decides.

January has five Mondays this year, so we will all be back again next week. See you then!