Monday, September 9, 2013

Quilters' Circle - 9th September, 2013

Welcome to our first meeting for spring!

Marie has moved on to the next stage of the piece she has been appliquéing dots to:
As you can see, hexagons are involved. I did photograph the complete piece, but might wait to show it until all the hexagons are in place. So for now you can just see the close-up view of the part Marie was working on today.

Since our last meeting, Glennys has assembled the quilt she was cutting out:
Doesn't it look great? The pieced back features fabrics with more circus animals:
Perhaps clicking on the front and back photos to enlarge them will show what cute fabrics they are. All the fabrics came from Glennys' stash!

Today Glennys added some features to her Raggedy-Ann and Andy faces:

Vireya has finished quilting the quilt she and Marie basted two meetings ago. She has decided to finish it with a facing rather than a binding:
You can see the quilting patterns she chose; a dogwood-petal design through the body of the quilt and the first border, and a swirly-water design in the outer, frog border.
Here's the back view of the first corner of the facing, which she turned during our meeting:
That means she is about a quarter of the way round.

During the meeting we tried to avoid discussing the election too much, we compared various ways of binding quilts, and exchanged ideas about tools that may or may not help with free-motion work. We also looked at several possible ways of combining four-patch units with half-square triangle units.

The top two are designs by Bonnie Hunter, (available here) and the bottom one by Linda Hahn (available here). All are composed of blocks made of two 4-patch and two half-square units, but by orienting the parts in different directions, and changing the colour placement, each has a different look. The design at the very top can also vary in how you arrange the completed blocks, adding to the possibilities. It is amazing the variety possible from such basic shapes!

Our next meeting will be in two weeks, on 23rd September. We will have a slight change of venue, as our usual room is going to be painted and re-carpeted during the school holidays. We will instead meet in the childcare rooms at the western end of the building. Hope we see you then!

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