Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Bridge Quilters Visit

I was invited by the Quilting Twins to visit Bridge Quilters at their Widnes venue and enjoyed a really super day with all the ladies there.... and lovely cake too. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly. Thanks so much to everyone.
I talked about my journey into quilting, showing and telling about some of my makes after which I helped members finish their Windmill Bags. I also gave instructions for making my Liberty Petal Scarves and a few other easy items. Here are a few photos of the results of the day. Lots of super makes and how different the bags look in the contrasting colour choices and fabric designs.
Inside a bag

Above shows the "Windmill" construction of a bag and below the inside. 
The cross point is the base.
I recieved a generous donation from the group which has gone to a fundraising site I am supporting to help a lovely lady I know to have IVF to make her dream for a baby come true.
Leanne and Kayleigh kindly made me this fabulous handy patchwork pouch with a clear window, which I love.  I've already had a go at making some as gifts for my friends but I made mine from scraps so they are nowhere as good as my lovely gift from the twins.
Here's one of my sample bags which is made from little Liberty fabric scraps.
Finally a couple of items I am still developing. 
First these friendship bracelets....
and a necklace which will be so much better when made with more suitable beads.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Windmill Bag Workshop

I was invited by Waterloo Quilters to give a workshop and the ladies came with their panels ready prepared for the Windmill Bag and Liberty Leaf Scarf, to enable them to learn the construction process in the time allowed. 
The scarf was just demonstrated to be constructed at home.
There was a wonderful array of colours, fabrics and techniques to be seen so I am showing a range of them in various stages. 
Well done to everyone for producing such excellent results and thank you so much from me for such a lovely welcome. I really enjoyed my day with you all.

Above, a handy internal pocket inserted, after quilting and within the bindings, before joining the panels.
An Extra large tote

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Liberty 3 Cushions & Quilt

I have been quiet here on my blog since Christmas but not in my stitching. My machine has been whizzing away and my fingers have been hand stitching too. The proof is below but I cannot yet show my biggest project, which I started on Boxing Day and finished before the end of January. I finally made a quilt for my daughter's marriage which was September 2016. due to all the problems we have had I could not begin to think about it and my daughter told me to make it whenever I felt up to it. I am pleased that it is finished but I want to give it to her personally to share her reaction.
I recently played around with some of my Liberty Hexagons and I really enjoyed making the cushion below, and I love the result too.
It really doesn't matter how the fabrics are laid out as Liberty designs all seems to go together beautifully and there are about 50 different designs here.
The triangles in the next cushion were all hand stitched but I machine stitched the quilting and borders.

Hand stitched Granny's Garden Hexies
The back of the cushion above in simple squares.
This quilt is a smaller on than my daughter's wapping king sized one. I made this as a wedding present for a friend's son who we have know since he was a little boy.
I think I am addicted to using Liberty fabric as it is so lovely to handle and produces good results from the simplest of designs. It relaxes me and makes me happy!