The remit for this group is for quilts that are functional, minimalist and inspired by modern design. Bold colours and modern prints may be used, as well as areas of neutral colour to provide "negative space". modern quilts often use asymmetry in design, improvisational piecing, the re-interpretation of traditional blocks or the lack of a visible block structure. They are generally quilted with lines of stitching or grid patterns. I only took a couple of pictures of quilts in this group - not because I didn't like any of the others, but because i was so busy admiring them I forgot to take any more pictures! I only realised when I was looking back at them on my way home, and by then it was too late to worry about it!
Lisbet Borggreen - "Background Noise"
Fiona Macintosh - "Sursum Semper"
The contemporary class is always the one that I seem to take the most photographs of! The remit for this group is for quilts that draw on the traditions of quilt making, through piecing, applique or wholecloth, but have an original approach. Makers may use non-traditional fabrics, fabric printing and dyeing, embellishment and unusual construction methods. Quilts should have an original design and demonstrate sure use of colour. They may be sewn by hand, machine or any combination. Well there was one quilt that was absolutely outstanding - and was by Claudia Pfiel. Her quilt - "Fern Rising" - was getting a lot of admiring comments, especially when the steward showed the back of the quilt too - it really was stunning!!
Last weekend I was at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, and there were some amazing quilts on display. These pictures are a selection of my favourites from the Traditional Class. The remit for this group is for a quilt made using a traditional design or pattern. Quilts may be wholecloth, pieced and quilted, applique and quilted, or a combination of piecing, applique and quilting. Quilting may be hand, machine or a combination.
Well this time last week I was with my sister-in-law and a coach full of crafty ladies (hello Julie - was lovely to see you again, and hi to Pam - great to meet you!) and we were travelling to the Festival of Quilts, in Birmingham. The trip was organised by those lovely ladies at KIS Quilting in Ipswich. We all had a great day out, and came home with bags laden with goodies we'd bought, and cameras full of pictures of the most amazing quilts that were on display. I'll share more pictures on here over the next few days, but first of all here is the Winners' gallery - and I'm starting off with the quilt that won Best in Show - this was truely amazing, although the poor lighting really doesn't do it justice. If you click on the pictures, they will enlarge you can get a better view! Anyway, I'm now going to grab a cup of coffee and peruse my pictures again...
Traditional Quilts - Sandy Chandler - "Infinity" This amazing quilt also won the "Best in Show" award.
The Quilters' Guild Challenge - Laura Kemshall - "52 32'N, 04 03W"
I've been stitching the most gorgeous BOM that was bought online from Cross Patch in Wales. "Leanne's House" was designed by the Australian designer Leanne Beasley, and is made with a combination of machine piecing, hand embroidery and applique. The pattern for block 6 arrived in the post last week, and I quickly set to work on piecing the mini blocks together, and tracing the stitchery designs. I use a Micron Pigma fine-nibbed pen to trace the designs, and my favourite interfacing is weaveline - it's a very soft, woven interfacing that is fused to the back of the background fabric. DMC threads are used for the hand embroidery...
...and here's the finished block. Julia really does put the most gorgeous fabric packs together, and this one is particularly lovely. Now I just have 3 more blocks to go!
After many, many months of stitching, this quilt is finally completed! "United Stitches" BOM designed by Rosalie Dekker Designs. Bought online from Under The Mulberry Tree in Australia (2 stitchery designs were sent to me each month for 16 months). Made with fabrics from the Chirpy Lola collection. This has been hand embroidered with Cosmo threads, hand appliqued using the gluestick and appliqué paper method, and machine pieced. Finally it was longarm custom quilted by J-Quilts.
Over the weekend I've been busy putting the finishing touches to my United Stitches quilt, that was designed by Rosalie Dekker Designs. Once I'd collected my quilt from the longarm quilter, I needed to make a label to stitch on the back. I drew a simple shape and made a paper template. I added a few words saying who had stitched (me of course) and the incredible quilter (the absolutely amazing Janette at J-Quilts!). The embroidery was completed with Cosmo threads. The design was then trimmed to shape...
...I really do LOVE stripey bindings, and this one is made with Chirpy Lola fabric (this pretty fabric collection is also designed by Rosalie Dekker Designs, and the border/binding pack was bought online from Under The Mulberry Tree in Australia). Once the folded edge of the binding had been turned over to the back of the quilt, covering all the raw edges, it was hand stitched into place. The final flourish was the quilt label, which was appliqued into place.
Do you remember the "Stitched By Me" quilt that I made a few weeks ago? This has been over with Janette at J-Quilts and she has custom longarm quilted it and as usual she has made this look fabulous! Once I'd got it home, it just needed to have the binding attached, and I'd already picked out this pretty blue stripe. I used a double-fold binding method, mitring the corners, and hand stitched the folded edge over to the back of the quilt. I added a quilt sleeve to the back using some left-over backing fabric. I machined the top edge of the quilt sleeve to the top edge of the back of the quilt, at the same time as I was machining the binding into place. This saves so much time!...
...and finally added these cute wooden buttons, that came with the patterns. They really do add the finishing touch to the front of the quilt. Finally the quilt label - I played around with several of "Lynette- style" designs, and finally decided to make a quilt label with the wording and a border (I used a script from a Leanne Beasley as this style of writing is very similar to my hand writing), and then an appliqued bird that was over the edge of the label. The bird made from blue wool felt that was hand stitched in place using a gorgeous blue Valadani thread and blanket stitch (the idea for this border, and the bird with the heart were from Lynette's book "Raining Cats and Dogs)...
...and here it is finally completed - blowing gently in the breeze. This pattern is by Lynette Anderson Designs, and was made with a selection of fabrics from Lynette's "My Hearts At Home" collection. This was machine pieced with Aurifil 50wt thread, hand appliqued and hand embroidered with both DMC and Valdani threads. Kits for this gorgeous quilt are available from Lynette's shop, Little Quilt Store. If you're going to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham this year, this will be on display on Lynette's stall. I'll be at the FOQ on the Sunday, and hope to see you there!
A couple of weeks ago the pattern for block 5 of Leanne's House arrived in the post from Julia at Cross Patch. The pattern is by the Australian designer, Leanne's House, an I have made several of her designs in the past. It didn't take me long to get the block prepared - the stitchery designs were traced using a light box and a Micron Pigma pen (I use the finest one, and you do need a very steady hand as the ink is permanent). weaveline (a fusible woven interfacing was fused to each piece of background fabric and then the block was pieced together with Aurifil 50wt thread...
...I always use a wooden embroidery hoop to keep the fabric taut, and the hand embroidery was completed using 2 strands of DMC thread in very simple stitches - back stitch, running stitch, lazy daisy and satin stitch. The small hearts were appliqued into place using the glue stick and applique paper method - those apliquick rods made turning over the edges of the hearts very easy! Anyway, here's the completed block. I've already stitched the first 3 blocks together to make row 1 and it's looking very pretty. Can't wait for block 6 to arrive in the post!
This cute bundle of pretty fabrics has been in my sewing box for simply AGES and it was the perfect choice for my latest project. These are a selection from the "Stitches" collection by Lynette Anderson Designs for Henry Glass & Co (from a few years ago now - ) and I'd got the perfect pink variegated Aurifil thread for quilting these pretty fabrics. I'd seen some sewing machine covers on an Instagram page that I follow, Lizzie The Quilter. Her blog is here. I downloaded a PDF pattern from her Etsy shop, and soon got to work machine piecing lots of squares together. The front pocket is neatened with binding, and I added a style idea of my own - some bright red cotton lace trimming, to match the "red" on my Bernina sewing machine. I used pellon felted polyester wadding for this, and quilted both the pocket and the cover in straight rows 0.5" apart...
...and here's the completed sewing machine cover! The pocket at the front is just the right size for storing the extension table and instruction manual. This is ideal for keeping the dust off my machine when I keep it out for a few days, as I don't have a special sewing room yet - my sewing table has to be hastily converted back to a dining table at meal times! This was really simple to make, and I might have to stitch up a few of these for for gifts for my sewing friends.
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