Monday, 31 August 2009

My Festival of Quilts

I hope you enjoy this selection from the FoQ - more to come.

Hope you're all enjoying the August Bank Holiday. It's such a shame the weather has been rather dull - but we did manage to get a little bit of gardening done.
Thank you for the kind comments about my first 'proper' walk. I'd certainly like to try some more in the future.
I wanted to tell you about the the lectures I attended at the FoQ. I'd certainly recommend having a look at them next year.
So my first one was Pauline Burbridge - what a great artist. She was really interesting. She explained how she planned her year and the process she used to make her pieces - she was very generous with sharing her sketchbooks. She makes 2 types of work now - large pieces and then pieces on a more domestic scale; these latter pieces allow her to develop a theme. She had a exhibition space at the festival - well worth a look.
Next was Maggie Gray. She is so enthusiastic (and very funny)- even though she'd only got back within the last week from a trip to Australia. She was great. My head was spinning by the end of the session as she told us all about so many processes and how she did things. A great speaker. Maggie did have a stall last year but didn't this time. Please do have a look at her blog as she is very generous with her ideas.
And finally was Regina Benson. She makes spectacular pieces. Many of them are bought by corporations as they need big spaces top be seen at their best. She had some great slides and again, like all the quilters and artist I have hear speak, was very generous with her techniques. She is also a member of the Surface Design Association - they had a stand at the show and you could buy their magazines. the magazines have in depth interviews with artists and each one has a theme. I was able to find one with an interview of Pauline Burbridge - a great find.
The show is always a great opportunity to meet up with friends. I was lucky enough to see Jane from Sew Create it, Bren Boardman (my great teacher at the Bramble Patch and a fab artists in her own right) and lost of other people I've seen at classes.
Hope you all enjoy the rest of the Bank Holiday.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

I know it's the Festival of Quilts but...

I had a few days away earlier this week. DH thought it would be nice to share with me his experience of walking the North Yorkshire Three Peaks - so we walked Ingleborough. Unlike him I managed to keep all my toes nails and could manage to walk up the stairs a few days later with ease. LOL.

And yes this photo is from the top - in August - I know it should be sunny - but as you can see it was a little overcast and a little windy.

And here I am at the trig point. I did have a hat on but it blew off once and I didn't have enough energy to run after it again.

I'm really proud of myself for getting up there as its the first 'proper' walk I've ever done.

Anyway - I'm off to FoQ again in a mo - so hopefully I'll bump into a few of you there.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, 14 August 2009

More stuff from Quorn

I'm so glad you enjoyed looking at the quilts in the same pattern - but different colours. I hope you like the other examples here in the All Star jelly roll quilt.
Anyway - next week is the Festival of Quilts at the NEC. Are any of you going? I'm there on Friday and Saturday so hope to see some of you there.
Have a good weekend

Friday, 7 August 2009

Sparkling Jelly

I thought I'd share some of the quilts that were made at sewing camp.
All these ones are a pattern called Sparkling jelly and you'll see what a huge difference colour selection makes. It also shows what great quilts you can make with a jelly roll.

Have a good weekend.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

I'm a lucky girl

I'm back from sewing camp - had a great time as usual - due to all the lovely people I met up with (and those I went with). My sewing desk did get rather messy - but I got lots done and I will post photos of the projects and what other people made.
The Jacksons (as they are called) each made an owl - they did make us laugh... I even had a dream about owls - I rescued a baby one.
And here are my cracked tile blocks laid out. I will post another photo of it finished - with borders.
And I've won some fabric on a blog - the blog is Greenolive. It's a great site and she's a very talented designer.
So after this quick post I really need to sort out my sewing room - it really does look like a bomb site.