Sunday, 30 September 2012
After our quilt show, I was able to take home one of the table displays that Barbara made to decorate our refreshment area. Two weeks later, the flowers have died off but the foliage still has some life left in it. It seemed a waste to throw it away so yesterday I set myself the challenge of creating a new display using only foraged items. I have to admit thinking I'd probably have to supplement my finds with some bought flowers: I ended up being pleasantly surprised.
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
We were all given two pieces of fabric - mine were the coral (behind the fan) and the dragonfly batik. Every block had to contain at least one of these fabrics, plus any others of our choosing from a limited colour palette. We were also given an A3 pattern of the layout. Other than these restrictions, we were free to use whatever themes, designs or techniques we wished. As you can see, my blocks include a mixture of foundation-piecing and machine applique.
Sunday, 23 September 2012
The public has voted and I was really pleased to see just how many of the quilts got a vote: testimony to the wonderful work of the ladies in Bolton Quilters.
The winners were separated by only a few votes. And, in traditional fashion, in reverse order they were:
In 3rd place: 'Commemorative Quilt' by Joyce Thornton and Kath Worthington. The quilt was designed and made by the members of Holy Trinity Parish Church for their Dreaming Dreams project. The names of church members are hand-embroidered on the blocks.
In 2nd place: 'Floriade' by Jacqueline Martin. This is the quilt which won Best in Show, Best Machine Applique and Best Bed Quilt at the Harrogate Show.
And in 1st place: 'Pastel Daisies' by Hilary Woodward, which was her first bed quilt. The central design was taken from a quilt by Julia Reed (though I think Julia was inspired by Lynne Edwards) but the borders were Hilary's own. She's holding the crystal bowl which is presented to the winner of Visitors' Choice.
Of course, we all have our favourites, and this was mine: 'Leaves in the Breeze' by Lise Payne, from a Piece O'Cake design.
Hope you enjoyed this visit to our show. See you again in 3 years?
Next time, I'll reveal my entries for the show.
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Bolton Quilters welcome you to our 5th Exhibition. Come in and I'll show you around.
First into the main hall where we have the large quilts. This is 'Wedding Quilt' by Ann Dwyer, made for her grandson and his wife.
'Morris and Custard' is Jacqueline Martin's interpretation of William Morris. The blue ribbons were won at the Harrogate quilt show last year (and I wish I'd taken a photo so I could remember what they were for).
I also wish I'd made a note of who this was by (I'll add her name when I find out).
This beauty was definitely made by Vivien Thornton. 'Bears Paw and Flying Geese' was made for her mother who sadly didn't live to see it completed.
The downstairs hall is busy with demonstrations, traders and the smaller quilts and quilted items.
The long narrow quilts were also a group challenge, inspired by a similar challenge by Stalybridge Ps & Qs. We were all given a teabag to dye some calico and instructions to use only red as the other fabric. Our quilts were entered in the Harrogate quilt show in 2010. Again, one of these is mine.
This is 'Sweet Pea Wall Hanging' by Kath Worthington.
Look at how realistic the flowers are!
Now let's make our way to the Christmas room where the table is laid for dinner. Does the music make you feel festive?
These were part of the Christmas 'Add a row' challenge. I think by now you can tell that our group is big on challenges!
Jackie made a complete Nativity set of these dolls.
Sadly, the Christmas room is the end of our show. Hope you enjoyed your visit. Why not have another look round while you wait for the results of Visitors' Choice? I'll give you the results next time.
PS. I'll reveal which quilts were mine in a future post.
Sunday, 16 September 2012
Yesterday my quilt group held its fifth show. We've learned a lot over the years about how to keep the visitors happy. So, what is the recipe for a successful quilt show? Here's a few ideas.
Interesting displays to draw the eye. Small displays fill those awkward gaps and give a professional finish.
Provide gentle reminders not to fondle the fabric (like this one, made by yours truly). But have white gloves ready for a closer look.
Music to enhance the atmosphere and for some impromptu dancing. Yes, really! I spotted more than one lady shimmying by!
The chance to win some gorgeous hand-crafted goodies. Our bag tombola always has a queue of excited hopefuls.
Demonstrations of different techniques: Julian does the most beautiful hand quilting. I had to say that because he said he would be reading this!
Demonstrations of other interesting crafts are always welcome too. Barbara showed how to make ribbon flowers using a shredding tool.
A Visitor's Choice award so everyone can express their appreciation.
And finally, refreshments. No-one goes hungry at one of our shows!
But what's that you say? Something missing? A vital ingredient?
Oh yes, of course. Don't forget the quilts. Lots and lots of quilts.
Why don't you stay and I'll show you around.
Friday, 14 September 2012
I dislike gold buttons anyway. These might have been redeemed if they'd had some kind of detail but no, they're completely plain. The buttons had to go. First I raided Mum's button tin but couldn't find anything suitable.
A trip to John Lewis uncovered these unusual rose swirl buttons. Ridiculously expensive but they would add the unique touch I was looking for.
Interestingly, I told the shop assistant what the buttons were for and she said she often does the same thing with shirts from Primark: good buttons make the whole outfit look more expensive.
And this is what the button looks like on the dress - much better. I like the idea of adding my own touch to something, no matter how small.
And this is me doing my best Victoria Beckham model pose. Me and Chickpea had a lot of fun trying to get a decent shot though the neighbours must have thought we were a bit mad!
I wore the dress at work for the first time this week and was amazed to get several compliments. Even my Dad commented on it and he never notices what I'm wearing. Not bad for a £16 supermarket dress and just goes to show that you don't have to spend a fortune to look good. Must have been the buttons!
Sunday, 9 September 2012
It's been a lovely Sunday, possibly one of the last nice ones before Autumn kicks in. So, time to tidy up the garden with some weeding and pruning. And also time to harvest the last of the carrots. I'd already harvested a few to use in a cake but had noticed that the rest were slowly being eaten away.
The slugs have munched their way down leaving behind a perfect empty husk. If it wasn't so annoying, I'd probably find it fascinating and strangely beautiful. As it is, if I wasn't quick, there'd be nothing left to harvest.
This is what emerged from the pot. A few extra weeks of growing time didn't make any difference to the size, with the longest being a mere 10cm. In the past I've had ones which were 10 inches (26cm)! Oh well, at least there's enough for a meal. Fingers crossed for a better growing season next year.
Wednesday, 5 September 2012
I've been neglecting my quilting of late. Pressures of work and other interests mean I have less time. I'm also in the middle of hand quilting a double 'Grandmother's flower garden' for Chickpea and I'm losing the will to live. There are 56 of these flowers and I have 17 to go plus the border.
What's needed is a trip to a quilt show to remind me why I fell in love with quilting in the first place. The Great Northern Quilt Show at Harrogate is a chance to renew my enthusiasm. Me and a couple of friends from our quilt group go every year. It's a 1.5 hour journey and we pass through some lovely countryside, including seeing these domes at RAF Menwith Hill which look like gigantic golf balls.
First impressions? We usually go on a Sunday but this was Saturday and much busier. There was a good number of quilts but the show still inevitably suffers from being so soon after the much bigger Festival of Quilts. However, I spotted a few gems.
My first love has always been traditional and scrap quilts so 'Spanish Plates' by Christine Marriage ticked both boxes. It was longarm quilted and won a Judges Merit.
This caught my eye as a quilt Chickpea would love and she did. It's 'Anyone seen a dragon?' by Amanda Carter and is based on a picture by Anne Stokes.
GNQS no longer has a Visitors Choice award but if it did, this would be mine. 'Asters 2' is also by Hilary Beattie. I loved the colours, the delicacy and the multiple layers with the background asters in net and the foreground in applique. It won Art Quilt, Judges Merit and Judge's Choice.
Of course, you can't leave a quilt show without adding to your stash. I had a wishlist for a quilt I'm planning with bold patterned fabrics and was pretty restrained in sticking to that list with only a few extras thrown in.
But the highlight of the show? To our great excitement and delight, Jackie from our quilt group won three rosettes: Bed Quilt, Machine Applique and best of all, Champion Quilt!!! Well done, Jackie! For a photo, you'll have to wait for a posting in a few weeks as our group is having a quilt show of its own.
PS. I wasn't sure of the 'rules' of posting photos of other people's work on a blog. If you are the maker of any of these quilts and are unhappy at their inclusion, please let me know and I'll take down the photo.