Show and tell…..

Chris has been in this week teaching the final ‘Block of the Month’ of this year. The log cabin star is actually made up of 8 log cabin diamonds, with a few 1/2 square & 1/4 square triangles thrown in. Chris demonstrated the technique and then everybody set to, it was a very quiet workshop – lots of concentration required.

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Chris gave the ladies the option of a less complicated and therefore quicker version.

Caroline's log cabin diamond star

Caroline’s log cabin diamond star

Helen is making two version of this quilt and so decided that the quicker version would be wise. She got the triangles added and the border.

Helen's star

Helen’s star

Helen is super whizzy and has even found time to make this lovely log cabin wreath as well – it just needs backing and quilting. Although Helen did admit probably not this side of Christmas.

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At the beginning of the week Maria came to quilt and bind her super table runners. She has made one version here in class learning half-square & quarter-square triangles and flying geese and then has gone home and made a second version. Maria has said this has helped to re-enforce the techniques for her.

Digital StillCamera I’m sure that you’ll agree they both look fabulous, Maria went home with the yellow & grey version quilted and bound with just the hand stitching to do.

Julie-Ann bought in her quilt top to show me, this is her first full size quilt and it is really beautiful.

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She has hand appliqued the Dresden plates and then machine embroidered around the edge in a variegated thread, just stunning.

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Julie-Ann’s friend Claire brought in her quilt top in to show me too. Apparently all of Julie-Ann’s friends are called Claire (it avoids confusion ) so this is ‘Cross-stitch’ Claire. This great ‘Disappearing Nine-patch’ is going to be a play mat when it’s finished.

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Helen K brought in her fabulous quilt to show me it’s huge and she has quilted it herself on a domestic machine.

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Helen is the first to admit that she’s a little bit bonkers – I think she’s amazing and very talented.

Chris will be here again next week, on Thursday & Saturday for her last ‘Technique of the Month’ of this year – Stained Glass

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This would make a lovely Christmas table centre or cushion, we still have a few spaces left, so if you have any free time at this busy time of the year, why not come and join us, we always have great fun.

Next years workshop list is available on the website and there is something for everyone from hand quilting to the ‘Block of the month’ – beginners to the more experienced sewer, lots to enjoy.

Until next time,

Happy Stitching X

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