The Making of a Quilt Charity, a Group Project

What makes a perfect evening – Fabrics, sewing and good company. This was me at my quilt group.
 
We’d had a wonderful talk on scrap quilts then we were set a task – to make a quilt block by hand in an hour – making blocks for the quilt pattern above. 
 
If you’d like to make one, this is how to do it.
Start with Cream fabric and Pink fabric cut as follows – 4 x two and a half inch squares and 4 x two and a half inch by four and a half rectangles. 
Draw a pencil line diagonally on the wrong side of the square blocks, pin onto the rectangles (right sides together) as shown above, then stitch using running stitch, as shown below.
 
 
Trim,  finger press the seam open and stitch the blocks together as shown below using a quarter of an inch seam allowance.

Then stitch the pieces together to complete the block.
 
My own eight and a half inch square block is for a charity group quilt for MacMillian
Have a go yourself x.

The Festival of Quilts 2015 – Part Five – Winners in each Category

The Festival of Quilts has a section cordoned off, where the winning quilts are already hung, but are covered – draped with cloths – until 2pm on the first day. I stood in anticipation alongside the crowds of onlookers waiting to see the best quilts in each category. Having seen the rest of the quilts in show, I knew the winning pieces would have to be something very special to win a place under the cloths. I wasn’t disappointed, they were amazing. Every inch of every piece represented hours and hours of painstaking work. Stunning colours, textures and surface design.  This year I especially liked the pieces made by the schools and the young quilters.
Here are the winners. Enjoy.

Art Quilts – My Lady by Susan Orchin
Schools (Primary 5-11) – Patchwork Magic by Belmont Grosvenor School
Traditional Quilts – Kaleidoscope by Janette Chilver
Miniature Quilts – Tempest by Kumiko Frydi
Schools (Secondary 12-16) – The Magic Circle by Watford Grammar School for Girls
Group Quilts – The Show Stoppers by The Exhibitionists

 

Young Quilter /Embroiderer 12-16 – Colores En Elvento by Sonsoles Ponti-Aguirre
Quilt Creations – The Chess Set by Mavis Walker

 

My First Quilt – Derelict by Catherine Groves
Two Person Quilt
The Quilters’ Guild Challenge – Log Cabin Crazyness! by Joy Salvage

 

Contemporary Quilts – Without Colour I Have No Voice by Lesley Brankin
Pictorial Quilts – Turtle Bay by Claudia Pfeil

Check out my other posts for more on the wonderful textile creations at the Festival of Quilts.

The Festival of Quilts 2015 – Part Four – Miniature Quilts

Every year I am drawn to the intricate beauty of these miniature quilts. Their detail and precision is mind blowing. The older I get the poorer my eyes sight is getting (yes I am past that wonderful age of 40). I aspire to have the ability to create a quilt of the caliber displayed at the Show, but for the time being I am happy to just look in awe at the skill of these stitchers. Each piece is a maximum of 30cm on its’ longest side (to be classified as a miniature), but many quilts shown below were much, much smaller.
Here are my favourite Miniature Quilts from the Show.

 

Guiding Star by Sarah Hadfield
Up North by Christine Jurd
The Observers Quilt of Birds by Sue Bibby

 

Box of Jewels by Dorian Walton
Maxiature by Rosemary Cousins
Red Circles in Red Squares II by Jane Wheeler

 

Amish Feathers by Judith Beevor

More posts from the Festival of Quilts to follow.