As some of you are aware, I am a member of the Modern Group within the Quilters Guild. Every year they have a challenge and this year, the title of the challenge was “It Takes Two “ so you could use two shapes, two colours etc. I chose to use black and white fabrics. It was remembering my Art lessons in the early 60’s, when we were introduced to Op Art and the new fashion by Mary Quant, that helped me to decide on the designs for my quilts. I really enjoyed making the first one so I made another and submitted them both. The size had to be 20”x 20”.
With the help of my friends at church, I put together this quilt which has messages of love and hope for our friend Margaret who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone disease a few months ago. The idea came from the quilt we all helped to make for a dear friend, Edwina, a member of our group at Standish, a few years ago now.
I made a bag from our ‘Something to Make’ section in July, using left over fabric from a bedroom curtain.
This Japanese purse from the ‘something to make ‘ in September is almost finished, but I will need further instructions at our next meeting, in order to complete it.
On a recent visit to Hobbycraft, I found some Harry Potter fabric and as both daughter-in-laws love the Harry Potter films, I bought a couple of metres and knew I would be able to make some cushions, or zipper bags etc, as stocking fillers for Christmas.
After seeing an idea in a magazine, I modified the design to suit my needs and made a ‘draughts’ board utilising strips of the Harry Potter fabric down the sides. I also had a go at some ‘stitching in the ditch’ as I didn’t feel that lines of stitching in the 1.5 inch squares would look right.
I also visited the new fabric shop that has opened in Bryn called ‘Habbyrags, as I needed some backing fabric, and this new shop had been mentioned at our last meeting. I met one of the owners Caroline, who had some craft cottons of various colours in stock and I bought some black cotton fabric for the back, so that I was able to complete the first one, in time for the blog.
I have asked Mark if he will 3D print some draughts pieces with their initials in, and in all, I will now be making four for Christmas presents this year.
This is a cover for a sewing machine that I made and embroidered using my embroidery machine.
I needed some advice on how to join the binding around the bottom edge and Chris B kindly made a video for me. (This can be seen in a separate blog this month) you can find it under the ‘Members Blog’ section.
Finally, a few notes about our first meeting back.
After our introductions, everyone had a good catch up, whilst having refreshments and there were a few ‘show and tells’ to see what a some of us have been making over the last few months.
Here is a small excerpt from the beginning of our Aide Memoire that Barbara kindly prepares for us after each meeting, as a way of remembering what we did.
‘What a great feeling to see so many of our members returning and I have got to say you all looked so well. I feel sure that, although several of you will be attending Waddow on our next meeting, many more of our regulars will appear over the next few meetings.
I, on behalf of the group, would like to take this opportunity to welcome onboard two new members. They are Rosy J and Dorothy W. On speaking to them at the end of the meeting they both expressed how much they had enjoyed the welcoming friendliness of the members. Both referred to the ‘Blog’ that Carolynne has produced whilst we have been in lockdown. Let us hope that it inspires more people to come and enjoy Standish Quilters.’