Its been a long time since I blogged, as I’ve being busy finishing off things that were long overdue.

Yesterday the Patchwork and Quilting Pals met and I demonstrated how to cut out and sew a dresden plate block. Those who wanted to join in decided that they wanted to make mats rather than more cushions or table runners. As the shops are now selling Christmas fabrics most of us decided to go along with ‘Christmas in July’ and made them with a festive theme.

Look how different they all are!

Look how different they all are!

At least now I’ll have one new thing to put out this Christmas, finished… before I start on the ‘baby’ theme again!

Enjoy the fine weather and have fun!

Linda

Patchwork and Quilting

Wow, what a day! I’m missing my machine as it’s in for a much needed service.  So I thought I’d update some of the photos on my blog.  I’ve added a gallery of some of my patchwork and quilts to the About Me page.

Table runner

Table runner

Wow, what a difference when these are the same block!

Wow, what a difference when you choose  different fabrics.  These are the same block!

Cushion

Cushion

I hope you enjoy looking at the rest of my piccys!

Happy quilting and sewing.

Braintree Quilters

Another busy week for us all!

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Some club members were making a carry tote for their cutting mats and rulers.  I am very proud that they have chosen to use one of my own knowhowtosew.com patterns. Members will all be able to personalise their totes to ensure they fit their own rulers and cutting mats.

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Launa is quilting the outside of her tote.  It will be a lovely bright tote, as she is using some of the cotton fabric her Mum bought in India.

Linda and Diane were in great discussion about Linda’s quilt top, which is absolutely beautiful. During the day Linda busily pinned the wadding and backing on.

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Grace is hooked on attic windows! She has chosen to use the fabric she bought in Australia and New Zealand.  There will be lots more photos in the weeks to come as she works on it.

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Pat, one of our newest members, is busy hand sewing her cushion top.

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We have enough members now to start a waiting list, which is very good for a club that is only four and a half months old!  Friendships are being formed as we sit, sew, quilt, hand stitch and chat!

Happy sewing and quilting to you all!

Braintree Quilters

This week we all worked on our own projects.  Launa finished her cushion. She finished the back neatly in an envelope style. This is the first time Launa has ever quilted, she worked carefully and her cushion is very good.

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 She also finished her cathedral windows pin cushion and bought it along to show us all.

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Sheila bought in a picture of the seaside.  She made a hanging sleeve to go on the back.

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Linda made some kaleidoscope circles. They will be backed and made into table mats.

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In June our meetings will change to the second Wednesday of every month and the fourth Monday.  If you would like to join us for both days or just one each month, please contact us by email using the contact page.  Those who are beginners, or experienced at quilting, are very welcome.

Braintree Quilters

We have had another fun and productive meeting.  Everyone worked on their own  project, with lots of happy chatter in between.  Everyone’s UFOs are very different and individual, leading to lots of oohs!  and aah!  Many of us are travelling to the Duxford show this week, all determined to see what is new.

Launa was busy learning to quilt her first cushion.

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Linda was working on a gorgeous teddy panel.  She backed it with a  brightly coloured  fleece.  The fleece was in a jigsaw design. photo (74)photo (75)

Grace was working on her tablecloth. She cut  and then sewed more blocks  so it gradually increased in size. Its a lovely pattern, shown off in such beautiful fabrics.   photo (71)  photo (73)

photo (70)Mandy was finishing her table runner, sewing the binding takes a long time to finish  neatly.

We had a visitor to our meeting who wanted to see what we make.  She is hoping to join us next week.  We still have a couple of places if you would like to quilt and sew in the company of like minded ladies.

Braintree Quilters

We all enjoyed our third meeting together yesterday!  Work in progress was the order of the day and everyone was kept very busy.  Its lovely to be able to work on large tables with space to spread our work out.

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Two Bow Tie blocks

 

 

Diane is making large blocks for her sampler quilt.  She has sewn two Bow Tie quilt blocks, which were beautifully pieced together.

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Mandy’s table runner before binding

 

 

Mandy started to bind her table runner using the dark maroon material matching her small triangles. It was super to see that  she had incorporated her three kaleidoscope patches she made at our last meeting.

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Whilst Janet continued to hand quilt her beautiful baby quilt.

We are a new club and still have a couple of spaces if you would like to join us for a days quilting on a Wednesday, beginners or experienced quilters are welcome.  For more details look at our Braintree Quilters page.