One year on…

Braintree Quilters has been running for one year now! Yippee!!! Over the year we have welcomed ladies who had never quilted before, so our numbers swelled!

At our initial meeting we agreed to attempt a group quilt after our first year. As we meet in St Peter’s Church Hall we decided to challenge ourselves to make a quilt that the church could raffle at their summer fair. We really hope it will help generate more cash for their church projects.

Several of us met up just after Christmas to choose a fabric that would be the main one running through the design.  We chose the dark green marble fabric, hoping it would appeal to both men and women.

Everyone who attended our meeting today set to work with enthusiasm making two “Cross Roads to Jericho” blocks. Grace chose the biblical block, as the most suitable one for all our members to sew. To create each block Sheila gave everyone five of the 2 ½ inch green marbled fabric squares. Then we used our stash scraps to make the arrows. Each finished block is 9 inches square.

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As we finished our blocks we placed them on the tables and watched the design grow. It was exciting to see what it looked like. Then we started moving the blocks around to see different effects. Look how your eye follows the green squares up and down, side to side, all in lines!  Wow, it will look good when it is pieced together. We have four more blocks to make before we can begin to think about adding the borders.

I hope you like the beginnings of our charity quilt. If you have any ideas how to ensure lots of local people see our quilt, which would help raise even more money do let me know!

Happy quilting!    Linda

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The next four….

Well the next four blocks for the CQJP 2013 have finally been sewn.  These blocks have been in the thought pipeline for ages and as usual I have just finished them by the deadline.  I spent Monday sewing them together, in a frenzy, whilst at Braintree Quilt Club. They continue to record my year, as you can see.

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Every May I remember the May Day celebrations at primary school. No doubt time blurs the memories, but the sight of the first bluebell always takes me back to gathering bluebells to take to school, along with an afternoon of maypole dancing.

This year I spent a wonderful afternoon with a friend wandering through a wood that was carpeted in masses of bluebells. The wind was softly whispering through the trees and the smell was soooo delicate and fragrant.

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June means holidays…

We spent a week of lazy sun filled days, with sangria evenings in Majorca.

Next we went to Brighton, so I just had to include the GROOVY material, along with the union jacks.  I bought the seaside fabric in the North Lanes – yes, I was planning this block!
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July saw us in Rutland.  We had a lovely time at Rutland Water wandering along the paths. It was soooo hot!  I just had to include the first mate fabric as I made Farris a couple of dribble bibs in it.

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Well, August is the time we quilters love with the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.  I cut and sewed the peachy 8″ block at the Sizzix stand.  I love my Sizzix Big Shot Machine and am saving hard for more dies!

My September block is going to be sewn around friendship.  My fellow quilters at Braintree Quilt Club are all giving me some fabric to sew into the block. They are choosing the colours they like and work with. Watch this space to see what it looks like!

I hope you have enjoyed  looking at the next four blocks.

Have a fun bank holiday!