Friday, 15 August 2014

Festival of Quilts 2014


It's seems so long ago already....Festival of Quilts 2014. Spoiled again, Linzi drove four and a half hours from Aberdeen for lunch, picked me up with my suitcase and accessories for the stand then drove another five and a half hours to Birmingham. We chatted and laughed all of the way. We chatted and laughed all week, six days and six nights of chatting and laughing.

I'm guessing Ellen took this photo of the four of us, Ani, Linzi and Me (Kay Bell), with Sally our new helper.

 I was super excited that my quilt 1514 AKA The Horse won a 'Highly Commended'. There were over 800 quilts entered into the competition so that's a big deal to me.

The lighting wasn't good too many shadows for a good photo, this one had to have flash.

I was also super excited that my customer Liz entered her Lone Star quilt into the Two Person category, we won a 'Highly Commended' for this one too....and it was wonderfully hung.


My friends Julie and George of Heritage Keepsakes dropped by the stand, they had travelled from Australia with their daughter Brooke and her friend. They came bearing gifts of Koala Bear chocolate and  fabric....see the selvedge, 'Under the Australian Sun'. I am so bad at collecting photographs of special times like this one, shame on me....


Just look who I met on one of my walkabouts, my friend Bonnie Hunter no less of Quiltville.com , a fabulous Lady and inspiration to many, many quilters. So pleased to spend a few minutes with Bonnie, believe me Bonnie was in big demand for photo sessions

Linzi's Quilted Henge looked fabulous, such a huge amount of creativity and imagination in these 9 pieces, the stone circle is a quilt in itself . The Henge needs to be seen to be believed it's encrusted with semi precious stones, beads and bling. Subtle machine embroidery and laced leather skins enhance the quilted columns. See more of Linzi's work at The Quilt Quine


I love these ladies in Basques and DM's...


Janneka De Vries-Bodzinga never ceases to amaze me....this quilt is awe inspiring, I gazed at it many times over the six days I was at the show

My very good friend Rhianon had her fabulous butterfly quilt hanging too.

This ribbon worked miniature was a sheer delight to behold and only twelve inches square.

Had to buy some stuff too....



Two beauties hanging side by side by Gwenfai Rees Grithiffs and Annelize Littlefair


This is one of my all time favourite quilts of the show, the Gargoyles are 3D and made from cut, shaped and painted wadding. It's terrific, unfortunately the lighting made my photos of this a little yellow.


The UK APQS Representatives at Festival of Quilts 2014, I'm already looking forward to 2015....

Monday, 4 August 2014

We've been very busy...



This beautiful trip around the world style quilt was perfectly made by Maria who made a wonderful job of fabric choice and piecing, I quilted it with Gala Vine by Anne Bright....love this panto, it's my new favorite.....



 I love scrappy quilts, Kathleen made this beauty and chose surf by Anne Bright, it looks fabulous, I love the block layout that Kathleen chose.

 Kathleen also pieced this Bali Sea Star top, I'm sure this is a Kim Brackett pattern. It looks fab in blacks and whites. We chose Wildflower panto, another lovely finish.

I've still more quilts to show but these will have to wait a while.....

 While I was in Portland, Oregon last year at MQX, I bought this pattern and heavy Kaffe Fassett fabric for my Granddaughter, Fieron.

On Saturday it was pouring down so we found the perfect time to sit and work on this together, Fieron did her fair share of the sewing on my Singer Featherweight too.  

It's a perfect fit, we were so pleased that we chose to work on the size 10 even though Fi is really only a size 8. Fi looks super cute in this tunic. I think I'll look out for some more fabric so we can make up the dress for her to wear with her DM's....



 As if we didn't have enough to work on I also finished up these phone/passport wallets. These are great for quilt shows when you are unloading stuff from the motors and setting up and working on the stands.

They are all the same but different, they are wonderful to keep your entry tickets in the vinyl pocket on the front coz guess what's up next?

Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, UK, the biggest and best quilt show in Europe The APQS UK Reps will be demonstrating Longarm Quilting on stand P18 in Hall 9. That's Linzi Upton of The Quilt Quine, Ani Catt of Crazy Catt quilt shop and myself Kay Bell of Borderline Quilter. Don't be shy, come on by introduce yourselves and try out one of these fabulous machines.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

I can see the light......and Langholm....

I can now see the light..... at the end of the tunnel that is! It's been a busy month, all of this lovely weather outside too.  It's a good job I don't do heat too well, my skin is too fair and sensitive so it's better and far cooler for me to be indoors working whenever possible.  It's been a while since these two quilts were returned, both the same random piecing designs, I love the rustic or country look that the stripped shirting fabric gives, it's reminiscent of ticking fabric.  Anne Bright's panto 'Surf' really softens the geometric lines....love that panto.



This wonderful hand pieced Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt is now all quilted and bound and will be travelling to Ireland very soon for the Granddaughter of my customer. This is the second quilt from this customer who is in her nineties, this was one huge quilt around 109 x 120, I also bound this one in a suitable blue fabric by machine front and back.We chose a primrose panto to mimic the shape of the hexagon flowers.




I'm still playing catch up with these 'delightful stars' blocks....here is my next grouping.......





The quilt is slowly filling up......

On Friday morning we took a few hours off to go watch the procession at Langholm Common Riding, didn't take any horses just went to watch...this is the view from the bottom of the hill...


View from the top of the hill, this is 8.30 am....that's a steep climb.... for spectators and horses with riders....



The crowds parted to let the horses gallop through and on up the hill past us.........




We stayed to watch some of the processions, it's a bit quirky. See the guy with the spade, next the Herring on a plate with a Barley Bannock, further back is the crown of roses, then further back still is the giant thistle.....yes a giant thistle...



We were home before lunch and back to work again.....such is life......

Friday, 11 July 2014

Helped to finish this one.....

I was contacted by the none quilting family of a hand quilter to ask if I would finish a quilt for their Mother who is in her 90's. The quilt was already sandwiched and the quilting was already started by hand and my clients didn't want the hand quilting removed. I finished the quilt the best I could even though the wadding was too short and needed to be pieced....This quilt is all hand pieced.....



All in all, the quilt turned out quite well with hand quilting and machine quilting blending together, I found some fabric that matched in well for the binding and off it went back to the forest.....



I quilted pantograph designs with Quilt Path on these next two whirlygig quilts in thirties fabrics, one with Primrose to match in with the border fabric and on the other quilt quilt with a piano key border we chose Wildflower.....

The same but different....



This is a view of the back of Edinburgh Castle from the Grassmarket, you can see the grandstand ready for the Tattoo on the right skyline. I spent a few days up there last week having 'patch testing' for allergies and sensitivities....had a major result too for a food additive....we'll see how that pans out in the near future. Trust me to have a major sensitivity to an additive that is in fresh foods, processed foods, fish, shampoos, tea....yes, tea, choclate, white flour...OMG.....it's in everything.....