Thursday, 1 October 2015

Subtle Differences wins Best of Show!

I certainly never expected to get the phone call from Grosvenor Shows last week saying I had won 'Best in Show' at the Scottish Quilt Championships at Ingliston, Edinburgh. I have seen so many beautiful quilts out there this year that I really thought I was only supporting my local show, I never expected to win but still wanted my work to be seen.  I only had time to make this one small quilt in the past year, you can read about it here in this post, 'Subtle Differences'!
Winning at this show meant that I kept my title of Scottish Quilt Champion for another year.  Thank you to Grosvenor Shows for your great organisational skills and also to David Drummond, Sewing Machines  and Kaleidoscope Books and Quilting Fabrics for sponsoring my award at the show again this year, it's all greatly appreciated by many.
It is all great but I also feel a little guilty for winning again, there was a time when I would have said I wasn't at all competitive.

There were lots of other worthy winners in the no particular order here are some of the quilts that caught my eye, if you see one of your quilts with out your name attached drop me a line and I'll add your name to it.....

Frieda Oxnam's fabulous enbellishment

Rhianon Taylor Runner Up

Birgit Schueller
This one is for sale....

Rhianon with her fabulous Dresden Quilt

Andrea Strache
Love this quilt by Sheena Norquay, exquisite details

Andrea Stracke
Andrea Stracke

Jelly Roll theme quilt

Jelly Roll theme quilt
One of my all time favorites by Rhianon Taylor

Exhibition by Lippetal Quilters in Germany and Gone to Pieces Quilt Group in the UK

My home is feeling a little bit bare just now. I had thirteen quilts away from home last week, this one in Edinburgh, two at the Textile Towerhouse in Hawick and ten of my earlier quilts have gone away on tour with Grosvenor Shows for six months, starting with Malvern Autumn Quilt Show and then all of the Spring Quilt Shows next year. Subtle Differences looks very well here in my hall for a while!

Friday, 18 September 2015

Carol's Latte quilt.

Last week one of my customers came over to Borderland Fabrics in Jedburgh to pick up her quilt. Carol and her Husband travel all the way from Glasgow to bring quilts for me to quilt and then to pick up quilts again.

This quilt was an educational exercise, as Carol was teaching herself to use her embroidery machine on Sateen fabric...nice and slippery it was too!

The caffe latte coloured sateen bordered the cream sateen blocks with the fabrics right side up and reversed and with alternate cream cotton blocks. Twin needle work surrounded the large embroidered central motif.

Loading the quilt onto the longarm was a little tricky with the slippery sateen fabric, the slippery side of the cream fabric was against the wadding/batting. I used flowing feather swags with piano keys in the borders, a spineless feather in the sashings and then feathers and more feathers to pin down the blocks. I opted for continuous curves in the twin needle setting triangles and some swirls and curls around the feathered hearts.

It was a really happy day when this quilt came off the frame, Carol was thrilled to see the quilt finished and couldn't believe how beautiful it looked as she never thought that it would ever be a finished quilt, she named it 'Latte'! Oh, and I think Carol has that embroidery machine stuff down patt now don't you?