Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Whitby Quilt Show 2016

We've just come back from a week in Yorkshire. A fabulous place, almost as beautiful as Wales. I'll drip feed some of my pics as the weeks go on so I don't bore you all.

First up I have some pics I took at a Quilt Show I was lucky enough to attend while there.

It was held in a conference centre which was lovely and bright and roomy. A big plus for me as I suffer from claustraphobia and can't cope with crowds.

The quilt show is held every two years by the local group and looking at the quilts the standard is very high. I don't think I took pics of every quilt but I didn't miss many.

The show wasn't juried but the traders all picked out their favourites which were all given a small prize. The Heron quilt above was one of them.

There was a challenge where the group all had the same panel and decorated it how they wished. We were encouraged to vote for our favourites using any small change with all the monies going to charity.

 These were my favourites

There were also a couple of great whole cloth quilts on show.

We were asked to vote for our favourite out of all of the quilts and this is the one I chose.

It's made from a couple of Batik charm packs. I kept going back to this one as the one I would most like to make or receive as a present.
Hubby came into the show with me, always a nervous time. He's an engineer and has very exacting standards where quilts are concerned. He took his job as judge very seriously and managed to find something wrong with most of the quilts. He's never nasty about any quilt but he just can't help noticing any wonky seams or cut off corners. It's his training unfortunately.

This is the quilt he chose. Apart from the fact that it didn't have any "mistakes" he loved the colours and design. It's also a Batik quilt and as he loves Batiks as much as I do there was no doubt it would be his favourite.

The show ran for a few days and I'm trying to find out which quilt did win the visitors favourite as it will be interesting to see if it was either of our choices.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

FAL Quarter three

FAL 2016

Last year I managed to take part in all four quarters of this Finish Along and got so much finished because of it. This year not so much as I managed to miss both the previous sign ups. I did try and work through my list myself but it wasn't the same. So as, amazingly, I'm still well in date for signing up for this quarter here's my to do list. 

Quilt and Bind


This is a mini charm quilt that I made last year some time. I made it up a I went along and whatever look I was trying to achieve just didn't work. Hopefully some quilting can lift it. I'm aiming to quilt some straight lines here and there and fill in the gaps with doodle quilting. 

My Blossom Heart Quilt Bee quilt. I was Queen Bee a few months ago so this hasn't been on the pile for long.

Finally my Stash Bee Quilt from May which I haven't blogged about yet. 

Quilt Tops in various stages to be finished

The Turning Twenty Mystery BOM that I took part in last year needs to be finished. I've made all the blocks, they just need turning into a top. 

I'm also the Queen Bee this month in the Buzzy Friends Bee (see HERE for my post about it) so I'll want to get those blocks together into a quilt too. 

What with the house and garden to keep up with I think that'll be enough to keep me busy until the end of September. If all works out to plan I should have 5 more quilts on the done pile.

Friday, 1 July 2016


So I've another finish. Yes I'm just as surprised as you. After doing next to nothing for the first couple of months of the year I've finally got my act together.

So I give you, Confetti

A table topper made from Bonnie and Camille type fabric.

I was playing on EQ and I've got a folder of designs within designs. I decided to start making up some of these and that's how Confetti came about. It's basically a Friendship star with a split background.

It's very simply quilted. In the ditch on the diagonal seams and a large stipple in white on all the backgrounds. I left the stars unquilted.

I bound it in red Daysail.

Time to move onto my next UFO/WIP. I'm away now for a week so I'll probably miss the link up for OMG July etc but  when I get home and sort my workroom out I'll be working on, and finishing, a Mystery BOM.