Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Our Easter Fair...

...was a bit smaller than previous years, however we certainly had a wide range of goodies on display and for sale and the cottage looked a treat all spruced up in it's new dress.
The very first quilt to catch your eye as you entered the Patchwork Group's Sales Room were these two, a clever 'I Spy' version of the disappearing 9 Patch and a 3-D floral wall hanging, sadly the only way to photograph anything on this wall is to pop into the cupboard opposite - and wouldn't you believe it! someone was already in the cupboard - doing important things and organising, so please forgive the pic.

The Geisha Girls in this Oriental inspired Wall Hanging were created using Machine Embroidery, paired with just the right fabric combinations in the Dresden Plates, along with a use of piping between the blocks and clever quilting to make this a real eye catcher. 

The large Snowball quilt got a lot of interest, all those tiny pieces and beautifully intersecting seams.  The clever design of the outer edge blocks help to create an impression of a 2nd border.

The Patchwork Girls met market demand with the supply of smaller quilts this Easter, including a number of children's quilts such as these cuties.
and another clever disappearing 9-Patch using a novelty print 

 There were also a range of designs and colours in Lap and Smaller quilts, to suit all decors and ages.
This bright Hourglass/1 Patch combination would be loved by any little recipient, and if the colours were not just the right thing, the pastel pink and blue around the corner would surely be the ant's pantz.

Along the line of more adult quilts there was also a large range of designs and colours, including this clever blue and white quilt.  All straight edge piecing but giving the illusion of circular lines.

A recent in-house work shop on the Hidden Wells design and variations produced some lovely quilts, such as this lovely.

There is the promise of a nip in the air today, which makes me wish for the warmth and softness of this lovely raw edge design using soft flannel fabrics.  The wall hanging was one of the creations from another in-house workshop on Tessellated Quilt Designs taken from Christine Porter's book 'Tessellation Quilts"

Amongst the wonderful display of quilts there were tables of smaller items offered for viewing pleasure and sale.  Bags, bibs, baskets and bunnies were a few scattered throughout the tables.
There were Beach Bags, Aprons, Soft Toys, lots of hand and kitchen towels, table linnen and the cutest 'cup and saucer' pot holder.
Sewing Machine Mats, complete with little thread bins and matching pincushions, 'Crazy' silk shoulder bags decorated with the prettiest stitching and plaited shoulder straps, lots more pretty aprons and potholders.
Very handy hand massages, just right to take a break at the machine and relax those fingers, Luggage Tags to easily identify your luggage, coasters, tissue holders and stitching compendiums, all backed by a fresh lemon baby quilt.

And  how special would you feel wearing this wonderful Sashiko inspired Vest, just the thing to keep the winter chills at bay.

Just outside the Patchwork Group's Sales room, the Needlework Ladies had their 'Novelties' table all set up with a huge range of Easter Egg inspired goodies for the little folks.  The Novelties table is expressly aimed at providing small quality gifts for the kiddies to spend their pennies on and be part of the 'Fun of the Fair'.  It has a faithful following of littlies who visit Fran every Fair Day.  

Further along the Machine Embroidery Group, many of whom are also Patchworkers, had their tables set out with a huge range of beautiful goodies all under a Happy Easter banner

 There was even the cutest quilt decorated with Matryoshka Dolls, with its own little soft doll in the Martyoshka style and matching  Martyoshka pillow case, and some beautiful table linnens, including this tray cover worked with twin needle embroidery. 

And what an eye catching way to display your beautifully worked jewelry, Turquoise and Silver, Stunning!
 Hope you made it to the Fair and had a Fun time, we all did!. 

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