Thursday, April 14, 2011

Our Easter Fair Extravaganza and New Members

The excitement is mounting in our neck of the woods, our big Easter Fair is only days away, on Saturday 23 April and we are all looking forward to showing off our new kitchen extension, the Cottage renovations and updated Garden Entrance.......mind you, there is a bit of a push going on to put the finishing touches into place with a working bee this Saturday to lay the pavers, and of course we all have our fingers and toes crossed that the car park is finished in time.

Jackie O. joined our group a few weeks back and promptly took herself off on a bit of a holiday, she joined us today and bought along this beautiful Baltimore quilt.  Although it took Jackie 2 years to create, each block only took between 7-11 days to complete!.  Jackie was shown how to do needleturn applique and as so often happens, she was hooked.
Many of the blocks in Jackie's quilt are her own designs, with others inspired by traditional Baltimore Album designs.  Hopefully Jackie will be bringing this wonderful quilt along to our up coming Quilt Show for you all to have a drool over 'in the flesh' so to speak!
Jackie quilted around the design in each block but had a friend machine quilt the borders in a double heart design.
End of day, Jackie's Darling came along to help pack up the quilt, couldn't resist getting another pic, this time including the top row.

Janet's Daughter gave her a book on 'Skinny Quilts' for Christmas, and Janet set herself the challenge of making as many as possible using her stash only!  This vibrant creation is Janet's second from her book and stash with number 3 already in the works.

Two new members joined us yesterday and were settled in and  made to feel welcome by Fran, our charming 'welcome committee'.
 Lynn bought along her scrap pieced flimsey, made by request for her Grandson who is moving out of home in the near future.  Using many 'memory' fabrics from her scrap pile, Lynn created each block from a central hexagon, adding strips by just diving into her scrap box and sewing her little heart out.

 Our second new member, Jenny bought along some lovely Beatrix Potter print fabric to work on, looking forward to seeing Jenny's completed creation.
 Welcome Lynn and Jenny.

Christine also bought along a flimsey to share with us, made in a one day 'Stack and Slash' workshop down at the Angel, Christine decided to join the blocks using a gold bias tape.
She then choose some nice wide bias binding to be incorporated into the borders, but wouldn't you know it, it was one tinsy little inch too short!...what to do....while playing around with the problem Christine thought of popping a little embroidery over the bias binding join, she liked the effect so much she did the same in each of the corners.  Brilliant solution Christine.  Hopefully the completed quilt will be for Sale at our Easter Fair.

Betty bought along another 2 Quilts of Love for the Selengor Hospital, she is also working on pieces of Hardanger, "Oh just using up some leftovers" she airily told me........have you ever done Hardanger? doesn't start with Hard for no reason!
 Sue has very kindly offered to deliver the Quilts of Love to Selangor for us on her way through that neck of the woods.  Thank you Sue.
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