In the quilting blog this week is my progress with the FOQ 2019 quilt, appearances and workshops.
For the FOQ quilt it was a case of leave it until I realised what was bugging me about it. That took 6 days. Never think designing a quilt happens in minutes and is then just sewn together perfectly. What is on paper, if you are designing from scratch, often changes when you are stitching when you realise a) it does not work b) it would work better another way or c) something else entirely will work better.
Something had been bugging me about the quilt since the second section. I just could not see what it was. When I finally realised I kicked myself, not only because I had not followed my gut feeling about piecing, but because I had to unpick. There might be six letters in that word but it really is a four-letter word to quilters. It not only means tedium, but is time consuming. However, it is all done now and the next section is also pieced. Just the final section to go and I am there. I have two ideas for that running around my head. I might not use either of them.
Whilst I was waiting for things to click, I started cutting another quilt. I am playing with ways to piece this.
Finally I believe the workshop bookings are open at the West Country Quilt Show, so you can book any three of the workshops I am offering.
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If you are a member of the Quilter’s Guild, you’ll also see I am offering 10% off purchases online. You can also see my online page on there and ask about booking me for a talk or workshop in your region. You can see all my work on my website here
Join me next week for the quilting blog, when I hope to have that FOQ quilt nearing completion.
Competition quilts are what so many visitors to shows come to see. This small show with a village atmosphere does not disappoint. There were many competition quilts on show and I just want to share some of them with you.
I am going to start with one of my favourite competition quilts at the show in the Traditional category. It is a ‘Dear Jane’ quilt by Francis Meredith. I wonder what your favourite is? This is so beautiful and the kind of quilt I would want on my bed.
The next one is also a favourite and was so realistic it looked like you could just walk into the church. Applique and some cut-outs. Michael Fitchett was a deserving winner with the Heart of The Midlands Group entry.
This was stunning but it was not lying flat ‘Egyptian Dahlia’ by Alison Francis.
‘Autumn Leaves’ are always a good theme and colourway. This was made by Anthea Stokes.
If you like that theme, you might find my own design I created last autumn of interest, it is available as a pattern
The quilt itself is also available for sale and I have another autumn wall hanging quilt kit
Heather Hasthorpe was a winner with a group entry quilt based on baskets. It was long armed.
Kathy Unwin’s ‘Plastic Ocean’ above, which I believe was shown at FOQ 2018 and below Susan Brown’s ‘Log-A-Rhythm’, also a winner.
Michelle Whitby’s ‘Woodland Peaks’ – a masterpiece in quilting.
Last of all here are the quilts in the Miniature category. My own design is the hydrangea blue one. This will shortly be available as a kit.
Join me for the next quilting blog, every Monday. I write about various aspects of design plus anything else that fits in with quilting. copyright Karen Platt 2019
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