Monday, 27 October 2014

and the winner is ...

Oh hang on, just let me explain first how I chose the winner of this e-book.  The review was posted on this blog, and also on my blog here.  All the comments on my own blog are numbered, but those here are not (yes, I know I said I would get that sorted, but I forgot!).  So all I did was allocate numbers to the comments here running straight on from those over there.  That gave a total of 64 for Mr to chose from, and the number he chose was comment number 53

and number 53 is Pauline, who said

Congratulations Pauline and thanks to everyone who entered.  Don't forget to keep an eye on both blogs as there will be another giveaway soon.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Giveaway ...

(This book is published by Martingale Publications, and all the photography shown is by Brent Kane.)

Simply Modern Christmas by Cindy Lammon, has some great patterns which will allow you to dress your house for Christmas.  It includes 14 projects ranging from bed quilts and wall hangings, to Christmas Stockings and a table runner and a tree skirt. 

Although most of the patterns are shown in traditional Christmas colours, ie red and green, I think they would all work in other colours for other times of the year.  Imagine this one, for example, 

 made up with that  special fabric you can't bear to cut up, and this one, with its many pieces, would make a fantastic I-spy quilt for children.

As I would expect from any book published by Martingale, the instructions are very clear and each pattern has many diagrams. I also enjoyed the photography in this book.  Each quilt is shown in a styled shot (I love the Christmas tree they used on the front cover too) and as a full-face shot so you can see exactly what you are getting into before you start. 

My favourite project?  This Christmas Tree skirt, which I might just have to make before I put my tree up this year.

Now, I think I may have mentioned a giveaway in the title of this post?  Well, Martingale Publications are offering an e-book version of this book to one of you. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me what colours you use to decorate for Christmas.

The giveaway small print:
1.     This giveaway is open to everybody, wherever you live, BUT please remember to make sure I can contact you if you are the winner.
2.     If you are a no-reply person, you will not be entered unless you leave an email address in your comment as I will not be able to get in touch with you.  (Note, if you are a Google+ person, you will be no-reply).
3.     This giveaway will also be available on my blog at Quilt Times.
4. If you are a member of Yorkshire Modern Quilters, leave a separate comment telling me so for an extra entry.
4.     The giveaway will close next Saturday, 25 October.
5.     The winner will be selected using Mr Random Generator.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Woww ...

Take some soluble fabric, thread and a sewing machine, and see what you get:

Absolutely fantastic sculptures.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Eye Candy from Germany

(Editor's note: this post has come from Sheila, who has recently returned from holiday. Thank you so much Sheila for thinking of us and taking the time to write this post.)

Hello everyone.

Been on my hols to friends in Augsburg and found out via the German Quilters Association that there was a quilt exhibition a short distance away, in Kösching , a small  town (about the size of Boston Spa). So off we went.

It was held in buildings which had previously been a convent and are now for civic use. Beautiful rooms , very light ,  with oak floors . 

The Diamond Quilters seem to have a nucleus of about 18 quilters ,who have a broad range of talent and interest. They also make “exceedingly good cakes “.

I was impressed by the level of skill and also by the  gorgeous fabrics ,  mostly supplied by Angelica , who has a quilt shop in the village. 

Age range about the same as our group. As with all quilters , a very friendly lot .

Hilmar , our friend’s husband was really impressed and even my  other half (who never goes near a quilt show )  said he’d enjoyed it !

To the ladies of the Diamond Quilters ,  Kösching ,who are going to look in to our blog       "Vielen Dank fuer eine schoene Austellung . Wir hoffen dass Sie ein  erfolgreiches Wochenende hatten. “

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Friday, 19 September 2014

In the Spotlight ...

... today is Janet.  Janet was the co-founder of our group along with Hazel, who was in the spotlight last month.  (You can go here to learn all about Hazel.) So read on to learn more about Janet.

Who/what inspired you to start quilting?  
I saw some fabric scraps in The Skep in Farsley in 2000 and thought to myself ‘I think I’ll make a quilt – how hard can it be?’

What do you love most about quilting? 
Piecing without a doubt. I love to get lost in the process and forget about everything else except sewing. I love to experiment with improvised piecing and scrap piecing and I love to use up the scraps from a finished quilt in another improvised piece.

What is your least favourite part? 
Layering and tacking my quilts together. I like the result when quilts are tacked rather than pinned or spray basted but find the process cumbersome.

What is your favourite technique, ie hand or machine sewing, appliqué, quilting, etc? 
At the moment it is quilting using the walking foot.

What new techniques do you hope to conquer in the future? 
I would like to develop my skills in the area of quilt design.

Do you use patterns or make it up as you go along? 
I often start with a pattern or a photo of a quilt I admire, but never usually end up with a quilt that looks like the original.

When you’re starting a new project, do you have the design all worked out (on computer/paper/in your mind) before you start? 
No – this is not always a good strategy and has led to a few headaches!

Do you buy/gather all the fabrics for a project before you start? 
Not usually – I try to use fabrics from my stash!

Do you like using pre-cuts such as FQ bundles, jelly rolls, layer cakes or charm packs? 
I don’t buy a lot of these but Moda scrap bags are my downfall!

Do you have any advice for someone just starting out on their quilting adventure? 
Just go for it – don’t worry about making mistakes, don’t worry if your points don’t match, enjoy the process.

In the quilt world, who do you find is a real inspiration to you? 
Gwen Marston, the quilters of Gee’s Bend. Anna Williams, Bonnie Hunter, Elizabeth Hartman, Karen Griska and Jacquie Gering.

Below are photos of some of Janet's quilts.
Teenage Angst was made for Janet's oldest son when he went to Uni, Paintbox Crumbs won 2nd place in the Cot Quilt category at the Great Northern Quilt Show in 2010 and the Modern Sampler was made in 2013.

I hope to see some of you tomorrow where we'll be learning another method of reverse applique.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Great Northern Quilt Show

Edited to add photos of two more quilts that I missed.  Thanks to Margaret for sending them to me.

Sorry I'm late with this post - I can't believe how quiet having a bad foot made me.

Anyway, I, along with a lot of other people, went off to the Great Northern Quilt Show a couple of weeks ago.  I was pleased to see how busy it was, as that must help to ensure its future.

Our group was quite well represented as the following photos show.

Liz's Wheels quilt won two awards, which is absolutely fantastic, but probably didn't surprise any of us who have seen the quilt before. Since Liz also won the book giveaway from my last post, it was obviously her lucky week, and I hope she bought some tickets for the lottery that week too.

Here are the other quilts that our members submitted.  I think I (with a little help from Hazel) found them all, but if I missed anyone, I apologise and blame it on my bad foot.  (Wonder how long I can keep blaming that foot for things?)


I wonder how many quilts we can have in the show next year?

Don't forget to come back next week to see who's In the Spotlight this time.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

The winner ...

... of this great book

Well, before I tell you the name of the lucky person who will receive a copy of this e-book, I want to explain how I chose someone.  This review was posted on this blog, and also on my blog, here.  All the comments on my own blog are numbered, but those on this one are not - hmm, must get that sorted out before the next review.  So all I did was allocate numbers to the comments on here running straight on from those on QuiltTimes.  That gave a total of 49 for Mr to chose from, and the number he chose was

and no.45 is Harrysmum, who said

I will send Harrysmum an email, but congratulations to her and thank you everyone who took the time to enter.  I will have another book review and giveaway in a couple of weeks, so do keep coming back and checking to see what you could win next time.