Wednesday, 16 September 2015

A very Special Quilt from afar......

Today on my ABM Innova longarm I have the pleasure of quilting a very special quilt.

A few weeks ago Susan Briscoe was asked to fly out to China to teach some chinese ladies patchwork.

Here are just a few of her pictures ...

You can read more about her amazing journey here -

The top was made by chinese students who had never done any patchwork before and they made the blocks in teams - six of them sharing a sewing machine. They equipment and tools were very limited due to there being 67 students having to share and the fabric choices were selected prior to the event by Singer - who provided the machines too.  These are the kind of colours the local Maonan ladies love.

Susan brought the blocks back to the UK with her to assemble into a quilt for them and asked me to quilt it for them.

The pantograph chosen for this quilt is
Oriental 003 by Sweet Dreams Quilt Studio.

oriental pano 003

You can see this quilt  - it is going to be on display at Scottish Quilt Championships, Edinburgh
25th to 27th September.

Here are a few more pics of the quilting progress

Click the link below for a great little you tube video of the quilting

More pictures can be found on facebook too - click here

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Monday, 7 September 2015

The Great Northern Quilt Show at Harrogate 2015

The Great Northern Quilt Show at Harrogate is one of my favourite shows as it is 'do able in a day' and there are some great Yorkshire prices & good old Yorkshire hospitality.

This year however is different for me as I am attending the show as an exhibitor and not as a visitor.

Here is me small stand overflowing with the massive choice of extra wide fabrics which I now have in stock and in my online store too.

Last year I was very lucky and won the cot quilt section at this show, so I decided that I should still try and support the competition by entering again.

My cot quilt - Born in the USA won second place this time, giving way a perfect hand quilted one by Andrea Stracke.

Born in the USA

Andrea's Beautiful Hand quilted cot quilt

Starburst by Carole Galbraith

Trade Winds - by Sheila Evans

Jewel of the Crown cushion - the winner this year by Brenda Stimpson

Barbara's Quilt by Alwoodley Quilters

Caresite by Andrea Stracke

Garlands of Hearts by Sue Horder

The Splendour of Seahorses by Susan Dixon

Masquerade by Birgit Schuller

Splash by Birgit Schuller

Chroma Corona by Lorene Horner.

This was started in a retreat here at the Royal Bridlington with Jacqueline de Jonge. Lorene won the use of colour award.

Cactus Rose by Maureen Crawford & Ray Lawrence

Subtle Differences by Kay Bell

Cappuccino Dreams by Lynda Jackson

and the overall winner......

Perserverance by Susan Lax

If anyone wants their name adding to their quilt, just let me know.

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