Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This week at Fairholme

We were a smaller group than usual on Monday, but having had a week's break, it was a cracker of a show and tell. All of this activity bodes well for our 2018 Quilt Show ...

Robyn L's rail fence quilt sings with colour and graphic energy
- she has hand quilted it with big stitches in gentle curves.

Robin W regularly and generously makes quilt tops for our
community collection. Her latest donation, made from her famous
Kaffe Fasset stash, elevates the disappearing nine patch through
careful use of a limited but rich palette of reds and blues, softening
the edges of the design while creating strong diagonals. The border is
her favourite Jinny Beyer print. After quilting and binding it
will be donated to a child at Robin's request. 
Lynette's show and tell came via email from Japan where she 
has been  shopping in Takayama, with Chris from Leura.
Lyn showed us two large quilts she has been working on
for some time - the 1500+ tiny squares here are 1" finished (not
to mention the setting triangles). The four patch border was
hexagon flowers in the pattern, but Lyn prefers squares, so several
hundred more were needed. There are a lot of different fabrics!
Lyn's second large quilt also shows her mastery of piecing.
It came about after she spotted a 'midnight fabric special' at
Keepsake quilting online at a great price. So much fabric
was included in the kit that Lyn has made a second quilt from
the same package, making it excellent value.
Helen worked on the bindings of two large quilts over the Easter
break, but found herself with some time to spare, so she turned to
Margaret Sampson George's book 'Take an Element' for
inspiration, and produced another one!

... detail of Helen's latest quilt
And then Julie unwrapped this ... her first machine applique
quilt is stretched on canvas to hang on a wall. It is made from
two fabrics only - the black background and the print. The print
pieces are individually cut out, and appliqued to the background
with a tiny zig zag stitch. The black 'lines' resembling the lead
of stained glass is the background between the print pieces.
It is about 30" square. Julie bought the pattern at the first quilt
show she attended about five years ago.

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