Sorted – Intermediate Quilting Class 2015

Well I really have to get better at WordPress – but it takes so much time to make a page – I know, if I were better, gosh, I could do a class – I would be faster at page making.  So I haven’t cracked how to text wrap around photos – or for that matter how to make a gallery, yet, because that would be really useful when it comes to my classes:  just open a gallery and put their work in- how super would that be?

So today I have re-written the Intermediate class description – yet again and this time I managed to get photos of all nine blocks they make in the class downloaded – but text wrap – no;  gallery – no; same size – no – but at least they are there and look almost decent – don’t you think?    So check out the description of the Intermediate quilt under my workshops and tell me what you think!  Here is the best photo of four of the blocks:

Four Intermediate blocks

Four Intermediate blocks

These are the Bouquet block, Lone star block, my applique block(unfinished as yet) and the New York Beauty block.  I love my fabrics – Australian (and by the way, it is an Australian turtle as well);  They are all 12 1/2″ blocks and we will be assembling the quilt after the October class.  I think I will keep to the same techniques/blocks  – strip piecing; foundation piecing; inset seams; applique; stars and circles, etc. unless at the end, the present students recommend otherwise!    Each one of the class, is using such fun fabrics and taking advantage of them as well.

Busy week – madly trying to finish my Becolourful quilt by Jacqueline De Jonge,How To Make A Becolourful Quilt and it is coming along but not fast enough.

I have also been getting ready for two classes – Beyond Beginners and particularly the Beginner class that started on Tuesday – they have so much to learn in that first session, it is amazing they can stay the 3 hour pace.  In Storrington Quilters we are making a Winter quilt with penguin appliques – and real penguin appligues, not childish ones – there are 17 different kinds of penguins, and we hope to include them all.

I am off to Cyprus for a week for sun, swimming, reading and relaxation. I will need it since the week I get back is just as busy.

Happy quilting

Ann

 

Autumn Classes have begun and some new ones planned!

Oh it is such fun starting up new classes.  The Beyond Beginners class started, almost 2 weeks ago – a new student among some of the previous ones.  What fun it is as well.  BUT FIRST = let me tell you about two classes I am planning with people already scheduled to attend.

1 Make a Quilt in a Day = 7th November – 9.30 – 4.00

Take a pre-cut – charm squares, layer cake or jelly roll and make a quilt – see the description under workshops!

2 Wall hanging with machine applique – for Christmas or other subject – 14th November – 9.30 – 4.00

Learn applique while making a jolly Christmas wall hanging to help decorate your home!  Or chose another pattern – no Christmas involved.  See description under workshops.

Back to my Beyond Beginners Class.  The quilt they make is quite a challenge.  I just love the fabrics they have chosen.  In Lesson 1 we spend much of the time, identifying which fabric will fit where.  There are five blocks which are pieced normally or by foundation piecing as well as at least 4 applique blocks (created in four different ways).  However, within each of these blocks the student has to make a secondary pattern, which when the quilt is assembled, forms an important part of the quilt design.  This secondary pattern has to be made from the same pieced construction for each of the blocks.  The problem lies in that the students are not experienced enough at first to understand the structure of the quilt – so much explanation and looking at a already made quilt, needs to happen, before they decide which fabric, they have already chosen for the quilt, will to where.

Got that?  Doubt it – but I guess I am getting better at explaining it after 4 courses,delivered – since this group caught on quite quickly.  Well done, you lot!  Here is the quilt they are makingBeyond Beginners quilt

I start a Beginner class on the 14th October and have a nice group of students for that.  Still room for more!  Can’t wait.

Today in the Intermediate class, they all did applique.  They are a talented lot these students. I challenged them to not only create a pattern, but also to applique, in the manner they wished too – BUT also using wonderful threads, and their sewing machine, decorate the applique with stitches and improve the design. Jill is making a super whale in navy blue and white and used silver thread to create motion on the whale itself;  Sarah had challenged herself to applique an elephant and I further challenged her to make it brighter and colourful than when she started out;  Heather has the colourways in her quilt of Clarice Cliff – so is making an applique Clarice Cliff plate and Viv is doing a Baltimore Applique by machine and have a centre word applique around which the applique is designed.  Such talent.

When finished, will add photos of appliques. Enjoy -

New class schedule for the Autumn!

So there is lots happening in the Autumn and I hope you have checked with my class schedule.

What a summer – now that I am back into September I can catch my breath!

First off – I have some major interest in the Tuesday, October 14th class – but would really like more bookings.  It’s a Beginner Patchwork and Quilting class which meets alternate Tuesday afternoons with a break over Christmas and finally finishing on February 3rd 2015!  So if you want to join up, just drop me an email to let me know.

Also, my Saturday class will not run unless I get 3 more people!  Pity since in the past, the Saturday class has always been popular.  Everyone is too busy I suppose.

As well someone mentioned the possibility of an evening class.  I am happy to run one – but I need more people to show interest!  Unfortunately, I don’t have the room at home to run  a class – so need to have enough people to hire a hall.  I will keep you posted if you will do your turn and let me know if you are interested!

Suggest you check out this wonderful crazy quilt I saw today on the International Study Centre email.  http://www.quiltstudy.org/collections/quilt_of_the_month/current.html

My Beyond Beginner Class is filling up nicely.  It is a second level Beginner Class which starts on the 15th September meeting alternate Mondays.  One of the blocks we make is a foundation pieced crazy block – the gals all enjoy it.

I must start my new quilt I finally have the fabrics for:  Be Colourful by Jacqueline de Jonge.  This is being offered by The Quilt Show, which I follow regularly.  If you haven’t looked in on it, you should – full of lots of wonderful information.  They are having a special offer now for $15 or so to get to December membership.  That is about a third of the normal cost for a third of a year.  – dip your toe in and enjoy – $15 is £10 or so – a bargain for what you get, that’s for sure.

Enjoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ann

 

 

 

 

Stained Glass, fabric boxes and mug rugs

Gosh I have had a really busy time – last time I wrote was for the twins’ birthday -                        IMG_2179

The piggy and horse were a great success – my grand-daughter said – “My Piggy!”.  She was delighted and Robin, my grandson, really loved the hobby-horse.  The stick came out very soon of the piggy (it was so big) and I haven’t been back to fix it yet.

Storrington Quilters has had a super busy time – made useful fabric boxes in early May 

fabric boxes

  and Stained glass blocks later:

JV and AT stained glass

We have a stand at St Mary’s Sullington Flower Festival and hope to show and sell some quilts, as well demonstrate some quilting and appliqueing.

I signed up for a mug rug swap with Quilters Gallery and have swapped mine for Sally’s in Alabama.  Really pleased – fun to do and I have a new friend.  Can’t be bad!  Both Sally and I have made the same pattern :  First is Sally’s – love the pinkness and quilting, her butterfly and boat

Sally's mugrugs

and now mine:  Same pattern plus the two coasters I made for her.

Ann's mugrug!

I really must work on my photography – she took the photos of mine and I took the photos of hers. Her photo is so much clearer than mine!

I have drawn up a new Workshop schedule for the summer/autumn and have posted it here – I already have people interested in the Beginners and Beyond Beginners course – I plan also to offer another Intermediate class.

I have been thinking about offering a Wadding/Batting workshop – a couple hours or so, to discuss which wadding is which and what each is best for.  I hope to be able to make some quilt examples to be able to demonstrate this better. Anyone interested, let me know!

Enjoy the weather.

 

 

Piggy and horsey

IMG_2178 IMG_2179Well I have been busy – here are the two polled animals that I made for my dear grandchildren – I had decided to make a hobby horse for each of the twins – but then found out that my grand-daughter really wanted a Peppa Pig.  Well what was I to do?  So made one of each – thank you madmin.com for the horse pattern  _ I couldn’t have made it without it.

 

The Pig was a different problem – Peppa pig is 2-dimensional – and I needed her to be 3 dimensional.  She is not that far away from being similar to the horse pattern but I took a colouring book Peppa pig picture and blew it up to A3 – and then tried to make her from that – adding a strip from the snout to the top of the head and then across down the back.  It looked like a rhino rather than a pig so then went on line to find a pattern and ended up one from China for a small pig which had no resemblance to Peppa Pig but on, which by blowing up, I could make!!  She is much too big and her head is at least half again what my grand-daughter’s head is.  Still – both are  a tremendous success.  The family is coming down for the weekend from Market Harborough so I will be able to put the pig’s head back on as it has fallen off in the meantime.

Speak to you soon.

 

 

New Beginners’ Patchwork and Quilting Course starting soon

A New Beginner’s Patchwork and Quilting  Course

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Starting:

Monday, 24th February 2014

9.30 – 12.30 pm

The Old School, School Lane

Storrington RH20 4LL

See the course descriptions under Workshop heading.  You will learn the terminology and the techniques that you need to know, to start on the road to quilting.  At the end of the course, you will be comfortable with cutting fabrics, piecing them together into blocks by using your sewing machine in class.

You will make a Sampler quilt and learn how to put a quilt together.  8 sessions of 3 hours on alternate Monday mornings.

Contact me on anntill2@tiscali.co.uk for further information.

Skill Builder Classes

Before I started the Intermediate Quilting Class,

several of you suggested you would love to do the course, but couldn’t commit for various reasons.  So I have opened the individual sessions to those of you who may be interested in joining a one off session on say, Sashiko or Bargello.  I expect it will be popular so will send out an email to tell people and hope that it brings results.

In the meantime I have been working on my Wedding Ring Block and have several bits ready to put together.  The Intermediate Quilting Class is working on the basis of making 12″ blocks and some of the instructions about do not work on that scale – say if they are making a whole quilt.  Thank you Anja Townrow for your tutorial in the British Patchwork and Quilting Magazine. It  is proving very useful.

I must be getting on with my own Celtic Knot block so it is ready for the class on the 28th February.  Will put some photos in as soon as I have them.  If you are interested in any of the techniques I am offering – keep a watch on my blog for when I advertise the dates.

Take care – Ann

 

 

What fun this new course is –

Working on my new Intermediate Quilting Course!

So I came up with the idea of this as a group of classes which I ran three years or so ago.  They were fun and challenging.  I couldn’t keep it up as things at home were also becoming challenging.  So had to stop running them.

So have decided to run the new 2014 Interediate Quilting Class the same way I do the Beginners and the Beyond Beginners Classes – by making a Sampler Quilt where each of the block uses a different technique.  So we will be making blocks that include – Bargello; Celtic Knot; Dresden Plate; a Lone Star Block; a Machine Applique Block; a Box Block  (to include inset seams); Sashiko; New York Beauty; a wedding ring block and finally – a pieced Leaf Block (working with half-square and quarter square triangles.

The quilt will finish approximately 52″ and will look fantastic.  I was given some Australian fabrics last year so am using those as well as a few ethnic ones that work with them.  Here is my range of fabrics:

Dresden Plate blockBox BlockA couple of blocks of the quilt so far!

I am really excited about the course and already have 5 people booked.  Hope to have at least a couple more but will take up to 10.  I haven’t decided what the order will be but am busy making blocks, but will start out without challenging the group too much – take it easy to start until I know what the gals (and guys if any want to join!) are up to and how fast we can go.

We will meet the last Friday morning of each month – 9.30 – 1.30 pm starting on 31st January.

Must get on – I need more Australian fabrics, so if anyone knows where I can buy some here in the UK, could you let me know please?

Speak to you soon.

Keep watch of this space!

Quilt Overload

Well, I really have over done it this time! I do love my quilting but there is just too much going on these days!

In the last month, I have made this cat wall hanging for my friend’s 60th birthday. Finished off preparation for another Getting to know your sewing machine course; delivered a MachIMG_1837ine Quilting class; began another Beyond Beginner Class.

 

 

 

bargello cusion2

I delivered a Bargello Cushion workshop and today organised the sale of fabric which were given to the Storrington Quilters by the family of a woman who has gone into a home because of demintia.

I think the Quilter’s Guild will be taking the rest of the unsold fabric for their sale later in the month. I keep my fingers crossed since I have certainly run out of storage room Still a lot has been sold, thank goodness!

They did well out of the sale of the fabrics.  Must leave it for now!!

Twister quilt is finished!

twister quiltWell I have finally made the time to make my Twister quilt and about time too!

I am running a class on the 25th October and hadn’t made one yet to help sell the class to all those who might wish to take the class!

It is far easier to make than I thought, providing as a sewer, you are careful and systematic in your work.  Some good squares, a sharp rotary cutter and a quarter inch foot and you are away.  Come join me in the class, you will have lots of fun.

I am now about to make a Christmas Tree Twister Quilt since the class is in the run up to Christmas, and I suspect the students will want to make one for the holidays.

Storrington Quilters Christmas Quilt is about to be quilted, in time for November hanging of the quilt.

Each of us in Storrington Quilters has made a block for the Christmas Quilt we are making to hang in The Old School.  We have in the past made a Spring Quilt (soon to be replaced, as it is the first seasonal quilt we made some years ago and too small for the space allocated to us); an Autumn Quilt, now hanging in The Old School; and a Summer Quilt – the latter two are really fantastic examples of the great work Storrington Quilters can do.

See the range here: