Tag Archives: Festival of Quilts

Hearts for the Festival of Quilts Tombola

29 Apr

GQ member Rhona Boudier has responded to the Quilter’s Guild (QG) request for hearts for this years Tombola at the Festival of Quilts.

She refers to it as her rude response. The lettering on the ribbon says ‘I hate’ in a trapunto/kantha mix. The hearts underneath indicate what she hates and the others say ‘especially’ in stem stich quilting and ‘pink’ ‘ones’ in felt appliqué. The printed heart commiserates with the winner but points out that they can at least use the beads.

rhonas hearts

I think she has got the message across but it does look rather nice!

A Sunny Day Sewing

1 Mar

The sun was out, the daffodils in bloom and it was St David’s Day – what more could you want? …. a day of sewing of course!

GQ members met on 1 March with the same enthusiasm as always for a bit of sewing and a good gossip! Plus, once more they had the opportunity to purchase some much needed fabrics from Sue Bowers, the owner of Patchwork House in Llantrisant. And, what a wonderful choice there was too – Llantrisant mus be the place to visit for fab fabrics!

As ever, members were busy on a variety of projects. Celina showed off a quilt that she has just made from a Moda scrap bag – under the instruction of Jeannie Hainsworth Lamb!

Celinas quilt

And this is one of Jeannie’s in progress

JHL quilt

Rhona was decorating coat hangers with hearts – her contribution to the Quilter’s Guild Tombola for the Festival of Quilts in August.

Rhona's heart coathangers

She did mention she hated hearts!

Fran is still working on her book – with is amazing.

Fran's book

Frans book 3

Fran's book 2

And, for some reason, though it was only March, Christmas was on the agenda. Helen was asking people to collect cotton bobbins to make decorations the tree festival in Holy Cross in December.

Sonia showed a Christmas table runner quilt and mentioned that she is planning to run a workshop in October.

Xmas table runners

And Kate was quietly completing a Christmas quilt

Kates quilt

Kate's quilt2

The day was rounded off with an interesting talk from Pat Nicholls who has been patchwork and quilting for over 25 years. As well as lecturing in Britain she has been the guest speaker at several events in the United States, and taught workshops in France and Spain. She was one of the Founder members of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles, finishing her ten year’s service on the Executive Council as President.

Below are some examples of Pat’s quilts.

pat nicholls quilts

Pat Nicholls 3

Pat nicholls6

Project Linus Block Challenge

13 Jun

Take part in the Project Linus Block Challenge at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in 2013. This year the theme is ‘Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter’. Make 12 1/2″ blocks in one of 4 colourways and bring them to our stand to be made into quilts:

Spring – pastel shades with pink, yellow and light green
Summer – bright blue, yellow, and primary colours
Autumn – brown, orange, gold and dark green
Winter – Christmas colours plus black and white.

British – Finnish Stash Quilts Challenge

11 Jun

Calling all Quilter’s Guild of the British Isles (QGBI) members
Why not have a go? You need to:
Select between 4 and 6 pieces of fabric from your stash (e.g. 4 fat quarters), corresponding to approximately 1 metre (40 inches) of fabric

Put the fabric in a large envelope, along with a card bearing the name and address of the sender
Post it to Millie Thomas – email thomas@hillcott.demon.co.uk for the address

In Finland, envelopes will be collected in the same way. The envelopes will then be exchanged between Britain and Finland.

Every participant will then receive an envelope of fabrics from the other country. With these, along with other fabrics from your own stash, you should make a quilt 32 inches long and 16 inches wide

In both Britain and Finland a jury will select 30 quilts from their country. The 60 stash quilts will be exhibited at the festival of Quilts 2014

Rules of entry for QGBI members
All envelopes of fabric must reach Millie Thomas by 9 September 2013
Participants will receive an exchange envelope by 28 September
A high quality image of the completed 32 inch long by 16 inch wide quilt must reach Millie Thomas by 1 April 2014 – either a digital image or printed photograph by post
Successful applicants will be notified by 1 May 2014
Selected quilts must reach St Anthony’s by 1 June 2014: all 30 quilts will be sent to Finland together Any further instructions will be issued with notification of acceptance of your quilt