Saturday, 31 March 2012

Hexagon Pincushions

My mini workshop at International Quilting Day was a hexagon pincushion.
Hexagons, made by the English paper piecing method, often have a bad reputation in P&Q circles as they are the point at which most of us started patchwork, many people abandoning it at this point.
To illustrate this point, most of us have an unfinished hexagon quilt in our UFOs (go on, admit it!)

However, here in blogland, hexagons have been undergoing something of a revival and many internet groups have been making hexie quilts.

So, I decided that we should include hexagons in our IQD activities and came up with this little hexagon pincushion design made with only 8 hexagons.

Everyone seemed to really enjoy making it on the day and I know that some of you have secretly been making more!

I confess to having more than one hexie project in my UFOs and I love making them! The red ones are for a block in a red and white quilt I am making - more on that soon!

It is now officially the Easter holidays and I have two weeks with no teaching. I am going to try to catch up on gardening, tidying the sewing room and working on some of my UFOs. I am also going to try to blog about some of these because sometimes I am just too busy to keep you up to date with my quilting activities!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Civil War Quilts - Show and Tell.

Today was our end of term show and tell.

Not all the quilts are finished but it gives a flavour of how different the same blocks can look.

Click on the photo to view the quilts.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

International Quilt Day - The Results!

Yesterday was our International Quilt Day Event.

 Here are the wonderful red and white block lotto blocks
 We had cake - lots of cake!
Elsie made a special red and white patchwork cake - thanks Elsie, I was really touched.

 The silent auction was even better this year, fabric, patterns and books galore!
 Here is everyone enjoying themselves - 52 ladies and 2 young quilters.
And the result of all this fun, stitching and cake eating......


raised for Barnsley Hospice!

Thanks to everyone for your support - see you next year!