Monday, 17 September 2012

All plated up

What a lovely day we had this time.  All good days start with show and tell, and Rosemary kicked us off with her beautiful applique which she had made into a folk art wall hanging.
Paula had made hers into a cushion - I love the green border!  It sets off the blues in the design perfectly.

Kate had blanket stitched round her shapes on a recent journey to New Zealand.  (I was lucky enough to see the fabrics she bought while she was there - delectable!)  She hasn't quite decided what to make it into yet.

And now onto the task in hand.  Everyone enjoyed this easy block and the colours chosen were all gorgeous.  Hazel chose a lovely purple palette and a lilac background.

Martin had some lovely fabrics with sewing equipment on it.

Emily got on swimmingly - was it anything to do with the swish new machine she had had for her birthday?  That certainly helped, but she made a lovely block.

Here is Kate's bright block in progress.  She's going to put all the blocks she's made recently into a sampler quilt.  Great idea!

Here is Emily's completed block.  The orange background really sets if off, and apart from the egg shaped centre (cut out by yours truly!)  it's perfect!

Kate chose a turquoise centre - an ideal foil for the bright colours of the petals.

Look at Sue's fun licorice allsorts fabric!  She sewed her plate down by stitching a quarter of an inch inside the edge of the petals.  What a clever idea, as it emphasises the shape beautifully and is quick and easy!

Martin cut the petals for all his plates at the start of the day, then zoomed along chain-piecing them.  They'll look great on the pink spotty background.

This plate with autumn colours looks stunning - I especially like the checked centre.  People often shy away from checks, but they really can add a folksy touch. 

Betty couldn't join us till lunchtime (lots of important things to do!) but she had already made some Dresden Plates on this quilt for a twin boy.   Betty's needleturned applique is second to none!

I don't know why Sue's examining her block so quizzically - it's lovely.

Pauline chose a delicate palette which looks crisp and fresh.  We auditioned various centres and decided that white was probably the best choice.  She didn't have any, so we'll see the finished result next time.

Rachel isn't afraid of colour, and her bright pink plate will look wonderful on the black background.

 As usual, despite my best efforts, I didn't get photos of all the blocks.  If I've left you out, it isn't personal, just typical of my poor organisation!  Make sure you bring your blocks for show and tell, and I'll be certain to include them next time.


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