Sunday, 15 September 2013

Autumn leaves

The September meeting started very appropriately with show and tell.  Well, Emily didn't actually bring her jelly roll quilt with her, but she sent me this photo, so I thought I'd share it.  I know she has put the borders on now, so maybe it will be finished for the next class.  The warm beige background really compliments the colours of the jelly roll.
Debbie brought this lovely quilt to show.  She had made it from small squares, and said it was very time-consuming to make - all those seam matches!  never mind, it was worth it, and her colour choices are fabulous.
Hazel had made another scrappy bargello, or trip round the world.  I love the colour gradation.

Now onto the business of the day.  Paula and Rosemary had chosen batiks which moved from green to brown, and were perfect for this exercise.  Margaret and June had greens, again perfect.

Pauline's eye had been taken by some Fabric Freedom fabrics in bright greens, oranges and turquoises.  (She was lucky to take them away with her at the end of the session as Paula and I had taken a definite shine to them!) 

Rachel didn't disappoint with her fabric choices, as she had black and white spots, and then more black and white fabric with camper vans on it.  These fabrics made a real statement!

Kate, Emily and Paula were generous enough to make blocks for Linus.  This way they were able to try the technique, without the stress of starting another quilt.  I forgot to take a photo of their blocks, but they made 8 completed blocks between them, and Paula kindly took all the blocks away with her, to join together.

Here is Kate cutting one of her blocks.  Gorgeous colour choices.

Paula and Rosemary enjoyed getting the technique under their belt, but felt that two blocks were sufficient.  Rosemary made a couple of half square triangles to complete a panel for a cushion.  How clever is that?

She liked them with the colours together, but we tried the blocks the other way round for fun.

Rachel was  planning to put these blocks in with her granny squares, but thought maybe the fabrics were a little loud.  She felt it needed a calm space on it, to show the busy blocks to their advantage.  One idea was to made a large appliqued heart in the middle on a white background as a foil for the other blocks.  She put her leaf blocks in each corner.  Wonderful 

She obviously is a chip off the old block, as Betty used the technique as inspiration for a Christmas table runner, with holly leaves.   This will be an entry in the Piecemakers Christmas competition.
And here is an example of the houses we will be making in November.  They are free-pieced and great fun.  I used them to add a bit of fun to this quilt I made for my great-niece.  She loves it,
You could just make a few, like I did, or make a whole town!