Cranwell Quilt Show 2016….

This weekend the two Cranwell groups, Crafty Ladies & Cranwell Contemporary Textiles, held their first ever quilt show.  I’ve been a member for just over a year and during that time have seen many wonderful pieces of work produced by the members but to actually see all of this work, and more, displayed together was amazing!

The show was split between two venues with the contemporary work by the CCTG in Cranwell village hall and the traditional quilts by Crafty Ladies on quilt stands and draped over the pews in the beautiful village church.  The following photos show a selection of the quilts on display in the hall.

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The next four photos are quilts made in response to our themed quarterly “challenges”.

Challenge Quilts....what Winter means to me

Challenge Quilts….what Winter means to me

Challenge Quilts.....Flora & Fauna

Challenge Quilts…..Flora & Fauna

Challenge Quilts....shape & colour

Challenge Quilts….shape & colour

Challenge Quilts.....(left) Summer garden, (right) Poetry

Challenge Quilts…..(left) Summer garden, (right) Poetry

Dedicated to St Andrew, Cranwell church originates circa the 10th century and it made a wonderful venue for the more traditional quilts…….

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Kantha Workshop…..

Today I joined a lovely group of ladies in Cranwell Village Hall to learn the basics of Kantha stitching.  Our tutor,  Gilli Theokritoff, is an active member of Region 10 of the Quilters Guild, running workshops both locally and around the country.  Gilli brought along several beautiful examples of her Kantha work and provided the group with a choice of designs and threads to work with during the day.

Kantha is a simple embroidery technique consisting of running stitch often worked in parallel lines and in various directions.  The photo below shows two beautiful examples of Gilli’s Kantha work using her “Little Bird” design.

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I am sure I speak for everyone when I say what a great day we had and you can see from the following images the variety of designs and colours that were worked on during the day.

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Hand dyed and stamped blue fabrics with assorted threads, selected for the Kantha workshop at Cranwell Village Hall.

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