Quilts in the Wolds….

This weekend saw the third “Quilts in the Wolds” show at Ludford Village Hall organised and hosted by the Lindsey Patchworkers and attended by around 300 visitors.

The two day event was a great success with a steady footfall throughout Saturday and Sunday. The four pounds entry included tea/coffee and a choice of delicious home made cakes which proved particularly popular with the male contingency……so much so anyone would have thought they didn’t get cake at home!

The two trade stands appeared to be doing good business.


 

There was also a sales table brimming over with lovely items made by the group.

The “Inspirations” tombola was very popular – every prize consisted of a small bag containing colour coordinated fabric and notions, perfect for inspiring your next small project.

Throughout both days members also hosted talks, demonstrations and workshops on the stage at the rear of the hall. Pat Cave can be seen here demonstrating various methods of applying lettering to fabric.


The Lindsey Patchworkers exhibits included an interesting mix of traditional, contemporary, miniature, and art quilts, some were machine stitched while others were completely done by hand.

All in all it was a wonderful weekend and lovely to see so many people enjoying the show. The following photos show a selection of the quilts that were on display.

 



  

Miniature Quilts….

Last month I became a member of another sewing group, the Lindsey Patchworkers, who meet twice a month at the Conoco Rooms in Louth.    It’s a very varied group with some ladies preferring the traditional style of patchwork and quilting, while others are keen to work in a much freer and more contemporary style.

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At today’s session we got to view an interesting collection of work entitled The Handbag Collection.  Created by The Miniature Quilt Group, one of five Specialist Groups that form part of  The Quilters Guild, ironically this is smallest of the specialist groups with 140 members nationwide.

The Handbag Collection 1

The minute detail in these pieces is impossible to appreciate from photos.  I couldn’t imagine working on such a minuscule scale and I’m sure tweezers must play an important part!  The techniques used in these miniatures are as varied as those for full size quilts but in order to achieve the necessary accuracy at such a small scale members often use foundation piecing or English paper piecing.  I believe all of the quilts we saw were no more than 30cm on any one edge, some being much smaller….incredible!

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According to the group the most successful fabrics for miniature quilts tend to be the finer cotton fabrics and it naturally follows that fine threads and needles, hand or machine, are also used.  For the sandwich layer the group recommend a very low loft wadding or one that can be peeled into thin layers.

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Further details about the Miniature Quilt Group can be found on The Quilters Guild website  www.quiltersguild.org.uk

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Why not join us…..

The Lindsey Patchworkers 3rd Exhibition in the Lincolnshire Wolds will be held on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June 2015 at Ludford Village Hall, Playingfield Lane, Ludford, Lincs LN8 6AJ

For textile enthusiasts the weekend will provide lots of inspiration, the chance to meet and chat with like minded crafters and the opportunity for some retail therapy!  We will have traders such as Cotton Dreams and White Cottage Country as well as Crafts, Demonstrations, and the now famous “Inspirations Tombola” which could form the start of your next little project!

photo credit: Closet stash via photopin (license)

The event will run from 10am through to 4pm on both days and the entrance fee of £4 includes tea, coffee and home made cake.  Entrance for children is free and the hall has Disabled Access. So why not make a day of it, bring your friends, bring your family, bring a picnic and enjoy a day in the heart of the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds.

These are just a few examples of the work on display at a previous Ludford event.

Group member Pat Cave with her award winning quilt.

Seascape by Sandra Goldsbrough

Stonehaven Harbour by Pat Cave

Group quilt

 

Designing with Fractals…..

Royal Crustacean by Rose Rushbrooke.

Royal Crustacean by Rose Rushbrooke.

I recently came across this photograph of a beautiful art quilt by Rose Rushbrooke which has been based on a “fractal” design. Not knowing what that meant I googled it and discovered a whole new world of amazing images created using “Fractal” apps. I won’t attempt to explain the mathematics behind this process, there are lots of websites that explain it better than I ever could, but I did download a free app and after a few minutes of playing with it I came up with the following designs. The app I used is Fractile Plus, it’s simple to use and quite addictive. I don’t know if I will get around to doing anything with any of these but it they were fun to create and have the potential for inspiring future textile designs.

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My first attempt with the Fractile Plus App.

 

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Riverside Trees…..

Riverbank Trees Quilt

I’ve finished sewing the smaller branches and twigs onto my David Hockney inspired quilt and have been giving some thought to the reflections on the water.  The simplest way would be to create a mirror image of the riverbank, but my original photograph didn’t show the trees like that.  The tree trunks were distorted by the ripples on the water, which I am finding harder to replicate.

I’ve tried roughly sketching a few wiggly tree trunks onto paper and layering them with organza and netting.  The intention is to draw directly onto the top fabric and cover this with strips of sheers. If it’s a failure, which I half expect it to be, it won’t matter as I’ve left the wadding and backing loose at the bottom in case I need to patch it in with a second attempt.

Riverside Trees