Wednesday, 3 August 2011


Yesterday a group of fabulous people came together on one of the hottest days of this year to sew 2 QUILTS FOR VALOUR.  These quilts will be given to 2 injured service personnel with out gratitude.
The fabrics were part of Margarets stash, the very kind lady who bought the ACCUQUILT GO, GO BABY & 25 DIES for the use of all quilters from this area, these were gifted to me before she very sadly passed away a few weeks ago.  Her husband has asked me to re-cycle her stash & this is what we started yesterday.
The pieces for both quilts were cut mostly with the GO.  On Saturday at the Bee Inspired thank you day we raised nearly £25 from the sales of her magazines towards to cost of the wadding for the quilts

I want to publicly thank everyone who helped yesterday & David & Jemma from Bee Inspired for donating the use of the studio, the electricity with the fans going all day, the tea & cakes & for being such fabulous employers.
I also want to thank all the people who turned out on a beautiful day to hand or machine sew 2 wonderful quilt tops.
All the pieces are either sewn or cut & we are having another day TUESDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER 2011, where the sashings will be attached & the quilts wadded & backed for my Quilt of you go method of joining.  IF ANYONE CAN HELP on this day 10 to 4 please contact me.
Here are some images of some of the people helping including a secondary school lad who was wonderful with cutting pieces & hand sewing, such an inspiration

Cutting pieces on the GO needed a fan to keep us cool

Hand stitching & machine stitching, why do people run away when the camera appears?

Terrific group of hand stitchers, 9 rows of 15 tumbler pieces were sewn together, they worked so very hard, fortified by home made biscuits & cake & myself with strawberries & nectarines (thanks Carolyn for being so thoughtful)

Cut & sew & iron & stitch - I am a hard task master!! (not really) everyone was really dedicated

Here is the HAND SEWN QUILT, all the rows are complete - when the others return & when the sashing (brown) is joined then the top will be finished. It is various green fabrics with tone on tone & is a tumbler glass pattern.  It is good to put sashing strips in between as every stitcher has a different quarter inch seam allowance.  The sashings will allow for any deviations to not show.  There are rules with regard to sizes, min & max.  I am glad that there are rules.  You can see some patches ready to make the PRESENTATION CASE for the quilt

This is the machine sewn quilt.  I produced the pattern using Electric Quilt company software.  My favourite block is CHURN DASH.  We used Red, Blue & tone on tone cream / white fabrics.  All have to be good quality fabrics, with no cheap or scratchy fabrics & rightly so.
All the blocks are made and the corner stones & sashings cut.  The spare pieces have been sewn into blocks for the presentation case.
I do hope that you have enjoyed seeing the first stages of our quilts.  We have lots of fabric left & I do hope that some of us will continue to make quilts for some extremely deserving people.

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