Monday, 29 October 2012

Our First SASD!

Andrea's Tablemat

Well our first SASD was fun or, as Davina posted on Facebook, 'Awesome'! You'll need to make a cup of tea and settle down to read all about it as we have a lot to share.

Although there were only 7 of us there was plenty of activity, stitching, chatter and laughter. In fact it felt like we'd known each other for ever! We got started with introductions and a show and tell of beautiful quilts. 

Andrea is a newbie to quilting but has already been practising FMQ on this lovely bag made from tea towels:

Here's a closer view of the amazing echo quilting:

Helen brought a finished quilt and a work in progress. First her spools quilt:

This has a fabulous labels fabric on the back
She's working on an appliqué quilt from a 'Don't Look Now' pattern and planning to add a flying geese border. BTW You can buy someDon't Look Now patterns from The Skep in Farsley.

Liz brought a selection of dintricate patchwork quilts - she likes small pieces!

 The three above are doll quilts so quite small and below is the back of the Hearts quilt:

Davina had been making some village quilts with a young quilter she teaches:

and a Christmas wall hanging made with paper piecing. You can find some free block patterns on Carol Doak's website.

Janet brought her scrappy hearts quilt to show and her prize winners from the Harrogate show.

Phew after that inspiration it was time to get on with some stitching. Janet showed us how she made her table mat from strips of fabric in a Moda Scrap Bag. Some of us then started on our own tablemats while others worked on their own project. I've shown you Andrea's mat at the top of the post and here are some others.

Susan worked with black and white
Davina had some bright Halloween fabrics

Davina has already written about our day on her blog Cotton Confetti with more photos of her work.
 Liz worked on these fabulous stars:

Helen completed a stunning sailing ship block:
Janet provided us with a steady supply of tea and spooky cakes and made us have a break for lunch. She did manage to sew a little and I did some quilting on a Jelly Roll UFO. 

We finished the day by deciding to meet again in February or March in Boston Spa. I'll let you know the details when I have confirmed the date. We also set a challenge to make a word with liberated pieced letters. You can find instructions for making all the letters of the alphabet on The Patchery Menagerie blog and everyone can join in by posting photos on our Flickr group: Yorkshire Modern Quilt Guild. We hope to see you at our next meeting.

Happy Stitching!


Thursday, 4 October 2012

Workshop sample for our first SASD!

I have made a sample for the Modern Quilted Placemat workshop which will be an optional part of our first Sit And Sew Day. It is made from Moda 12 Days of Christmas fabric by Kate Spain. The strips are 2 inches wide as they come from a scrap bag rather than a jelly roll.

So far we have had a great response to the SASD but there are still places left if you want to join us. Details are in the previous post but I am going to give some good old fashioned directions for those without a Sat Nav!
Come off the M1 at Junction 37 and follow sign to Manchester. You will pass a Toby pub called Dodworth Valley and come to a small roundabout. Turn left at roundabout and then right at the next mini roundabout, passing a Costcutter shop. You will continue past the Holiday Inn and turn left just past the Bannatyne's Health Club. Continue until you see Curry Mahal and Budgens supermarket on your left and turn left just after Budgens. You will pass Dodworth library and Dil Raj restaurant on your right. You turn right a few yards further on opposite the Thornley Arms pub. This road is called Strafford Walk and the Pollyfox Centre is just on your right as you turn. Turn right onto Pollyfox Way to park - there is plenty of space if you turn right at the end of the street.

Hope to see you there! Don't hesitate to get in touch if you need more info.