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!



  1. Thanks for the report on our first meeting! It was a great day - looking forward to the next one and the pieced word challenge.

  2. Thanks for a super day - everyone was so lovely and it did seem like we'd know each other for ever!
    I'm still ploughing through my navy and gold stars (only another 150 blue squares to go!) but found "Word Play Quilts" at a good price on the Book Depository so might be a bit distracted when that arrives!
    Looking forward to our next get together!

  3. Lovely work and such good fun! I so pleased it was a success.

  4. Sounds like you had a great time. I am so sorry I couldn't be there but I WILL be at the next one.