Wow it’s been an exciting few weeks. At last I exchanged quilts with Marilyn from Idaho as part of TQS’s International Miniature Quilt Exchange. Unfortunately we weren’t selected for exhibition but having seen the amazing quilts that also weren’t selected I’m not surprised and it does mean we get each others quilts now rather than 2019. Yippee.
Marilyn’s been a friend for years, we’ve exchanged mug rugs and taken part in the Loch Lomond show’s Chinese Whisper Challenge, so it was a real joy to do this.
This is Marilyns quilt for me representing one of her ‘ordinary days’ travelling to her quilt shop across the mountains. Wow She’s fussy cut lots of interesting fabrics to achieve her landscape with real depth and loads of interest. Can you see bears and deer?
and my quilt of my ‘ordinary day’ walking across the Derbyshire Countryside finding a quilt shop with an exhibition from Idaho and Marilyn’s quilt hanging in the window.
Mine is mostly held together with bondaweb and some free motion quilting. Piecing Marilyn’s house quilt was a challenge. The whole quilts are under 24″ so those squares are less than 1/4″. The dog image was found on the internet and pieced from a photo. I added hand embroidery to the sky, hills and to make the sheep. All the time chuckling about Marilyn would think seeing her own quilt there and in the middle window. To do that I took a photo and minimised it before printing it onto fabric and covering with tulle.
The other excitement is the receipt of another exchange quilt. This one is the UKQU facebook groups spring mini exchange. The challenge was to be partnered with someone. Stalk them on FB, pinterest, their website, Instagram etc and after numerous questions to the group make something very personal to them.
My quilt landed on the mat on Monday. I think Maria stalked me very well. It’s a wholecloth that’s been stamped, sponged and printed then free motion quilted beautifully. I love it and smile each time I see it. I took it to our quilt group yesterday and they loved seeing the box Free motion quilting in the background the first we covered.
These cards of her fantastic work and a homemade key fob came too.
Unfortunately the one I sent is still languishing at the recipients post office so I can’t share yet. Unlike the first swap you don’t know who is making for you. I’ve got to know Maria during the swap chatting about our quilt groups. Strutts Stitchers (link to the website in the panel on the right) are going to do a post card swap with Maria’s group next year, which we are all excited about.
I’ve started quilting the row robin exchange quilt. Lovely to take time and appreciate all the work someone has done for me, and I love free motion quilting – more to follow.
Following an episode of The Quilt Show I made these little mosaic quilts using a technique demonstrated by Cheryl Lynch and my own designs.. The elephant one went smoothly adding the pieces of fabric to Appliquick web then ironing it onto the background and quilting it. The second was more challenging when I ironed the release paper the wrong way round and it stuck very securely. Solved by ending up with the adhesive on top of the fabric. so the chicken should be facing the other way.
with Cheryl’s permission I held a workshop with Pentrich Patchers yesterday. Love what they’ve done so far.
Now what’s the next challenge?