Friday, January 28, 2011

Wednesday's Class

On Wednesday the ladies all had a go at making a Dresden Plate cushion and came up various colour combinations. Fernanda with her blacks,
she is going to add the remainder of the strips to make the border.
And Gaby brought scraps to make her's
And Gurterdos used only two colours for the wedges
as well as Madalena
and this lady (she likes reds and blacks!) for whom this is only her second project, chose two colours as well.

Almost all decided that they wanted to piece the dresden plate by hand, especially the centre, as they thought it would be much nicer. I hope ladies that next week I can see the finished cushion!
Gaby brought in her cathedral window with a twist top, of which she decided to add squares to the centre, very effective, I think.

Well on Saturday afternoon, we are making Mug Rugs using paper piecing, for those ladies that are unable to make class on a Wednesday. I hope tomorrow to be able to show my Mug Rug Matts that I have made for the swap.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Wednesday's Class

We were a small group today. Some of the ladies were still doing the Mug Rug.
And Feminadina, not sure I have spelt that correctly, was continuing with her Rail Fence Project. She loves Reds!
And I showed the ladies how to make this block (this is actually Fernanda's),
that Angela had made and here is the link where you can find a short video explaining how to make the block. And it comes together so quickly! This is mine using 2 Charm Packs that I got from here.

From a distance it looks like half circles, very clever. All I have to do now is quilt it and bind it together! As you can see from the picture the sun is shining today, with lovely blue skies, which Portugal is known for even in January, but rather chilly today.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Saturday's Class

Yesterday we had 8 ladies turn up to work on various projects, as it was the "Livre" class for the month on Saturday. I must admit I get a bit nervous because I normally don't know what to expect. But after checking with Paula on the Friday, she gave me an idea of what people wanted to work on, so it wasn't too bad, in fact it was a very enjoyable Saturday afternoon with these ladies. Hence the lack of photos!!
We had three new ladies, who started on making a Rail Fence, two are making Table Runners and the third has opened to make placemats.
And these two ladies were using the same fabric up in a different order who hadn't been to class since before Christmas.

We also had two ladies making journal covers and another making a bag. Sorry no photos!

Wednesday Classes

I don't know where the last couple of weeks have gone! We have had our Wednesday classes, but sorry I have not blogged about them, how bad is that. The first Wednesday back was only a morning class and was where people could get on with their own projects that they still hadn't finished (UFO's) or try something new. Gaby wanted to have a go a log cabin's
And Manuela decided she wanted to make a X Block quilt for her grandson.
And here is a close up of the fabric, just love the turtles.
And this last Wednesday the ladies had a go at making Mug Rugs. I have decided to participate in the Mug Rug Swap this month. If you are interested in participating, click on the Swap Banner for more information. We combined it with foundation piecing of a cup and saucer. Here are some of them.

And Madalena after finishing her Mug Rug stayed on for the afternoon class to start this applique, which will eventually go onto to the front of a sewing bag. The kits are available here.

That was pretty much what went on the last two Wednesdays!

Monday, January 3, 2011


I can't beleive that it is already 2011. I must admit that the last two weeks of 2010, I did nothing in quilting, but instead spent quality time with my DH and DD. My DH has been away working in Tanzania for the last 7 months, so I think I had a very good excuse not to be teaching or doing any quilting.
He was very lucky he arrived on the 18th Dec because his connecting flight from London was cancelled on the 17th Dec, due to the bad weather that London Heathrow had to contend with, I could go on .... His suitcase turned up on the 25th Dec!! Which had these fabrics he found in Tanzania.
They will need to be washed as they are a bit stiff and also to check if the dye runs out. Not sure what I shall use them for, bags is one idea. We will see, but it was lovely of him to bring them.
What 2011 has in store I don't know really other than more quilting for sure and it would be lovely if we as a family could be together rather than this distance apart, we currently have. All I can say is thank goodness for Skype and computers which enables us to be able to keep in touch.
All it leaves me to say is Happy New Year and keep on with the quilting.