Saturday, 29 August 2009
As one event finishes, the next is always on the horizon!
The Gresford Trust is holding it's 60th Anniversary fete on Monday August 31st - details here and directions to the hall. I will be there doing a book signing session (I think I am going to be in the sports hall, in the opposite corner to the refreshments, but they were still sorting it out on Tuesday), plus I will have my kits and patterns for sale, and the Denman Kannon on display.
The Great Northern Quilt Show starts next Friday! It is on the showground at Harrogate - easy access and free parking, everything on one level (not the International Halls in the middle of Harrogate!) I am demonstrating and teaching, plus I will also have the trading stock there - Japanese silk, wool and cotton kimono fabrics, and the vintage wool kimono. If you missed getting a wool kimono at Festival of Quilts and would like one, this is your chance. I had some extra stock at home before Festival, but just couldn't fit any more in the car.
As this show is also a needlecraft show, I am going to take my needlepoint and cross stitch charts too - all on special offer prices! So if you would like any of the designs below, either see me at the show or contact me via my website (I am going to add these patterns to the website soon). They are all suitable for either needlepoint or cross stitch (although I wouldn't recommend doing the chair seat in cross stitch - it wouldn't wear very well) and are full colour charts, laser printed from my hand coloured originals (these pre-date computer cross stitch programmes). I had these charts for sale in my eBay shop until recently, but I decided to close the shop as eBay increased listing costs (and their forthcoming insistence on sellers offering a free postage option on books!) were making it uneconomical.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
was Sunday 5th July 2009 - DATE CHANGED! This workshop will now be on Sunday 2nd August.
The first workshop is my new "Spinning Squares", for Layer Cakes or 10in square cuts. I have finished the top for this new design and it was much easier to sew than I'd anticipated, plus a piece of cake to cut out (no measuring!) Photo to follow as soon as it stops raining up here and I can take the quilt top outside for photography! Here it is - the rain stopped but not the breeze!
We will be making the centre squares in the workshop. You can finish the patchwork however you like before quilting it. I thought the New York 1930s print by Marcus Bros. from the layer cake pack was fantastic, and I tracked down the same fabric as yardage on the internet so I could use it for my border. I'm hoping to make a second patchwork sample before the workshop, using a Moda Layer Cake designed by Basic Grey, from the Urban Couture range. Dot Sherlock's Quilter's Needs has the same one (and lots of others) - she'll be at Gresford Craft Group's June exhibition (see next post).
The block works with multiples of 6 squares. Moda Layer Cakes typically have 40 squares with a handful of repeats. I bought a pack at Quilts UK with thirty squares from fifteen fabrics and have made the first workshop sample with this (in the first photo) - the pack was from The American Quilt Store (actually in the UK). I am sure they could put together a similar pack on request, if they don't have them on the website. You could make a quilt top with as few as twenty four fabrics, for a 6 x 4 block top. The finished block size is 81/2in. Of course, you don't have to use a layer cake and could precut your own set of 10in squares from fat quarters if you wish. Another nice feature of this workshop is that we don't need to use large cutting mats - an A3 size mat is quite adequate.
Suitable for near-beginners with a little experience of rotary cutting through multiple layers, you will get several sets of blocks finished on the day, with faster machinists completing a whole set of blocks and maybe even sewing them together. Like my "Japanese Circles and Squares" quilt, this one also has a neat number sequence to get the most from your block arrangement.
Sunday 12th July 2009 -
"Super Strips Quilt Top" was my most popular workshop last year at Gresford and I'm running it again. Click here and here to see the previous workshop photos. You will be able to make a dramatic quilt centre from either 1 1/2in strips (21 - 22in long) or from a Jelly Roll with 2 1/2in strips. You will need to cut your strips before the workshop. Machine sewing and rotary cutting. This quilt is based very loosely on the "Hearts and Crosses" coverlet recently exhibited at the Quilt Museum, York. You will be making the inner section on the day but going home with instructions for making the outer borders too, so it is up to you how you complete your version.
The second version of the patchwork is made using a Jelly Roll - the fabrics are Denise Schmidt's "Katy Jump Rope" range. This quilt has been made in everything from scrap selections to batiks, black & whites to vintage prints and seems to work with everything. No prizes for guessing that it is quicker to make it with a Jelly Roll than with 1 1/2in strips. Moda now have a 1 1/2in strip precut - called a Honey Bun...
I think several of the quilts made in the last two workshops will be shown at Gresford Craft Group and Wrexham Quilting Circle's summer exhibitions, in the third week in June.
Sunday, 7 December 2008
I promised I would run this workshop again at Gresford in the autumn, so here it is once again. We had a much sunnier, if colder, day than in the summer, but everyone seemed to have just as much fun despite the freezing temperatures outside. This quilt top centre goes together very quickly, so I'm hoping to see some finished tops soon. Margaret loaned me her finished top from the summer workshop, so I displayed it alongside the main workshop sample and my new jelly roll version (which uses retro feedsack prints from the Katie Jump Rope range by Denise Schmidt).
The original workshop sample hanging up -
In bright colours -
In black and white -
Liberty prints -
Rich autumnal colours -
"Portobello Road" Jelly Roll from Moda fabrics - (the blue/green strips are going to be used for the outer borders)
Tiny prints - the same fabric can do twice the work, appearing in both strip sets -
More tiny prints -
and with it's outer triangle panels (Dot sewed extra strips in advance).
I got to see a few recent projects made from my designs. Dot brought her version of "99 Treasures" (on my patterns page) with a yellow shaded print used for the background squares. I think the same shaded fabric would make great borders.
Pat had made a new version of the Tough Tote (from "21 Terrific Patchwork Bags"), using chenille for the outer fabric panels. I love the yellow piping accent.
Thursday, 12 June 2008
“Something from (almost) nothing” is my theme for this summer - feel good using up your scraps and recycling fabrics!
Tuesday 29th July - Faux Chenille
make a fluffy faux chenille panel by recycling old clothes, suitable for a panel, rug etc. Machine sewing only.
and a close up of the panel - the texture is really soft - very touchy feely!
Tuesday 5th August - Super Strips Quilt Top
make a dramatic quilt centre from 11/2in strips (21 – 22in long), can also be made from a Moda Jelly Roll. Machine sewing & rotary cutting. This quilt is based very loosely on the "Hearts and Crosses" coverlet in the collection of the Quilters' Guild of the British Isles.The first photo below shows the completed quilt top (you'll be getting instructions on how to make the border too) -
This composite image, from the workshop poster, shows what you'll make on the day (the section in the diamond) - the other parts of the quilt top, to finish at home, are made from 16in long strips (instructions will be provided). Or you could just leave it at the centre and make a wallhanging or cot quilt. These really are my scraps, what's leftover when I cut all those "99 Treasures" packs!
Tuesday 19th August - Japanese Art Quilt "Boromono"
Now highly collectable, boromono rag cloths are easy to make, recycling old fabrics – checked shirts are ideal. Think folk art! Machine sewing, rotary cutting, big stitch quilting (hand) and very easy hand applique. Here's the front of mine - every boromono will be unique of course -
and a detail -
All at The Memorial Hall, Gresford, (hall open from )
£26 per person per day – requirements list sent on booking
You can contact me re booking via the website http://www.susanbriscoe.co.uk
For boromono inspiration, here's a slide show (including some boromono jackets). Alternatively, visit Ichiroya - they list boromono by the other term, ranru (rag cloth) and mottanai (waste nothing) art.