Sunday, 25 September 2011

Quilting Thursday at Knit Wits

Thursday is Quilting Classes at Knit Wits of Dereham.
This week it was Sketchbook Covers.
I had lots of books and covered sketchbooks to show
They then enjoyed making their own,
which you can see above.
Well done to all those who took part.
Some students also showed me items that
they had finished from previous weeks lessons.
You can see a list of my workshops and dates
The fabric department in the Knit Wits is really
filling up with a variety of patchwork materials.
I find new ones each week!
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See more of my sketchbooks by clicking the
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Sew Wild Alisa Burke

I wasn't feeling top notch on Tuesday as I sometimes
had to double take what we were making and
also ran into a blank when ladies turned up with
no idea what they wanted to make.
Sometimes I think they think I am Magic!!!
So Wednesday I took a day off!
I normally go to Scrap Booking this Wednesday
but I knew with tummy ache and feeling off colour it would
not be sensible. I took a quilt to the sofa and a cup of tea.
Sometimes you must listen to your body!
I really don't like sitting but didn't feel good to do anything.
I was lucky though because look what turned up in
the post in the morning?
Alisa Burke's 'Sew Wild'.
A wonderful book for textile marking and expression.
Alisa covers lots of techniques and there is a DVD that
comes with it. I watched this and then found a
You Tube video of her being interviewed.
View this inspirational interview with Alisa on my
video tech site

Gallery Tuesday 20th September 2011

As usual there is lots of creating on 'Gallery Textile Tuesday'.
I take along inspiration and them students can make similar items
but with their own fabrics and flair.
Above is a Christmas Table Runner Sylvia is making.
Well, we had to start making gifts for Christmas!

Below is Brenda's Scissor Case.
See more Scissor Cases by clicking on the written labels below.
They are all different.

Some of our new members are trying different techniques.
Here Sara is learning how to piece patchwork,
straight out of the scrap bag. This piece is being
made ready to learn how to machine quilt on.
Carol has made lots of quilts in such a short time.
Here she is finishing an heirloom quilt that came into the
charity shop where she volunteers. It needed finishing
and needed a backing. We had lots of fun making
the seams match!
Carol is famous for her un- picking!!!

See more of what goes on @The gallery by clicking on the
written labels below or visiting their website

Lily Wall Hanging Quilting

On Monday I put the borders on the 'Lily Wall Hanging'
by making my own quilting stencil.
I machine quilted the pattern of the lily over each window
and freemotion quilted the outer borders.
See it hanging in the classroom in this post
See how it started HERE

Windmill Quilters Exhibition

After having a lovely morning at The Norfolk Quilters
Coffee Morning I went on to Toftwood near Dereham to
visit The Windmill Quilters Exhibition.
I love shows like this because they are so inspirational and
friendly. I met loads of quilters I knew and ladies I have just
recently met.
The displays were lovely and I stopped and shared lunch of
soup and a roll, enjoying the company and atmosphere.
The raffle quilts were really special.
Thank you to the members of
Windmill Quilters for such a lovely Exhibition.
Oh I felt so lucky to have had such a lovely day.
I then when into Dereham to Knit Wits to buy
some fabric to finish the borders on
the Lily Quilt to hang in the Classroom.

Norfolk Quilters Coffee Morning

On Saturday 17th September 2011 I went to a Norfolk Quilters
Coffee morning at Watton Communtity Centre.
It was a lovely morning sharing and showing of
lots of information and quilts.
See more of what we do at Norfolk Quilters by
visiting our new website at

Here Beryl is showing us her wallhanging she made at one of
the workshops.

Jennifer is a new member of Norfolk Quilters. She
specialises in Long Arm Quilting and showed us
two of her quilts.
The light shone through this one like a 'stained glass window'.
visit her website at

Jennie showing us one of her award winning workshop pieces.

We have many visitors throughout our morning but
this seems to be one of our youngest quilters to be with Ros!