Monday, May 29, 2017

Dandelion Quilts June 2017

Each year I go up to Blackheath in the Blue Mountains for a quilting retreat and stay at the Redleaf Resort. We sew, chat, shop for fabric and eat good food for the whole weekend. Most of us make at least one quilt for a wonderful charity called "Dandelion" which provides emergency help to parents and children who are sometimes forced to leave their homes at a moment's notice. This year I've made three simple baby quilts all the same pattern: 6 1/2 inch squares  (7X6 blocks). They are quilted in the ditch and then in oblique rows. All are made from the children's fabric in my stash. I always enjoy making them because I know how much they are appreciated. Last year between us we managed to come up with 53 quilts.

 Above: The Alphabet Quilt

 Above: The Blue and Yellow Quilt

Above: The Teddy Bear Quilt

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Mugbags for two new members of Yarnspinners

The bag with the purple eggplants belongs to Maru who joins us most weeks and shows us beautiful fabrics and notions and new techniques to use in our quilting efforts. She is a wonderful addition to our group bringing a Costa Rican perspective to Yarnspinners.

The seafoam coloured bag and mug belong to Mika. Mika does beautiful crochet and is going to learn how to quilt with us. Looking forward to teaching her some basics next week. Mika brings a rich Japanese perspective to our group.