Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Liberated Piecing


 This month we were very fortunate to have Janet Bottomley as our guest speaker explaining all about liberated piecing. Janet entertained us with a slide show and display of her own quilts and blocks, and also some antique quilts she bought in the USA. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed her talk and had lots of questions about the quilts. Here are a few photos of Janet's antique quilts:

This one has a scrappy but regular design on the front but really Janet bought it because she liked what's on the reverse:

A fabulous scrappy liberated quilt! You can see a close up at the top of this post.

 This Lone Star was made using an array of fabrics and it seems the maker added the colours quite randomly! The whole quilt was tied with green and yellow wool:

 The pineapple quilt top above was completely hand pieced and we wondered if the single black block, which seemed to be made of a synthetic dress fabric, had a particular significance to the maker.

You can see  Janet's quilts and more about her recent visit to the US on her blog: A Quilter's Journal.

Also at this month's meeting we had some lovely items in our Show-n-Tell:
Pippa has made these cute cupcakes for the Young Quilters group she organises for the Quilters Guild. She has a new website called  Quilt and Stitch for the group where you can find step by step photo tutorials for this and other projects.

Ann brought along two of her works in progress:
A beautiful foundation pieced quilt

Quilt started at our recent workshop with Carolyn Gibbs
Mandy had brought along her finished table runner made at a workshop with Sandra Morgan earlier this month:

Finally Sue Abrey showed us her fantastic new book 'Pick Four':
You can see more about this and watch out for a book blog hop with giveaway prizes on Sue's blog Quilt Times. Although the book hasn't been officially published in this country yet it is available now from the Book Depository.

Thank you Janet and everyone who participated in this month's meeting - it was very enjoyable and inspirational!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for making me so welcome, I really enjoyed meeting you all on Tuesday and am looking forward to our workshop in October.