Earlier this week I drove out to Louth, in the wolds of Lincolnshire to attend a talk by Lillian Hedley on North Country Quilts. It was well worth it! I've met Lillian several times in the past at shows, and she has always been very generous with her knowledge of hand quilting wholecloths. This talk took us on the journey from the origins of North Country Quilts, through the idiosyncrasies of Amy Emms to Lillians quilts of today. There were some stunning antique quilts to be seen, including a stunning pink and gold strippy that had never been used, and we were even allowed to touch them! Sorry I didn't take my camera! If you ever get a chance to hear her speak, I highly recommend it!
I managed a little retail therapy whilst I was there! Well, ... it would have been rude not to! lol
Remember the Block Lotto? I joined in October, and was absolutely blown away with the fact that I won! These are the first of 48 blocks that are winging their way to my mail box! This is going to be a really pretty quilt! I can't wait!
I've been working on the quilting of the stacked coins quilt I made with a Dandelion Girls charm pack. Today I took it off the frame. In fact it's lucky it survived this long, the second half of the quilting was fraught with trouble, thread breakages like I've not seen since I started quilting on the frame, 3 needles and lots of love and attention to the machine, cleaned and oiled several times.
But I am pleased with the overall effect. I have yet to make the binding, and this is probably going to have to wait as I have to quilt the two Yellow Nine Patch quilts before Ilene's birthday on the 19th of this month! Yep, that's what I said! lol nothing like a deadline to get you motivated!
Tomorrow I'm off for a little retail therapy at the Autumn Quilt Fair at Chilford Hall in Cambridgeshire. I'll remeber to take my camera!