Thursday, 5 November 2009

Just a quickie!

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!

Happy quilting!


11 comments:

Stephanie (A Ditchin' Time Quilts) said...

Trudi, love the blocks you won. I just won my first give away too but don't have a pic of them yet. Love your project. I wish you good luck getting your present done in time. I know what that is about. I am on a deadline too. Just now starting a project for Christmas for my husband. Steph

Cara said...

The coin quilt looks so sweet, and relaxing!

Tracey said...

Your coins quilt looks lovely. Your quilting has come out very nice despite all the set backs! Some quilts can be problematic. The thread breaks could have been due to a dodgey packet of needles, thread drying out or maybe just a bit of fluff caught in the bobbin area. Did you switch your heating on by any chance ? Room humidity /temp does funny things too sometimes. You can recondition thread by putting it in a plastic bag in the freezer for a few hours if it is a problem. It rehydrates the thread and can help with thread breaks.

Greg said...

I really like your therapy! The block lotto winnings will make a really cool looking quilt and your coins look AWESOME! Looking forward to the pics of your trip to the Autumn Quilt Fair!

QuiltSue said...

woww, that Stacked coins quilt is just BEAUTIFEL, as is the quilting on it.

Enjoy yourself at Chilford.

Martha said...

Your feathering on that stack of coins quilt is really lovely,Trudi!

RosaMarĂ­a said...

that coins quilt is so beautiful!!! i love it!!
have a great quilting weekend!
ps. i'm hosting a giveaway!!

Lis said...

Have fun at Chilford - looking forward to reading about it and seeing your photos!

BUMBLE BEANS said...

hey trudi.
you have a long arm machine? the coins looks nice with all those feathers on it!

Sallie said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Congratulations for being featured on Madame Samm's banner!

Stray Stitches said...

Your quilt is beautiful! And your quilting is amazing!!