Monday, 20 March 2017

A visit to Shepshed

There has been an advert on the to recently, for Travelodge I think, where a family is very excited about going to Slough.  Slough isn't known for its attractions, but in the advert, the attraction is grandma and grandad!  I felt a bit the same about my recent visit to Shepshed.  It's not the most attractive of towns, but I was very much looking forward to going there, to see the ladies of Quilting Together.  I always take some boxes of fabric with me, and they usually take most of it home with them. 

Here they all are, diving in!  Other people's fabric is always more desirable than one's own, and this must have been very desirable, as I brought very little of it home. 

And here are the quilts waiting for me to take home.   I was hoping they would all fit in my car.  

Last year I gave the group a bundle of lovely black, grey and red fabrics, which had been donated.  I thought they would be able to put them to good use.  I wasn't wrong, as this is what they have created.  It's ultimately for Linus, but it is being entered into the Uttoxeter Quilt Show, so look out for it there. 

I also left some of this racing car fabric last time.  The black and white checks look great here. 

This is quarter log cabin alternated with some framed ladybird fabric. 

This train fabric has been bigger up by clever framing of each block.  

This quilt uses up some strips of feature fabric. There's something to interest everyone there! 

The group have been exploring scrap and string quilts, and this one uses scrap blocks to great effect. 

This one is hidden nine patch.  It uses the scraps left over from the Uttoxeter quilt. 

This log cabin is a masterclass in using value.  Gorgeous. 

The block here is quite straightforward, but the arrangement adds an extra dimension.  It looks almost circular. 

A blast from the past- a tee shirt block made into a very modern medallion quilt. 

Churn dash with a pinwheel centre. Looks quite nautical. 

Another great use of strings. Mother bold colours are set off by the dark sashing.  

Hexagons with attitude! 

I don't know whether this was made by hand or machine, but either way, these stars look dreamy. 

This green spiders web looks very attractive.  Just like four comfy flowerbeds. 

I don't know quite what's going on here, but I love the colours! 

Clamshells, Jim, but not as we know them!  The peeping pandas are so cute! 

This one looks very complex.  Is the block an on point nine patch framed with triangles?  I think it's the coordinating fabrics which link it all together in an intriguing way. 
I have more photos, but couldn't show all of them, as there were a grand total of 99 (ninety nine!) beautiful quilts!  I was delighted to load them all into my car, and I can assure everyone that they will be finding new homes very soon. 
Thank you so much ladies, and I look forward to seeing you all again next year, if not before! 

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