Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Meet Lucy

Hi everyone, Lucy here. 

Early childhood memories and photographs remind me of the fact that I was a “cloth kits” kid. My mum would make me some unusual clothes from pre-printed fabric patterns and make my sister and I wear them. I was usually in red and my sister in blue, somehow my brother escaped the privilege! I do remember the lovely noise of scissors cutting through endless yards of fabric; and my sister and I using my mum's machine to make perforations in paper to make stamps for our post office.

I really had no other connections with sewing or quilting until my last daughter was born over 6 years ago. A lovely girl Sarah, was in my antenatal group, she worked at Avery Homestore and introduced me to Jo and the world of sewing.

I went to Jo’s Log Cabin class and made my first cushion cover and was hooked. I loved the fact that you could make something look really good from just sewing bits of fabric together. I went on to enjoy more classes and finally made a quilt for Molly (my middle one) – who still giggles at the corners of her quilt – precision is not my strong point.

Cara’s (my little one) quilt was made with stars and squirrels – she loves it. 

Jenny (my oldest one) has her peekaboo quilt through in Glasgow with her. The latter is probably my favourite as it took lots of thought and a little skill to remember how to do the peekaboo love hearts.

I have chosen a child friendly Bee Block to make a cot quilt for my niece. She is expecting a little baby in January. She was diagnosed with cancer aged 19 and she was told that she would not be able to become pregnant after all her treatments, but incredibly she is and she and the bump are doing very well. So a bright, fun, happy quilt will be a perfect gift from the mad great aunt (to be) to her little miracle baby.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Meet Audrey

I have been sewing all my life, starting with wee outfits for my Sindy doll. I went to Queen Margaret College( as it was in those days) and became a teacher of Home Economics. I have thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of this creative and challenging work.

You could call me a jack of all trades and master of none as I enjoy all skills needed for my work. If I am not sewing , spending time with my three adorable grandsons, gardening or singing with the Pentland Singers then you could find me baking and decorating all sorts of cakes.

Patchwork and quilting only began again three years ago when due to a fractured kneecap I was unable to work. What joy! Every cloud and all that. I love to learn different skills and techniques and joining the EMQG allows me to experience the ideas and enthusiasm from the others in the group. What a talented bunch.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

September's Bee Blocks

Here's Margaret's completed August blocks (minus mine which is coming soon!).

Katie's courthouse steps blocks - lovely and colourful!

These teacup blocks are Audrey's choice for the Jelly Rolls. You should all have been given paper patterns to foundation piece this cute block. Make sure your handles all go to the right.

And lastly Lucy's blocks for the Layer Cakes. This was featured in one of the Love Patchwork and Quilting magazines. Make 4 blocks, chop them into quarters and re distribute to make 4 circles again.