Free Motion Machine Quilting Workshop – October 2018
Led by Julie Ingram Johnson this workshop aimed to enable the complete novice free motion quilter to “have a go” in a safe environment, whilst also encouraging those of us who had tried it before to challenge ourselves and push the boundaries.
With quilt sandwiches thoughtfully provided by Julie we started in the morning with some nervous and wobbly shapes – somehow several of us seemed to have a left hand list to our freehand stars! As confidence progressed the shapes we were attempting became much more recognisable and by lunchtime several people were experimenting with pictorial pieces, such as umbrellas, plants and flowers, and topical figures. After lunch we were all keen to start pushing boundaries and there was much divergent work ranging from a variety of contemporary infill patterns to a depiction of Mount Fuji (or was it Mount Doom?). A few examples are shown below, there are more on the Gallery page of this website.
Thanks go to Julie for giving us the confidence to be more experimental, and also for sharing with us her tip for how to free motion quilt a pattern on a whole quilt with relative ease. Want to know how? - ask someone who attended the workshop and we will explain the idea.
Exhibition June 2018
In June 2018 Buttercross Quilters put on a very successful exhibition using the space kindly provided by the Methodist Church. The chairs were cleared (and mapped for return to their correct positions in time for the Sunday service), the quilt stands were erected, the quilts were hung, the sales table and tombola set up and the exhausted team stood back to marvel at how lovely our quilts looked filling the space of the church. The response from visitors was very encouraging with lots to see and plenty of room to walk round and appreciate the quilts, small and large, and also to see the small side exhibitions featuring the work of one of our founder members, along wih some antique textiles owned by one of our members, amongst other interesting items.
Only one picture is shown here – the star of the show – the Visitor’s Choice – Jane, with her “Dear Jane” quilt. This is an exquisite piece of work requiring many hours of sewing and much patience to construct the 169 5” square blocks. This type of quilt has its’ origin in a quilt made during the American Civil War and completed in 1863. (We don’t think our Jane has been working on hers for quite that long!)
Other pictures from the exhibition are on the Gallery page.
Fibonnaci Workshop – April 2018
Eager to learn in a practical way how maths relate to our hobby of quilting, 20 keen stitchers assembled one Saturday to bravely have a go at re-creating an interpretation of the Fibonnaci sequence in cloth under the patient guidance of Sheena Roberts, Green Man Quilts. We cut in strips, we labelled it, sewed it together, cut it up again (this took a leap of faith!), labelled it and reconstructed it. (In between we did eat some cake.) Look what we produced!
We meet at 7.30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at:
The Wesley Room,
40, High Street,
Please note - this is a new venue from January 2017.
Phone: Jane 07737 561 194
Our next meeting:
Tuesday April 9th
Come and Sew Evening - see programme page for details
Visitors - £5 - to be deducted from membership fee if you join the group