Monday, 22 August 2016

August meeting, so long farewell

So long farewell to our usual meeting place. The amazing Mybearpawcraft shop, there are times it hits me that we are sitting in the wonderful Jo Averys shop surrounded by her incredible class samplers ... Pretty cool!

But we are a popular bunch and other want to join and there are only so many quilters we can fit in. So being an amenable bunch we looked for new premises and are going to try out Cluny church hall. Come back next month for a report on how that is working out. We were a select few for this months meeting, holidays etc. But it's quality not quantity you know 😬  Cathleen who'd off her bee blocks, love the colour palette, again a simple block but uber effective.  
Audrey was first up on show and tell with this! Sooper fab drunkards path block with bias appliqué.   
Audrey made these amazing little minis based on memories from her trip, how inventive, and what a super reminder of a great holiday.
I love our ladies soooo much, there is never any posing for blog pics, just oodles of excitement! Here is Margaret showing us I kat fabric bought on her recent Balinese trip. Fascinating hearing how it was made, stunning fabric too.
 Honestly how fab is this?? Sooper fab? Yep I lovely Lesley made this quilt for pulse, I agree love is all you need and there is plenty of love at the Edinburgh modern quilt guild. 
Small but perfectly formed, the lovely Janice entered these Liberty lovelies into a local show and won, well deserved Janice.
 I think the look on Robins face says it all, doesn't this encapsulate how we all feel about our hobby? Lovely sew together bag as well Robin. It's a present for a friends mother, that's a lovely present!
Let's get serious here for a minute super secret stuff being talked about, but you won't tell anyone will you?
Ann's husband was on a recent trip to Japan and brought her back some gorgeous kimono fabric, with here usual sense of style Ann turns it into a quilty masterpiece!
Whoops! What you doing here you are out of sequence?! Never mind, more lovely Ikat fabric from Margaret.
Aww next up is this dreamy fairy tale quilt, now who would make this but our very own 
Long arm princess Tatyana 😊😊 
What a gorgeous block Cathleen! And for such a good cause, Jo is collecting blocks for a Maggies Centre quilt, this will do nicely 😊😊
Another quilt for pulse?? Don't let me ever hear anyone saying scots are mean! It's gorgeous too.
Deary me! The pictures are hopping about today, here is the inside Of Robins sew together bag.
Scottie dogs!! And how cute is this fpp Scottie dog by Barbara! Sooper awesome paper piecing skills! And lovely colours too.
So as far as guild meetings go I don't know when we will be back to Jos shop 😢😢😢😢😢 but we will now be able to hopefully accommodate more members 😊😊😊 and we know we will always find an excuse to go back and visit Mybearpawcraft (hint - she sells amazing fabric 😉😉😉)
 See you in September 

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Weekend with Sarah Fielke 3/3

Hmmmmm no sewing machines?? OMG we are only learning Hawaiian applique from Sarah Fielke!!! Now I can't do much hand sewing but if I'm going to learn how to hand applique I'm going to learn it from the Queen of applique, Sarah Fielke.
You can feel the concentration. It was a fabulous day. Again I was too busy concentrating on soaking up all the tips and hints from Sarah so there are not too many pictures but here are some of the fabulous creations from the table I was sitting at.
This isn't applique?? Well no quilt gathering is complete without cake, when our table learned that it was one of our members birthday one lovely lady went out and bought her a birthday cake at lunchtime!! Quilty folks are just the best.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Weekend with Sarah Fielke 2/3

Hmmmm what's going on here then?? 
*IMPROV LETTERS*!!!!!!!!!!!
When guild president Jo sent round an email asking what class everyone wanted to do with Sarah Fielke there was no contest. improv letters!! Improv with intent, that is what we wanted and that is what we got! 
Look at the space above! What a fab space to sew in, Napier Merchiston campus.
We all started off making the same letter, an a.
How happy does Tatyana look with hers! And how gorgeous is it! I was more monochrome with mine, I wanted to spell my social media name, budsmam. So delighted with how it came out.
Well I do love the one below! I was sitting next to Lesley while she was making this. She is the driving force behind a quilt for pulse and wanted a banner at the top. This is going to be extra special.
Well who doesn't dream of love 😊😊😍😍😍
"All together now! All you need is love ..... All you need is love ..... All you need is love love, love is all you need" 😊😊😊
Many of the other ladies donated their words to Lesley for the quilt for pulse. This is going to be awesome.
Not many pictures, well if you were being taught by Sarah Fielke would you waste time taking pics? 😉
And here is the original *hyperventilates* yes we were allowed to touch 😍😍😍
 Here we all are, happy with our letters, Sarah is at the front second from right holding up Jo's word - thread. A very happy group of modern quilters, thank you Sarah!

Saturday, 30 July 2016

A weekend with Sarah Fielke 1/3

It only seems a few weeks ago that the lovely Robin (@gingerscribble) who always has her finger on the pulse, alerted us to the fact that Sarah Fielke was coming to the UK. *snaps head round* wait a wee minute here, Sarah Fielke?? OK deep breath. Our wonderful president, the ever amazing Jo Avery got right on it. Opportunities like this don't come around that often. Before we knew it there was a whole weekend organised. It all kicked off with a talk by Sarah on the Friday night, she was going to bring some quilts along, fabulous!  So along came Friday night, we gathered in the Eric Liddell center.
Our fabulous President Jo introducing Sarah.  
 Sarah talked us through the fascinating story of her quilting life, I won't replicate that here, but if you ever get a chance to hear her you HAVE to go and not just to see the quilts! She interwove her story with the quilts .... This was first up.
Dotty Dresden, what can I say, for me this was such an eye opener from me when I bought the first material obsession book. The colour the pattern, the life and joy which springs out of this quilt and to see it in real life ....  Sarah took us through her life and her books quilt by amazing quilt. 
Whirligig oh my .... Another favourite of mine from 'quilting from little things' I will admit to hyperventilating at this one 😊 
 I remember when Sarah put out the post on her blog about sending her teacup blocks for her birthday. She ended up with well over 100!!! It might have been as much as 400 but honestly by this point in the evening I was so entranced by the quilts I could hardly retain any information! To see her 'all that and the hatter' quilt from 'hand quilts with love' was incredible.
 The story behind 'Little quilts' moved many of us to tears, quilting friends truly are the best. The quilts were stunning too.
Night garden from 'quilting from little things' I know some of the EMQ ladies are going to make this one now after seeing it in the fabric flesh 😉. Pssssst, look at Jos face as she helps hold this and the other quilts up, I think that fairly well sums up what we were feeling 😍😍😍.
What's that you say Sarah??? We can come down and fondle, sorry admire them in person?? I had to leap out of the way to avoid getting trampled 😉.
And fondle and admire we did! Blimey I have never know someone so gracious with their quilts.
Look at Tatyanas face! I love this picture, again sums up far better than my paltry words what we were feeling.              
Could the evening get any better?? Well only if the lovely ladies of the EMQ guild supplied cake and fizz! I think it's mainly thanks to Barbara for the cake. 
Oh boy, that was just the start of the weekend, so I have split it into three posts. Come back to see what we got up to on Saturday. I'll leave you with some more pics from Friday.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

June meeting, shiny pooh!

We always have a giggle at the Guild meetings, Janice was showing us her gorgeous Winnie the Pooh quilt when someone shouted out 'shiny pooh'!!!!

Sometimes it's the small things! It is a gorgeous quilt. And right now I think we all need something to make us giggle.

Now I'm not normally a fan of green but that's the great thing about the guild, it challenges your assumptions, gets you out of your comfort zone and shows you a different side to things. I love this green quilt!

Bee block time! Sue recieved a fantastic array of flying geese block, looking forward to seeing what she makes with it.

New friends! We love making new chums, here is Cathy showing us a gorgeous bag she made. We had a spare slot because sadly last month was Janes last meeting, she has moved to pastures new down in the borders. Good news though is that she is setting up a modern quilt guild down there so I know we will still meet up.

So it is fabulous to say hello Cathy! And even more good news, Lucy will be rejoining us next month after a sabbatical. New chums old chums, that's what it's all about!

Bags, who doesn't love a good bag? And this is a particularly fine specimen from Robin, I can't imagine making one so intricate but I'm now inspired!
It was bags a go go! Yet another fabulous sew together bag from Jacqui! Love love love the pocket interior.


Oh you know we just hang with internationally renowned designers like Jo Avery and get to admire in person her amazing quilts!! (Squee!!) I loved this Fujiwhara quilt when I first saw it in Today's Quilter. I was really really really hoping we would get to see it in the fabric flesh, and we did! Stunning.

Who doesn't like a bit of Kaffe?? Fiona choose big blocks to show off these bold prints. Fab.

Big to small! Cathlenes beautiful secret garden mini.


Awwwww just how cute it this!! Barbara with her Elizabeth Hartman lap quilt, just too sweet!

Great use of flying geese. Sheenas sewing machine cover made from an FMQ workshop with Jo.

Phwoar! How bold and beautiful is this one? Ann manages to bring some sunshine and summer with her Jelly roll quilt. It has velvet binding! Unusual.

Katy shows off the mini she received from Robin in the recent hand pieced mini swap, beautiful work as ever from Robin.



The Riley Blake challenge was indeed challenging this year but I think you will agree that Katy rose magnificently to it!


Sometimes just a few colours and a classic pattern is all you need as Sue demonstrated with her take on the classic Dresden plate.

Oooohhhh what's up for next months bee blocks then? Some HST fun from Lindsey.

And pinky purpley Ohio stars from Cathlene. Looking forward to making these!

Talking of bees, look what Barbara made with the bee blocks she received!

Mmmmmm cake, cherry and chocolate brownies no less, cracking.


Wow, the detail is so fine I didn't really get a picture that would do justice to this amazing mini by Tatyana, incredible quilting, just stunning.


Lastly I got to show off the Tula Pink butterfly quilt I made in 30s repro fabrics.

That's it for this month, see you in July when we will be sampling the delights of "le petit mort" :-)