Thursday, 19 January 2017

January - lets banish the blues

 I can guarantee that there is nothing more certain to banish the January blues than a meeting of the modern quilt guild! 
I was late and had hardly sat down when Ruth and Sheena said "get a picture of Cathlene she matches the quilt!" Whoah yea that's how we  rock n roll at the guild, we match our clothes to the charity quilts! Seriously, Cathleen was working hard with the rest of the members finishing off the hand quilting on our charity quilt for quilt con. It's been an epic journey and a real group effort.
First up on the show and tell is our own Jo Avery (yes she's ours, keep your hands off 😊😊) Jo always amazes me with the way she combines her business with a huge sense of charity and helping others. No opportunity to help those in need goes past whether it is Maggie's Centers, Siblings together, Social Bite. It's rare in this day and age so let's celebrate it! At the stitch gathering the year before last Jo came up with the fab idea of everyone making their own tickets, we had to choose our favorite word. All the blocks have been made into quilt tops and will be donated to charitable causes. How sweet is this! Jo was looking for volunteers to help quilt the tops, Jo is very good at getting volunteers 😉😉 seriously who wouldn't want to quilt a fun top like this!
Well this mini really cheered us all up a fun and bright quilt to brighten up January from Cathlene, this is for the Modern Quilt Guild swap, a lucky partner will be getting this one soon.
 
 
Ok can we all just agree I am not David Bailey?? But if you peer very closely and zoom in you can see Paulines fab sewing tidy she got in the swap at Christmas. It's a nice picture of some of the newer members of the guild though!
 
 
You all follow the lovely Irene @sewhappilyretired in IG right?? If not why not?? 😉😉 she is sooper lovely, has the most gorgeous shoes and makes beautiful things like this zippy pouch!
 
 
 
I can't do hand piecing but am in awe of folks who can like the amazing Madeleine @madeline_bonner here are some of her gorgeous La Passaglia cogs, amazing fussy cutting.
 
 
 
That's all for now, but lots more news coming, we are a busy bunch at the Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild.
 
 
 
 
     

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

December meeting, eat drink and be merry

Annnnnnd the prize for most awesome shoes goes to Irene @sewhappilyretired 💕💕💕 cmon how fab are these beauties!! Yep it's our annual Christmas extravaganza, done in our usual sober modest fashion ....
 
 
It's been an eventful year the usual ebb and flow with members joining and members heading off to pastures new. We said a very sad farewell to Tatyana our sooper awesome long arm quilter extraordinaire and just all round lovely person. Cheerio Tatyana we still hope to see you even if only virtually on Instagram! Jaquie too is taking a leave of abscence .... To become a mum!!! There will be no shortage of beautifully hand quilted quilts to keep your baby snug! In normal EMQG fashion we had a secret Santa, oh my goodness what a stunning range of gifts!!!
 
Blimey! And I don't think I even got round them all!
 
 
Keeping it classy 😉😉
 
This is a sorting hat ..... As part of the meeting we had to choose quilts for inclusion in our stand for the knitting and stitching show, what a choice and we could only pic one!
 
What a beautiful array of quilts to choose from and no I'm not saying which got chosen, you will have to come along and see for yourselves!
 
 
 
Right, thats it!! Farewell for another year my chums, take don't eat too many mince pies and here is to a very quilty new year.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

November, even more new friends"

More new members! Wa hey! We love new members, even more inspiration for us. And what a fab way to start off with some cheery fun blocks from lovely Irene showing us some impressive foundation piecing! tartan kiwi workshop.First up a beautiful butterfly from a tartan kiwi workshop.
 
Next this fab bird from a quiet play pattern:
 
 
Keeping up the bright and cheery vibe is Robin with this stunning Hawaiian applique block.
 
You deserve to smile Robin, it's amazing! Not content with that Robin also brought along this wall hanging. How beautiful is this!  
 
Remember our Sarah Fielke workshop? Well look what Sheena did with the improv letters!! This is amazing Sheena, auburn stitches is the name of her blog.
 
 
I was looking at my notes for the next entry and thought it didn't look like my writing! The lovely Robin took some notes for me while I was busy snapping 😊😊 cheers Robin, a truly group effort.
Another lovely new member Diane is up next with this truly modern cushion:
 
 
Diane also showed us this circular dresden! I think our new ladies are going to keep us on our toes with these great show and tells!
 
 
Awwwww! And again awwwwww! Honestly could this quilt be cuter?? Nope don't think so. Jaqui knocks it out of the park again with this sweetie!
 
Just loooooooook! Flirty winky penguins! What's not to love.
 
 
 
 
 
 I can't think of a better way to round up this post than with a stunning bag from Lucy (Skinnymalinky quilts).
 
 
Right next month is our annual Christmas party, normally a quiet sober affair 😂😂😂 yea right, see you there!
 
 
 

Sunday, 16 October 2016

A weekend with Tartankiwi

What's this?? The tartankiwi?? In Edinburgh??
Why yes 😊😊 we get all the best speakers don'tcha know!! The lovely Juliet was coming across to teach at the stitch gathering, so the EMQG and Jo Avery lost no time in making sure we all got to hear the lovely Juliet speak and see her amazing quilts.
Here she is in the middle, can you see the dress can you?? How sooper awesome is that!
 
Right enough of the fan girl nonsense! We want to hear Juliet and see the amazing quilts!
The butterfly, where it all started! And how great to hear about Juliets journey.
Awwww the zebra!! Look at the colors! That's my kind of quilt. Look at Jo Avery holding up the other end, she is having a ball! Well we all were 😊
 
You love this one don't you?? Who wouldn't what an amazing piece of quilting art!
 
Ach words are failing me now, lets let the quilts talk for a little bit.
 
It always amazes me how gracious quilters are, letting us up close and personal with their creations! Just look at the obscene amount of fondling going on there ....
 
 
You've all got this pattern from Love quilting and patchwork right? How appropriate for Scotland!
 
Ok I'll put my hand up, if I HAD to pick a favorite it would be this one. I need to make this so badly.
 
 Can you see the dress?? 
 
The ladies from the EMQG were lucky enough to have a class with Juliet on the Saturday, here is Helen with her gorgeous bird. What another fab weekend for the EMQG.

Octobers - lots of new friends!!!

We have had a bit of a hiatus! We have been meeting but your blog editor has been unable to attend, *tut* normal service resumes! And with a bang as well not one not two but seven new members!! I hope I counted properly I'm rubbish at maths, and as usual the ladies were moving around chatting (and eating cake 😉) so much it is difficult to pin them all down 😉
Right! Let's get straight into show and tell and meet all of our new chums, I say new but many of these lovely ladies we know from the stitchgathering and Instagram.  (any male quilters in Edinburgh??? We are a friendly bunch, very inclusive you would be most welcome and man the cake at the meetings is awesome as well as the company) So in no particular order we have Ann with her totally amazing Tula Pink hexagonal quilt, way to go Ann, what a fabulous first show and tell.
Next we have Lindsey, with this gorgeous William Morris quilt, I'm a big William Morris fan so thanks for bringing this one along to show us Lindsey, I *may* have gone and bought some more Morris fabric because of it 😉
 
 
I just always absolutely adore the huge amount of inspiration we get from each other's quilts during the show and tell, Helens quilt was no expectation, done at a class with the fabulous Jo Avery at mybearpawcraft here is her stunning modern sampler. I had to take the picture at a funny angle, the room is tight and you have no idea the contortions your intrepid blog writer has to make to get these 'action shots' 😊 Just love these colours.
 
 
We not only do improv we do wonky too and this is a fabulous example of them both. Heather with her bright and beautiful improv flowers, another class from the sooper talented Jo Avery.
 
 
Whooft, look at this! Lucy raises the bar yet again with this stunning circles quilt, loving the lime and black combo.
 
Ok next up was Sasha and I think it is fair to say there was not a dry eye in the house with this show and tell. This lovely hexie quilt was made by her mother from her children's clothes, Sasha is repairing it and it's still in use. Thanks so much for sharing this Sasha it reminds us of the power of a quilt.
 
 
We didn't need to dry our eyes for long because Pam made us misty eyed again with this lovely scrappy trip quilt. Made for her son William, it has his name on the back, awwwwww.
 
 
 
Pam is on the left above and Lindsey is on the right, Lindsey didn't have a show and tell but that's maybe because she was too busy making the totally amazing cakes for our half time tea 😊😊 form an orderly queue ladies and leave some for me!!
 
 
Right, enough tea drinking and cake eating let's carry on with show and tell. I loved the my small world quilt along from the pattern by Jen Kingwell which went on last year but my efforts were paltry compared to this stunner from the lovely Madeleine! Look at this lovely quilt!
 
 
I think that is all from our new members this month, welcome ladies looking forward to seeing you next month. Let crack on with our sooper fabulous existing members, here is a lovely one from Lucy an 80th birthday present for her mother. Yellow and grey! Now that's a colour combination I am going to use from now on, works so well together.
 
 
Sue brought along her finished improv with intent letter from our Sarah Fielke class, it will go to a chum who runs a B&B to help her guests pronounce failte, which means welcome in Gaelic. What a great gift!
 
 
Oooohhhhh more Tula pink, love Tula Pink!! And what a great pouch from Anne.
 
Margaret bought in her baby quilt made from the bee blocks we all gave her, hand quilted as well! A lovely modern take on a baby quilt.
 
 
Audrey brought along her child's quilt inspired by Sarah Fielke small quilts, how super is this, so tactile.
 
 
Not content with that she also brought along these yoyo Christmas trees! Oh I am so stealing this idea!
 
 
and that's it for this month! Apologies to Sheena who did bring in her examples from the workshop on rust and decay from the FOQ but either I was too high in the cake and forgot tot take pictures or I accidentally deleted them .... Sorry Sheena!
 
See you all next month, in the meantime I am busy pattern testing for our quilt for quilt con!!