Saturday, March 10, 2012

London Friendship Quilters Guild

I just got back from a great visit with the London Friendship Quilters Guild. On Thursday night I did a trunk show of some of my quilts and Friday I taught a class on making miniature quilts. Here is a funny scene from the workshop. Anne had set up all the necessary supplies for a workshop in the middle of the winter - a Tim's coffee, some aspirin, and a box of tissue!!


I just love the sight of a quilter's work area...all the tools laid out, pieces cut and ready to sew into blocks.


Some of the quilters accepted the challenge of working with really tiny pieces, where the HST's  finished at 1/4" once they were pieced into the block! Two brave quilters made flowers blocks that are 1 1/2" and have 26 pieces!


Gail (from The Cozy Quilter blog) played with a friend's "garbage" - all of these HST's were rescued from the trash, and turned into this adorable little 6" mini quilt.
A huge thank you to Jacqui (from Treadle Quilts blog) for organizing my visit and inviting me to stay in her home overnight. Jacqui has a beautiful quilt studio and the most amazing design wall I have ever seen. Maybe she'll do a blog post on it some time??? It was a real treat to see some of her antique sewing machines and her fabric stash, which is to die for!
Here are some of the quilters that attended the mini quilt class. Each person worked on whatever project they chose from the collection of instruction sheets provided...and just look at all the tiny quilts they started!

10 comments:

  1. We really enjoyed your trunk show and the class, Kathy! Thanks for all of the great hints and wisdom you shared about your mini quilts. I want to make more now! Hope to see you soon. Gail

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  2. Hi Kathy: Lovely post on your visit to the guild. I just put up a blog post about the meeting and will post one of the class as well. Thanks so much for coming! We now have a whole new definition of insanity and will never look at garbage in the same way LOL!! I'm looking around the room for suitable jars.

    Jacqui

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  3. What fun you all had!! I miss London (my hometown). :) Glad you were able to meet all those talented ladies.

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  4. Wow, I agree, those tiny blocks are insanity. It looks like everyone was in great company and had a fun time.

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  5. Hey Kathy: Got a personal blog post up on my blog just now. What fun...itching to work on my little blocks, but have to clean house today and run errands :-(. Maybe tonight.

    I'll see what I can do about a blog post on the design wall..that would be cool actually. It'll have to wait til we get back from the conference.

    You're welcome for the overnight stay...it was so much fun and you were such an easy guest!!! You are welcome anytime.

    Jacqui

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  6. Hey Kathy: Got a personal blog post up on my blog just now. What fun...itching to work on my little blocks, but have to clean house today and run errands :-(. Maybe tonight.

    I'll see what I can do about a blog post on the design wall..that would be cool actually. It'll have to wait til we get back from the conference.

    You're welcome for the overnight stay...it was so much fun and you were such an easy guest!!! You are welcome anytime.

    Jacqui

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  7. I love seeing those miniatures. When I go to a retreat it seems there is always someone looking in the wastebasket asking, "Are you really going to throw that away?"

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  8. Beautiful minis from London. You are the premier mini quilter teacher, Kathy. Nobody does it better.

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  9. Oh my goodness--those are some serious minis!! Only 1 1/2" square? WOW!!
    I love mini quilts and they are making some beauties. How fun to have you as a teacher. This has inspired me and I wasn't even in the class!

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  10. Thank you for fitting us into your schedule...it was wonderful to meet you....LOVED everything you shared. I am certain that every one of us can relate. :-)

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