Sunday, 30 July 2017

Festival of Quilts 2017

Well It's almost that time of year again.
And although I make an annual pilgrimage to the NEC for this my favourite Quilt Show.
This year I'm excited to be a tiny contributor to the show. No I'm not entering a quilt. Although I have in the past.
No. I'm being sent on a mission.

My mission being to visit the show and write a review.

As part of my mission I'm planning a little competition for you all.
Don't panic I won't be asking you to make a quilt!
I hope to put details up in the next couple of days.

Whatever style of Patchwork or Quilting you enjoy, be it Modern, Traditional, Miniature, Contemporary ect.
The Festival of Quilts has something for everyone.

So why not check out the link below to find out more about all the Quilty experiences on offer at The Festival of Quilts this year.
Including details of Workshops, Talks, Exhibitors and some neat free projects to enjoy.

Check out The Festival of Quilts here

I'm off now to get some training in.
For me that will be a small amount Press-ups and Walking
A large amount of Stopping and Talking.

Thinking about it scrub the Press-ups, I don't want to be too fit. I might walk too fast and miss something or someone. 
FoQ's 2017

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Regional Day

I had a fabulous day at The Quilters Guild Regional Day for Region 12 in Llanybie last Month.
I got to catch up with lots of old friends.
One of our own members gave a talk on her Quilting Life in the morning. I was amazed by the quilting stories Gwen told us.

Gwen is a big fan of quilt swaps.
The above quilt was a Redwork Swap.

And another Swap Quilt

One of two Bottle Swap Quilts

Second Bottle Swap Quilt 

A Quilt from Gwen's childhood.
Probably made by her Mamgu  (Grandmother)

One of Gwen's early works
a fine piece of Crochet work

The first piece of work Gwen ever put into her local Quilt Group Exhibition 

Another of the Quilts from Gwen's childhood.

In the afternoon our speaker was Sandie Lush
Who shared with us a selection of her beautiful Hand Quilted Quilts 

Of course my favourite was this Welsh one.

All in all a good advert for

Thank you and well done to all involved in that day.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Quilting Tours

ECT TRAVEL have recently sent me some information on their Quilt Tours which got me reminiscing about my own trip to Alsace last September.

Below are two little collage collections of pictures I  took on my visit.

This one shows some of the wonderful quilts on display, including a 'quilted car'. Some stunning flowers and a random cat sunbathing on a windowsill.

The pictures below showcase more of the stunning quilts along with some of the delightful architecture of the region.
I feel I must draw your attention to the picture top left. As this was a Wedding that we happened upon on our travels.

Sofia from ECT Travel has sent me this description of the Alsace region and their Quilt Tour.

Nestled deep in the enchanting French countryside, the region of Alsace is situated close to the border of Germany and Switzerland. It is here in mid-September, for 4 days only, that you will find 36 unique and quirky exhibition sites dotted amongst the villages of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Sainte-Croix-aux-Mines, Liepvre and Rombach-Le-Franc.

As the cradle of the Amish movement, Alsace has been a hub for quilting and textile artists for over 300 years. In 1993 the European Patchwork Meeting was devised to celebrate the talents of traditional and modern patchworkers and quilters. With a huge range of activities such as workshops, conferences, specialist stalls and exhibitions, it is no surprise that over 22,000 international visitors flock to the event every year.

Working together with the Quilter’s Guild, ECT Travel have put together a fantastic 3 night package that gives textile enthusiasts the chance to explore the art trail at their own pace, whilst all the hassle of arranging their transport and accommodation has been taken care of.

Staying in the town of Colmar, where on Friday and Saturday evenings the buildings are illuminated by an award winning light show, guests will have free time to explore after being transferred back to their hotel from the event by executive coach.

Sound tempting?
Click on the link below to visit ECT Travel and find out more.

Oh, they also arrange Quilting trips to:

Just saying...........

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Area Day & Welsh Quilts

I went to a lovely Quilters Guild Area Day yesterday in Llandybie  (Region 12 South and Mid Wales).
The organiser Gill had put together a fabulous day of Quilting treats for us including a cawl lunch.

Some old Welsh Quilts were shown in the morning. Some hand stitched some machine stitched. 

As you may know my love is hand quilted Welsh Quilts, so much so that I have a Joyofwelshquilting blog.

But it was interesting to see the old machine stitched ones too.
They were simply machine stitched in zig zag or chevron lines,
as seen in the dark blue quilt pictured top middle below.

I love the leaves and swirls in Welsh Quilting.
Also these pictures show the Double Lines and Cross Hatching
another staple of Welsh Quilting.

This is a small Welsh piece I'm currently working on.
I use a metal thimble on my top hand and an Aunt Becky on my hand under my work.
I like to use dried soap as a marker.

You can see more of my work here.

I've recently made two videos on how I use an Aunt Becky.
The first one below shows how to use Aunt Becky when working in a hoop.

And this second one (below)
show how I use Aunt Becky when hand quilting without a hoop.

I hope these are of help.
If you enjoy this blog you may want to check out/like my
Yours in Stitches, Joy

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

My grandson has this week discovered the Joys of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. A little cabin in the woods that I made for my granddaughters about fifteen years ago.
I really enjoyed designing and constructing The Three Bears Log Cabin.

 The Three Little Quilts were a bit of a challenge.
I enjoyed choosing the fabrics for the curtains, night sky and wallpaper.
I made the mattress on Daddy Bear's Bed Too Hard
Manny Bear's Too Soft
Baby Bear's Just Right.
It really was a lot of fun working out how to make The Three Bears, Goldielocks, the fire, carpet, picture, table and chairs and of course three bowls of porridge.
I'm very proud of my efforts in this project.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

And So the Crochet Begins

2017 The Year of the  Hook. And no, I haven't given up Patchwork and Quilting. In fact there is plenty coming up on that front this year.
I have decided that now is the time to share my Joy of Crochet. And so in January I opened the doors on my Once a Month Crochet Group, open to all levels from beginner up.
We kicked off last month with a Basic Granny Square.
And this month having made five Granny Squares we have progressed to a bag/box.

To view my Beginner Crochet Videos (UK Treble Stitch and making a Basic Granny Square Left and Right Handed) Click on the link below.;postID=395548713142365413;onPublishedMenu=publishedposts;onClosedMenu=publishedposts;postNum=1;src=postname

I used a cotton yarn called Paint Box
For the small bag and a Chunky acrylic yarn for the large one.

I've made two little videos.
One showing the UK Double Crochet I used to edge each square and also join the squares together.
A second one showing how I made the lining insert.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Joyofquilting's Crochet Corner

These videos I made are for my Beginner Crocheters from the last few months beginners days.
And of course anyone else who may be interested.

This first one shows how to Crochet the U.K. Treble Stitch

The one below moves on to making a basic Granny Square

And for my fellow Lefties
Below is a video showing how to Crochet the Treble Stitch left handed

And finally the Basic Granny Squares for left handers.

Have fun.

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