Saturday, 19 March 2011

International Quilting Day in Barnsley

I've had a brilliant day visiting my friend Janet of A Quilter's Journal and her embroidery group in Barnsley. There was so much going on it made my head spin! The photo above shows some of the blocks made for the Block Lotto. Three winners went away with 35 or 36 of these blocks - enough to make a quilt!

Other activities included:
 Ugly fat quarter swap

 A raffle with so many donated prizes nearly everyone won something!

 A silent auction of books and fabric packs

 Yummy cakes to go with tea and coffee

 A bring and buy stall.

 In the morning you could sew blocks for the lotto or applique a cupcake or easter bunny.

At lunchtime we enjoyed a show and tell:

 This amazing black white and red quilt is reversible!

In the afternoon was a choice of two mini workshops with Lynne of Linen Stitches:

Or with me to make a stitched postcard like these samples:

First everyone traced a picture and coloured it with wax crayons - yes, ordinary crayola crayons!
Then ironed the picture to set the colour, removed the freezer paper backing from the fabric, added thin wadding (Hobbs Thermore)  and stitched:

Some finished stitching and pressed on the Fast-2-Fuse stiffening. The final job will be to finish the edges by hand or machine. Here are all the lovely postcards made today with a few close-ups:

Aren't they pretty? Well done ladies - I had great fun working with you!

And best of all? The day raised £637.13 for Barnsley Hospice. Just brilliant!


  1. Thanks again for your fantastic workshop. It was a brilliant day, great to enjoy yourself and raise money for charity!

  2. It looks like you had a fantastic day.

  3. Thank you for the workshop, it was really good :) A good day was had by all!