Thursday, 24 October 2013

Today's Fabric Collage Workshop

We had eight lovely ladies join us today, some having been on workshops with us before and some that were new to us, but all had an amazing stash of gorgeous bits to add to their Fabric Collages, which as usual gave Carolyn and myself itchy fingers.
Everyone was happy to experiment and try something new, colour was added with paints, printing and painted Bondaweb.

Here's a selection of photos to share with you...


Here are the Collages at the end of the day, ready to have the finishing touch added. Starting from top left we have...Penny, Gill, Fran, Patricia, Edna, Debbie, Margaret and Jenny.
Our ladies worked at such a speed, all started adding embellishments and hand stitching, even getting as far as attaching the facings to finish the edges.
Thank you for such a lovely day ladies and allowing us to share your fabulous work here.

I'm going to finish with a photo to show you one of the amazing quilt stands that a very good friend of Beyond Patchwork has made for us...

Thank you so much Keith from both of us.

Hope that wasn't too many photos for you to wade through, I did try and edit .
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Monday, 21 October 2013

Mis-spent Sunday?

Well, yesterday I thought I would get busy making some Chelsea Buns and a few items for our Open Day on 5 December.

I haven't got a photo of either as I am sure that you would not like to see my first attempt at a Chelsea Bun since I left school, far too many years ago!! They ended up being a little dry, although they started off being rather too wet!  I an not sure that I will be trying them again, at least not any time soon!

The Fuchsia boxes were more successful and are looking pretty good!  We are going to use some of the fabric that we dyed a couple weeks ago for the lining and I think that will be perfect.

As we have mentioned before we are giving the entrance fee of £1.00 to Help for Heroes, and now have a link to the charity page should you like to take a look

A little taster
We are looking forward to the Fabric Collage workshop on Thursday a t Fraddon Village Hall.  We have a couple spaces left should you like to join us too.  All our contact details can be found on our website Beyond Patchwork

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Monday, 14 October 2013

A little teazer!

Well I think that is all our weekends away for a short while!

This weekend we popped up to see our son & daughter-in-law for the weekend.  Alison came to our Strip Cushion workshop in the summer while they where here and she is now addicted!!  Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the new cushion that she has made since the workshop, but is lovely.  She is understandably, rather proud of herself, which she should be!

We had a great time collecting conkers with our grandsons.  The competition to find the largest one was intense and we decided in the end that we all had won!!

While I was there I had a little play with a new piece of work for our Open Day.  It is another Fabric Collage, using some pieces from the Oliver Twists Threads selection that she gave me for my birthday.  This is only a small section as I am keeping the whole unveiling for our Open Day!
A little bit Blue!
We have just scheduled some dates for our Begin Patchwork 6 week course in 2014.  It will start on Thursday 27 February and run through until Thursday 15 May.  Full details can be found on our website.

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Friday, 11 October 2013

Busy times!

Unfortunately I was unable to help at the Trelyn Exhibition, but I did manage a quick pop in with my parents just before we drove up to Salisbury for our daughter's Graduation.  It was a lovely sight, the hall was full of fabulous work.  Everyone had worked really hard on the quilts and on putting the displays together.  I felt proud to have made a small contribution to it, and would like to thank Sue for all her hard work on the Beyond Patchwork display!.

We had a wonderful time at the Graduation, it was wonderful to see our daughter achieve her dream, she is now a Primary School teacher and is loving it.

As Sue mentioned we had a good day on Tuesday, catching up with the dreaded admin, and then starting on our Recycle quilt that we have been planning for a while.  It is looking good and we are excited that it will be on show at our Open Day.  

We also made a few plans for that day too, and would like to say 'thank you' to those of you that have offered to help on the day and for lending us your works to display.  We will be in touch.

To get some inspiration for some new work, I have been looking through some of my photos from this year and thought I would share these two taken on our weekend break to Germany in January. 
Painted Wall in Konstanz - Germany
We visited the city of Konstanz, a beautiful place on the banks of Lake Konstanz.  The buildings are very authentically German and they paint the walls with borders and patterns and I was very impressed.   Also who couldn't be impressed with these doors!!
Beautiful old doors in Konstanz - Germany
Food for thought I think!

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Thursday, 10 October 2013

2014 prep...

Hello everyone,

Now that Trelyn Quilters exhibition is over, it's time for us to concentrate on our Open Day on the 5th Dec and preparing new workshops for next year.
Our 'turtle' day on Tuesday started with a catch up of the bookings from the exhibition, arranging dates to book the hall and compiling a workshop programme, which we always find exciting.

Next we caught up on our 'turtle' challenge which we've posted about in the past, I'm happy to say we have finished them, but I'm sorry to say I'd never took a photo, so I'll have to post that next time.

I do have a sneak peep for you though of a new workshop we're working on. It's still on the design wall but it's coming along nicely. We've been saving a variety of fabrics to use in a Recycled Quilt...

Recycle quilt - detail
We'll keep you posted on the progress but in the mean time, start saving your cast-offs if you want to join us next year.

Here are the painted pieces I showed you last time, all finished and turned into book covers ready for our Open Day.

Free machine painted books
We had a fabulous response for our Fabric Collage Workshop at the exhibition. If you wish to come along we still have a few spaces, it's on Thursday 24th October at Fraddon Village Hall 10am - 4pm, all the details are available on our web site.

I'm going to finish with a beautiful cushion that was made on our Retreat weekend at Degembris Manor Farm. This is our Manipulated Strip Cushion design and Margaret won 1st prize at the Feock Show with this stunner.

Margaret's Manipulated Strip Cushion
I think you'll agree that's something special to finish on.
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Thursday, 3 October 2013

Quilts, Quilts and more Quilts...

As promised here is a peek at the quilts being set up yesterday at the Trelyn Quilter Exhibition...
Carolyn's 70's quilt
beautiful selection
1st prize raffle quilt
teddy bears picnic and chairman's challenge
Mr Woodley had far too much fun!
Beyond Patchwork display
another beautiful selection, that's including Mr Woodley
After my panic that my quilt wouldn't make it to the exhibition, I thought I'd better show you that it did and here it is...
Celtic Heritage
Christmas corner
This is only a small selection, there are 70 quilts in total on display and the comments from visitors today have been wonderful.
I think you'll agree we have such talent in our group, it's always amazing when everything comes together, you walk into the hall and you're surrounded with all that colour.

I must say a huge thank you to all the husbands who gave up their time yesterday to put up the quilt stands, sterling work men. See you on Saturday for the dismantle!

Thank you to everyone who stopped for a chat today and to all the ladies who are interested in joining us for workshops, it was lovely to catch up with you all.

Hope you've enjoyed seeing these photos, I'll try and put some more up next time.

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