East Midlands Modern Quilt Guild

Yes! There is a new kid Guild on the block… Right here in the East Midlands.

Today (16th March) was the inaugural meeting of the EMMQG, which was organised by Moira. In all 10 of us met at The Poppy and Pint in West Bridgford: Di, Trudi, Angela, me, Wendy, Moira, Kerry, Renee, Mandy and Liz.

This meeting was to decide when, where, how & what. Moira was uber prepared and had come with copies of the agenda, and we spent about 2 1/2 hrs chatting about we wanted out of the Guild and had a bit of a show-and-tell from Trudi, Mandy (with her Weekender Bag!) and Kerry (with her Fryed Pixels quilt!).

Our next meeting is on April 20th which will be a Weekender Bag workshop. Venue to be confirmed… watch this space (or my twitter feed) for further info.  Maybe I will sit in the corner working on my Parson Gray Curious Nature hexies quilt, which is inspired by this quilt by Elizabeth Hartson; my quilt is destined to go to a work colleague who had a baby 4 weeks ago.


Want the good or bad news first?

The good news is ….. I have managed to get a public email on my Blogger profile so I am no longer a ‘no-reply’ commenter 😀  Being a ‘no-reply’ commenter made me miss out on some of the fab giveaways over the last few months/weeks, but now!! *does a happy dance*

In other news, I have finally succeeded in setting up a Blogger account… I am just playing around with creating a blog over there at the moment.  Maybe sometime in the future I may decide to move to Blogger, but for now I am staying with WordPress and see how things go.

I have worked out that I will have my Maple Leaf quilt top finished by Christmas, if not earlier.  This means I am already thinking of another project to do, but considering that I will have 3 quilts to assemble, quilt and bind, all other projects (apart from swaps of course!!) are on hold 😦  especially as I itching to get stuck in making a quilt with the FQ bundle of Innocent Crush. Oh heck… I hate having to work out fabric requirements, but thanks to the wonders of online shopping, I don’t have to worry about running short on fabric. However, I have come up with 2 possible designs for the IC quilt, but I cannot decide on which to use…

Option 1 is the Weathervane block in an all-over pattern… please excuse the dotted lines, they’re just to help with working out how many squares/HSTs are needed

Option 2 is the Weathervane alternating with Double Star…

Finally taken the plunge….

and I have opened up a Google account to use the reader feature as I need to keep on top of the 30+ blogs I read/follow in a more organised way than just subscribing through the RSS feature. I know that most of my quilty pals already use Google Reader, but this is a new thing for me.
Now I can just log in and read all the new postings without having to check every so often the RSS feeds 😀


Look what I got in the post on Friday…

A cute ‘coaster’ in aqua, pink and red from Hadley. It came with a cute card thanking me for the loveliness I had sent Hadley by way of naming my quilt.

The only fabric I recognise is the little dog… I believe that to be a Sherbit Pip print! I really love the colour combination. Those hexies are really really small (1/2″ in size. Hadley posted a making-of post here, where you can see the gorgeous backing. I have added this is my inspiration pile, which includes my Kaffe Fasset Brit Quilt Swap mini and matching pincushion — I have no intention to use this as a ‘coaster’!!!!

So once again, Thanks Hadders!

Who’s this I wonder?

Who's this I wonder? by lizzie allen
Who’s this I wonder?, a photo by lizzie allen on Flickr.

Just brought the July issue of the British Patchwork & Quilting magazine, and whilst reading the Wondering the Web section, I saw this blog…. Trudi is a fellow member of the Fickr group, Brit Quilt, and she is also participating in the Brit Quilt Swap.

Trudi is the 2nd member of the Brit Quilt group to be featured in my favourite patchwork/quilting magazine (the first was Lynne @LilysQuilts)… I will be emailing them to say thank you!!!

Also on the Brit Quilt Swap front, I have added the all important label (which is just a simple square piece from my scrap stash in a coordinating colour and wrote the details in permanent fabric marker, and backstitched it to the back of the quilt). It has a name at last, lol….. All The Nines! … given that it is a 9-patch block made of smaller 9-patch blocks. Mini quilt and a selection of scraps with a note to my secret partner have been packed and envelope addressed and sealed. Now, I have to wait to post it off.