Wednesday, 16 January 2008

January Patchwork Meeting

The theme of the January meeting was log cabins. The meeting was very well attended, and there was a lot of visitors on the night (some of whom joined the IPS on the night),

Loretta O'Brien gave a slideshow showing some of the most well-known lay-outs of the block e.g. zig-zag, sunshine & shadows etc.

Paula Rafferty showed step-by-step how the log cabin block is constructed. She showed how chain-piecing can speed up the block construction. She also demonstrated the use of "magic paper" in foundation piecing of the block which eliminates the need to remove the paper afterwards.
There were a number of log cabin quilts on display which show how effective the block can be, and how different each quilt is.

These pieces show the use of different widths of strips used in the block construction which gives a curved effect to the block
There were a number of entries for the cushion challenge.
Ann Bradshaw's cushion was voted the winner of the January challenge. Her piece used a lot of folded samples and stitchery to create a wonderful textured cushion.

Gillian Killick entered a crazy pieced cushion which was done in a very vibrant colour scheme. The photo doesn't do justice to the colours she used.
Gilian Sheehan entered this cushion which was pieced in a very unique layou and colour scheme.

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