Saturday, 18 August 2018

The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's) Block 65 Peaceful Hours

The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 65 Peaceful Hours
The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 65 Peaceful Hours
We are resuming normal service as we return to the Farmer's Wife blocks.  With my quilts on display here, there and everywhere I all of a sudden realise that I had better put a bit of effort into the current one.  Also, I have returned to indoor shots as the proper summer has finally arrived in the UK with some little rain falling and Suzi the cat spending all of her time indoors.
This is the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 65 Peaceful Hours.  This is quite a pretty one with 25 pieces to play with.  I am currently longarm quilting a Farmer's Wife quilt for a customer and have just quilted this, it is amazing how different it looks to mine.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

World Quilt Show New England 2018


'Nearly Insane' quilt by Frances Meredith
'Nearly Insane' quilt by Frances Meredith

Just a reminder that my Nearly Insane quilt is on display in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA this weekend.  If you get to see it  send me a photo of you next to it!

World Quilt Show New EnglandThursday 16th August - Saturday 18th August 2018 Center of New Hampshire 700 Elm St., Manchester, NH 03101

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

2018 Festival of Quilts - Judges Choice for Dear Jane Quilt

'Dear Jane' quilt by Frances Meredith Festival of Quilts, NEC, 2018
'Dear Jane' quilt by Frances Meredith
Festival of Quilts, NEC, 2018
A busy few days up at the 2018 Festival of Quilts, NEC Birmingham, with the added bonus of a Judge's Choice for my Dear Jane quilt.  They don't hand out many accolades at this show (let alone any rosettes!), so I was very surprised to receive anything.  However, this photograph is the only evidence, as when my quilt was returned to me at the end of the show the little plaque was not included.
For the record it said "A lovely,warm quilt displaying accurate piecing and applique techniques with careful  colour placement and some intricate quilting" Judge: Vera Walker . Thanks Vera.
I also had the pleasure of quilting five of the quilts in the Two Person Category, which you can see over on my Fabadashery Longarm Quilting blog.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Dear Jane Quilt - Festival of Quilt, NEC Birmingham, August 2018

'Dear Jane' quilt by Frances Meredith, 2018
'Dear Jane' quilt by Frances Meredith, 2018
If you are heading off to the Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, UK, this week you will be able to see my completed Dear Jane quilt on display, No FO48 in the Traditional Quilts section.  It is a few months since she was completed and there have been a few requests for a bit more information about how I reached the finishing post!  
I guess you need to start at the beginning, with the trip to Nantes, France in April 2013, where there was a spectacular 
150th Anniversary display of Dear Jane quilts, which was the inspiration to start on my Dear Jane quilt.  Then in August 2015, once my Nearly Insane quilt was completed I was able to start my Dear Jane journey.  Wow, three years ago.  As you all probably know, my Dear Jane quilt was completed by hand, using English Paper Piecing in conjunction with the Electric Quilt Dear Jane software.  Steadily each block and side triangle was completed during trips away and in travelling time.
'Dear Jane' quilt by Frances Meredith, 2018
'Dear Jane' quilt by Frances Meredith, 2018
About a year ago in the spring of 2017 I managed to get the top completed and together, which was followed by the mammoth task of removing the papers.  There are 5163 pieces in the quilt. I think this took about 5 days this time and is not something I rush to do straight away.  Meanwhile, there were a few challenges that lay ahead - quilting the quilt and doing a scallop edge for the first time.  I will admit that I have a long pause between finishing a top and quilting my quilts, but a show deadline is usually a good prompt to get it done.

I am lucky enough to have a long arm quilting machine and having put so much time into each block of the quilt I wanted each one to shine.  Each block is stitched in the ditch and then I designed my own pattern for blank triangles and the sashing.  At the time of quilting the edge of the quilt was a straight border.

To tackle the scallop edge I would recommend making some practice quilts.  I made a few charity quilts for Project Linus which were lucky enough to have scallop edges.  By making these I ironed out the problems before I encountered them on my masterpiece.   I chose quite a narrow binding for the edge and applied it with the machine and then finished it by hand.  I only trimmed the scallop border once I had applied the binding on the machine.


'Dear Jane' quilt by Frances Meredith, 2018
Once I decided to make a Dear Jane quilt I knew I had to go the whole way - all the blocks, all the triangles, and the scalloped edge, just as Jane Stickle had done. Now this quilt is done, my next Dear Jane quilt can be done in any way I choose!  I will admit that while I was quilting each block I was reminded of what a fun quilt this was to make.  The variety of techniques that you can choose to make each block, makes it interesting. Fussy cutting each block makes it interesting.  Choosing colour combinations makes it interesting.  I wouldn't dismiss the idea of making another one.

How much fabric did I use to make my Dear Jane quilt? I don't know, but I know I have enough Kim Diehl fabric left to make probably three more of these!

As I write this I am reminded of the true beauty of English Paper Piecing.  When I was away in Nantes, I was most probably working on a few Nearly Insane blocks. Dear Jane has travelled with me for the past three years and my handmade quilts really do weave their way into my life.  They hold memories of where you were, trips you made and follow you when you are out and about living your life.  The quilts I make when I am sat down in the same room on a sewing machine, perhaps don't have that weight of value.  I am often asked 'How long did it take you?' Well, like friends, you don't measure the number of days you have been friends as a measure of special your friendships are, they are just friendships.

Saturday, 4 August 2018

The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's) Block 33 Farmer's Puzzle

The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 33 Farmer's Puzzle
The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 33 Farmer's Puzzle
This is one of the more recent blocks I have done for the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's),   Block 33 Farmer's Puzzle.  I haven't picked up one of these blocks for couple of weeks, so a good prompt for me to get some done.

I am heading off to the Festival of Quilts next week - I wonder if there will be any Farmer's Wife quilts on display?

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Nearly Insane Quilt heading to the USA

'Nearly Insane' quilt 

A few months ago I entered my Nearly Insane quilt into the World Quilt Show and was pleased to hear that it had been accepted.  This means that it is heading over the Atlantic to visit all of its American friends that have followed its development over many years.

It is part of the World Quilt Show organised by Mancuso Show Management and it will be travelling across the USA to the following venues.  If you manage to see it I would love to see a photo of you by the quilt!


World Quilt Show New EnglandThursday
16th August - Saturday 18th August 2018 

Center of New Hampshire 700 Elm St., Manchester, NH 03101

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza
Thursday 13th September  - Sunday 16th September 2018

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, PA,100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA 19456

Pacific International Quilt Festival XXVII

Thursday 11th October - Sunday 14th October 2018

5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054


Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

February 28th - March 3rd 2019 

Hampton Roads Convention Center

Friday, 27 July 2018

The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's) Block 36 Flower Garden Path

The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 36 Flower Garden Path
The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 36 Flower Garden Path
This is The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 36 Flower Garden Path.  A relatively complex pattern for this quilt with about 38 pieces.
The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 36 Flower Garden Path
The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 36 Flower Garden Path
I thought I would show you a picture of what it looked like when I had finished it.  It obviously took a bit of pushing and shoving to get it to line up and get those points just right.  So what did I do to get it flat?  I took the steam iron to it.  I love flat things and the steam iron is my best friend in helping me achieve this.
The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 36 Flower Garden Path
The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 36 Flower Garden Path
meets the steam iron.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's) Block 37 Flower Pot

The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 37 Flower Pot
The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 37 Flower Pot
Don't be alarmed by Suzi's face.  I think she likes the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 37 Flower Pot, but she didn't like the noisy building work going on in the background.
The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 37 Flower Pot
The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 37 Flower Pot
It seems like I have done a lot of Flower basket blocks in the past and of all of them I think this is my favourite.  Yes, it has that pretty pink print in it and I have fussy cut the basket, which all helps.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's) Block 108 Windmill

The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 108 Windmill
The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 108 Windmill
Here is The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 108 Windmill.  I have used a pretty pink on white print in this one which I picked up in my MODA scrap bag, I wish I had loads more of it as it is a rely useful print.  The other fabric is one of which I only had a single charm square, so don't expect to see that one again.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's) Block 39 Friendship

The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 39 Friendship
The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 39 Friendship
Here's the Friendship block I mentioned in my previous post - The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt (20's)  Block 39 Friendship.  Not much different to no 40 - Friendship Block in name, but significantly different in style.
This was an easy block to do.  It is nice to have an easy block to do once in a while to help move a project forward,