And the winner is……

Back at the beginning of the year, we launched an exclusive prize draw for readers of Regional Guild Magazines.  We wanted to give something back to the community as we are very passionate about people sharing their work and inspiring others within the quilting community. So we run a prize draw that gave readers of the Regional Guild magazines, who are Guild members, an opportunity to do just this.

The competition has now closed and we have drawn our winner.

Jacqui from Bournemouth, read about the competition in West Country Quilter magazine. She has made the beautiful piece that you can see above. She belongs to Ringwood Quilters. They had a little demo/workshop at an evening meeting before lockdown. This was her take on it. She call it “Dr Seuss in Dresden”.  It’s a lovely project to win the competition with .

Jacqui has won a place on our Quilting Retreat on 17-18 October 2020 at the luxurious Langstone Quays Resort Hotel, Hayling Island, Hampshire. She’ll be choosing whether she spends a fat ¼ friendly weekend with Sarah Soward and Pauline Bolt, or working with Valerie Nesbitt on her UFO’s, WIP’s and PhD’s or be inspired by a project of Valerie’s. What a lovely way to spend a weekend.

If you’d like to come along and join us at one of our retreats then you’ll find all the details of upcoming retreats by clicking here.

Inspiration for your projects

We would also like to share with you some of the other entries we received. We hope that they all inspire you with your own projects

This is a  sew a row quilt made for Glenda’s great nephew, Zander. She told us “Each row began with either an orphan block I’d made for a different project, or a photo of a block I’d seen on the Internet and wanted to try. I designed a few fillers to attempt to achieve some harmony. The fabric for all of the rows came from my stash, but I had to buy the border fabric. I quilted it with my domestic sewing machine”.

Michelle saw details of the competition in the Region 4 newsletter.  She made this quilt for her brother for Christmas.

Michelle says “He has recently lost a lot of weight and had a stack of t-shirts that didn’t fit.  As the t-shirts were favourites of his, he was reluctant to give them away so asked if I could make a quilt for him using them.  It was a challenge using t-shirt material – it’s very stretchy and definitely needed the interfacing.  It was machine quilted in the ditch then I hand quilted a 6″ square inside each block to keep it stable.  He was very pleased with it and it’s encouraged my Mum to start sorting her t-shirts for one as well!!”

This is Marion’s 8 point star wall hanging.  She told us ” The whole piece apart from the borders has been hand stitched using the English paper piecing method and then hand quilted. The finished wall hanging is made of cotton poplin and measures 50″ square.”   She says it brightens up a dark alcove in her living room and we think it would brighten any room!

Jacqui tells us that this was a Pattern Box Pattern from the Quilters Guild of the British Isles Q Shop. It is hand appliqué and finished off with some piping and a covered zip on the back. Lovely work Jacqui!

This is a recently finished project of Debi’s. It’s called Fireworks for Harry the Heron and is a mix of fabrics appliqued onto a batik fabric background, then machine quilted and embroidered.

The subject of Anne’s quilt is ’The Jacobite’. This is the steam train which goes back and forth over the Glenfinnan viaduct and is also known as the Harry Potter train! She had a trip on it and this inspired her to make this quilt. The fabric was rusted at home and at a workshop with the Embroiderer’s Guild.  She particularly likes the way the spanner came out on the left hand side of the piece. She favours hand stitching and embroidery and so there is quite a lot of that. It is 107 by 41 cms.

Tricia made this quilt for her niece’s wedding which should have been in April this year, but due to the current situation she had to postpone her wedding until next year. So it will be safely wrapped and put away until next year when it will go to it’s new home. It has some bunny fabric as she fosters bunnies until they can find a new forever home too.

Janet’s quilt is called ” The three sisters”. She has made this quilt over the last few months finishing it in May. It is for an exhibition that she is working on for September of quilts from all over the place to commemorate the sailing of the Mayflower 400 years ago. The quilt is hand appliqued onto a patchwork background. Janet explains “When the pilgrims landed they did not know how to survive and relied on the Wampanoag people to teach them. The Wampanoag people planted their crops in small areas all together as each crop put something back into the soil that the other took out. So the beans, corn and squash all planted together and could be tended and watered together.”

Sarah, from Region 14 sent us 2 entries . The first is an improv mat, just playing around with improv and curves using up some scraps. The second is a ‘bits and bobs’ case, made with some sample FPP pieces from a recent workshop.