Sunday, 13 July 2008
Quilt Show Success
This weekend saw The Fat Quarters first quilt exhibition and very successful it was too. Everything at the show had been made by quilters who attend classes or groups at The Fat Quarters and Blackhall Mill community centre made an ideal venue. All proceeds from the weekend have been shared between two charities The Great North Air Ambulance and St Oswald's Hospice Children's services.
First prize in the raffle was, of course, a quilt, made with blocks donated by people doing workshops at the Pins and Needles show at Newcastle Arena. Here it is.
The Sunday workshop was given by Jennie Rayment and was full to bursting point. The girls all worked hard to learn Jennie's fantastic textured effects. To quote from Jennie's book, " she manipulates, tucks ,pleats, folds, twiddles and stuffs her fabric shapes to produce some fascinating and innovative designs" Her creations are fast, fun and appealing and can be used for all kinds of items from cushions, quilts, wall hangings and of course fashion garments..
We all bought her books which she signed for us - hoping to be able to carry on the techniques at home, but they will definitely make entertaining reading.
I felt very proud to see my quilt hanging alongside lots of other lovely quilts in the show and my Jenny not only worked hard in the kitchen all weekend but had some of her work on display too Apologies for not giving you all a mention by name, and I hope you don't mind me showing off your work here. The standard of work was very high but there was a wide variety of other things too not just quilts.
However the highlight of the weekend was Saturday's " Evening with Jennie Rayment". Jennie entertained us with hilarious stories of her life and her career as the Muslin Mistress. We laughed til we cried. Her fabulous work was held up for all to see as were her clothing creations which were modeled with style by the Muslin Mistress herself.