Friday, 2 September 2011

Talking about a quilt show...and some more hexies!

On Sunday I'm going to the Great Northern Quilt Show in Harrogate, I can't wait and I already have my shopping list written!  Last year was my first visit there and I also entered a quilt into the show (another first!).  I was persuaded to enter by the teacher at my regular sewing class* and after lots of self-doubt (I soon realised that if everyone thought that then there would be no show!) I pulled myself together and sent off the form.

*(After being off for a few years and sewing at home by myself I decided going to a class would be 'good for me' and I'm so glad there was a place free in the Friday morning class - it's wonderfully chatty and friendly...lots of chat and very little sewing/knitting/crochet, like a coffee morning with fabric, thread and yarn!  In fact, we're well-known amongst the other classes for being 'noisy'!)  

I really didn't expect to like having a quilt in the show (I worried it would stand out like a sore thumb and people would say 'It's a pity, really, it just doesn't belong in a show.', etc., sad but true) but I really enjoyed it!  I deliberately didn't seek out my quilt but decided that I would happen across it at some point and it was really nice to turn the corner and see it hanging amongst all the other quilts and, what's more, holding its own!  Mum came to the show with me and was really pleased to see her quilt on display but said "Oh, it hasn't got a rosette."  Bless, she thought it would get a ribbon and I thought if it did it would be a miracle as it nearly didn't make it...

...the quilt I entered was one I made last year for Mum and so she was (is!) particularly fond of it and really thought it deserved a prize.  Just before the show she decided it would be nice to freshen it up as it was 'looking a little grubby' and washed it...without any form of dye catcher sheet (you know the ones I mean!!).  I nearly lost all reason when I discovered what she'd done, especially as there were pale pink splodges on the back!  Fortunately they were only on the back so she got away with it but she's now fanatical about using the sheets!

I think it's about time for a photo of the quilt - I don't have one of it hanging in the show so this will have to do!

I'm afraid I don't have any 'in progress' photos as I made this before I had a proper camera and a Flickr account or blog!

Mum asked for a lap quilt that was red and gold and she very definitely wanted a flying geese border so I designed this quilt from the outside in!  It's hand pieced and quilted and took about 6 months to make.

The whole experience got even better when I saw a lady take a photo...until it dawned on me that she may have been collecting turkeys!  Fortunately I then heard her say to her friend "It's lovely, isn't it?" - I was thrilled skinny!

So I decided to enter again this year (after a little persuasion by the teacher who I now think of as a friend) and I'm going to see it on Sunday!!  I'm not going to show you which quilt I've entered - I think some of you know but if you don't you'll have to wait (or look through my Flickr stream to find out!) and I'll post a photo of it in the show next week.  If anyone is thinking about entering a quilt in a show I'd recommend it - if we don't enter the shows will disappear and I know that all of you are very talented and definitely deserve a rosette!  If you're in doubt let me know and I'll talk you into it!

Moving onto more recent projects...

...I've finished another four hexies

Pattern found at Nicky's blog - thank you!

Pattern found at Lynne's blog - thank you!

My reward for finishing another 10 pieced hexies (OK, 11 but the last one was too pretty to leave out!) is another group photo...would you like to see?!

That's right, Mr 'I hate having my photo taken' couldn't resist sneaking in!
I'm going to be looking for a solid or two at the show on Sunday (probably pink and green), a stripe, a dot and possibly another fabric to use for big hexies - any thoughts on anything else I need look for?  (I need to remember to use more yellow!)

It's time to leave you but before I go I'll share my attempts to get a photo showing Archie's wonderful curly tail...oh, we had such fun!  Because Archie has a 'standy-up' tail there are certain angles that are best not displayed (if you're not sure what I mean just take a second to think about it!) and as he spends most of the walk ahead of me (searching for food before I spot it and tell him he's not allowed it!) I kept 'running' (half-hearted jog!) to get ahead of him but every time I ran, he ran!  In the end I told him to stay, walked on and then said 'come on then' and tried to get a photo of all of him (rather than just his back end disappearing out of shot!).  Anyway, enough waffle ("Finally!" I hear you cry!), here he is!

Handsome?  I think so!  It's his 'staring into the distance' film star pose!

This is his 'pink panther' slink...when he's been naughty he does this but with his ears back and tail tucked between his legs - he's doing it now because he's spotted the camera!

I'll be back soon with a post about the quilt show - have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. Archie does look like a film star. ;) So handsome! Your quilt is gorgeous. I would love it if I saw it at a show. Love your pieced hexies!

  2. Hexies are so pretty!!!

    Gorgeous first show quilt! Very beautiful. Love all those flying geese.

    Yes , Archie is sooooo handsome.

  3. Your first show quilt is a beauty -- I can't wait to see what you've entered this time around (I might need to go sneaking around your flickr stream). And your hexies are looking great!! Of course, Archie is handsome as ever :)

  4. Your hexies are gorgeous and you are way ahead of me ....Archie is the wonder dog! Love, love , love your header Helen! Your mum's quilt is fabulous - I'd give it a ribbon for sure! And good luck and successful shopping tomorrow!

  5. The quilt is beautiful! Lucky mum!
    Pretty hexes ... I must really get started on mine!

  6. Well done for exhibiting and good luck at Harrogate.
    I love your new hexies to bits and will be back later for a closer look...Archie looks like he wants to "re-arrange" them, naughty boy!!

  7. Great new header! I'm dead impressed with your entering quilt shows, and with the quilt you entered last year - lovely! Cant wait to see this years entry. Your hexies are looking fab too. Love little archies bent tail!!

  8. First Archie is a Star, secondly I love your quilt, anything with stars is fab to me. Thirdly I am so so jealous, we didn't live far from Harrogate when we lived in the UK.....but I wasn't quilting then, just think what I have missed!!! Maybe I will get a trip over next year. Linda x

  9. That's a stunning quilt! Can't wait to see this years' entry. And those hexies are ridiculously amazing! What a cute puppy! Have fun tomorrow - don't forget your energy drinks! Jxo

  10. Such a handsome fellow. He looks like he is good company.

    The hexi's are still beautiful.

    Wish I lived near by so I could go to the show. Take lots of pictures!

  11. Amazing quilt. Fantastic hexies. Love Archie. But the whole post was worth it just so I could learn the phrase 'thrilled skinny'.

  12. I love that show quilt - that very style and colour is on my to-do list! How pretty is Archie? But how may baths does he need to keep him so snowy white?!?

  13. Wow that's impressive entering a show! Quilt is fabulous, I love red and White quilts. Looking forward to seeing what you enter this year.

  14. Wow, your quilt is amazing! Well done for taking the plunge with the show. Lovely hexies, and Archie is indeed very handsome!
    R x

  15. Too funny...I read the first line of your post and seen there was a quilt show in Harrogate and like to have peed my pants. How could I miss that? And I didn't know she lived that close to me? You see I live about 2 miles from Harrogate, TN. Too funny. It only took me a second to figure out you were not referring to Harrogate, TN USA!!! LOL

  16. Get you, in a show, not one show but two shows!

    Congratulations! Quilt is amazing x

  17. Hey there, I found you and your blog at Lily's SBM. Love everything I see here: quilts and the stories about Archie! I'll follow your blog and hope the read about the quilt show soon!

  18. You know...reading your posts always makes me feel like I am at a proper cafe sipping a decent cappuccino hearing the latest and greatest in your life. Helen, keep it coming! And now I am going back to Flickr (I was there before to find it, but got distracted with other pretty things of course) to figure out which quilt is in this year's show... Heh heh...

  19. Oh my gosh! How good would you be if you hadnt had a few years off sewing? Really lovely quilt.

  20. Your new blog is fast becoming one of my favourites. Love the dog pictures and love the quilt pictures.

    (And what I lovely surprise to see that you used one of my Hexalong patterns! Your block looks so pretty.)


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