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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Playday - Miniature Strip Quilts

July's Playday was to make miniature strip quilts inspired and including the words of a song or a poem. The quilts were hung from or attached to bobbins, reels, tiny hangers or kilt pins. 
As usual, members produced a wonderful and diverse range of pieces, all quite different from each other but equally inspiring. 


Margaret chose the poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes, and for her colour scheme used cotton dyed in moorland colours, taking inspiration from a card which is pictured with her part-finished piece. 
And here is the finished quilt - seen from both ends of the road!

Catherine chose The Oak by Alfred Lord Tennyson. She printed the words and included lots of hand-stitching on her linen-based work.
Here is Catherine's finished quilt, with lots of lovely hand-stitching...

Davina, who is a musician, chose Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen and Yip Harberg, made famous of course by Judy Garland. She later added some embellishments to her multi-layered piece. 

Julie used a piece of driftwood as a the base for this multi-textured hanging inspired by the sea. It winds round the driftwood and is ingeniously fastened by a button which forms part of the piece.

Irene's piece, inspired by The Lake of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats, features a lot of beautiful handwritten inserts and maps as well as dyed cotton and sheer fabrics. The finished piece is much more substantial than the initial lay-out, 
as Irene found it to be a bit too fragile (!) and she has added a lovely glass bauble at the end, which contains tiny blossom.

Jane chose Warning by Jenny Joseph as her inspiration, taking the colour scheme from the words of the poem, "When I am old woman I shall wear purple, with a red hat that doesn't go…" for her machine-stitched piece.
You can see on her finished item that she has added some hats, which are referred to in the poem. Jane's quilt has 3 strips instead of just one. She's also embellished the back of her piece with co-ordinating fabrics. 

Janice's piece, wrapped round a vintage-style cotton bobbin, featured many techniques - I think she started 4 hours before anyone else! Her multi-layered piece included hand stitching and beading.

Finally, here is Jan's piece - she had gone before I took the pictures at the Playday. She used the song, "Love Letters in the Sand" as her inspiration, and you can see that she has used lovely aqua tones for her quilt.

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