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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Town and Country Quilters November Club Night

My goodness, what a night we had.  Our speaker was Shirley Mooney, judge of our Challenge Quilts, and she talked to us about “La Passacaglia”, the millefiori quilts which are taking the quilting fraternity by storm.  Not everyone, but those with the patience for tackling such a huge project and who have a passion for paper piecing and handwork.  Various sized rosettes are made up of tiny, tiny pieces, and are constructed by the English Paper piecing method.  Shirley was assisted in her talk by fellow convert Wendy Welsh.  They talked us through a PowerPoint presentation discussing the pattern, the method, fabric choices and tools.  With a worldwide Face book group of over 4000 members, this quilt is starting to appear everywhere in all sorts of colour combinations.


PB110026 Wendy’s partially completed La Passacaglia

PB110027Shirley is using a palette of grey, black, yellow and white

Do note Shirley’s dress, which she informed us, started off black and white.  She then coloured in some of the flowers using fabric pens, experimenting till she discovered which ones worked best and wouldn’t wash out.  The dress looks rather like a mini La Passacaglia quilt, doesn’t it?

After supper, Shirley presented the awards for the quilt challenge.  Twelve entries were received, with several members forgot to stop and produced several entries.  1st prize was awarded to Helen for her wonderful Owl quilt, 2nd was Paula with her low contrast (grey with white squares) quilt, and 3rd was Luchelle who produced her cute peeping kitten.  Paula scooped the pool winning awards for both Judge’s Choice and Viewers Choice with her little black and white spotted number topped with an orange flower.  We have some very talented ladies in our club, and many thanks to all who entered.

PB110024 The Challenge quilts

It was a busy but fun night, and the meeting format was changed around to accommodate our special programme for the evening.  For those of you who like to “blog surf”, both Shirley and Wendy write a blog.   Shirley’s blog is www.dontwaittocreate.blogspot.com and you can find Wendy’s blog on www.wendysquiltsandmore.blogspot.com


Kate said...

Very interesting, Jenny. That's one kind of quilt that I won't be attempting. ;)

Katie said...

I’ve asked for the Millefiore book for Christmas. It looks like great fun to fussy cut, though I don’t want to English paper piece, I just want to hand sew it. :-)

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said...

Hi Jenny. It was lovely to meet you at your guild. I'm glad you enjoyed the talk and guild members found it interesting. Thank you for having us, and for this lovely write up on your blog.

Lynniequilts said...

Wow, I love Shirley's dress, and how creative is she colouring in parts of it. I never cease to be amazed by such talented and creative quilters everywhere, so much inspiration. Thanks for sharing Jenny

Lynniequilts said...

Wow, I love Shirley's dress. What a brilliant idea to colour in parts of it, it looks amazing. I am continually astounded by such creative and talented quilters I 'meet' in blogsphere. Thanks so much for sharing Jenny, such inspiration.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

I was very interested in seeing the Millefiore presentation...how lucky you are to get to see such talented people. It really is a work of art, isn't it? I will be reading more about this special quilting.