Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Quilts Complex & Simple / Black Sheep Visit

So much work in this quilt by Kathy with all those interwoven bias strips so accurately laid out in Celtic design, but the result makes it all worthwhile. 
Isn't it spectacular and what a treasure!

This quick to make strip quilt by Pat B is so effective with it's random vibrant fabrics. The 2.5inch strips of varying lengths, are stitched together at random, alternating with 2.5 inch squares of one contrasting colour.
Here's another that Jo made, inspired and instructed by Pat and using the same technique.
The quilt top was so huge that, when it was cut to a suitable size, there was enough left over to make this runner for the foot of a bed.
Yesterday's visit to Black Sheep Wools in Culcheth  was a pleasant day out, especially as there was a sale and a cafe! It's a pleasant drive through the Lancashire countryside once you get off the motorway and it's not too far from Liverpool. 
Black Sheep Wools has increased it's range of fabrics and sewing notions so it is well worth a visit to both knitters and sewers. 
Their website has lots of information, patterns, and also a blog, click HERE.
It really doesn't look as if there will be very much inside from the front entrance but it opens into a really spacious, attractive modern, shop. 
The staff are all so friendly and helpful.
Now here are the areas we aim for....
before a welcome cuppa in the cafe which serves simple refreshments of good quality and prices.
More racks of fabric, increasing their range.

 Baskets of fat quarters.
I call this "The Men Creche" and whilst some are happy to sit here reading the papers, it was good to see quite a few men in the store selecting their wools and fabrics for their own use!
The wide range of quality wools can be seen above but there is now a new bargain area tucked away in a corner off the main shop.
Plenty of embroidery kits and equipment....
So many unusual specialty yarns too.
After bumping into a crafty friend and having a lovely chat, she and her friend have decided to join our lovely quilting group. 
We look forward to welcoming Sylvia and Hilary very soon.

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If you too are interested in joining us there are still a couple of places available....

Due to a couple of our members having to leave us through health reasons, we are now able to offer their places in the group.
 If anyone can manage to get to Liverpool for two Wednesdays a month and would like to share quilting skills, fun and friendship, in a pleasant spacious environment, please leave a comment with contact info (which will not be published) and we will get back to you with full details. 
We are a mixed level of skills, styles and interests, and beginners are welcome but please note that,  whilst we have occasional workshops we do not have regular formal teaching sessions. As you can see on this blog, we also make smaller items such as bags, hangings, seasonal decorations and, each month we set a block challenge. We also make small items needed to help cancer patients.
As well as our quilting sessions we organise days out to shows and places of interest.

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