We were very pleased to have The Sewing Cafe from Hinckley as our trader. They brought some lovely unusual fabrics and a great selection of plains. I hope they had a good time.
In the morning we had three demos. Paula showed how to make quilted hexagons, all ready to join together for a quilt or placemat. She has made hers into a gorgeous quilted jacket, but I didn't manage to get a photo of it.
Julie showed how to join the ends of your binding.
I'd always wanted to get o grips with this mitred method, and now feel confident enough to try it.
Caroline showed disappearing four patch.
She had all the stages carefully prepared, plus a small one she had made into a coaster. A great technique.
And the main event was our speaker, John Cole-Morgan. He came into the hall around lunchtime, and immediately made himself at home.
He had brought his hexagons to work on, just in case there was time, and indeed there was! He is using a lot of Stuart Hillard fabric, and so far it is looking great.
He really did us proud by bring loads of quilts for us to see. His recent fad for wanting a front and a back was intriguing.
Here is John with a cushion block he has designed. He was a fabulous speaker, thought provoking, inspiring and hilarious. He showed us the 25 quilt tops he made in 28 days, his BOMs and (this is secret) his entries for the Festival of Quilts. He also warned us about some of the pitfalls of posting photos on the Internet and showed his FUGLY quilt! We didn't think it was too bad, but had to agree that his more recent work was much better! He runs a Facebook group called The Beginner's Quilt Support Group, which is well worth joining. Most of the members aren't beginners, but we can all learn from each other, and John is so encouraging and dynamic. He is running a retreat later in the year which should be great fun. We look forward to running into him at the FOQ and having him as a speaker again very soon.