Saturday, 31 May 2008

May = busy month!

I've been working flat out on finishing items for "Fabulous Fat Quarter Bags", my next book with David & Charles, but still managed to fit in a major quilt show.

Quilts UK is one of the most popular quilt shows in the season and always has a great atmosphere - friendly and fun, with everyone out to enjoy themselves. It is a good time to catch up on things like completed kit projects - here is the Asanoha sashiko book bag in use -

- and projects started in workshops, like these bag panels begun at Denman College last month -

My "Kyoto Dreams" quilt won "The Land of the Rising Sun" quilt challenge, sponsored by Step by Step Patchwork Centre! There's a better photo of it back in the February 2008 section of the blog.

I also won the sampler quilt award for my Kamon sampler (below) - I don't think I took a photo of it at Malvern, so here it is before quilting -
Quilts UK is one of the several shows where I attend as a trader, rather than a demonstrator, with a large range of kimono fabrics and vintage kimono as well as my books, patterns etc. Because it is difficult to find vintage kimono that are long enough for western men, I look out for women's kimono with more masculine patterns - unlined, so it is easy to alter the sleeves for a man's kimono. This geometric design has an Op Art feeling to it.

Shows are a good time to catch up with bags made from "21 Terrific Patchwork Bags" and "21 Sensational Patchwork Bags" - this rucksack is from the latter -

And finally, a view of the Malvern hills from our digs!

I'll post some more Malvern pictures later. Now handing you over to Fluff...


Liana said...

I think your "Kyoto dreams" is so beautiful. Congratulations for the prize!

Susan Briscoe said...

Thanks for the compliment! I'm still a bit stunned it won - there were some lovely quilts in that contest, although not as many as I'd expected. Hopefully, there will be more entries for the next Kona Bay fabric challenge.

JanaCZ said...

Thank you very much for the prompt answer, your website is great!