Our September join prize, the Moda Three Sisters Charm Square set was won by Dawn from Bristol. Dawn has returned to quilting after having a break for a few years.
Dawn says, "Wow! I can't believe it. I'm so excited, can't wait to receive my fabrics."
"I have always been fascinated by patchwork and I am only just beginning to find out how vast it is. It is so much more than sewing hexagons together (my childhood experience). Five years ago I decided to have a go myself. So I found a local class and started to make a lap quilt. I got the bug!"
"There was no end to the possibilities. Unfortunately, just before I finished the course my Mum passed away. I was devastated and everything went by the wayside including my patchwork. I didn't complete the course got as far as working on a log cabin patch. Gradually, I began to take up the activities I have always loved. Cross stitch, painting, knitting, drawing etc. Patchwork was always popping back up in my mind, but I thought 'There's no point I have moved on, I can't remember how to do it'. One day I threw caution to the wind and thought I would try to find another local course. I went on my local hobbycraft website and found one reasonably close by. I rang the number and to my amazement found out it was my original tutor. Without a moments thought I enrolled. I start my new course on 31st October. I can't wait. I now have two grandchildren and two more on the way, so no end of inspiration for projects to do. Needless to say the first project will be a cot quilt."
"I also can't wait to finish off my original lap quilt which was going to be for my Mum. I am so pleased that I also found Popular Patchwork which made my mind up for me to continue. Everyone on the site is so friendly. I love looking at the different projects and quilts that people have made and hope that one day it may be possible for me to do something similar. Thank you so much for telling me of my prize. I am looking forward to seeing it and getting inspiration from it as to what it would like to be created into. I have told my husband that I need a sewing machine for Christmas and a sewing room! Do you think I'm being greedy?"
Of course not, Dawn! Hope you enjoy your rekindled hobby much as we do!
The October prize, Kaffe Fassett's Kaleidoscope of Quilts was won by Pat from Fleet.
Pat tell us, "On my retirement in August I jointed the Fleet "University of the Third Age" and was delighted to see they had a patchwork and quilting class so signed up straight away, as this was on my wish list of things I would like to do during my retirement. Our tutor, Vlady, used to teach textiles and is so knowledgeable and patient with us. We are creating samples of many types of patchwork. Starting with a Nine Patch block the first week, next Log Cabin, Courthouse Steps and last week Somerset Patchwork, which I found very difficult. In between these classes I have completed the lovely William Morris dress in August Popular Patchwork for my 4 year old grandaughter and made a small crib quilt with tumbling blocks from Louise Bell's book "210 Quilt Blocks", for another grandchild, due in April."
"I've found the web site and magazine so very helpful with clear instructions for making the projects. I have many more ideas saved in "my bookmarks" to make later. I think the next project will be a table runner or maybe a bag - so hard to decide. I've not used the forum yet but hope to get into this soon, as it would be good to have contact with other Quilters and swap ideas."