Friday, 17 October 2014

Going Round the Bend in 12 Squares part 2

Good morning, afternoon or evening where every you are. Here in Devon, south west UK, it is cold, wet and windy - it is enough to drive me round the Bend!!

So here are the next 3 squares in that project.

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail - original free motion quilting edged in hand-dyed fabric

Having shown you this motif recently - Getting to the Point - in one of my FMQ Cameos, I realised that I had never  used it in a quilt. Time to remedy that! I love the colour of this square. Colours are very deceptive on line and seen differently on every computer according to the colour card. This is somewhere between aqua marine and the softest of charcoal. It is very delicate and restful.

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail - original free motion quilting edged in hand-dyed fabric

I thought I would ring the changes a bit and this week I have used a bobbin to give an idea of scale.

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail - original free motion quilting edged in hand-dyed fabric

Quite gentle curves or 'bends' in this square are married to the brightest colour in the piece - Magenta. In truth, it is slightly dulled. This is a trick I use when I want to mix many colours from 3 or 4 dyes and I want all the colours to blend. I make a mix of my pure or starting dyes and then add a small spoon to each colour - so that every colour has just a little bit of every other colour in it. This 'Magenta' therefore has a smidgen of turquoise, slate blue and charcoal in it.

(By the way, I wouldn't recommend this with turquoise or yellow lemon, both of which change colour quite drastically with just a drop of something else in them) 


Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail - original free motion quilting edged in hand-dyed fabric

This is motif I use a lot - but I still haven't got a name for it. I'm thinking something along the lines of All boxed in.

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail - original free motion quilting edged in hand-dyed fabric

And here is the turquoise square - minus all the other colours! This design is fun to do. It takes 3 goes, the central line of circles first, then back on putting in one side and down again putting in the other. This is also one of those fantastic flexible designs that looks good big or small and goes around bends like a dream. It reminds me a bit of planets and their orbits, so I've called it 'The Centre of my World'

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail - original free motion quilting edged in hand-dyed fabric

When I was quilting Going to Pieces, it took me a while to get use to quilting strips two and a half inches wide - much wider than I normally do. Well, here I am going to the other extreme!

Thanks for dropping by...

Hilary Florence


Please find below a list of linky parties. I may not link with all of the every week, but with some of them most weeks. Please go and have a look at some of the other wonderful quilts and quilters there.

Linky Tuesday at Free motion by  the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
WIP Wednesday at freshly pieced   @   http://www.freshlypieced.com/
WIP Wednesday at TN + TN  @  http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/


Friday, 10 October 2014

Round the Bend in Twelve Squares - part 1

As the title suggests, this project has 12 squares and a lot of bends to go around - in more ways than one!
This is another version of 'Learning Curves in 9 Squares'. All the quilting is done on white fabric but each square is framed by a border in the same colour as the thread.
So first task was to dye the border fabric and buy matching thread.


Intentions and outcomes don't always match up. The beautiful gradation from fuchsia, through purples to turquoise and slate blue ended up a clean break between pink/purple and blues. Of course, I could have started again, made a better job of the dyeing, re-ordered more matching thread ... but that would have required patience and perseverance - qualities that I believe I possess but obviously not in sufficient quantity in this instance!


My solution was to mix the colours up and let it be assumed that this was always the intention. You do assume that, don't you?!!

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop, Round the Bend in 12 Squares, art quilt, free motion quilting and hand-dyed fabric.

Each 12" square uses one motif - here Sticks and Stones. I deliberately made some of the 'bends' very narrow which results in a beautiful play of density and gives the impression of light and dark shades of colour...

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going round the bend in 12 squares detail. art quilt, free motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

although I have to say when I am trying to quilt that small there is a voice in my head saying 'you can not be serious!' I've put a pin in to give you an idea of size. I can see in this enlarged version that I have made a good mistake in the middle - but at original size in the whole piece I defy anyone to notice!!

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going round the bend in 12 squares detail. art quilt, free motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

The next square has the motif  'Fly Away Home',  named by Norma Schlager after the nursery rhyme Ladybird/Ladybug (depending which side of the Atlantic you are on).

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going round the bend in 12 squares detail. art quilt, free motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

Again, things got pretty tense - I mean dense here. Some of those circles are about the size of a pin head.

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going round the bend in 12 squares detail. art quilt, free motion quilting, hand dyed fabric

At some points the motif tapers down to a point. Obviously here I can't see what I'm doing - but then neither can you!! I just try to move the fabric in the idea of the pattern and even though I am almost stitching on the spot, there is a point where the sense of the pattern seems to emerge from the tangle.

Next 2 or 3 squares should be ready to post next week. Hope to see you then and thanks for stopping by..


Hilary Florence


Please find below a list of linky parties. I may not link with all of the every week, but with some of them most weeks. Please go and have a look at some of the other wonderful quilts and quilters there.

Linky Tuesday at Free motion by  the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
WIP Wednesday at freshly pieced   @   http://www.freshlypieced.com/
WIP Wednesday at TN + TN  @  http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Nine Lives

This is not a new quilt. I made it before starting my blog, but I got such a positive response to it's appearance on the blog hop, I decided to give it a post of its own.

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Nine Lives started out as Nine Green Bottles (OK, a bit of artistic licence on the bottle colour, but the overall effect is green). It was a nice study on curved piecing. The more I looked at these bottles, the more I saw cats. In the end, I gave in and appliqued heads and tails on each bottle and Nine Lives was born.

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Life 1

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Life 2

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Life 3

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Life 4

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Life 5

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Life 6

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Life 7

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Life 8

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Life 9

I hadn't quite developed the range of FMQ patterns that I have now, but the  background mix was intended to look like a wall...

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

with the odd mouse...

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

hiding...

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop
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from the cats.

Quilts wall hanging of cats, hand-dyed fabric, procion MX dyes, free motion quilting Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

And this is Cara, who decided not to be left out. She is a cat I am fostering for the Cats' Protection League until she can find a permanent home. She has already used 2 of her lives, one costing her a tail and the second an eye ... but neither seem to bother her much. That look says, 'Never mind about quilts, photos and blogs, where is my food?'

I'm off to feed a cat. Thanks for visiting.

Hilary Florence


Please find below a list of linky parties. I may not link with all of the every week, but with some of them most weeks. Please go and have a look at some of the other wonderful quilts and quilters there.

Linky Tuesday at Free motion by  the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
WIP Wednesday at freshly pieced   @   http://www.freshlypieced.com/
WIP Wednesday at TN + TN  @  http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/

Friday, 26 September 2014

Going to Pieces again

I have finished Going to Pieces!

Art quilt, hand dyed with procion MX dyes, pieced, gold insets, free motion quilted, original design, Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

...at least for the time being. I got a little bit carried away when I was doing the piecing and I still have a lot of strips left over. But that will be for another project. 

Art quilt, hand dyed with procion MX dyes, pieced, gold insets, free motion quilted, original design, Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

I had a large piece of sage green dyed fabric which fitted the colour scheme quite well, so used that for the back. I did all the quilting in a sky blue thread in both top and bobbin and I quite like the effect of the seemingly randomly placed patterns.

Art quilt, hand dyed with procion MX dyes, pieced, gold insets, free motion quilted, original design, Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

As the sage fabric wasn't quite large enough I added a couple of strips of darker green. I thought I would spice it up with bits left over from the quilt top. This turned out not to be such a good idea. The FMQ patterns do not marry up and quilting over two sets of seams was VERY bumpy!

Art quilt, hand dyed with procion MX dyes, pieced, gold insets, free motion quilted, original design, Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

I wanted both variety and repetition to hold it together. I think there are about 20 different patterns in total, but many many more strips. There is a lot more repetition than noticeable on the photos.

Art quilt, hand dyed with procion MX dyes, pieced, gold insets, free motion quilted, original design, Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

 I quilted each strip with one of the patterns. Where a strip was constructed out of pieces I used one motif adjusted to fit each piece.

Art quilt, hand dyed with procion MX dyes, pieced, gold insets, free motion quilted, original design, Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

And a few more close ups.

Art quilt, hand dyed with procion MX dyes, pieced, gold insets, free motion quilted, original design, Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Art quilt, hand dyed with procion MX dyes, pieced, gold insets, free motion quilted, original design, Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop

Art quilt, hand dyed with procion MX dyes, pieced, gold insets, free motion quilted, original design, Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop



Thanks for visiting

Hilary Florence


Please find below a list of linky parties. I may not link with all of the every week, but with some of them most weeks. Please go and have a look at some of the other wonderful quilts and quilters there.
Anything goes Mondays @ http://marelize-ries.blogspot.co.uk/
Linky Tuesday at Free motion by  the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
Fabric Tuesday @http://quiltstory.blogspot.co.uk/    
Sew cute Tuesday @ http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/ 
WIP Wednesday at freshly pieced   @   http://www.freshlypieced.com/
WOW = WIPs on Wednesdays  @ http://www.estheraliu.blogspot.co.uk/  
WIP Wednesday at TN + TN  @ http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Really Random Thursdays @ http://www.liveacolorfullife.net/
Needle and Thread Thursday @ http://myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.co.uk/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/

Thursday, 11 September 2014

You loose some you win some and Getting to the Point

So many of you have told me how one of your quilts got very different results and reactions in different shows. The question is, if it is just down the personal choice, style preference etc, when you loose, what is it when you win?!!! 

Straight on top of my mixed results at Birmingham Festival of Quilts, I entered 2 of my quilts (you've seen them both before) at The Great Northern Quilt Show in the UK.

Art quilt, free motion quilting on metallic fabric, original design, award winning quilt

Cosmic Split won a judges' choice ribbon in the Large Wall Hanging category. I am really please because I love this quilt. I feel it is so dramatic, I can't imagine how I am every going to make a better quilt.



Square Spiral won the Amateur Whole Cloth Category - as in came first!! 
In many of the quilt shows in the UK, as well as all the categories that you can enter, there are technical prizes that the judges can award to any quilt in any category. (Is it the same in other countries?) 

You won't be surprised to learn that the one I covert is the one for machine quilting. In every show I've entered so far (all 4 of them!) that prize has been won by a professional long arm quilter (and yes there is a separate prize for long arm quilting, but I suppose quilting on a long arm is also technically machine quilting so they get that one too). 

Don't get me wrong, the winning quilts are spectacular, but I just don't feel as an amateur on a domestic I can compete with a professional doing a huge bed quilt on a long arm. So I was thrilled to find a category for amateurs - and even more thrilled to win it! (Didn't get the overall one for machine quilting though - that one is still to aim for).

And now for something that you haven't seen before.


original free motion quilting design, continuous line pattern, on hand-dyed cotton
Getting to the Point - FMQ Cameo 40

This is another of my castellated designs (as is 'That is the question' or All Aflame). This is such a useful technique as it allows you to flip the motif on it's head and frames it nicely at the same time. I've called it 'Getting to the point' but I also see a ship being launched. I love the shape created by superimposing the 2 versions of the motif, one tall and skinny, the other fatter and squatter. It doesn't really matter which you do first, but I always start with the tall and skinny. Bit like me really - started life tall and skinny and ended fatter and squatter!

Thanks for visiting

Hilary Florence


Please find below a list of linky parties. I may not link with all of the every week, but with some of them most weeks. Please go and have a look at some of the other wonderful quilts and quilters there.
Anything goes Mondays @ http://marelize-ries.blogspot.co.uk/
Linky Tuesday at Free motion by  the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
Fabric Tuesday @http://quiltstory.blogspot.co.uk/    
Sew cute Tuesday @ http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/ 
WIP Wednesday at freshly pieced   @   http://www.freshlypieced.com/
WOW = WIPs on Wednesdays  @ http://www.estheraliu.blogspot.co.uk/  
WIP Wednesday at TN + TN  @ http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Really Random Thursdays @ http://www.liveacolorfullife.net/
Needle and Thread Thursday @ http://myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.co.uk/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/


Friday, 29 August 2014

Going to Pieces

After all the excitement of the Festival of Quilts, I sort of went to pieces - with a lot of fabric that I had dyed for some project or other, but not used for some reason or other...

Hand dyed fabric, procion dyes, piecing, random piecing, quilting, quilt top

I decided on a scheme of blues/greens, teal and mauve. 


Hand dyed fabric, procion dyes, piecing, random piecing, quilting, quilt top


First step was to cut them all into strips, sew them together, cut them into more strips, sew together. When I piece, I love adding thins slivers of gold to just lift it that little bit.

Hand dyed fabric, procion dyes, piecing, random piecing, quilting, quilt top

Here is the finished quilt top. It is in 2 pieces to try and ease the quilting. I am going to try out Norma Schlager's 'Divide and Conquer' method of quilting the two halves and then joining them together with a seam.

Hand dyed fabric, procion dyes, piecing, random piecing, quilting, quilt top

The piecing is very random. I do wish I had added more gold. I love the little gold strip structures that emerge.


Hand dyed fabric, procion dyes, piecing, random piecing, quilting, quilt top

Here's a closer look at the top half of the quilt. I said the piecing was random, but of course it is not an accident that there are lots of nice strips to fill with my FMQ continuous line designs!!

Thanks for visiting

Hilary Florence


Please find below a list of linky parties. I may not link with all of the every week, but with some of them most weeks. Please go and have a look at some of the other wonderful quilts and quilters there.
Anything goes Mondays @ http://marelize-ries.blogspot.co.uk/
Linky Tuesday at Free motion by  the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
Fabric Tuesday @http://quiltstory.blogspot.co.uk/    
Sew cute Tuesday @ http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/ 
WIP Wednesday at freshly pieced   @   http://www.freshlypieced.com/
WOW = WIPs on Wednesdays  @ http://www.estheraliu.blogspot.co.uk/  
WIP Wednesday at TN + TN  @ http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Really Random Thursdays @ http://www.liveacolorfullife.net/
Needle and Thread Thursday @ http://myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.co.uk/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Chorus Line - Free Motion Cameo 39

Step into your dances shoes for Chorus Line - FMQ Cameo 39.

Chorus Line - Free Motion Cameo 39

I'm quite fond of these cheeky chaps and chapesses although they are probably a bit too rotund to make good dances. I don' think they would pass a 'Lord of the Dance' audition! They are quite labor intensive. I do them in 4 steps - the leg arches first, the body and head in a figure of 8 second, then the arms for the final 2.

Many thanks to all of you who left such wonderful comments on Cosmic Split. I did suggest to a few of you that you get yourselves hired a quilt judges at the Festival of Quilts forthwith!
I promised I would let you know how the quilt got on.

Cosmic Split
Well, judge A loved it and gave it an 'Excellent' for every applicable category. Judge B wasn't so impressed and interestingly enough, marked down everything I thought was good about the quilt. She gave it a few 'goods' for colour and material choice, but only a satisfactory for the 'treatment of edges' (that I was so proud of!), satisfactory for the quilt overall as an art quilt and a 'needs attention' for the 'design and execution of quilting' with a note to avoid the 'puckering' in the background. That did worry me a bit. There is no point in me going to all that extra effort to add textural interest in the form of ruching (which is much trickier to quilt) if it just looks as if I can't lay down a flat piece of fabric! I liked the effect, but maybe I am going to have to rethink that one.

Anyway, 30 thousand people got to see the quilt which is quite a thought.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Around the world Blog Hop


Greetings from a sunny, windy, wet, in other words typically English, South Devon in the UK. This post is a little different as I was invited by Sandra, from the wonderfully named 'musings of a menopausal melon'  (click here to see her blog and learn about that title) to take part in an 'Around the World Blog Hop'.  The idea is to give a window into different creative worlds. Here are my answers to the 4 questions that this Blog Hop poses.

What am I working on?

What I am always working on is catching the many fleeting, often fantastical ideas floating around my head and trying to ground them in some kind of textile reality. I have to admit I am not too faithful to any one 'work in progress'. Several are always vying for my attention. So, just now...

Going to Pieces

Having just finished 'Cosmic Split' I wrote how I felt both satisfied and bereft. One viewer suggested I was suffering from the quilters' equivalent of a hang over and the cure was a new fabric fix! I looked at my piles of discarded fabric - discarded because I wasn't happy with the dyeing, the colour was wrong, there wasn't enough, I'd got bored with that project and moved on to another...
What I need - I thought - is a fabric rescue mission!

So I selected a number of blues, teals and mauves...

Going to Pieces - WIP


...cut them into strips, sewed them together, cut, sewed, cut, sewed... and added a splash of gold...
This is going to be single bed size - big for me and my little old 160 Bernina with it's 7" throat! Lots of empty strips to fill with FMQ though!!

The 101 Free Motion Quilting Cameos



This is an on going project to create a 101 6 inch square 'Cameos' showing some of my FMQ ideas and designs.

Going for Gold


Cosmic Split - detail

After all my trials with metallic fabric, I now have quilt a collection of gold cloth waiting for a chance to shine! Ideas are definitely in the queue, but waiting whilst a bit of a metallic pause takes place.

More Free Motion Quilting


Learning Curves in 9 Squares


Another 'Learning Curves' is definitely in line - this time in 12 Squares. The border fabric is already dyed, the thread ordered. I'm avoiding making the quilt sandwich and marking up - both jobs I do not enjoy. But this is coming soon.

How does my work differ from others of its genre ?

That has to be my quilting!

Quilting Samples


 I love dyeing my own fabric, playing around with thickened dyes, printing, stencilling, doodling... 

Stencil using name Hilary Florence

Home-made stamps, rollers and needle-nose bottle

Negative and Positive stencil


But thousands of quilt and textile artist do this and many of them better than me. My quilting though, I think I can claim, is really my own unique style.

Why do I create what I do?

I never made a conscious decision to start quilting. A book on dyeing for quilters fell into my hands - and I fell in love.  There followed a 3 year battle between my reason - but you don't quilt, you don't dye and you don't sew, so what is the point? - and my heart - but the colours, just look at those colours! Heart won, the book was bought and the kitchen soon festooned with colourful pieces of cloth.

My first quilt - much loved, much used


So what else are you going to do with a lot of hand-dyed squares, but sew them up into a quilt top? And sewing my first quilt together with 50 odd small buttons, convinced me it would be easier to learn to FMQ. So I did, and quilting became a very serious hobby for the next 15 years. 

If I fell into quilting through a love of colour, it was a love of pattern and another fall - literally - that then pushed my quilting up to the next level.

Award winning show quilt, free motion quilting, contemporary whole cloth, British Quilt and Stitch Village 2014
Square Spiral - 2nd Prize Wall hanging British Quilt and Stitch Village 2014


That fall - just over a year ago - badly broke my right arm and shoulder. The bones, healed, I didn't. In February this year, the seemingly inexplicable arm aches, leg aches, headaches, nausea, sore throats, dizziness and endless, all-invasive exhaustion were diagnosed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or ME. I lost my job, my career, my income, most of my social life and I'm hoping not to loose my home. What holds me together whilst my life is falling apart, is the stitches that I put into my quilts.

Award winning show quilt, free motion quilting, contemporary whole cloth, British Quilt and Stitch Village 2014
Square Spiral - detail

My quilting now gives me not only pleasure, but also purpose. Oddly enough, it has also sharpened my focus and spurred me on to develop my FMQ, start the 101 FMQ Cameo project, enter quilt competitions and start this blog. And what has come out of that, and is now definitely part of the reason I create what I do, is the meeting of fellow quilters on line, and some of the wonderful conversations I've had.

How does my creating process work?


Day Dreaming, Drifting, Doodling...

I spend a lot of time letting my thought drift through clouds with castles in the air where all is viewed through rose tinted spectacles. Show stopping quilts are in abundance, a bit vague but always brilliant and technical problems do not exist. These are what I call my 'Mental Masterpieces'!
At other times it is a pencil I let drift across a page and wait for a shape, a curve, the beginnings of a pattern to crystallise, to develop and create a new FMQ pattern.

Bottle Jam - detail

Doing...

Doing is my biggest inspiration. In attempting to drag my Mental Masterpieces down to earth, the inevitable unforeseen problems create a lot of changes, but also present a lot of new possibilities. These feed my day dreams and are Incorporated into a whole new family of Mental Masterpieces - MMs

Nine Lives - detail

Seeing...

It doesn't have to be much, the shape of a leaf seen on a country walk, a line or a splash of colour seen on a quilt blog - seeing and looking at art, nature and the every day world is always sparking off more day dreaming. And so the cycle goes on, feeding itself...

And on to the next Hop - August 25

And now it is time for me to introduce the next quilters who have agreed to participate in the blog Hop and give you a window into their creative world. Due to the holiday season, they will be posting in two weeks time on Monday 25 August. Many thanks to them for agreeing to participate and I do hope you go and enjoy their work.

The first is Heather Pregger from Texas. She does the most wonderful piecing and her colour schemes are a treat for the eyes. She is deservedly having great success with her quilts in shows. Go and see her work here.

One of the wonderful things about blogging is creating new friends on line. I love the exchanges, the insights into life into different countries, watching each others' creations come into being. One such friend I have made is Teresa at Third Floor Quilts. Another quilter who has just been juried into a show at Houston. Check out her work here.

Thanks for dropping by...

Hilary Florence


Please find below a list of linky parties. I may not link with all of the every week, but with some of them most weeks. Please go and have a look at some of the other wonderful quilts and quilters there.
Anything goes Mondays @ http://marelize-ries.blogspot.co.uk/
Linky Tuesday at Free motion by  the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
Fabric Tuesday @http://quiltstory.blogspot.co.uk/    
Sew cute Tuesday @ http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/ 
WIP Wednesday at freshly pieced   @   http://www.freshlypieced.com/
WOW = WIPs on Wednesdays  @ http://www.estheraliu.blogspot.co.uk/  
WIP Wednesday at TN + TN  @ http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Really Random Thursdays @ http://www.liveacolorfullife.net/
Needle and Thread Thursday @ http://myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.co.uk/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/