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Saturday 21st June
I have been teaching today at just Between Friends quilt shop in Essex. Sam brought back her lovely quilt to show me that she had made at my last workshop there. I just love the fabrics she has used. She has finished it with lots of straight line quilting. Thanks for sharing it with us Sam.

I have been teaching my Leaves in the Cabin workshop today. There is a lot of cutting and measuring in this class and lots of angles. Here is some work in progress:

Sunday 15th June
I have been busy making pin cushions for one of my workshops at the Festival of Quilts. I have five workshops to teach but one of the workshops I am teaching is Cathedral Window. I have a little stash of Cathedral Window pin cushions to use as samples - the stash is still growing as I try out lots of fabric variations!

Saturday 7th June
I have spent the day at Barn Quilters in Enfield. We have had a very industrious day working on Bumpy Circles - a quilt with interconnecting octogons. I am so looking forward to seeing the finished quilts. Here is the work in progress:


Tuesday 27th May
I have been at Sunshine Quilters in Harlow today. Ann bought back her lovely teddy bear which she made with me last time.

We have been working on Interconnecting Lines today and have had a very prolific day. It has been wet and windy outside so it was a good day to sew. No distractions from the sunshine!


Saturday 24th May

The June edition of Popular Patchwork arrived today and features one of my patterns - a coffee and cream clutch purse with a 3D flower. A really good project for using up scraps of fabric. Take a look!

Friday 23rd May
The cot quilt is now finished ...... but I just had to make a teddy to go with it! I hope that Louise likes it.


Saturday 17th May

Back to Ferrers Quilters for day two of Hearts and Stars in the Garden. Everyone had worked so hard on their homework and all had the centre sections of their quilts finished. We spent the day adding the appliqued border and also making some of the pieced label blocks. I had a camera malfunction and despite taking photos of everyones centre sections these are the only three that remained on the camera. Apologies to all. I will take spare batteries next time!! Don't these look great? I am so looking forward to seeing the finished quilts.

Sunday 4th May
I have just started a cot quilt for a friend who is expecting a baby. When I asked her what she would like she said that she liked pastel colours and that the cot was a putty colour. I have been digging through the fabric stash and have collected some pink, lemon, blue and green fabric and a piece of putty coloured background fabric. I have made a start and have stitched some starry type blocks with lots of triangles. Will have to get a move on as her baby is due soon!

Sunday 27th April
Yesterday found me in Essex at Ferrers Quilters teaching day one of my Hearts and Stars in the Garden workshop. We had a very busy day with lots of stitching. Gaynor bought in her lovely quilt Interconnecting Lines which she had made with me last year on a workshop. Isn't it lovely with all that free machine quilting? Thanks Gaynor.

Tuesday 22nd April
I haven't put any postings on here lately as I have been in New Zealand visiting family and friends. It was so lovely to catch up with everyone and spend some quality time with my family. I did however manage to fit in a couple of visits to some patchwork and quilting shops.

While in Devonport in Auckland I popped into www.cushlasvillagefabrics.co.nz This shop is crammed with lovely fabrics, patterns, books and notions. I bought a pattern for a bag designed by an Australian designer so am looking forward to making that when I have some time.

I also visited www.jjcrafts.co.nz in Taradale, Napier. This shop stocks patchwork, knitting and embroidery supplies. The Bali and New Zealand fabrics are to die for! I managed to escape with purchasing a stash of magazines!

I found www.raku.co.nz by chance when shopping in Napier. This shop stocks Japanese made designware and is a real gem. Raku means joy and fun and I must say I spent ages looking at all the delightful goods. The shop sells beautiful Japanese fabrics, kiminos, scarfs, books, gifts and much more. If you are ever visiting Napier this shop is a must for visiting. I had to take a photo of some of my purchases - four Japanese handkerchiefs, a mobile phone bag and a set of pockets for storage. The little origami bird was slipped into my bag with my purchases! I am intending to cut up the handkerchiefs and use them in a patchwork type project.

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