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Tuesday 28th July
The Festival of Quilts is getting closer - next week to be exact! I have five workshops to teach so lots of preparation to do. I spent the day in the studio making packs for the classes. Each class has 14 to 16 students and each student needs a pack with instructions and materials. It kind of looks a bit chaotic but I did keep at it all day...

Monday 27th July
Lady Sew and Sew have a couple more days of their sale to go. They have extra wide backing at £10 - £12 per metre and sale fabric from £6 per metre. I think I might be shopping....

Friday 24th July
Sometimes you buy fabrics just because you love them and don't have a project in mind. This was the case with these. I loved the colour and design of these fabrics and made a quilt really to showcase the fabric and not the quilt pattern. It will be in Popular Patchwork next month (sneak preview in this month -red, white, black on grey), photo in the middle, and also on their stand at the Festival of Quilts.

Saturday 18th July
One can never have enough fabric! I need to start some new projects and have already purchased these lovely fabrics for a quilt but think that I probably need to find another couple of lime prints to go with them. Haven't really thought about the quilt yet but if I keep looking at the fabric for long enough inspiration may occur...

Sunday 12th July
Look at this lovely work!

The first quilt was made by Maureen and the second by Sam on my Strips that Sizzle Quilt class. These ladies are so prolific and always finish their quilts. Great use of that contrasting inner border and bright colour choices. Beautifully stitched - well done!

Sunday 5th July
Yesterday I taught my Ladders Quilt class at Just Between Friends in Essex. It is a very simple quilt and jelly roll friendly. I think what makes it effective is after you have made the ladders you put the plain background strips between them and this brings it all to life. Lots of work in progress here and so many different fabric combinations:

Thursday 2nd July
It is always really special to see one of your patterns in a magazine and in this month's Popular Patchwork magazine I have a pattern for an appliqued quilt. I loved making this with all the little creatures.

Sunday 28th June
Where has the week gone? Haven't had much time to sew this week. Karen sent me some photos of two projects that she has made at workshops that I have taught. Look at that green elephant! Isn't he lovely tucked away amongst all those grey elephants? Her second quilt with the grey, black and yellow is just so effective. Thanks for sharing these with us Karen.

Saturday 20th June
Back to Just Between Friends in Essex to teach Bali Circles. My quilt is made entirely from Bali fabrics but we had lots of lovely variations today. One cutting and stitching method produces two different blocks. Here is some work in progress:

Wednesday 17th June
Yesterday I taught a mini workshop at Mead Quilters in Wheathampstead. Forty ladies sat down to make fabric flower brooches. There were some very imaginative brooches by the end of the evening using scraps of felt, buttons, organza and sparkly fabric.

Sunday 14th June
Maureen had finished her quilt from one of my earlier workshops. Isn't it lovely? The colours are so vibrant and I love the red elephant. Thanks Maureen for sharing it with us.

Monday 8th June
Back to Patchwork Corner in Hemel Hempstead for day three of the Japanese quilt class. We spent the day stitching kimino blocks, fans and learning how to put the quilt together. I am looking forward to seeing these quilts finished. Well done ladies.

Friday 5th June
It is always lovely to see your work in print and in this month's edition of Quilt Now magazine I have a pattern for lots of little selvedge pin cushions. They are made using the selvedge strips of fabric that you usually cut off and throw in the bin. Great for using up scraps and good for gifts for sewists. (my new word!)

Sunday 30th May
Back to Just Between Friends in Essex to teach a workshop on Strips that Sizzle. Here is some work in progress - all very different even though we all used the same design:

Saturday 29th May
Pam has sent me a photo of her Tickled Pink quilt that she made at a recent workshop with me. Obviously her quilt is not pink but lots of lovely lilacs and purple colours! Well done Pam for finishing the quilt - it looks really lovely.

Thursday 28th May
Yesterday saw me up in Sutton Coldfield at Trinity Quilters teaching a worskhop on Flower Gift Bags. The process involves bonding fresh flowers, leaves and threads on to fabric and then using the fabric to make little gift bags. It is a really good workshop to teach as you are never quite sure how the fresh flowers will react to the heat and bonding and often change colour quite dramatically. Here are some photos of work in progress (no handles yet!)

The yellow and black pansies and also the pink flowers have been very effective today. Thank you ladies. Hope you enjoyed the day.

Tuesday 26th May
I have been at Sunshine Quilters in Harlow today teaching one of my strip quilt classes. Just a couple of photos of work in progress. I especially love Karen's quilt with the black and white fabric with the little splash of yellow.

Sunday 17th May
I am working on some bags at the moment. The first is using fabric from Tula Pink and the second from Joel Dewberry. The Joel Dewberry fabric is proving to be quite tricky as the pattern is a one way design. Work in progress:

Tuesday 12th May
On Sunday there was a Living Crafts Fair in the grounds of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire not far from where I live. There were all kinds of arts and crafts on display and for sale. Of course I had to come home with a few purchases (hand made soap and some beautiful stitched items!) The quilt group that I belong to had a demonstration stand there and were selling raffle tickets for a lovely quilt with proceeds going to The Stroke Association. I helped to man the stand for a few hours and enjoyed chatting to the public about patchwork and quilting. I do love a chat!! Doesn't the stand look great?


Friday 8th May
The May edition of Quilt Now magazine is out and I have a quilt pattern featured in there this month. It is called Coral Squares. It is such an easy quilt and you can use pre cut squares and strips so it can be made quite quickly. (sorry about the rubbish photo - must try harder) There are some super projects in the magazine - something for everyone!

Saturday 2nd May
Spent the day at Libertys of London teaching a class. We were working on a Memory Star cushion. Lots of little triangles and pieces cut on the bias! The cushion was finished with lots of straight line quilting and everyone had started on the quilting by the end of the day. A couple of photos of work being quilted and then one lovely cushion completed.

I couldn't resist taking a photo of this cushion in the classroom. It is just a fabric cushion but what super fabric! I could imagine constructing some patchwork like this..... well maybe not me but perhaps it might give one of you an idea?

Tuesday 28th April
Back to Just Between Friends on Saturday to teach "Tickled Pink". This is a little quilt containing Dresden Plate blocks, appliqued flowers and some pieced squares. Lots of lovely fabrics were used, cups of tea consumed and chain pieced wedges stitched:

Sunday 19th April
Caroline sent me a photo of her finished quilt that she made with me on a workshop a few weeks ago. I love the colour combination and that pink elephant in the middle! Thank you Caroline - I am sure that you can't have slept for weeks to get it finished so quickly!

Saturday 18th April
Back to Just Between Friends in Essex to teach my elephants class. Lots of brightly coloured fabric being used on the appliqued elephants and flying geese. Here are some of Sam's flying geese and Marilyn's lovely elephant and flying geese:

Monday 13th April
Here is some work in progress - currently being quilted with lots of straight lines:

Monday 6th April
I love reading the blogs written by quilters and there are some I keep returning to over and over again. These quilters are so prolific and have such lovely work to share. Here are some that I follow:

mollisparkles.com An Australian male quilter whose work is bright and bold. There are photos of finished projects and also a section with some useful tutorials for a number of projects.
christaquilts.com A modern quilter whose work has lots of geometric lines and negative space. The machine quilting on the quilts is amazing. There are several tutorials, a gallery and blog.
spottedstone.com So many photos in the gallery. Print making features in the weekly blog - it incredible what you can do with an onion!

Friday 3rd April
Not many postings over the last two weeks - husband has been in hospital and life has been a bit crazy. However, he is home and on the mend and normality is starting to occur. Unfortunately I had to cancel my last class at Just Between Friends at very short notice so many apologies to the students. Hopefully we can reschedule soon. I bought these fabrics when I was last at Patchwork Corner simply because I liked them. There seems to be lots of spotty fabrics around at the moment and the little birds with the turquoise plain fabric is very lovely. I may need to collect a few more for these projects....

 

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