Productive week

My students have had fun this week using the imagination and crafters workshop stencils and produced some fabulous fabrics. Here are Jackie’s fabrics

These are the new designs for the next fabric flowers kits. Colours arnt what they will be – they will be more spring brights so pink, yellow , orange, turquoise etc but I am pleased with the flower shapes .
Thanks Ann for helping me with them today!


Busy, busy, busy

I’ve done so much teaching recently that I have had little time to get on with my own work, or at least do a bit of forward planning.

So with the forms in front of me to decide what i want to teach at Festival of quilts and another couple of events I thought it best to try to come up with some new workshops – some 1 hour long, others 3 hours long and some 1 day.

I played with the idea of teaching my applique technique using baking parchment but decided these sunflowers were too complicated to complete in 1 hour and not spectacular enough for 3 hours.

I have worked on producing some more Indian ladies and I think they might make a good 3 hour workshop as they include a few different techniques.

I have decided to title my Festival of Quilts Workshops something like Using stencils creatively. I love all the Crafters Workshop and Imagination Crafts stencils that are available at the moment and have a large collection. Imagination Crafts have knidly agreed to suppy me with some more stencils for use at my workshop, so now I just need to produce some more samples.

Guess where I am going in February?

I still dont seem to be able to get my photos in the right order!

Second week in the lakes

Here are some of the pieces of work produced during the second week in the Lakes

New workshops for 2013

This week i am trying to catch up on some admin

I had a meeting with the Graphic Designers on Monday about my new book. It will take some working on but it will be ready for Festival of Quilts next year. It would be good to get it ready for Quilt Expo in france in April but I doubt it!

Yesterday I wrote an article for Sew magaizine which will be out in the December issue.

Simple Home made magazine arrived this week with a feature about my Flower Kits

Last week my Contemporary Quilt magazine arrived with an article I wrote about the Flower Kits.

…..and they are selling so well. I doubt I will have

any left for Festival of Quilts next year so i have been working on some ideas for the next kit. Here are some of the Indian women pictures I have been experimenting making. It will be the 3 women that are made into a kit and the individual women will go to towards some new ideas for teaching. One of them could be made in a 3 hour workshop. maybe the applique could be made in a quick and easy workshop for Festival of Quilts?

I hate having to work so far in advance but I have been looking at new workshops for 2013 and my Tuesday and Wednesday students are so enjoying doing the current project of Pattern into patchwork that I think it would make a good weekend workshop

Here is the last of my Voyage quilts. I looked through my photos from the summer and thought i should do a piece based on my trip to jordan. It is painted with added applique and machine stitch. I must photograph it better for the Voyage website

I have been trying to get the programme together for the Contemporary Quilt Group summer school that I am teaching in June next year.

Here are some pictures of thedesign  exercises that we might do

Some fabric arrived yesterday that i ordered with an idea in mind to make a Kutch style doll. Not sure the colours are exactly what i wanted but i think if I dip them in tea they might be better