New Flower Kits

It feels almost the end of the holidays, and I have been back to work today! I have spent time in between the Christmas celebrations spring cleaning my studio. I think I have 6 black bin liners full of old teaching notes. I decided that nowadays I would go to the internet first for info, and all my teaching notes were no longer needed.
About 20 years of teaching notes good for lighting the fire!
I have also been doing my tax return, Making quilts is so easy compared to filling in a tax return form.
4 big boxes arrived from India this week. They are my new flower kits. Today I made up some of the new designs. There will be a pink kit, a blue kit and a mixed one. Each kit will have 5 different designs, and you will be able to make 5 flowers. They also include the beautiful shell buttons.



We have had fabulous weather over the holidays. Beautiful bright blue skies and lots of snow, so I have taken masses of photos. I put an album on to facebook. It is good to see how many people have looked at the photos.


More thread

It is good to have some time to catch up and get a few pieces finished.

When i was making my Dislocation piece earlier in the year I cut out lots of jug shapes, lightly ironed them on to a background and realised it didn’t look right so started again. This week I wondered if I was able to peel them off the background and Yes it worked. I then re-ironed them on to a dark pieced background and they looked much better. I then quilted it using Wonderfil Spagetti thread. Without my little snag magic tool I think it would have taken ages to put all the threads to the back.

This is what the back looked like



It was easily covered with a piece of backing fabric, although I do like the back!

Here is the finished quilt


I have a couple of Sheep workshops planned for early 2015. Alex from Aurifil kindly sent me a load of new thread for the workshops. They may look boring from the photograph but with all the different coloured beige, white, grey and cream threads students will be able to produce some lovely work I hope.

Thanks again Alex.



I made up some bags of the thread ready for the next workshop


I started to think about another new workshop for later in the year. Making a “jumper” quilt would take too long but either a needle case, scissor case or pincushion etc could be made in a day

The back and front will always be different. Some work is needed to get them perfect but this is a start


IMG_3180The other exciting thing that happened today was that 2 boxes of new kits arrived from India. The new colours are fabulous. I love them. My next job is to do some design work to make some new patterns. and write up the instructions I will post some pictures once they have been designed and made. The flowers will be a bit bigger and this time they include some shell buttons.


New camera, new quilts

I am very impressed with the insurance company as a cheque arrived yesterday for my new camera, and I am now the proud owner of a new camera. I took another photo of the Blue quilt I completed last week.



Here is a detail




I have rephotographed my latest hats quilt






I have completed another International threads Quilt. This one is 40cm x 80cm and the challenge was to make a piece “Lines” It is based on the photos that I took at Grange Over Sands a few weeks ago. I screen printed some of my hand dyed fabric using screens I designed. It is quite different from my usual style but possibly a quilt that could be hung on the wall at home?




Teaching in Hebden Bridge

I’ve just had 2 really good days of teaching at the Quilt Cabin, lots of new and very talented students.

Students worked really hard, and in a day and went home with some almost finished pieces. The workroom looked chaotic – creative mess

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Have you spotted the mince pies in the middle of the table?

I have completed another of my International Threads Quilts. I was going to wait until after Christmas to post a picture of this quilt but it seemed appropriate to post it now, as it is all winter jumpers. I think I will call it

“Which jumper shall I wear today?”

It is 40cm x 80cm. All hand dyed 100%wool felt with additional machine stitching using lana Thread.



I have ordered a new camera so will have some better photos soon.



I was in Northumberland at the weekend and took some photos that may be useful as inspiration for a new quilt that I need to make for the group I belong to called International Threads. With lots of blue sky and bright sunshine, although it was cold, and my old camera I managed to take lots of suitable photos. I am not sure which direction i will go with my quilt but here are plenty of photos to inspire me. Now I just need some time to make it










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Grange over Sands

I’ve just spent the last week in Grange over Sands running a residential course. Grange over Sands is very old fashioned and feels a bit like Enid Blyton country.

I love going over to Arnside on the train, returning on the train the sun was setting and I took some fabulous photos, even with my phone.








I then went on to have a walking weekend with some very good friends in the Dales – beautiful weather, and many miles walked.