I have been in Harrogate for the weekend teaching and speaking at the Quilters Guild Conference. I have never been to a Quilters Guild Conference and was very uncertain what to expect.

Harrogate looked lovely in the early morning sunshine and it has some lovely shops to waste an hour or so.

It was a good opportunity to catch up with various quilting friends meet up and have tea in a trendy cafe.

Giving a presentation to a few hundred people was scary, especially as there were 2 enormous screens for everyone to see my photos. My many bunches of flowers were displayed on the stage, Susan Briscoe has put some pictures of her speaking on the stage on her blog and my Sunflowers really looked great. The first presentation was about my work and then the talk on Saturday was to talk about India and how I spent the bursary i was awarded.

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There were 6 separate screens at the second presentation – just as scary.

I didn’t go to the dinner on the Saturday but had a very pleasant evening with Angie Hughes. Time spent with other tutors can be so special and so good for us.

The worksop I ran on Sunday had to be well organised as we only had 3 hours to make an Indian Lady panel. They were a lovely group of students, they worked hard and here are their results.

The photos are awful, my new phone should arrive soon so I am hoping for some better photos in the future

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I attended the AGM, I thought I’ll just go to see what it was like, and happily stayed to listen to all that the Trustees had to say, and enjoyed the question forum.

The Quilt Museum will close – this we all knew. Everyone was so positive and I really feel that the Guild is being very well run by the Trustees and I am sure they will make the best decisions in the future. They have my full support in whatever decisions they make. It almost made me feel that I wanted to help, but I know I can’t take anything more on – maybe the Education Committee one day…



Today i have spent all day doing essential admin. I have sorted out a supplier for the stencils for my new kits, spent ages sorting some professional photos and had a really good meeting with the graphic designers. These photos/pages show only the first draft of my new book.

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They really are only first drafts


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So much work to do to get it ready for the Festival of Quilts, and to get the kits sorted



I’ve been an admirer of the work of Robert and Sonia Delaunay so I just had to go to the new exhibition of the work of Sonia Delaunay at the Tate Modern.

So with some cheap train tickets I went with a friend to see the exhibition and went to a couple of others as well. yesterday we walked 12.5miles and the day before 7miles (we only arrived at 2.30).

My first stop was to the Horniman museum to see the Romanian Exhibition.







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The Sonia Delaunay exhibition is well worth a visit and it was great to see worked that I have only looked at in books. The first time i saw her work was in the late 70’s when i went to an exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

I just had to buy a catalogue as soon as I came home (I just didn’t want to carry it around all day) so will have to be patient.

Here are a few images from my books that I already have.





The British Museum had an exhibition showing Bark Cloth from the Pacific. these designs could so easily be translated into quilts





We walked through Shoreditch to the Geffrey Museum.

I just love the graphics on the leaflets and spent some money buying more paint and paper from PaintWorks and Cowling and Willcox




And just had to make a visit to a couple of favourite shops



Here is the Covent garden Leaflet


My two new books arrived.

New ideas for a new quilt!



Holidays and a little teaching

I have been away for a few days so here are a few photos. Can you guess where I have been from the photos?

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Another clue?


Here are a few more photos

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With such fabulous weather the Aran islands in County Clare Ireland looked amazing.

More photos from Bunratty, Doollin, Adare, Newbridge and Avoca Mills in Wicklow

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And finally the lovely ladies from Limerick and the flowers we made at the workshop on Saturday


Hockney Exhibition


Today it felt like Spring has finally arrived and I have been out with my camera.

i woke up to sunshine so went out early up the hills.







I love to see the mist in the valley below.

On Wednesday I took Chantal to see the Hockney exhibition at Salts Mill.

The building itself is fabulous (so is the bookshop)



Here are just some of the Hockney ipad drawings

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This afternoon whilst out walking I took these photos – perhaps I could make them ipad drawings? His look so simple but are so clever. I think i need hours and hours of practice first.IMG_1845

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new books

I have a visitor staying with me this week
Chantal Guillermet a French quilter and teacher like myself.
Yesterday I was teaching in Hebden Bridge so Chantal came with me and then we went shopping. I bought the latest edition of Uppercase – a very inspiring magazine from Canada and a copy of Flow – lots of paper ideas. We went to see the Kate Lycett exhibition at the heart gallery – her work is fabulous. The Kaavad book I ordered from Amazon and it arrived yesterday.
So an inspiring day!
Too many ideas and not enough time.
I keep meaning to do some more quilts based on Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall but it is a case of which quilt to I make first. My Taiwan piece is finished but I dont want to add that until I get the approval to post.