I make lots of small quilts, these are often journal quilts and sometimes they are just me experimenting with new ideas. Some take only a couple of hours to make whilst others I have been thinking about for ages and seem to take many hours of experimenting to get it right.
I am always being asked to offer new workshops – half day classes up to a weeks residential. So what makes a good workshop?
Everyone loved my jumpers quilts and the books and kits have sold well but this week one of my new Jumper Quilt classes has had to be cancelled due to lack of interest…why? They are so easy to do and so effective. You would learn how to free machine, learn a new and innovative method of applique and use some of those fabulous automatic patterns on the sewing machine.
Elaine at the Quilt cabin in Hebden Bridge said it was because it looks too scarily complicated? Maybe it is just too new and maybe too contemporary?
I made my silly little penguin quilt in less than 2 hours from thinking to making, and I have loads of messages saying what a good workshop it would make. I think it is too easy for a workshop but it has got me thinking….it would make a very, easy to make kit.
I have been thinking about the photos I took whilst in South Africa of the beach huts at St James and have been wanting to make a beach hut panel so when i walked into the Quilt Cabin on Wednesday to do some teaching and saw some of the new fabrics I knew they were just right, so with the idea of making a kit decided to make some patterns, write up the instructions and check how much fabric it would take.
Here is the quilt and the fabric and pattern will be available from next week from the Quilt Cabin in Hebden Bridge.
It is about 30cm height and about a metre wide. I didnt actually measure it and now it is on the wall in the shop.
I am continuing to work on my South African women images and my Sri Lankan people images, have designed a screen, had it made up, printed them, added some colour etc but so far have not come up with anything that I think will made a good workshop. Hours of time and thought – not wasted but not resolved as yet.
I have finally added some images of my new quilts to my gallery section of my, in need of updating website. I still have to add my new book and new Indian Ladies kits to the shop. I just need more than 24 hours in every day.
I also added a bit more to my Tea Pickers Quilt. I am pleased with the way the 2 quilts will look together. I still need to paint the faces. I used almost all commercial fabrics – you might be able to recognise some of the fabrics.