It feels good when my textiles research all comes together so that I work out where pieces were made.

I recently bought an old book at a book sale. I always love the old books although this one is not so old. There was a project in the book that interested me.



It wasn’t to do the project but the inspiration for the project was a piece of textiles that the author said was probably Eastern European. I realised that I had a piece similar so I searched for it and found it.



Whilst on holiday in Portugal I bought a t towel and look at the patterns


So my apron was made in Portugal. I photographed it to put on my blog and there on the screen I saw the words Viana embroidered in the waistband. I had never noticed this before.

Last week i was in the textiles museum at Viana and bought the book with all the designs in.



I searched through some of my old textiles and found a table cloth I bought many years ago in a charity shop and this was probably made in Portugal as well.

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I hope to be able to find the time to make a piece of work inspired by these pieces and from my holiday photos.

Whilst at Anne and Steve’s they showed me an apron that they had bought in Portugal. It was not old but typical of the region


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I have made a couple of Journal Quilts this week

This is September’s based on the photos that I took in a builder’s yard in Germany. These are stitched samples that I intend to use for my teaching of the Design class that i am running at Hebden Bridge


Here is October’s based on the photos I took in Portugal


Before I went on holiday I made this table runner using flowers cut with my Sizzix Big Shot and then fused on to a piece of Indian Cotton and machine quilted.

I am sure this would make a fun workshop.









Anyone who reads my blog will know that I travel a lot for my teaching – sometimes my trips, just hard work, others, I meet some fabulous people and manage to have a bit of a holiday as well. My husband stays at home “there’s no better place than Yorkshire” but we have just a weeks holiday. I did a little research and found the cheapest flight I could get was to Portugal so we went from Porto to Lisbon with hand luggage only travelling by train. The plan was to have a textiles free week!

He didnt know it but thanks to my friends Ann and Steve I did a bit of research before hand and found out there was a Costume Museum in the North of Portugal. There is another in Lisbon which i didnt get to.

I have so many photos of tiles – I must make a blue and white quilt sometime. I loved the bottom of the walls where the tiler had some spare and they are just a miss match of tiles that dont fit.



I went to the Tile museum in Lisbon and took stacks of photos here are just a few of the many photos I have

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This is one of the photos I took in a contemporary gallery. Quilts?


Porto in the sunshine was beautiful, and as usual I took masses of photos

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And an early sunrise


Other images around Porto

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Coffee and cake at the Majestic Cafe in Porto

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We made a trip north to the market at Barcelos the home of the famous cockerel

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There was an exhibition in the pottery museum by Antonio Vasconcelos Lapa


and a photo exhibition with some fabulous photos of women carrying pots

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then on to Viana Do Castelo to the costume museum

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and a trip on the venicular railway to see the church at the top of the hill

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I had booked a night at the “Venice of Portugal” Averio and then on to the coast to see the stripy houses

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The rain arrived but it didnt spoil our visit to Coimbra, and gave some spectacular clouds and colours

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Here are some images of Lisbon – just look at the colour of the sky

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Unfortunately the weather was not brilliant at Sintra but a fabulous trip and so much inspiration for Journal Quilts etc

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I spent last weekend in the Geneva area teaching and visiting my friend Chantal

I taught a machine stitching class with Chantal translating. IMG_1950 IMG_1942

Followed by a lovely evening with raclette and aperertif


We went to visit the Ethnographic museum in Geneva and I took masses of photos but I left my camera at Chantal’s so they are still in France.

We met up with Elizabeth and a long lunch in the sunshine


And a walk along the lake

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Next day we met up with Caroline and had the day walking and talking. it is so good to have friends all over the World


Just look at the views of Mont Blanc in the background! We then went to a bizarre Cow fighting festival – lots more photos but sadly they are on my camera – I do love this guys hat


Back home and I have been teaching this week at the Quilt Cabin a design class and a stitching class

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It was good to teach design again – it seems ages since I have taught just paper and paint classes.

The Quilt Cabin has some of my work up on display

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And the new kit is available from their website


The weather has been fabulous and I have been out walking and cycling

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I always like it when students send me pictures of their finished pieces

Here is Amsterdam by Joke


I have very little chance to do any of my own work this week but have been working on the teaching samples for the Spring Knitting and Stitching show in London. they need to appeal to the younger audience who like things to make for their home. Hope they will be ok?

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A had a walk in Hebden Bridge today and took these photos – given me some good ideas for my design class

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I have an exhibition planned for next March at Midsomer Quilting near Bath

It will be a joint exhibition with Sheena Norquay and I think it will be called

Is it really 40 years?

We are going to include some of our first quilts plus our most recent ones.

This is a long post but I guess I fit a lot into a week!