Journal Quilts finished

Today I finished the last of my Journal Quilts for 2015, one day early.

Here are the last 2


At the end of September I went to Geneva, I took some photos of some giant pumpkins. I then left my camera in Chantal’s car and didn’t get it back until the end of October.

Here is the photo I took


I then did a bit of photo editing in Photoshop elements to give me this photo

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And here is the finished quilt. It took about an hour to make


The other quilt I finished this week was the December Journal Quilt. In October I went to the Quilt Show at Maastricht and then on to teach in Belgium, and visited the comic strip museum in Brussels. I wanted to make my quilt featuring Tintin at a quilt show and then used images of the South lakes area in the quilts.



I’ve been working on ideas for my teaching at the Festival of Quilts today.

I hope to offer a few different 1 hour workshops

Cheating at Shisha glass – make a coaster or 2


and Polly the Penguin


Last week at Grange over sands was a lot of fun – I wrote a blog post about it last week, and because the internet was so slow I couldn’t send it and then didn’t save it. It’s not quite the same to write it all over again.

Here are some of the lovely ladies

Sorry if I have missed anyone

And here is some of the work


I love the skies and we were lucky enough to see a sun set


One afternoon we went for a walk around the Silverdale area.

Another afternoon we visited Cartmel Priory


And I couldn’t resist taking taking some photos of the rusty metal springs in a skip


I have booked 2 weeks at the centre again for next year

Week one

21st November Inlaid and Interchange Applique

28th November 3D Form, Machine stitch and Applique to include some felt and silk paper making – this may already be full as most of the ladies want to come back again next year







Grange over Sands

Last week I taught a 5 day residential class at Grange over Sands, it is something I started many years ago. I had previously met a few of the ladies before so am always a little nervous before hand, worried that I have packed all that I need and it always feels a huge responsibility.

I always enjoy the landscape surrounding the centre however the weather this year was rather wet and windy.

It is always spectacular and so different from Yorkshire. The skies always seem so big.

Here is a photo taken one morning – it got better but I was in the swimming pool.



On Thursday afternoon some of us went on the train to Arnside and Kate and I walked along towards Silverdale and then over the Knott back to Arnside.

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We started the week by taking photos of the surrounding landscape and making textiles inspired by it, either realistic machine stitched embroideries or abstract small quilts. We have screen printed, block printed, silk painted, machine stitched and lots more.

We have learnt new IT skills by sharing our skills, thanks to Rebecca.



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Here are just a few pictures

We had so much fun and lots of lots of laughter!

I hope I have taught the girls a lot and they feel inspired to keep taking photos, drawing and they have increased confidence with their stitching.

I feel priveleged to have spent a few days with some exceptional women who have been dealt in life a whole load of problems and through their love of textiles have found friendship and fun.

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Lets hope next week is as good!





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Scarborough didn’t look so good in the rain this morning but I always enjoy seeing the colourful beach huts, and the sea.

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I bought a new book this week

Polish Embroidery

The illustrations are amazing.

I hope to go to Poland sometime to look at the embroidery in the museum in Warsaw.

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I have done lots of teaching this week and also lots of admin – getting ready for exhibitions in the Spring.

I have an exhibition at Midsomer Quilting near Bath at the end of March. I will be at the Prague Patchwork meeting in April and then Quilt Expo in Beaujolais in April. More details to come another time.

New Quilts



No time to write much.

I have been busy trying to finish a few quilts that I started ages ago. These are my South African women, made using schweschwe fabric.

There are 11 of them and they are all 30cm x 60cm

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IMG_1646There was supposed to be 12 of them but I painted the background of one of them and it didn’t look right.

I also finished my Breton Jumper Quilt, and ended up making 2.

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Now what’s next.




Packing for a week’s teaching always takes me ages, and I am sure I take more than I need. I left last Monday with a case that probably weighed 35 kilos- full of teaching things, books, kits and cards. I hoped I would be ok but putting it on the escalator for the Eurostar proved tricky and I did need some help, with the guy muttering “What have you got in here?”

I travelled via London as I wanted to see the Fabric of India exhibition at the V and A. It is a fabulous exhibition (no photos allowed) and has some stunning and beautifully made pieces of Indian textiles and embroidery. It really is worth going to see.

I then went on to to Aldgate to have a walk along the road where all the African fabric shops are. I just had to buy some wax fabric – it will be great for the backs of quilts.

The guy in the shop sold it to me as printed in Holland! I asked where and of course he didn’t know.

I arrived into Brussels and then took a train to Liege and then another to the border town of Vise where i just had to pay 3 euros to get to Maastricht. So if you are coming next year – it is easy!

The weather was beautiful so instead of going straight to the Hotel I put my luggage in a locker and had a walk around the centre of the town.

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The new venue seemed a bit confusing as it is on several different levels and I think it took me a few days to find my way around.

On Wednesday morning all the quilts were being hung so in the afternoon I borrowed a bike and went out to explore some of the local area. I cycled to Valkenburg and to Gulpen. Lovely towns and beautiful scenery – not like the Holland I know – it was hilly!


I saw this in a window

The show opened on Thursday morning but I didn’t really get a chance to see the quilts until Sunday and even then I don’t think I saw all of them

Here are the International Threads quilts and the Stitched Quilts on show.

Sorry Jane – yours were the only ones that were horizontal and they were displayed off the photos I took

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There were lots of people looking at them and they were very much admired.

The change from all day teaching to 1 hour classes has been a great success and I had large classes as you can see. There were ladies from Israel, Spain, Holland, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, France and the UK on the classes.

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Here are some of the quilts I saw and liked

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We have many discussions about the quilts and it is always interesting to see which ones we all like best – we don’t always agree

These shows are exhausting but I love doing them. The atmosphere is great, I make lots of new friends and meet up with friends from all over the World.

Here are just some of them ( some photos are missing)

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We had a quickly organised SAQA meeting with members from about 10 different countries


After the show I went on to Brussels to teach a group of women there


and then had a day in Brussels at the Comic strip museum and the Horta House

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I love what the curator has written about this guy. I think I need to write something like this about my work and my textiles.

Now I need to research more about his work


I love the Tintin drawings but was a bit disappointed with the murals



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No photos allowed in the Horta House

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And of course bought some Belgium chocolate


and resisted buying some fabric at one of the best fabric shops I have ever been to

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This is the remnant section – translates “the fleas of the dog”


and to an art shop

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The weather was fabulous and the autumn colours spectacular

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A brilliant fun week!