Time to reflect

I may not have much teaching at the moment but I have so much preparation to do for teaching in 2017

My first priority was to sort out my residential classes. the only way to decide if a place is right is go to visit, so this week i went to Willersley Castle near Matlock to have a look. I have loved going to the Grange over Sands area but it was time for a change. I have been to Derbyshire many times but not to Matlock recently so I did a bit of googling to find where the nearest quilt shops were, craft centres etc. On my way I visited Rowsley Craft Centre, Heirs and Graces  and White Peak Embroidery in Darley Dale, all worth a visit.

Next to Willersley castle is Cromford Mill where Quilessential Quilt shop is


I think we will be visiting the shop a few times when we stay in November and December.

They stock the full range of Kona Solids fabric, coincidentally I have been working with kona solids this week – more later. I can work with my own dyed fabric but when I want to teach a project it is easier to use fabric that can be bought or can be substituted

Hotel was great, huge teaching room with lots of natural daylight, great food, lovely warm swimming pool, helpful staff and beautiful surroundings with lots to do in the afternoon.

The first residential will be on Oct 30th but this is full already (as is Sidmouth) but if you are interested then I can put your name down on the waiting list

The second week will be starting Dec 4th – a bit close to Christmas but an ideal time to go christmas shopping during the afternoons. This week we will be doing Interchange, Counterchange and Notan. This is not full as I have only just organised it. If you are interested please email me. We will be staying in the annex so it is a bit cheaper.

I have plenty of spaces – all single ensuite rooms etc. No painting printing on this class, just some designing, some applique and  stitching.

With many of my classes for 2017 full up already – not all, I need to promote the cruise as this one isn’t full. I know it might seem expensive but the cruise company have agreed to pay the 200 $ gratitudes (not absolutely sure what that means- some one will tell me) and it does look amazing.


I have been working on developing my Indian inspired work ready for teaching in 2017 and have been looking at the village quilts made in Gujarat.

Here is mine that I bought when i was in Ahmedabad




I bought a Kona Solids skinny strip jelly roll. The fabric is cut to 1.5″ – very useful if you want to sew skinny strips.

I made these 2 cushion covers – just teaching samples


I am working making more samples for my classes of Interchange, Counterchange and Notan so using the same jelly roll made this quilt.


It will make a fun class.

Now I really need to get on with writing up all my new classes and getting my website updated. I decided I couldn’t do it myself so have asked the graphic designers for their help. Watch this space.

I bought more Kona Solids from Quiltessential to make an Autumn leaves inspired quilt and spent yesterday cutting paper and fabric, just with a pair of scissors


Here it is laid out on the floor – testing colour schemes and layouts


I stopped posting Christmas cards out to friends last year but still give out cards to my friends locally. I made about 40 cards fairly quickly.


Here are some of my favourite cards that I have received this year


My “On the Edge” quilt has been selected for the advert for Doxford show


Wishing everyone a happy Christmas and best wishes for 2017







2 thoughts on “Time to reflect

  1. Gillian, just read your latest blog entry. Wow! I’d be very interested in the Derbyshire workshop. Pls would u send me more details such as cost, duration etc. Are machines provided or do we bring our own? Sounds exciting! Sue.


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