New website

With loads of things to do at the moment I have had to seek help to get my website redesigned. Its not ready yet but here is the title


I’ll post more when it is ready

I’ve been teaching at Midsomer Quilting at the weekend – I am always made very welcome, looked after well and had a lovely couple of days

I taught 2 different classes

Here are some photos taken just outside the classroom


I’m still working on my circle theme – some just made for fun, like these ones


This is my hand stitching based on Uzbek plates


This is a quick blog post …more to come another day



January update

After a few weeks without any teaching, this week I was back at Hebden Bridge, teaching a Townscapes class and the Creative Textiles class that I teach every month. Our numbers are growing and it looks like I will have to teach another day a month – I’m not complaining. Lynne always does a brilliant job of photographing the day but we were hand stitching so there is not a lot to see. We were looking at Indian textiles and carrying out some Kantha stitching. The first kantha quilt I made was in 1995. The technique hasn’t changed since then but it was good to talk about my visit to Kolkata, having seen the museum there.img_2696img_2695img_2694img_2693

After having made a small Uzbekistan quilt I wanted to make a much larger one, and started working on it, I’ve painted the background and then added some gelli printing. There is so much more to do on it yet – just need a bit more time

I’ve cut all the “plates” out by hand and will place them on top of the painting but I haven’t decided on the layout yet.


A couple of years ago I bought a Sizzix machine and I can’t resist investing, occasionally, in a few more dies. They are so easy to use.

Using my Interchange appliqué method and my sizzix machine I made these 2 quilts

I love the dense machine stitched lines using Mettler variegated thread. Most of my students know I don’t really like using variegated thread especially if the colours are in long blocks and are very different but I do like the Mettler colours and they work so well on these quilts.

I can’t wait to experiment more and make some more.



After a few weeks at home I thought I would be really ready to get away and do lots more teaching but I have really enjoyed doing the Park runs on a Saturday, Body combat classes etc and making my almost daily trips to the gym. I shall miss it, and talking to all the other lovely women there that I have gradually got to know.

Today I did a Personal best on the 5km run. It was a different course and a bit hillier, and proud to have come 4th in my age category. Park runs are such a fabulous experience – you don’t have to be a good or fast runner. They are so well organized and there is a lovely atmosphere.

Although it seems hard when you are doing the run, I very quickly recover, and if nothing else it is a great excuse to eat chocolate.



January is always a quiet month for teaching, it’s good, it gives me a chance to catch up, think up some new ideas etc, however, I do miss the company of students.

I am about to have a few very busy months so I wanted to get ahead with some of my teaching samples and CQ quilts. This week I have done something that I have always told my students never to do. I have made JQ’s January – August all in January. Don’t tell anyone. I won’t post them yet and I may even change them or rather do more.

Here they are. They are all inspired by Uzbekistan.


Need to do something about this guy’s face – he looks a bit like a monkey


These are all 11″ square. Some are painted and appliqued others just appliqued. Now I just need to use them as samples for a larger piece.

I sent off my project to the V and A and it has been photographed


I have been asked to write a project for a new book on patchwork and quilting. My brief was to design a project inspired by the quilt below, it was made in the 19th century using an intarsia technique similar to my jumper quilts. You might just be able to make out the hearts, spades and club motifs on the corners











Here is a very low resolution photo of how it will appear in the book,


and here is a photo of one of the finished child’s toy or hanging decoration


I’m working on some new teaching ideas based on Uzbekistan plates – all about circles and have  been playing with the circle attachment and flower stitcher, using my little used Janome machine – my samples are not worth posting yet

Beautiful weather yesterday and I just had to get out on the hills


This morning I joined 70 others for the launch of the new routines for the exercise classes I go to. I must be mad to decide to to Body Attack followed by Body Combat – loud music, a dark hall and some very fit and slim girls . I love it!

It was held at the leisure centre just near North bridge – Look at all the patterns. I really should use these photos as inspiration to make a quilt for the new “Made in Europe 2 ” SAQA exhibition





Christmas Holidays

When I first started writing a blog probably at least 8 years ago I used to think why do i need to write it, who reads it, etc etc but now I realise that I actually like writing it, as it makes me think about what I have been doing in the last week or so. A couple of weeks over Christmas, yes, maybe I have had to be a domestic goddess but it is lovely to have the family back home, and I have a very busy Spring ahead of me when i will be away quite a bit.

The weather has been good and I have done lots of walking and even a park run on Christmas day, along with 550 others


Walks close to home


and another visit to Northumberland


And to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park


Not Vital


Kate Daudy


Angela Harding


I have an International Threads Quilt to make “Hand Stitched” is the title so here is a start based on my Uzbek plates


It will take a while to finish, I’ll stitch them one at a time when I am on trains and planes etc. So, now, I can listen to audio books on my phone, stitch and travel on a plane all at the same time. Recently I have listened to Sheltering Rain , Honeymoon in Paris by JoJo Moyes, Return to the Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriquez and now am listening to Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts – all excellent!

I have been working on a new project for the V and A. I don’t really think I should say too much here but I will in time – thankfully it has been accepted.

Here is a sneak preview


I have been making kits up ready for the show in Paris in February – not my favourite job


and my latest quilt is finished (note the variegated thread)


and now, apart from completing my tax return form, I really want to make a Journal Quilt or one for Voyage – I have an idea for the next few that have a theme Freedom.

Updating my website and filling in my tax return form are top priority.