Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Workshop - Mug Cozy!

As I have mentioned previously 2010 is the year that I am starting my Patchwork and Quilting teaching career. I have taught 3 workshops since January 1st and today I taught a day workshop at a local church here in Barnsley. We made mug cozies using applique and stitchery techniques. I have posted some photos of my workshop samples below.

I will share more workshop photos soon.
Starting next Tuesday, 2nd March I am teaching a 10 week, 2 hour patchwork and quilting class. Tuition is FREE just provide your own fabric etc. Location is just off Junction 36 of the M1. Anyone like to join me?

Also on April 10th I am teaching in Sheffield for Running With Scissors - details on their website.
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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Quilt Retreat at Quiltworks.

I know that quilt retreats are very popular with American quilters and I have read about them with envy on quilters blogs. It was my ambition to go on one myself and this weekend I organised my own quilt retreat for my group of quilting friends.
After a recommendation from someone on BQL I booked a retreat in Cumbria at Quiltworks hosted by Maureen.
And what a wonderful weekend we had - continuous quilting from Friday afternoon to Sunday lunchtime with gaps for marvelous meals and cakes cooked by Maureen.

The first photo is of the spacious, warm quilting studio. Loads of room for the 6 of us.

Here is the corner for relaxing with quilting books and magazines and a view of the wonderful stove which keeps the studio toasty warm.
We didn't have any taught classes - just worked on our own projects. I managed to baste two quilts and worked on putting together the log cabin blocks from the Birthday Block Swap from last year.

The weekend was wonderful, much better than I could have imagined. If you can get to Quiltworks I know you will not be disappointed and Maureen has regular classes with Pat Archibald as well as some workshops with Gloria Loughman and Dena Crain coming up this summer.
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Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Remember these blocks?

In August I ran an applique workshop for my quilting/embroidery group. Some of the ladies donated their blocks to Kath, our charity quilt coordinator.

Look what she did with them! What a lovely charity quilt!

Monday, 8 February 2010

Woven Fabric Mini Quilt

This is actually one of my City & Guilds 10 inch square mini quilts but I thought I would share it on my main blog as it is a technique that I have never tried before. It is a lot of fun and you can achieve quite good results with a minimum of effort.
The fabric is cut out as two squares, one blue and one pink. Bondaweb is applied to each. They are each then randomly cut into wavy strips which are woven together. The whole thing is then ironed to stick it all together abd then the raw edges are zig zagged in satin stitch.
I then appliqued a flower using bondaweb and used raw edge applique and stippling on this.

The inspiration for this little quilt came from this book which is full of lovely woven quilts.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Liberated Amish Quilts.

Just a quick note to say if you fancy making a liberated Amish quilt this year there is a new blog which you can join here.