Wednesday 1 December 2010

My Quilts on display at Great Northern Quilt Show Harrogate September 2010

Looking at the blog I realise that I have not posted photos of my quilt entries from the Harrogate Quilt Show. No rosettes this year but it was lovely to see my quilts on display.
This first quilt is Liberated Stars and was entered into the Cot Quilt category.
It is heavily machine quilted and features mitred borders, piping and wide binding - all techniques I worked on in workshops done with Philippa Naylor earlier this year.

The second quilt is called New Stripes on the Block. It is made from over dyed striped fabric that is pieced in the liberated style. There were many quilts in this small wallhanging category which outclassed my quilt in design and quilting but I really love it - just wish I had had enough fabric to make it bigger.

Tuesday 7 September 2010

Applique Workshop and a quilt for Matthew.

On August 11th I taught an applique workshop for my group - Creative Embroiderers Barnsley.
We used bondaweb and then blanket stitch by hand to surround the shapes. The techniques I covered were the two stage blanket stitch, how to lock in points and internal curves and how to join in a new thread invisibly. All these simple tips help to give a much neater finish to your applique.

Here are some of the results.
On the same evening we presented this playmat and bag to one of our members, Joan and her new baby Matthew. The playmat was made by some of our members including myself and Kath (in photo). Kath isn't really so short - I am just tall!
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My Pieces on display at Festival of Quilts

Here are the photos of my miniature quilt and sewing machine cover on display at the Festival of Quilts.

It was lovely to see them there with all the other entries. No prizes but that's not the reason for entering is it?
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Wednesday 4 August 2010

August Update

Just a quick update with what's going on in my teaching / exhibiting life.
My next workshop is 11th August for my quilting/embroidery group - this will be a hand applique workshop.
My weekly patchwork and quilting classes look to be on course for starting again in September. Current details are that they will start on Sep 14th at the Pollyfox Centre Dodworth Barnsley, there are a few places available.

This is also the time of year that I will be exhibiting at two national quilt shows, the Festival of Quilts at the NEC Birmingham and the Harrogate Quilt Show.
I have sent in my entries for the FOQ already and I have included photos of them here so that you can look out for them if you are going. The FOQ is the largest and arguably the most important quilt show in the UK so I feel that I would like to have my work exhibited there.

This quilt will be in the miniature category - you may recognise it as one of my City & Guilds pieces. It isn't really a true miniature quilt and I am not expecting favourable judges comments but I think it is a fun quilt and I hope that visitors will enjoy looking at it.

My sewing machine cover is entered into the Quilt Creations category which is for 3D items. I made this for City & Guilds last year and look forward to seeing it on display at the show.

Monday 28 June 2010

Hello and Welcome!

I have decided to start this blog to showcase the workshops I am teaching and to celebrate the work done by my students.
I will also be using it to give details of where my work will be exhibited.
The photo is a mug cozy workshop sample from one of my embroidery/hand applique workshops.