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Valerie's Blog

Festival of Quilts 2016

August 15th, 2016

For the first time since it started I was not on duty and took the opportunity to wander round snapping pics of quilts, catching up with people (sometimes literally bumping into them!) and shopping - what a great day.

Here are a few quilts that caught my attention (other than those in the winning gallery of course! which we have posted on our Facebook page - click here)

An entry from Kate Crossley (do you remember her stunning clock from a previous year?)


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A detail of the winning quilt's stitching - amazing; however in the early years this would have been done by hand - no other comment other than to say rather than taking weeks that would have taken years.


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and a couple of modern quilts that I could have taken home - (shame about the creases on one which didn't really show as badly at the event!)


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and yes I did spend money!

What's it like on a Retreat

August 5th, 2016

Have you ever wondered what's it like on one of our retreats? Well now you can hear from some of the people who attend these fabulous sewing weekends. Why do they go? What do they get from them and why do they keep coming....

Click here for more details of our upcoming retreats in October 2016 and April 2017

Filming with Sylvia Critcher

July 8th, 2016

What a great day we had with Sylvia learning about her new book and seeing all the wonderful samples she made for it.


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The book claims to have 10 projects in it, but the quilt alone has 9 patterns and then there is the winter table runner which I just fell in love with - full of snowflake patterns so great value for money - keep watching for the workshops!

Raised Quilt & Stitch by Sylvia Critcher


The Wordsmith by Janet Clare

July 5th, 2016

Follow-up hospital appointments mean lots of waiting around so this time I took something 'nice' along to read;  well how understated is that - this book is fabulous; Janet combines delightful little stories about her life and the inspiration for her memory quilt,  with her line-drawings which makes this book very readable and memorable; THEN you get projects too!

I've already mentioned the Memory quilt, but there is also the Alphabet quilt and then taking those letters there is the poetry quilt: hers  reads

Warm Sighing; quiet settled

but she gives you tips on how to translate your phrase into a quilt too - just brilliant!

thankyou Janet.

To purchase the book: The Wordsmith - click here and to see the video about it - click here.


National Patchwork Championship's - Sandown Catchup

June 27th, 2016

Took the opportunity to wander round the exhibition - see lovely quilts and catch up with lots of our contributors.

Gail Lawther had her own exhibition of work on display - what a talented girl she is - and she has designed a new range of patterns - Enchanted Garden - which are now in the shop

Nancy of Lina Patchwork was there too - and we picked up a new pattern from her - Daisy Chain tablerunner, which would make  a great little summer project.


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Daisy Chain Designs and The Stitch Witch were also there - trading furiously - and promised to let me have some of their new kits- selling so fast that I wasn't allowed to take one away! - so keep an eye on the shop for those.

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My lovely friends at Creative Quilting were dealing with the aftermath of a flood - restocking furiously - good job shop supplies were only down the road!


Cutwork Poppy Workshop

May 16th, 2016

Well I think I have found a new addiction thanks to Kathleen Laurel-Sage!   Look what I made with her on Saturday - it was so much fun and so easy:


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I have always loved cutwork but add this to my love of the sewing machine - well say no more....Have my very own soldering iron on it's way and more kits to make! - can't wait.

If this appeals to you,  here is the workshop on the site that first inspired me to invite her to teach the workshop at Creative Quilting.  Floral cutwork-

(and if you think you might like to join in a retreat weekend with her -make sure you get our newsletters!!!!)



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Product of the Month August 2016

Blue Moon Fabric bundle from Pauline's Patchwork
A wonderful set of 8 Fat 1/4's stunningly folded. Free p&p in the UK for the month of August 2016 PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription.

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The Wordsmith by Janet Clare

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