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Valerie's Blog

British Sewing Awards 2014.

December 8th, 2014

Linda Seward's new book, The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting (Sixth & Spring) has been nominated in the Best Sewing Book Category of the British Sewing Awards 2014.

If you click on the link below, you will get to the website with the shortlist of nominees (click on the red button again at the top of the website to vote). Her  book is listed under number 20, however you do need to vote for every category. If you don't know who to vote for in the other categories, you can just click "Other" and write in N/A. The voting period for the British Sewing Awards has started online at:

You can only vote once, which is why they ask for personal details at the end. However, you don't need to worry about being put on loads of email lists as you can opt out of all of those by clicking the boxes at the bottom. They just want to make sure that the same person doesn't vote a million times....

Linda says:

It would be wonderful to win this accolade! Please do share this information to spread the word. Anyone can vote on the online form, even non-Brits!

Thanks so much for your help.


Voting closes on Sunday 11th January 2015 at midnight

Out & About on the Site

December 5th, 2014

Today we join the London Quilters at the opening ceremony of their biennial exhibition called ‘Coming Home’;  the exhibition runs through until 4th January at the Swiss Cottage Library in London NW3.   You will see that Tracy Chevalier (author and quilter) was there to do the official speech and we were excited to be able to interview her about her own very first quilt – which is also on display at the exhibition.


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There is also a quilt on display entitled Making Time Fly that was pieced by Pauline Macaulay and quilted by Sylvester who was in HMP Brixton.  Pauline  commissioned him to quilt the double bed quilt as part of the Fine Cell Work project and if you missed it there was a feature on this yesterday on Radio 2 on the Jeremy Vine show.  Pauline had interviewed Sylvester a while back for the Talking Quilts: Saving Quilters' Stories oral history project which she is heading.  This is an exciting national project of The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles which is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

Filming date with Kate Crossley

November 28th, 2014

Spent a really lovely day yesterday with Matt & Dave at Kate's house filming some of the great textile work that she creates;  We also got to take a long good look at the wonderful Grandfather Clock she made and entered into the Quilt Creations section of Festival of Quilts 2014



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(thanks to Robert Crossley for the picture)

- for which she won the 1st prize - which you will see was/is well deserved.


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(picture taken by Matt Bigwood in Kate's lovely studio)

Kate plans to do some workshops and teaching around the country in 2015 so keep in touch!

Linda Seward, London Quilters, Tracey Chevalier

November 20th, 2014

What connects all three?  Well the current exhibition by London Quilters being held at the Swiss Cottage Libary  London NW3 entitled 'Coming Home';  Tracey was the guest at the official opening of the exhibition (see events page for fuller details  but it runs until 4th Jan 2015).


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The opening ceremony was caught on camera - so keep watching!.

BTW: we are all standing infront of Tracey's delightful first quilt!


Retreat in Bridlington

October 31st, 2014

I mentioned on facebook that I was off to Bridlington on Sunday 26th Oct having been invited by Fiona Garth to head up a 3 day patchwork retreat at the Royal Hotel;  250 miles each way but what a great time I had and my lovely room had a sea view!

3 different workshops - Thangles; Take 9 and Crazy and while some of the students were brave enough to stick with me all three days ( - leap into the unknown as we hadn't met before!) others changed places for each of the days.

Some of the students were local;  some like me travelled a few miles and Mary came over from Dublin;  some were seasoned sewers and some  were patchwork virgins, and it is always particularly pleasing to pass on and share a passion with someone new;  here is a pic of Cheryl's very first quilt (top) which she is rightly chuffed to bits with:


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to see lots of pics on on Fiona's blog click here:

thank you Fiona - really look forward to joining you again next Oct (6/7/8th 2015):   we are still working on the sewing schedule!

more information about other retreats that Fiona runs can be found in our classified section: click here:

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