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Valerie's Blog

Another great filming day .

September 25th, 2014

Paula Doyle has kindly offered her studio again for a filming session of great new workshops;  we will be joined by Anglea Daymond who will be working with dyeing from the kitchen and some great new stitching ideas with Aurifil thread - so keep watching!

Well the day went well;  Angela was filmed working on a piece of kantha work using Aurifil threads and then we had another great piece using spices from the kitchen and finally a little piece using recycled papers!

and Paula shared with us a great workshop for Easy Stack quilts as well as Bead quilting:

and here are the three of us. (picture courtesy of Matt Bigwood)

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Thames Valley Contemporary Textiles

September 14th, 2014

This group, that meets 4 times a year, were kind enough to ask me to give a talk based on my business experience in opening and running Creative Quilting, the quilt shop just outside London, which I founded back in 1989 (25 years ago now!) and more recently with

I went armed with lots of quilts, which in fact proved to be a social history lesson in patchwork over the last 50 years or so!!! - pre rotary cutter, pre cotton wadding, etc etc.

Had a really lovely time with this very talented group of ladies; thank you Ladies for the invitate and for being such an attentive audience!


If you could like to learn more here is the link :Thames Valley Contemporary Textiles


You can also enjoy some of their work in the Water Water exhibition that we filmed and you can find part 1 by clicking here:

World Quilt Show USA Winner from the UK

August 19th, 2014

Christine Porter is the British Coordinator for the World Quilt Show,  which takes place in the USA every year, This year she had 28 entries and she is thrilled to say that a British quilter (from Bristol) called Stephanie Crawford won the Best of the World award for her fabulous quilt, ‘A Chinese Journey in Three Parts’ - see below:
She won $2,000.

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The other winners were Diane Abrams for Best of Country with ’Nature’s Treasures'  and Ann Long with Linzi Upton who won third place in the Innovative category with ‘Dunes Duet’.
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How brilliant is that - well done girls.

A wander round Festival of Quilts 2014

August 15th, 2014

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Over 800 quilts to see but helping on the Creative Quilting stand  meant that time to enjoy this was limited:  two of the winning entries that caught my eye was the Traditional Quilt category won by Philippa Naylor – stunning appliqué and free motion quilting.

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and the Quilt creations category won by an amazing grandfather clock  - so much detail that you would need a whole day to look at this properly;

this category was sponsored by Vivebooks who are the publishers of a new E-book by Chris Porter entitled Sensational Circle Quilts. This is now  available through the shop  as a CD and soon as a  download.


Several of our contributors were busy in the Quilting in Action section:  Angela Madden showed Valerie her very useful feathering tool which allows you to design your own feather wreaths and other shapes –always a traditional favourite and Karin Hellaby has a new book out Sew Simple Hexi-flowers perfect for all those who like handpiecing and as always such a clever idea- both available in the shop




Hilary Beattie was beavering away with her paints and textile stuff (staying quite clean when Valerie wandered by ):  she and Jenny Rolfe have a new book of inspiration as well as a couple of delightful little kits to make hanging Goony bird decorations – all available in the shop


Aurifil were there launching their new 12wt floss (sold out at the show!) together with Shena Norquay – whose lovely work incorporating stitching using this  was on display


Pauline Ineson has a  new bag kit, tissue holders  and sampler pattern to share.(available through the shop)


Linda Seward was there with her new book:  The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting – amazingly comprehensive with over 1000 step-by-step illustrations, and is a must-have for your reference library – complete with projects. (watch out for a free giveaway later in the year)

Jamie at Colouricious was selling out fast with her range of alphabet block stamps –available  in a variety of fonts – as well as the new must-have toy for textile designers – the Gelliplate.


And Parrs-Reel Ruler is a new idea for those whose free-motion quilting needs some help – a range of thick perspex rulers that have a cutout into which the specially adapted free-motion foot will be guided:



Ipad Upgrade meets with approval

August 3rd, 2014

If you want to know what the upgrade was all about: click here

Some of the comments we have received since the upgrade came into effect:

Your new website is brilliant.  I have been frustrated for many months because I just could not access the site properly and since my husband pays the subscription fee was considering cancelling it.  No longer - I love the fact that I can access everything on the ipad and it's given me much pleasure.    I've just watched among other things,this evening, the video on making the reindeer appliqué together with my five year old grand daughter whilst on holiday and when I go back home I've been asked to make it for her.

Well done and thank you - the new website works brilliantly for me.

Regards Irene

I have just watched Jennie on Safari much much better, thank you.
Best Regards

Very very pleased that I am now able to see vido on my iPad.

Just great will be able to use it all

Many thanks for getting that up and working - Marian

Thank goodness I don't have to use Puffin anymore on my iPad, quite often the script was all broken up and impossible to read.
Love this site and I return to it often to watch your tutorials..

Hurrah! Thank you for improving the functionality of the site. Instead of having to lug my laptop around the house I will now be able to use my iPad in my sewing space!


Fabulous no problems now with my  Ipad.
Thank you very much Maureen

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