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Valerie's Blog

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:


October 18th, 2014

Lianne says: Can I take this opportunity to let you know what a wonderful and informative website this is.  It always inspires me to try different sewing projects. The teaching is wonderfully clear and detailed.  Well done everyone.

thankyou - always nice to know that we are coming across well and being inspirational.

The Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexander Palace, London

October 10th, 2014

Fab day out with my friend Valerie;  it is what it say with LOADS of knitting - and if you thought knitting was just for jumpers think again!

A real showcase for new young stitching talent and great exhibitions, including one by E.A.S.T. whose exhibition 'Between The Lines; will be going on the road and we are hoping to catch up with then in 2015 in Suffolk:

Prism had more of their work on display - another talented group as you have seen from our films.

Corrine Lapierre (the author of our Book of the Month) had her own stand and we caught up with several of our contributors - Sue at Daisy Chain Designs; Lynette at The Stitch Witch; Jamie at Colouricious and Clara from Designs by Clara who has a new little business designing her own iron-on transers for needlework and applique

Shopping was also on the agenda and we both came home with bags full of goodies - mine was a mixture of stuff I needed (fluffy backing for my Momentum quilts);  stuff I wanted (extra bobbins) and stuff I couldn't live without (threads - can you spot a colour theme there?!) all of which I shall enjoy unpacking later today!



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This show goes on to Harrogate and Dublin.

What was the pattern?

October 3rd, 2014

Sometimes the quilts hanging in the background  of the workshops cause as many questions as the workshop itself.   That was certainly the case with my Straight Stitched fused applique tutorial - the quilt in the background was made from a pattern called Flower Power designed by Geralyn Powers and available from

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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