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Valerie's Blog

Corinium Museum, Cirencester,, Glos

March 23rd, 2015

This is where we are today filming;  what you may ask?  well a great exhibition from the textile artists E.A.S.T.

“Between the Lines” is the title of the latest exhibition by E.A.S.T., East Anglian Stitch Textiles. The exhibition is based on the groups’ response to the centenary of the First World War and will run here at the museum until 19th April if you want to visit in person; Corinium Museum, Cirencester for more details about this and other exhibitions running throughout the year.


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Here we all are at the end of our filming day.  
Our thanks to the museum and Janette and Susan for allowing us to invade and take over the space!

Keep an eye out for the film on the site which you will, of course, be able to enjoy from the comfort of your own home!

ALSO: the exhibition moves to the Pond Gallery, at Snape Maltings in Suffolk 2-8th July - see our events page for more information.



Mystery Quilt still a hit

March 18th, 2015

A quick note to say how much I enjoyed the Midsummer Mystery Quilt ... and although it's taken me a little while to finish it, here is a picture of the end result.  I am thrilled with it.  I'm going to do another one to fit my double bed because I like it so much.

This is still available for you to work on - you just need to get a large bundle of 2 1/2" strips, and/or a jelly roll handy and you are ready to start.

Alzheimer Scotland pattern book

March 16th, 2015

Ann Hill is a tireless supporter and fundraiser for Alzheimer Scotland; one of her recent projects was to arrange to cover the Hampden Park Football stadium turf with quilts -which she did!!!! (and we suggested a really quick and easy pattern for you to make:  click here to enjoy: )

Another of her projects has been to produce this book of patterns entitled 'Scottish Quilt Patterns - which contains a wide variety of projects and patterns for you to follow.

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Full size templates and patterns in the book include:

  • Bags
  • wallhangings
  • cushions
  • rotary cutter case
  • scissor holder
  • hints and tips

All monies raised goes to Alzheimer Scotland and you can get your own copy by getting in touch with Ann - the book costs just £10.


Take 9 a great success

March 1st, 2015

Hi all
Just giving an update on my king size quilt,I decided to try take nine for the side of quilt and cut all the pieces out ,this wasn't easy for me but I got there eventually,I purchased my fat quarters from Hobby craft in Havant & I just want to tell you not all of their fat 1/4s are good size some in the 6 packs are a bit smaller and I used some pieces from my stash.I have sewn 4 of my blocks together and am so chuffed with them -  each 1 is exact size and went together so easily.Thanks Valerie for pattern and video couldn't have done it without you xxxxx
from Sheila (learner)
Want to know what Sheila was making? - click here.

Chris Porter and Mary Gamester join Valerie in the studio.

February 23rd, 2015

We had a great day as always and some great workshops were filmed;  Chris shared with us her love of Flying Geese and Dresden Plates, for which she has designed her own templates, as well as showing us how to put a sleeve on the back of a quilt, which she personalises with text and lovely pics too.

Valerie gets ready to sew some Yo-Yo's


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and Mary reminded us how great she is at transfer printing with woven strips, printing blocks and lace (all of which are in her book - Transfer Painting)


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so keep watching!

STOP PRESS: Mary will be at the Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia 5-8th March - so stopby and say hi!!!

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