what brings them all together? well a filming day with Justhands-on.tv of course.
We were joined at the Legacy Hotel Hogs Back by Nancy from Lina Patchwork; Nancy is passionate about English Paper Piecing and she cuts out thousands of accurate paper pieces for us to purchase and use! She did a series of very comprehensive workshops for us - so keep an eye out for those.
The Magna Carta Quilters Association is in full swing making a wonderful double sided quilt in celebration of the 800 years since the document was signed at Runnymede; Alison Garner joined us and showed us how the quilt is progressing together with a great little workshop on how they are transferring the designs. Alison also has a business called Vision Textiles which makes embroidered stoles and scarves for the clergy - and we learnt more about that too.
and finally Lynette Harris in her guise as The Stitch Witch to give us more wonderful short workshops using perle thread - her new love (her original one having been with her now for 37 years!) - to create sashiko projects. Watch out for the one using graded fabric, shadow applique and sashiko later in February to create a stunning Dahlia project.
Both Nancy and Lynette will be at various shows around the country - so keep an eye out for them.
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....
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
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.
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.
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
(thanks to Robert Crossley for the picture)
- for which she won the 1st prize - which you will see was/is well deserved.