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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

The Mystery Quilt seems to have been a great success

August 1st, 2014

Here are some of the comments it generated:

So excited for tomorrow! Hope I can sleep tonight:)   Deborah


I have my materials for the summer solstice quilt, and have booked the day off work too.  Regards Dee


I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed making the Mystery Quilt and very pleased with the results, although not layered up and quilted yet! Thanks! Kate


Just wanted to say what a great idea this was.  I enjoyed the day and I am just working on a piano border to complete it.
Thank you.  Regards Patricia


It was very, very enjoyable to sew along with your instructions. As I am old, not so well physically I have only just finished the pieces up to the flying geese, of which I have only sewn 5. so far..> some way to go. All other pieces are made!
It appears to me that I could make this quilt quite a lot bigger by adding various different 'sashings' on all sides.
Bless you.


Many thanks Valerie for putting this together, I used up a jelly roll that I bought in a weak moment years ago and had no idea what to do with. The quilt has turned out far better than i thought it would and I am very pleased with it - Marie


The Mystery Quilt is fabulous ... what an inspired idea.  I love it.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to do it in real time, but it's top of my list of things to do next week - I can't wait to have a go at it!- Jennifer


have now watched all the videos and thoroughly enjoyed them, please convey my thanks to Valerie for a lovely quilt. Liz


I'm absolutely loving this.  Can't wait for each section to be uploaded but don't want it to end either.  What a great way to spend a day.  After feeling so ill yesterday it's really helped put me on the road to recovery.  Worth a year's membership just on its own.  Congratulations to you on such a wonderful idea - just shows what you can do with 2 1/2" strips.
Elizabeth Coate


If you want to join in the fun: click here for the introduction video :  and here for part 1:


NOTE: there is a special gallery that has been created for those who are subscribed members but try not to peep - the fun is in the Mystery!!!

Some comments on the Water Water Exhibition videos

July 30th, 2014

We often cycle  along the Thames to Henley..shame I missed it!
But thinking on,it wouldn't have been the same without Kate's input,very interesting..can't wait for part 2!
And yes I remember The Oneidin Line too!!!!!!!


Thank you for this.  I enjoyed seeing my quilt on the film – and thought you did a brilliant job of talking through all the quilts
Best wishes Rachel

Thank you so much for arranging for us to see the film of the exhibition.  It was a lovely reminder of a very special and successful occasion.  And you were a brilliant presenter; you knew each piece so well.....   Gill

Hi Kate

Thanks so much for this ........ I did as you said and watched it just now. 
Congratulations of the wondeful exhibition again, and the interview was superb too. You gave a very informative, detailed and interesting commentary and for me, it certainly made up for my inability to see the exhibition in person.

with much appreciation, and thanks too to Valerie.



If you want to see what all the praise was about: click here for part 1 of the Water Water Exhibition

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