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Valerie's Blog


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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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:

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