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Valerie's Blog

Under the Edge Quilters

September 16th, 2017

A group of Gloucestershire quilters recently staged an exhibition of their Project Linus quilts.

Under the Edge Quilters, based in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, made more than 20 quilts for the charity, which will be distributed to local hospitals to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers. The charity's website can be found at

Festival of Quilts 2017

August 18th, 2017

Valerie and our Director Steve Barton, took a working visit to this year's Festival of Quilts, and Steve couldn't help but steal some time to admire the amazing array of quilts and take some pictures to share with you.

This is Steve's favourite - in beautiful colours and with some fantastic detail. It's from Linzi Upton who won the Contemporary Quilt Category with her Beelzebub quilt5_new-phototastic-collage-foq

Steve loves the beauty of this and it's very timely, given the World Championship Athletics at the moment! (Men and their sport eh!!). It's Birgit Schueller's quilt 'The Sprinter' - and gained 1st place in the Quilters' Guild Challenge


This was the Winner in the  My First Quilt category by Anita O'Brien.

Anita told us she still have a lot to learn but it means a lot to her that many people, and many more experienced quilters than her, liked Peter and Amina's Quilt.

Anita says "More people should take the plunge and enter - we need to get lots more young people into quilting - I am not that young - an advanced 57!"


Another amazing quilt - stunning colour design by Rebecca Handyside


....and here's a selection that are a little more modern and minimalistic:



Valerie took advantage of a coach organised by local quilters, to have another look round on the Sunday;  as well as a few purchases, here are some of the quilts that caught her eye.

Philippa Naylor was the winner in the miniature quilt category this year- obviously exquisite but do pay attention to the extra-ordinary edging (there was a full size quilt in the show with the same delightful edging, and even that was mindblowing!)


Jackie Harvey was another winner with her wonderful jacket-  'Silvery Threads' - a boy's silk waistcoat inspired by those of the 18th century -


you can view more of Jackie's amazing work in our video - A little bit of love in every stitch.

Kate Crossley (another of our contributors who made the amazing Grandfather clock a few years ago now - click here to enjoy) had an entry entitled 'Whole World' in the Art Quilt category - full of her thoughts dreams, memories and future hopes -  and you can see that she fills it with her usual interesting bottles and bits


"The Burning of the Books" by Jasmine Derbyshire of Brighton got awarded 2nd prize in the 12-16 age group

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and some taken at random when wandering around:

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A Textile treat in Wivenhoe, Essex

July 13th, 2017

We spent the day filming the textile exhibition 'Threads' which is on show at The Nottage Maritime Institute, Wivenhoe - just outside Colchester in Essex.

What a delight - not just the exhibiton but the location too

Here we are admiring the view during a hard day's work!


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A huge thankyou to all the contributors , and particularly to Janet Harker and Annie Bielecka-Jones for organising the day and looking after us so well.

To find out more about the exhibition which runs until 23rd July- click here

and keep an eye open for the films coming onto the site.


Go Crazy with Val in New Malden

June 27th, 2017

Valerie has been invited by a group in New Malden – New Malden Quilters Association (aka Foxy Quilters) to share this fun workshop on Thursday 6th July at 7.30pm


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If you aren’t familiar with this workshop , it is a great way of creating a quick and easy quilt from 6 Fat ¼’s with no waster;  pretty much any combination works and you have the added bonus of not having to worry about the seam allowance.

and here is one of the prem baby unit made from recycled shirts:


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She will be bringing along bundles of inspiration supplied by Creative Quilting, as well as some goodies supplied by other contributors on the channel.

They meet at St John The Divine, Kingston Road,New Malden,Surrey, KT3 3RX and welcome visitors, so do drop by and join us all.

Manchester Quilting Bee

June 11th, 2017

Manchester Quilting Bee

#manchesterquiltingbee have been collecting fabric squares from generous quilters, crafters and first timers around the world in order to make up quilts for those affected by the tragic attacks in Manchester this May and they've had an amazing response so far.

They are collecting five inch hexagons appliqued onto 6.5 inch cotton squares. They are being made into quilts for the families affected by the Manchester terrorist attacks. The hexagons can be embroidered, appliqued, or decorated in any way you like, but they must be able to survive a wash. All details about the project can be found on the Manchester Quilting Bee Facebook page which is

5_completed-beeOne of our lovely contributors, Angela Daymond, who was born in Manchester, has made this gorgeous free bee kantha pattern that you can use and is designed to fit onto a five inch hexagon.

This kantha bee pattern can be downloaded for FREE The pattern contains a link to a Just Giving Page for voluntary donations to raise money to help those people affected by the Manchester bombings.


Bath Cancer Unit’s Forever Friends Appeal

May 20th, 2017

5_dsc_8033Members of staff at Knorr-Bremse Rail UK in Wiltshire are selling raffle tickets for a quilt to raise money for Bath Cancer Unit’s Forever Friends Appeal.

Their colleague Tony Bliss lost his battle with cancer last year, so an appeal went out for shirts from staff at the Melksham site – an engineering and manufacturing facility in the rail industry – and the amazing response ensured there was enough fabric to make a quilt for a double bed.


Helen Forrester led the project, with Moreen Butler (pictured left) providing much appreciated support. Lynne Redfern and Chloe Nicholas contributed to the design and Maryanne Edwards enlisted her mum’s help with some of the stitching.

The quilt took 15 weeks to complete, and tickets are being sold for £2 each at the Melksham facility. There is also a Just giving page to make a donation Click here:

(Pictures Matt Bigwood)

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