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Valerie's Blog

Quilts in Cae Hir 2018

September 18th, 2018

The annual open Quilt Show was held over the August Bank Holiday weekend this year in the beautiful RHS associate Gardens.

Despite the change in weather, many quilters wrapped up and went to see the 44 amazing quilts hung around the gardens.

The quilts were split into two categories – one was entirely open and the other had the theme of “The Sea”. The 29 quilts that were in the open section covered so many themes – traditional to modern, hand pieced, machine pieced, hand quilted, appliquéd – but they were all beautifully crafted. The 15 quilts in the Sea category also covered all disciplines. These quilts had the added challenge of a size restriction, though this actually encouraged some new quilters to “give it a go – how hard can a 2’ quilt be?” The lady who posed that question won!

In reverse order the winners In the Sea category, 3rd place went to quilt number 9 “Seaside Landscape” by Shelia Philips – a unique design of a hidden cove. Quilt number 6 “Sashiko Koi Carp” came 2nd and was a fine example of Sashiko stitching. As mentioned earlier, quilt number 14 “Rockpool” won 1st place.

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For the open competition, quilt 29 “Welcome Home” by Lorraine Baldwin won the 3rd prize. Barbara Atkinson won 2nd place with quilt number 1 “Summer Days” Quilt number 26 “Over the Rainbow” by Rose Thorn won. Apparently , you had to be there to hear the squeal of delight from Rose when she realised it was her!

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They are opening the challenge to you all for 2019! The theme for the small quilts (2’ x 2’) will be “Celebration”. If this is not for you, or you prefer to do something bigger, they will also have a nonthemed section. The event will be held over the August Bank  Holiday Weekend again - 24th, 25th and 26th August 2019

Here's a selection of some of the other quilts, to give you an idea of how beautiful they were

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An American gets to grip with Hand Patchwork

August 22nd, 2018

This certainly ticks all the boxes - recycling something that has been in the family and much loved to create a snuggle quilt; it meant stablizing the fabric first; marking the fabric with sewing lines; cutting accurately with a rotary cutter and then sewing neatly - much concentration needed.

 

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The first block of what will be a very unique quilt,  and that has some challenges ahead for Steve, our Chief Executive.

 

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Well done that man!

Oakshott Open Days – Christmas Wrapped Up

August 21st, 2018

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Oakshott Fabrics’ Open Days are not-to-be-missed events, so save the dates for their upcoming ones!

Saturday 8th December 10am – 4pm

Sunday 9th December 10am – 1pm

Whether for Christmas gifts, fabrics to replenish your stash, or ‘because you’re worth it’ treats, their Open Days are a must. For two days only, their warehouse will be transformed into a Pop Up Shop brimming with alluring displays of their signature ‘shot’ cottons. Curate your own schemes from a colour spectrum of shimmering pre-cuts. Or dive into their famous Colour Picks: fun combinations of accents with complementary or contrasting shades, all exquisitely folded and tied into tantalising bundles. Along the way, allow yourself to be captivated and inspired by the latest pieces by celebrated designers.

Venue: Oakshott Fabrics, 19 Bamel Way, Gloucester Business Park, Brockworth, Gloucester GL3 4BH
T: +44 (0)1452 371 571
Click here for directions

Quilting groups at the heart of their communities

August 19th, 2018

We thought you might like to listen to this from Womens Hour on Wednesday 15 Aug 2018 on BBC Radio 4. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bf4cjw

They had a 'Listener Week' where listeners are invited to write in to suggest topics of discussion. If you listen from 32.00 minutes you'll hear a lovely discussion about quilting and quilting groups. A quilter from Dundee- Penelope Wild, who attends a monthly group in her area had written in and suggested quilting as a topic. They extended the topic by looking at the way social media has contributed to the revival of the Quilting Bee as the other guest was Naomi Clarke (@naomialicec on Instagram) who has started an online quilting group that get together via the hashtag #fussycuttingsewalong. Both online and local groups remind us of the fabulous community spirit of getting together to sew. Enjoy listening

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Picture by @naomialicec with her hexiflower quilt

Festival of Quilts 2018

August 13th, 2018

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 was Valerie's personal favourite - 'Metropolis' by Lesley Brankin - a delightful and talented textile artist whose work we have featured on the site . It got Valerie's viewers vote!

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Valerie was also very busy catching up with some of our tutors and suppliers, finding new products for the shop and working on some great new ideas for workshops and tutorials. Here's just a few she caught up with5_new-phototastic-collageSteve's favourite quilt was Phillipa Naylor's 'Circuit Training'  - winner of the Miniature Quilts section

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This one is the favourite of the Admin team - from an exhibition sponsored by Clover, maker of all those clever quilting gadgets you might use.

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This is a truly amazing Pictorial quilt and won the Handi Quilter Best in Show award this year. Titled, 'My Favourite Thing' it's by Katy Whitby Last.

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We learnt recently that one of our lovely contributors, Pauline Ineson had passed away earlier this year, but she left an amazing legacy in that she had some workinprogress and her group finished it and this quilt, 'Circle of life' by Sew with Pauline, won Best Group quilt

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This was a stunning watercolour quilt with cutwork in the centre; In the Tradtional section, this is called 'Cameo Roses' and is by Doreen Plumridge, who often uses the wrong side of the fabric as well as bleach to create the very pale effect.   She is part of Guildford Quilters and has featured in one of our out and about videos.

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Here are 2 other Traditional Quilts - Kathy Dranse's 'Blooming Emma' and Trudi Wood's 'Liberty Love'.

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This 18th Century quilt - entitled 'Patchwork quilt 1800-20' was pieced with half-square triangles in 4 different sizes. The quilting is in a frame layout unrelated to the design on the front. There are small pieces of late 18th century fabrics in the centre. The larger triangles contain fabric almost entirely from 1810-20 including examples of lapis prints

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Mary Palmer's 'Lost in Translation' was the Modern Quilt Winner this year

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2nd in the Modern Quilts section  - and another of Valerie's picks was this quilt by Kathleen Moore, entitled 'Back to Black'

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This modern quilt by Claudia Schoja titled 'Up and Down' was made with Oakshott fabrics

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Here are a few other modern quilts: (From L-R clockwise Tracey Pereira: 'Free Wheeling'; Iva Steiner: 'Narrow Geese Around'; Sarah Humphreys: 'Snowing at Eggesford';  Kym Armstrong 'Winter Forest Trees')

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Steve and Valerie both liked this - 'Red diamonds are Forever' by Liesbeth Manders and Anne Lillhold Jorgerson and came Highly Commended in the Two Person Quilt Section

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Also in this seciton Val really like this one - 'Amsterdam Memories' by Juliana Teixera and Isobel McBay - because of the creative stitching on the backing

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This 2 person quilt was one of the Judge's choices  - titled 'Grafitti Doodle Diamonds' by Teresa Pino and Pat Lang, the judges commented that they loved the juxtaposition of straight lines with free flowing grafitti curves - Masterful fun quilting

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Winner of the contemporary quilts section sponsored by Janome was 'Harvest Moon' by Laima Whitty

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This contemporary quilt called 'Erte's Bazaar' by Sue de Vanny is another of Valerie's favourites

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Here are a few other contemporary quilts. (From L-R Clockwise: Linzi Upton: 'Iconoclast'; Anna Orduna: '1977'; Liz Jones: 'Hothouse Hybrids'; Chris English 'Crumb Blocks')

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This was the winner of the Quilters Guild Challenge - 'Give me the Time' by Mary Mayne

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Also highly commended in the Quilters Guild Challenge is this quilt by Annelize Littlefair - 'Quilt for my Rainbow Child'.

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This quilt is stunning (Indigo and Sarasa; Pieces of My Life, Shizuko Kuroha - Remembrance of Wind) - especially the colorwork and stitching.  The fabric is also a little coarser than normal

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Winner of the Art Quilt Section Sponsored by Madeira was 'And the Sky Danced' by Jean Mclean

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Here is another that Valerie loved in the Groups section - Country Roads Quilts: 'Lincolnshire Marshlands'

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This was a stunning watercolour quilt with cutwork in the centre; In the Tradtional section this is called Cameo Roses and is by Doreen Plumridge, who often uses the wrong side of the fabric as well as bleach to create the very pale effect.   She is part of Guildford quilters and featured in one of our out and about videos.

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Here are 2 other Traditional Quilts - Kathy Dranse's 'Blooming Emma' and Trudi Wood's 'Liberty Love'.

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This 18th Century quilt - entitled 'Patchwork quilt 1800-20' was pieced with half-square triangles in 4 different sizes. The quilting is in a frame layout unrelated to the design on the front. There are small pieces of late 18th century fabrics in the centre. The larger triangles contain fabric almost entirely from 1810-20 including examples of lapis prints

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Mary Palmer's 'Lost in Translation' was the Modern Quilt Winner this year

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2nd in the Modern Quilts section  - and another of Valerie's picks was this quilt by Kathleen Moore, entitled 'Back to Black'

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This modern quilt by Claudia Schoja titled 'Up and Down' was made with Oakshott fabrics

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Here are a few other modern quilts: (From L-R clockwise Tracey Pereira: 'Free Wheeling'; Iva Steiner: 'Narrow Geese Around'; Sarah Humphreys: 'Snowing at Eggesford';  Kym Armstrong 'Winter Forest Trees')

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Steve and Valerie both liked this - 'Red diamonds are Forever' by Liesbeth Manders and Anne Lillhold Jorgerson and came Highly Commended in the Two Person Quilt Section

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Also in this seciton Val really like this one - 'Amsterdam Memories' by Juliana Teixera and Isobel McBay - because of the creative stitching on the backing

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This 2 person quilt was one of the Judge's choices  - titled 'Grafitti Doodle Diamonds' by Teresa Pino and Pat Lang, the judges commented that they loved the juxtaposition of straight lines with free flowing grafitti curves - Masterful fun quilting

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Winner of the contemporary quilts section sponsored by Janome was 'Harvest Moon' by Laima Whitty

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This contemporary quilt called 'Erte's Bazaar' by Sue de Vanny is another of Valerie's favourites

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Here are a few other contemporary quilts. (From L-R Clockwise: Linzi Upton: 'Iconoclast'; Anna Orduna: '1977'; Liz Jones: 'Hothouse Hybrids'; Chris English 'Crumb Blocks')

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This was the winner of the Quilters Guild Challenge - 'Give me the Time' by Mary Mayne

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Also highly commended in the Quilters Guild Challenge is this quilt by Annelize Littlefair - 'Quilt for my Rainbow Child'.

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This quilt is stunning (Indigo and Sarasa; Pieces of My Life, Shizuko Kuroha - Remembrance of Wind) - especially the colorwork and stitching.  The fabric is also a little coarser than normal

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Winner of the Art Quilt Section Sponsored by Madeira was 'And the Sky Danced' by Jean Mclean

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Here is another that Valerie loved in the Groups section - Country Roads Quilts: 'Lincolnshire Marshlands'

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This was a stunning watercolour quilt with cutwork in the centre; In the Tradtional section this is called Cameo Roses and is by Doreen Plumridge, who often uses the wrong side of the fabric as well as bleach to create the very pale effect.   She is part of Guildford quilters and featured in one of our out and about videos.

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Here are 2 other Traditional Quilts - Kathy Dranse's 'Blooming Emma' and Trudi Wood's 'Liberty Love'.

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This 18th Century quilt - entitled 'Patchwork quilt 1800-20' was pieced with half-square triangles in 4 different sizes. The quilting is in a frame layout unrelated to the design on the front. There are small pieces of late 18th century fabrics in the centre. The larger triangles contain fabric almost entirely from 1810-20 including examples of lapis prints

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Mary Palmer's 'Lost in Translation' was the Modern Quilt Winner this year

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2nd in the Modern Quilts section  - and another of Valerie's picks was this quilt by Kathleen Moore, entitled 'Back to Black'

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This modern quilt by Claudia Schoja titled 'Up and Down' was made with Oakshott fabrics

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Here are a few other modern quilts: (From L-R clockwise Tracey Pereira: 'Free Wheeling'; Iva Steiner: 'Narrow Geese Around'; Sarah Humphreys: 'Snowing at Eggesford';  Kym Armstrong 'Winter Forest Trees')

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Steve and Valerie both liked this - 'Red diamonds are Forever' by Liesbeth Manders and Anne Lillhold Jorgerson and came Highly Commended in the Two Person Quilt Section

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Also in this seciton Val really like this one - 'Amsterdam Memories' by Juliana Teixera and Isobel McBay - because of the creative stitching on the backing

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This 2 person quilt was one of the Judge's choices  - titled 'Grafitti Doodle Diamonds' by Teresa Pino and Pat Lang, the judges commented that they loved the juxtaposition of straight lines with free flowing grafitti curves - Masterful fun quilting

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Winner of the contemporary quilts section sponsored by Janome was 'Harvest Moon' by Laima Whitty

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This contemporary quilt called 'Erte's Bazaar' by Sue de Vanny is another of Valerie's favourites

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Here are a few other contemporary quilts. (From L-R Clockwise: Linzi Upton: 'Iconoclast'; Anna Orduna: '1977'; Liz Jones: 'Hothouse Hybrids'; Chris English 'Crumb Blocks')

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This was the winner of the Quilters Guild Challenge - 'Give me the Time' by Mary Mayne

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Also highly commended in the Quilters Guild Challenge is this quilt by Annelize Littlefair - 'Quilt for my Rainbow Child'.

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This quilt is stunning (Indigo and Sarasa; Pieces of My Life, Shizuko Kuroha - Remembrance of Wind) - especially the colorwork and stitching.  The fabric is also a little coarser than normal

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Winner of the Art Quilt Section Sponsored by Madeira was 'And the Sky Danced' by Jean Mclean

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Here is another that Valerie loved in the Groups section - Country Roads Quilts: 'Lincolnshire Marshlands'

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Wotton poppy Appeal Update July 2018

July 27th, 2018

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For those of you following the wonderful plan to cover the tower of St Mary’s Church in Wotton-under-Edge with poppies, here's the latest update:

Plans to cover the tower received a boost when a structural engineer proposed plans for hanging thousands of flowers. The proposed system uses scaffolding for suspending nets covered in fabric, wool and plastic poppies on the tower.

“We need to buy some netting on which we will attach the poppies, so any donations would be gratefully received,” said organiser Kate Cropper.

“At the moment we’re doing some tests – we are trying cricket netting, covering it with poppies, getting them wet and weighing it all so we can work out the tear strength, so we know how much to put on each scaffolding pole so it is safe.

“If there are any trawler fishermen with nets they no longer need we’ll gladly take them!” said Kate.

Donations of poppies continue to flood in from around the world: “We were sent 250 poppies from a group in Australia who had seen the appeal on justhands-on.tv. They had crocheted the poppies for their Anzac Day service and then sent them to us.

“We will make a special display of them inside the church with background information on where they came from,” she added.

The grand total of poppies is yet to be confirmed, but the current estimate is around 5,000. Numbers will rise as groups and individuals continue to knit, and the primary schools in the town will start making felt poppies when they return after the summer holiday.

The cut-off date for poppy donations has been set as the end of September to give volunteers time to attach them all to the netting – an engineering challenge in its own right.

“We are going to sew the poppies to the nets as we need to keep everything as light as possible,” Kate explained.

Take a look at the video below to see how the church is coming along

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