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Valerie's Blog

The Wotton Poppies - a final update

November 10th, 2018

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For those of you who have been following or joining in with the poppy project in Wotton, the knitted and crocheted poppies were put in place on St Mary's Church this week - in torrential rain!!

Do watch this video to see how the endeavours of those in their community and from round the world have helped to create over 10,000 poppies to commemorate the lives of the 114 Wotton men who didn't return from the First World War.

Kate Cropper updates you on this extraordinary feat and the amazing contributions of all involved.


Postcards from the front - a quilt that Valerie made

November 2nd, 2018

A friend found this amazing fabric which she kindly gave me and this was the first of a whole range of postcard quilts that I have been inspired to make.


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This particular quilt was donated to the Star and Garter Home, Richmond and was raffled at their summer fete.

The Royal Star & Garter Charity have provided an outstanding quality of nursing and therapeutic care to ex-Service men and women. Promoting independence and enjoyment of an active lifestyle had always been a priority for the Charity.

You can make your own with Valerie's help by clicking here for the workshop.


October Sewing retreat with Sarah, and Pauline (and Valerie was there too)

October 15th, 2018

The weekend of 13-14 October these three joined forces to teach at the retreat at Denham Grove.  30 ladies spent two days sewing - jelly rolls with Sarah; Layer cake quilts with Pauline and Valerie's class worked on projects of their own choosing;

They all had so much fun that a repeat event has been  planned for 2019!

There is a choice of sewing one of these two wonderful jelly roll quilts with Sarah - skill level challenging

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or one of these two with Pauline - skill level beginner - again from jelly rolls.

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and Valerie is again offering the oportunity to come along with your own WIP, UFO, PhD or start a new project.

The venue has changed to The Grange, Warbrook House Hotel, Eversley, Hants.

more information, dates and a booking form can be found by clicking here:

But don't delay - spaces are limited and going fast as lots of this year's delegates are signing up to come again.


Kate Percival - will be much missed

September 27th, 2018


It is with sadness that we share the news that Kate Percival, one of our delightful quilting friends and contributors lost her battle with life at the end of August. Rest in Peace.

Her workshops and quilts live on as a legacy to her craftmanship, and expertise.


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.


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!


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


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!

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Art Quilt Calendar 2019

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