August 11, 2018

The Festival of Quilts this year did not disappoint. The quilts are stunning.  I know we all have our favourites, for me it is the Northern lights quilt.

Unfortunately this picture does not do it justice. The colours are outstanding and I love the little figures in the foreground watching the night sky.

I hope you manged to go to the festival and see the quilt for your self.


The winners gallery was difficult to get to once the quilts had been unveiled but they were worth the wait. Here are one or two for you to look at.

2018 winner festival of quilts







For the traditional quilts I like this one that a very special lady is standing admiring. It was hard to chose an outright favourite as they are all spectacular.

Many of you do know that Jean is my lovely neighbour who has been through a very rough year with her health. We were not sure she would be able to go to the show that  she was so looking forward to but she made it. And had a blast.  This is Jeans first Festival of Quilts and I hope she will get to go to many more.

Jean loves sewing and for her to see the quilts was the highlight of her day. she was amazed at the high standards and the variety of different patterns and colours.

Besides looking at quilts we also did a little shopping.

I did have to purchase three jelly rolls which are now stitched and ready for cutting. As you can see they are very colourful. Especially the Kaffe Fassett one.

I could hardly wait to get home and unwrap them. Stitching them was a joy. When they are made into peg bags they will brighten any washing day.


What else have I been up to?

Xpandaprint design

I visited a company in Norwich to see what my designs  look like on mugs, coasters and cushions. This is one of them which will be available for The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace in September.

The mugs are bone china and dishwasher proof. It’s very Steampunk or cosmic depending on how you look at it.

I am also planning prints of it which I will do myself when I can get the big printer working. We are nearly there with it. I cannot wait to see what I can produce on it.


Whats coming up then?

Saturday the 18th is a Natural Dye day. I have changed the format a little to give you time to learn how to use natural dyes that are dried and how to use fresh leaves and flowers in a wrap. By the end of the day you will have a recipe book full of your samples and notes as well as samples to take home to unwrap several days later. (if you can wait that long)

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There is still space on AbigaIl Mill workshop in September. Abigail is at the Festival of Quilts this year and has some new kits which are stunning flowers.

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And there are also spaces still on Claire Hedges workshop in October where you can learn a traditional craft of Passementerie. That’s weaving braids and making luscious tassels.

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I am sure if you maned to get to the Festival of Quilts you had a great day or two and have come home inspired.

Enjoy your purchases.






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