Festival of Quilts, Free Tickets

As promised last week, I have THREE pairs of tickets for Festival of Quilts to give away. new price for viagra in canada

For those of you who may not know, this is the most amazing quilt show held at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. This year the show is from 6th to 9th August 2015. sildenafil de genfar 50 mg

If you are thinking of going but don’t have a ticket yet, then this might be the incentive you need (apart from all of the quilts and superb shopping)!

All you need to do is comment on the blog telling me what inspires you to quilt. The draw will be a random selection, but it is always fun to hear what people love about quilting and patchwork!

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Lately I was inspired to make this little quilt from my book “Little Quilts and Gifts from Jelly Roll Scraps” (Search Press 2015) into a full size quilt. Some of you may have seen that on the Instagram feed a while back. Once I get to grip with the tech end of things here, like where are the pictures I just transferred to the computer??? then I can show you here! sales viagra

 

In the meantime, comment to enter and I will be drawing Sunday 28th June. old do have get viagra

Quilt Festival Classes

Houston Stars1401Well, before this post never happens, here are some shots of some great quilts being created in the Jelly Roll Star class in Houston at Quilt Festival. It was so great to meet old friends from classes last year and meet so many new ones this year too!

I had a great time, exhausting but so much fun!

This was my classroom set up:

Although we could use design walls, sometimes the floor was easier:

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A top to go home for quilting!

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The class is based on a quilt from my book  ‘Jelly Quilts and Gifts’ from Search Press.

Will try to put up more posts from Market and Festival before it’s too late!

Pittsburgh Quilt Market

 

I’m back from Quilt Market, and as I seem to have more work to do now, with deadlines than before I went, I will let you see some of things that I saw, before sit is all history!

 

I took a class with Kathy Doughty:

 

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Fabrics from Yuwa:

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Fabrics from Cotton and Steel:

 

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Fabrics by Such Designs at Windham:

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Irome from Japan:

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Templates for my Mariners Compass, coming soon!

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My new book out in the World:

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Ready for the book signing!

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Misc. Monday

 

There has been lots going on behind the scenes, so the blog has been neglected over the last week or two. Sorry.

 

Apart from other things, like looking at the website and updating it with books and teaching etc… (which is still in motion, as it is down to me now to write the stuff :-[ ), I have had a busy teaching schedule. Which  really for me is what it is all about. Getting out there and sharing with people how great it is to express yourself in whatever way through your sewing!

 

I did also sign off on ‘Quilting-on-the-Go, Taking it Further‘. Yeah! So that should be on its way to the printing process! Can’t wait to see the real book!!!!

 

There have been my regular  classes, and a great trip to meet the London Quilters. Such a vibrant group, if you are a quilter who lives in London, pop along to one of their meetings, there seems to be so much going on!

 

In the meantime here is my desk on this sunny Monday morning:

 

I found this wonderful project in an old copy of ‘Green Craft Magazine‘:

 

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These books  need to be put on the shelf, as I have had them as my bedtime reading for a while now. The Rachel May book is an interesting read for anyone wondering what this whole ‘Modern Quilt thing’ is all about, and whether it is you, or has always been you but without the label:

 

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And this is a block I draughted from one of the lovely Japanese books on blocks. Just laid out all the pieces ready for some appliqué:

 

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Hope your desk has more focus than my eclectic mix here!

 

 

A Bit of Hand Piecing

I was recently inspired by a quilt in the book Amish Crib Quilts form the Midwest , (Smucker, Crews and Welters).

You can get the book here amongst other places.

It was a strange block to draft, and took me a couple of attempts to see how to go about it. This one is 9in finished. I think the ones in the book are about 6in. Here it is ready to piece (it’s the back of the block you are seeing!):

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Here’s the front:

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This is the quilt in the book. It’s on page 54:

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My block and the original quilt:

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All pressed and finished:

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So that is what I stitched in front of the TV last night. What did you stitch?

Old Fashioned Inspiration

As much as I love trawling through the internet with all the amazing quilty things to see and inspire us, I really love to look through a book.

I buy a lot of books. I consider it and an investment!

This morning I looked back through some of the books I brought quite a few years ago. It is easy to over look the older books, as everything new seems so exciting. But these goodies did not let me down!

 

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And as some of you might have spied there is a new Quilting-on-the-Go book coming soon!

I know loads of you have waited an age for this. I think you will like it!

 

Christmas Stocking Stuffer!

 

And just in time for Christmas  my book for Search Press, Twenty to Make is in the shops now!

This is full of fun little projects to keep any stitchy fingers busy! And I know they are fun as I made them all!

 

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Thanks to everyone who has pre-ordered, hope you all enjoy it!

Don’t forget to let me know if you sew anything from it!

Quilting-on-the-Go at Festival of Quilts

Paid a flying visit to The Festival of Quilts in August, and was thrilled to see two quilts inspired from my Quilting-on-the-Go book! Well done ladies, they looked great!

 

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And thanks to Jane I was on the look out for them!

Search Press Authors Lunch

I spent a lovely time yesterday enjoying the hospitality of Search Press.

They had a lunch where the authors and other book and media people all got together for food and chat!

We could also admire the amazing World Record Breaking Bunting that they hung amongst the books in the warehouse:

 

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Here you can see us all!

If you would like to make some bunting and need a little inspiration I have one copy of 

"Bunting and Pennants" by Kate Haxell to give away.

Just comment on this post, and I will do a drawing in one weeks time!

 

Hear Me on American Patchwork and Quilting Radio

When I was in Portland at Quilt Market I got to catch up with Pat Sloan.

I have loved her style from when I first met her way back, and over the years she has added so much momentum to the quilting industry.

This time we got to chat for her Radio show. The show aired on Monday 1st July!

Click here to listen!

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I know I am bit late in telling you, but I have been away in Paris.

Amongst all the always inspiring sights, I went to see this exhibition:

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It was pure accident that I came across it when I was looking at this blog HERE.

If you can get along to see it, I do recommend it!

More another time, I need to get organised with my work today so I can watch the tennis! 

Will this be the year for Any Murray????