I spent last weekend in the Geneva area teaching and visiting my friend Chantal

I taught a machine stitching class with Chantal translating. IMG_1950 IMG_1942

Followed by a lovely evening with raclette and aperertif


We went to visit the Ethnographic museum in Geneva and I took masses of photos but I left my camera at Chantal’s so they are still in France.

We met up with Elizabeth and a long lunch in the sunshine


And a walk along the lake

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Next day we met up with Caroline and had the day walking and talking. it is so good to have friends all over the World


Just look at the views of Mont Blanc in the background! We then went to a bizarre Cow fighting festival – lots more photos but sadly they are on my camera – I do love this guys hat


Back home and I have been teaching this week at the Quilt Cabin a design class and a stitching class

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It was good to teach design again – it seems ages since I have taught just paper and paint classes.

The Quilt Cabin has some of my work up on display

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And the new kit is available from their website


The weather has been fabulous and I have been out walking and cycling

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I always like it when students send me pictures of their finished pieces

Here is Amsterdam by Joke


I have very little chance to do any of my own work this week but have been working on the teaching samples for the Spring Knitting and Stitching show in London. they need to appeal to the younger audience who like things to make for their home. Hope they will be ok?

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A had a walk in Hebden Bridge today and took these photos – given me some good ideas for my design class

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I have an exhibition planned for next March at Midsomer Quilting near Bath

It will be a joint exhibition with Sheena Norquay and I think it will be called

Is it really 40 years?

We are going to include some of our first quilts plus our most recent ones.

This is a long post but I guess I fit a lot into a week!

New Kit and new Quilts


I have spent the last couple of days catching up with essential admin, preparing for new classes and getting a couple of quilts finished. It seems to take so long to put sleeves and labels on quilts.

My new Penguin kit is now on the Quilt Cabin website

My smiley South African lady is finished


This one looks like it will go into an exhibition at Cowslip in Cornwall in 2017

and so is the Afghan panel – so glad to have got this one finished.


and this one will go to St Marie in 2017 and also to Maastricht in 2017 – i think.

I have a few quilts that I need to finish for various challenges so decided to start this one. The challenge – Signs and Symbols.

The English biscuit is a sign for “Time to stop for Tea”

Lots more stitching to do on this one – plus some printing.

It is always good to see it up on the screen – it helps to see whether the balance of light and dark is right.


Now I need to finish packing for an exciting teaching weekend trip

I’m sure I am not the only one that finds it difficult when there is an update on your computer and then everything works differently.

Now I seem to have lost the drag and drop facility on my iphoto, and now I have moments instead of events.

I had a gruelling but very enjoyable teaching week last week, going from Leicester to Northampton, then on to Wellingborough, Bury St Edmunds and finally Woodbridge in Suffolk.

I managed in between to meet up with friends, go out on my bike, go shopping and walk along the coast. I wonder how many other quilt teachers have their bike in the car when they teach. It just about fits in around all my teaching materials, I love to have it with me as after teaching i get to go to explore.

I love it when students bring in their completed work from previous workshops. Here is a wallhanging made by Helen.


and the detail


Helen used one of my patterns/designs and has made a fabulous choice of fabrics and the stitching beautifully done.

One of the students brought something for me to look at. This is a Pachini game she made many years ago.


I still need to write the instructions for my version of Pachini that if you buy a kit you would be able to make.I just need more hours in every day.

I met up with Carole near Northampton, and spent an evening playing with her Sweet 16 machine. I bought mine a few weeks ago and have not been able to use it as it did not work. It has now been fixed and thanks to Carole’s help and advice I have managed to get it set up at home now and have now got it working very well.

I cycled to Hobbycraft and bought a few more dies for my Sizzix machine. I have been cutting hexagons out of felt with some great results. I need to do more experimenting but I think it will make a good new workshop. Watch this space!

I make so many new friends when I teach, I then went to teach a lovely group of women near Bury St Edmunds that I have taught before. I received this email from one of the students.

“Just a quick thank you for such an interesting and enjoyable day on Monday.

As a teacher myself I know there is no greater pleasure or reward than feeling you have inspired a student, adult or child  – making them want to learn more and progress! Your ‘can do’ approach is inspiring and infectious leaving me with renewed determination to get on with my many projects!

Hopefully there will be other opportunities for more workshops.

Thanks again,

Best wishes and safe travel back to Yorks”

This sort of feedback is very much appreciated – Thanks

I then went on to meet up with a friend Anne in Suffolk and we had a lovely walk along the beach in the sunshine.

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I had a quick visit to Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge. It is somewhere I have wanted to go to for a while but the weather was not very good so it was a bit disappointing.

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I have a lively day with Cotton Club Quilters making flowers, and thanks to Val and Tina ( from the Cosy Cabin in Bury St Edmunds  for a fun evening

It is such a long drive back home to Yorkshire I called in to see some friends in Cambridge. I am so lucky to have friends up and down the country!

Back home I have been working on a new quilt for another challenge – I’ll post some photos soon.

Teaching weeks

During the last few years I have had the opportunity to make lots of new friends when I travel up and down the country teaching.

This week I had the chance to meet up with some friends in Leicester on my way to the Bramble Patch who took me to see some of the sights in the centre of the city.

I love the design of the new John Lewis building, after a good curry lunch, we went to the Cathedral to see the pall

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Anne and Steve have carried out extensive research into Portugese textiles and they got out  some of their pieces for me to see as I will be visiting Portugal soon.

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I went on to the Bramble Patch to teach there for a few days.

I guess there are several reasons why the work produced on the classes at the Bramble Patch is always good. Students this time took my techniques and really “ran” with it. I am very impressed with these examples of my “interchange applique” course. I am really looked forward to see them finished especially Hilary’s fish hanging and Sarah’s skulls.

I had a morning off and cycled to Hobbycraft to buy some Sizzix dies. I have bought a machine and am really enjoying using it. I have some exciting samples that should develop into some teaching workshops.

Then on to some lovely hospitality at Carole’s house, and more teaching in the area.

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I am away again soon so this week I have been stitching and designing.

I have had the challenge of making the latest International threads piece at the back of my mind for several weeks so decided to just get on and make it.

The challenge was to include this piece of Afghan embroidery (approx 10cm square) into a quilt that should be 50cm x 100cm

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It lends itself to traditional patchwork but I have never been able to do traditional patchwork very well.

So here is what I have done. I painted a little of the background and stitched the square into the background. Then bonded some fabric to the background in the same patterns and shapes as the square


I made a couple of foam printing blocks


And printed more of the background, adding some blue stars, and some Afghan women images


I then added lots of stitching and a binding


Its not finished as I still need to paint the faces to give a bit more detail, one of the ladies still has only half a face!

I taught how to stitch sheep this week but have also made a stitched hare sample on a piece of beautiful avoca scarf fabric


Here are some students work

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I had a lovely email from someone who bought an Indian lady Kit at the Festival of Quilts and lives in Spain. Here is her finished piece

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Some more thoughts on this week….

When I am asked what I do for a living, what do I say? I often dither…I am a Textile Artist but am I a teacher, a stitcher, or a designer? I think I am first and for most a designer, second a teacher, and third a stitcher.

This week I seem to have been doing quite a bit of designing of kits

I have redone the penguin quilt using fabric available from the Quilt Cabin.

So if anyone wants to make the Penguin quilt the patterns are available from the Quilt cabin. Look on their website! It might take a few days to get them up on the website


and the same for the St James Beach Huts Quilt


and here will be the next kit but the fabric isn’t quite right. So more experimenting required



I had a lovely visit from Jenni Smith today, who came to collect some of my quilts that will be shown in Ilkley next weekend

Have a look at her website!

So another very productive week!

New Workshops / New Ideas

I make lots of small quilts, these are often journal quilts and sometimes they are just me experimenting with new ideas. Some take only a couple of hours to make whilst others I have been thinking about for ages and seem to take many hours of experimenting to get it right.

I am always being asked to offer new workshops – half day classes up to a weeks residential. So what makes a good workshop?

Everyone loved my jumpers quilts and the books and kits have sold well but this week one of my new Jumper Quilt classes has had to be cancelled due to lack of interest…why? They are so easy to do and so effective. You would learn how to free machine, learn a new and innovative method of applique and use some of those fabulous automatic patterns on the sewing machine.

Elaine at the Quilt cabin in Hebden Bridge said it was because it looks too scarily complicated? Maybe it is just too new and maybe too contemporary?

I made my silly little penguin quilt in less than 2 hours from thinking to making, and I have loads of messages saying what a good workshop it would make. I think it is too easy for a workshop but it has got me thinking….it would make a very, easy to make kit.



I have been thinking about the photos I took whilst in South Africa of the beach huts at St James and have been wanting to make a beach hut panel so when i walked into the Quilt Cabin on Wednesday to do some teaching and saw some of the new fabrics I knew they were just right, so with the idea of making a kit decided to make some patterns, write up the instructions and check how much fabric it would take.

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Here is the quilt and the fabric and pattern will be available from next week from the Quilt Cabin in Hebden Bridge.

It is about 30cm height and about a metre wide. I didnt actually measure it and now it is on the wall in the shop.


I am continuing to work on my South African women images and my Sri Lankan people images, have designed a screen, had it made up, printed them, added some colour etc but so far have not come up with anything that I think will made a good workshop. Hours of time and thought – not wasted but not resolved as yet.







I have finally added some images of my new quilts to my gallery section of my, in need of updating website. I still have to add my new book and new Indian Ladies kits to the shop. I just need more than 24 hours in every day.

I also added a bit more to my Tea Pickers Quilt. I am pleased with the way the 2 quilts will look together. I still need to paint the faces. I used almost all commercial fabrics – you might be able to recognise some of the fabrics.




Lots of new work

There is always so much that I could write about….my new quilts, where I have been etc, what I learnt this week  and the long list of things i would like to do.

I’ll start with where I have been. Last week i walked the Dales Way, from Ilkley to the Lake District. We actually only walked to Oxenholme station as we needed to be able to get the train home. We were lucky with the weather and apart from the last afternoon managed to stay dry. It is a beautiful route through Yorkshire and an easy walk.

This is the Ribblehead hut where we stayed one night. I stay here regularly and it is very special – quite remote, gas lights and a compost toilet – I love it!


Walking over the tops from Ribblehead


It soon cleared


And we walked into Dent- a walk we have done many times

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Back home i have been working on the quilts for Stitched Exhibition going to Holland in October

These are all 30cm x 60cm

The photos are all taken with my phone so really low resolution

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There is one more to make up the set of 4

The other set that will be going to Holland are a set of 4 similar to the ones I made a couple of months ago but these are smaller.

They are not finished yet, as they need to have more paint applied to the faces, bananas etc


I photographed one of the quilts I finished just before the Festival of Quilts. I love the simple cream background and the bright colours of the clothes. I photographed these fishermen on the beach in the mornings in Sri Lanka