New kits

Finally the new art work went to the printers last week. I have some new kits that will be ready for sale at the Festival of Quilts. Although some people have been able to mange to do the Indian ladies kit that I sell, I found out through teaching how to follow it, it is not easy for a beginner
and the problems with getting the printing and the graphics to match up proved very stressful. It also was not possible to stitch it by hand. So I have developed one that I think will work better.
There will be 4 different designs with currently 2 different backgrounds, although there will be a third. They all feature Indian ladies.
I have tested them, and tested them again and again, so have made many different variations. one of the reasons why I am pleased with them is that they will all look very different.
Here are some of my examples.
There is a pink / orange / gold background and also a green / blue background. I intend also have a very neutral background available as well.




These are just a few there are many more.
I was teaching at Romsey Quilters on Wednesday and it was great to be see if they worked well, and, I don’t think I need to say anything – the results of their work show just how well they work. I love some of their colour choices. I love it as students sometimes use colours that I wouldn’t use and make a fabulous job. I am also so impressed when students change my pattern and make it better! Thanks to Romsey Quilters!

The fabric for the background is a soft more loosely woven cotton so it can be easily stitched into by hand.

New Voyage Quilts

My dislocation quilt has been posted, my Festival of Quilts piece has been packed ready to go, so I thought it was time to start on some of the quilts I should have made but haven’t had time.
I need to make
A march / April, a May/ June and a July/August Voyage quilt all in an Earth / people series so yesterday I painted some backgrounds and started the appliqué on one of them


I should be able to get them finished soon and posted on the website


The last couple of weeks has been so busy…..

The Tour De France came past our house, it was so exciting and has made most of us proud to live in such a beautiful part of the UK. The yellow bunting, and bicycles are still up around the village








There are loads of cyclist out on the roads, today I went out on my bike for a long ride with a friend – great ride but a puncture and a snapped chain meant it ended in a bit of a disaster.Image 1


This photo was taken of a house near us.

Good news – my Dislocation quilt has been accepted for an exhibition at The Festival of Quilts. There were 79 entires and only 40 have been accepted and it will then go on to other venues.

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With the Festival of Quilts coming up soon I needed to get organised so yesterday I ordered 1000 more greetings cards so I will have some new cards for sale. There are lots of new Indian cards featuring the women and there are also some eg the Israeli swimmers that are new.

My entry for the 3D category at FOQ is finished (no photo). It was fun to make. Who knows whether I will win a prize, but it will create some interest and discussion

I have been working on my new kits featuring more Indian women. They will be available to sale at FOQ. They are easier than the Indian Ladies Kit to make.

There are 4 designs and 2 different coloured backgrounds









The green backgrounds arrived yesterday and I added the applique, and hopefully will find the time to do some stitching

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Finally …

One of my 3 Indian Ladies is to be featured on the cover of an Italian Quilt magazine!




November Residential


Lake district Residential

Abbot Hall

Grange over Sands

November 24th – 28th


This includes all tuition, bed, breakfast and dinner in a single ensuite room

Every year I organise a residential course in the Lake District.

The subject for the week always brings much discussion from my existing students.

I have listened to them and to the comments from previous students who often like to return for a week of good company, good food and a chance to spend a week doing the things they love.

I now have a programme and have up until now not taken any bookings. I have just been too busy!

Please note

All rooms are ensuite, you may have a room with 2 beds in it but you will be the only one in that room

The course starts on Monday at 1pm. Please make sure you have had your lunch by then or bring a packed lunch.

It finishes at 12ish on the Friday

The timetable is as follows

Tuesday – Thursday

9am studio

12.30 – 4.00 free time.

4.00 Tea and Cake

4.30- 6.15 studio

6.30 Dinner

8.00 Studio

Monday Drawing, photography, designing, research,

Tuesday Block printing, making blocks, screen printing, discharge with decolourant, stencilling

Wednesday Appliqué and machine stitching

Thursday machine stitching

Friday finishing off

I will be encouraging students to make a large hanging / quilt. This is not essential but I thought it might be better than making lots of smaller samples.

We will take our inspiration from the surrounding landscape but this year I would like to look more at the individual flora and fauna and make the flowers, grasses, ferns more stylised. We will start by researching styles eg 1950′s

More information is available

Please email me for more information

or phone for for more information

£50 deposit will secure you a place.

So far  have not taken any deposits but would like to do so now

The retreat is still going ahead and I will need to take deposits for this week soon.

Please make cheques payable to Abbot hall

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New work

I’ve done loads of travel in the last few months but I still need to keep making quilts. I have loads of ideas for new work but no time!

Here is the finished journal quilt and an another new one on the way. i want to try to make 3 inspired by my Canadian trip for an exhibition.


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I have just finished the Dislocation quilt for the CQ challenge – at last! the deadline is only a few days away.

Here is my explanation


I started this challenge by finding out what dislocation meant. The dictionary said “an event that results in discontinuity”.

I am an admirer of the work of Stig Lindberg a Swedish designer. I love his design work based on bottles and vases. A broken vase would cause the pattern to discontinue. My quilt is made using simple applique techniques and machine quilting.

The finished quilt is 120cm x 50cm

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Here is the sample required (20cm x 20cm)

The colours on the photos seem very pale but they are bright!











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I am teaching in Scotland for a couple of days this week, The weather has been beautiful and I have, as always taken masses of photos, and am inspired to make a couple of journal quilts based on the fabulous landscapes of Scotland. there is no better place when the sun shines.
Here are some photos of the class today. I just had to take these photos – it doesn’t look much fun – does it? It was, just the ladies were so focused in what they were making they wouldn’t stop!!
Here are some photos of the flowers they made – you can see just how productive they were by the number of flowers made in a day.



One of the ladies today showed me the latest copy of Workbox magazine – I wrote this article limits a year ago and am pleased with the way they have done the graphics





Here are some photos I have taken in the last few days

This one is me on the top of Ben Nevis






















New journal quilts

I feel way behind with my Journal Quilts and had a small quilt to make for May and one for June so yesterday I made one and am almost finished another.
Whilst in Toronto we were introduced to the Hudson’s Bay Blanket by Jennie who we stayed with.
They were for sale in shops all over Canada and I love them. The history is very interesting. I bought a mug and am enjoying drinking my coffee from it.


I would love to have bought a blanket but they are very expensive, so when we saw the fabric for sale in a fabric shop we just had to buy some. I have stitched around the edge of my piece of fabric so I now have a small Hudson’s Bay blanket.



I bought a copy of the book so will eventually read all about them in more detail.

So here is my latest Journal didn’t take long to make but will remind me of my time in Canada

I started making My June Journal quilt last night.
I took a photo of a small doll made by Inuit people that I saw in the museum in Ottawa.

I have painted the background, added some appliqué and will now add some stitch. It won’t take long the finish so I will soon have May and June quilts finished. Next week I will start on my dislocation quilt that needs to be finished for the end of June. Panic! As I have lots of teaching to do in June!