Yesterday I visited the Vitra Design Museum, no, I tried to but the gallery was closed, however the various buildings in the campus were open.
Here is a photo of the outside of the building designed by frank gehry.
In the sunshine it looked fabulous. Here also is the playground and the sculpture by claes Oldenburg




The Vitra Haus had some very inspiring design features and the decor inside was amazing. I have been a fan of Alexander girard’s designs for a while so it was good to see some of them in their setting.


Wouldn’t you just love a view like this

And a studio like this

But I would really like a lounge like this

Today I have been to the museum of printed textiles and to the wallpaper museum.
It was interesting to compare the difference between the block printing in India and that of France in the 18th and 19th century.
There was a superb exhibition of art nouveau wall papers some printed in England, others in France, sadly no photos allowed.






The Internet is very slow but I have some fabulous pictures.
Basel looked good in the evening sunshine last night


New International Threads Quilt, Sheep and Accent stitching

So far this week I seem to have spent many hours at my sewing machine, and have a few new pieces of work to share.

My International threads quilt is finished. The title set by Barbara from Germany was “repetition”

I took lots of photos whilst in Le Harve in France of the flats designed by Perret in the early 50’s. There are many blocks throughout the town, all with the same size and shape windows.

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I have dithered today whether to add some colour or paint and in the end decided to keep it quite conventional. It was fun to make and has very happy memories.

My latest sheep pictures seem to be very popular, I stitched these ones on a piece of Lancashire tweed that I bought at the Quilt Show in Harrogate at the weekend.

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On Sunday I picked up from Malwina (Wonderfil) some more Accent threads for a workshop in October and made some more ipad covers. I have made 3 more from the pieces of felt I had left over from the Tigers and Goats.

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This shows the front and back. I have the little flap to make it easy to get the ipad out worked out now. The designs were all taken from Indian textiles.

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Here are the front and back of another one. I love working on screen printed dyed wool felt.

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I now have a few ideas for new workshops – I just need now to write them up. 

My new screens that I designed arrived – I have a plan for using them but next week will be too busy.

New ideas

The last few months feel like they have been non stop – lots of teaching etc, and getting ready for FOQ always takes weeks of planning. 

I started selling the new Indian Ladies kits, and they sold well, i haven’t seen a finished piece yet!

They are available in 4 different designs, each design is available in 2 different colour ways – green/ blue or pink / orange

Here they are

They all have names 

Kyra, Sanjana, Anika, Annya

Just to complicate things – I have some with larger printing blocks included in the blocks.

Everyone’s should look different as everything but the clothes is included in the kit

They are all on the Shopping Cart of my website




















It is good to have time to catch up, plan new courses, finish a few things and catch up with some of my challenges, and make some attempt to tidy my studio.

I have started on 2 quilt tops – making 2 large “Pomegranate” quilts

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I have started the “repetition” quilt but I have only been testing out an idea, and although I like the design i am not happy with the colours and technique so maybe I will start a new one


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I have finished a commission I have made for a friend’s daughters wedding present, but I am not going to show it here until I have given it to them!

















Wonderfil Accent thread

The Festival of Quilts is over for another year and I thankfully don’t have too much teaching work so I am using my time to make some samples for future workshops and complete a few more quilts that I need to make for various challenges.

I promised Malwina from Wonderfil that I would make some samples for their stand for the September show. I am a great fan of their Spaghetti and Accent thread.

Here is the “Toran” i have made using all Accent thread. The thread is thick so you need to use a top stitch needle. It is so easy to use, it never breaks and I just love the colours and the sheen.




I am teaching a course in February that includes making an Ipad cover so i have made a new one. It features a clever little extra to get the ipad out easily and again I have used Accent thread. I have used the bits of hand dyed wool that were left over from my Tigers and Goats game



I wanted to try to complete my series of Indian men for Voyage group, so here is another in the series. Anyone that has been to India will know that this is just as common a sight as the Indian women.






International Threads Quilt

I was late completing the latest international Threads Quilt Challenge, so have spent the last couple of days completing this quilt. The challenge was “Large Scale, small scale” 

It is based on flowers (Echinacea) I took whilst in France 

I photographed it as I went along


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I’ve been out walking in the wind today, the light on the hills was spectacular, so many inspiring photos.



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Festival of Quilts

The festival of Quilts is over and I have recovered!
It is exhausting and being stuck in a small space without much daylight I find quite hard, but I meet some fabulous people, say hello to old friends and it is lots and lots of fun!
Here are some photos of my Tigers and Goats game – it didnt win a prize but I did get some genuinely lovely comments from the judges and lots of ticks in the excellent boxes so i am happy. It wasnt displayed very well and not how I asked for it to be displayed but here are the photos
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Here is my Dislocation quilt displayed in the CQ gallery
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I am hoping for a quieter August when I can take stock, make some new pieces and get myself organised!