Many of you will remember the floods in Hebden Bridge on Boxing day last year. The town was almost completely flooded and many of the shops ended up being closed for many months, some struggling on in temporary places for a few months whilst the town was being restored. Elaine at the Quilt Cabin moved upstairs, which wasn’t very convenient
Now Hebden Bridge looks great, I took some friends there a couple of weeks ago and they were very impressed and wished they had a Hebden Bridge near them.
The shops have used the time to source new products, change things etc.
This bag and tea towel sum up some of the feelings in the town.
When I first met Elaine and Rob from the Quilt Cabin almost 2 years ago, we had a dream. I was currently teaching from my studio and was getting fed up of clearing up for students to come in and was getting too busy with teaching else where, so wanted somewhere else to teach from, the arrival of the Quilt Cabin was just perfect timing. However just as things were getting going, the arrival of the flood waters came at just the wrong time. We were just beginning to establish some good classes but the teaching room was tiny, and in it was also the long arm machine. Now Elaine has the room next door. The space is ideal, with all the facilities that you need to teach.
I often have discussions with my textile friends as to the direction we are going…
more exhibiting, more teaching, write more books, magazine articles etc etc.
This week has helped me make some decisions. I like being in my studio but after a couple of days I need some fun company. I just love teaching, I love encouraging students, I love passing on my skills and more than anything I love the company. I love to see woman (and the occasional man) enjoying themselves, making new friends, doing things that they say they cant do eg draw, put colours together and going home with something they are pleased with.
This week I taught 2 days at Hebden Bridge and had 2 great days.
Come and see the shop, the teaching room, the town. It’s a beautiful area, come and have a day in the town, go for a walk on the hills and come and do a class!!
We sorted some dates for some classes for 2017. Phone or Email Elaine if you are interested
This week I received a photo of a finished piece of work from a student that I taught the Interchange Applique technique and I thought I should share it as it is just fabulous. The attention to detail, not just in the cutting skills but also in the choice of colour has made it a stunning wall hanging.
Yesterday I worked all day making my Uzbekistan coat quilt. I must have pulled a muscle in my back at my Body Combat class on Wednesday night so could hardly move yesterday so spent the day cutting and stitching. I’m always the one saying my textiles are not therapy but real work – yesterday it was therapy and today i will need to do some clearing up, as working so quickly I make a lot of mess on the way
It’s only November but we every year we need to submit our teaching proposals for Festival of Quilts. Although it might be hard teaching there i really enjoy planning the classes there as they are always full
Here are my plans
I will do the same class twice
- The interchange applique technique. we wont get huge amounts done in 1 hour but students will understand the technique and be given enough to make a small placemat or similar
- Hexagon inlay (needs a better name) – an innovative technique. Now I just need to write up my plans