Monday, 2 July 2018

Traditional Quilters group retreat

36 of us met up at Grantham for a weekend retreat, with three wonderful tutors: Lynne Edwards teaching perspective, Shirley Bloomfield on needleturned Appliqué, and Carolyn Gibbs in working with stripes. They were all well attended and we were very happy with their results. Join the Guild and for an extra £10 you can join us as well!

Friday, 22 June 2018

Success at Sandown

What a thrill. Three of us have won first prize for a group quilt at this exhibition. It is our Boxing Hares quilt which I shall photo when I visit next Sunday. We are so chuffed.

Friday, 9 March 2018

In Gran Canaria

On our holidays here, but sadly I have spent two days in hospital having my appendix out! The good thing is the lovely sun, which beats the cold and snow in UK, although I believe most of it round our way in Herts has disappeared.
Before the shock, we were in the capital and just by sheer chance I found a lovely patchwork shop, called Ell@‘s. Weird name but a delightful place. Had to buy some fabric didn’t I! There was a workshop going in and some nice quilts around the place.

Friday, 4 August 2017


Every year in July, three of us go to Suffolk originally for workshops run by Lynne Edwards, now on our own in a hall to die for quilting-wise, for four UFO days of bliss. Lynne came in to see us and brought some beautiful quilts to show us. One by Gisela Thwaites who died some years ago is being looked after by Lynne for posterity. It will be on show at the FoQ this year on the traditional group of the Quilters Guild stands. It is a priceless crazy quilt with lots of embroidery and decoration, wonderful. I am showing it at the moment when I give my talk in the History of Appllique.


A bit late in posting this but we had a great trip to Sandown this year, going by mini bus from Baldock, which is a new service offered to locals. Driven by husband, who enjoyed himself at Kingston u Thames, and bought me some fat quarters at a local shop while he was about it!
The nine quilts looked great hanging up, still except andy's which turned out to be a problem with the sleeve. I asked a lady to take a photo of me standing by my quilt but sadly as I was passing my camera over to her I dropped the camera and broke it! Still managed to get the other quilts pictures off the camera when I got home. So I have a full set, and eight more now being made in my next class. I really find it interesting how the girls think about the imagery and come up with fabulous blocks.
I am very grateful to Grosvenor who let us have the space at Sandown, a great exhibition. FoQ this month!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Warner Textile Archives

Last Friday a group of us visited this lovely rather unknown ex-mill in Braintree. I have wanted to see this place for many years but never managed a day when there is a guided tour available. More of a talk than a tour, but after a good talk from one of the curators we are allowed to look round the exhibition. The talk takes you through the Middle Ages to the present day, from a rich wool town through the fabulous silk era, to the demise of the mill in the late twentieth century from Chinese competition. The talk is all the more interesting if you have read Liz Trenow's book The Silk Weavers. Her silk family connections still exist.
The exhibition includes beautiful samples of old and new silk items. Drawers full of more, and apparently thousands of samples in the archive. They change the exhibition every so often. Sadly no photos as these are not allowed in the place. They have been hurt before by plagiarism. The shop had some lovely
 things in it, and not expensive either. Some designs have been made into greetings cards, on hand made paper, a snip at ten for five pounds!

Friday, 17 March 2017

Spot on Radio Verulam

Well, what a lovely lunch time, being interviewed by Diana of Radio Verulam about our Mimram Quilters exhibition going on this weekend at Welwyn Civic Centre (AL6 9ER). We had such a giggle and she said she hadn't realised how exciting quilting could be!