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!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Poem quilts

have just come back from Duxford Where the first six poem quilts are being shown. They look lovely and am very pleased. One is not hung brilliantly and will try to get this sorted before Sandown. Brilliant!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Welsh Quilt Museum

My pink whole cloth wall hanging is now in Lampeter in Jen Jones museum. I think the exhibition is going on until November. So I hope to visit the museum to see all of the quilts some time this summer. It will make a nice holiday.
This picture shows the quilt nearly finished some weeks ago. I have called it Gellyg y Mel Cymreig meaning Welsh pears and honey. The Welsh pears is a design very similar to paisley, but the pears have rounded edges. The honey is for the beehive patterns around the border.
I'm off to Duxford at the beginning of March to see the six poem quilts hanging up finally. There will be nine in Sandown in June. Do come and see!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Yesterday 6 of my students' poem quilts went off for the Spring Shows - there will be 3 more for Sandown as well. I shall go to Duxford in March to see them hanging. Here are a couple to whet your appetites!
 Andy's 'When I Grow Old'
Anne's Grantchester