Friday, 17 November 2017

Skipping over...

...the fact that that I haven't blogged for over a year....
I want to tell you what has been going on in my small corner of the Universe.

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Last July I returned to Crafty Retreats in France where another lovely group of ladies joined me for a week of painting, stitching and eating. 😊 This time the wonderful ladies who travelled to work with me came from the U.S.A and Sweden, along with a few Brits from England, Scotland and Wales.

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You can see close ups of all the lovely hares that were created here. (Click on the image to scroll through the selection.) I will be back at Crafty Retreats in France and Cornwall next year, and again in 2019.

In August I was back at the N.E.C. in Birmingham for the Festival of Quilts, ably assisted by daughter. I love this piece that she did for the Portrait Shuffle gallery.

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For the rest of the time I have had my head down writing a book, due out March next year.
It has been a long process and one that took up any time left after giving talks and workshops and general family commitments. I take my hat off to those stellar people who seem to be able to keep all their social media balls in the air while doing everything else. I have never been one of those people who is blessed with huge amounts of energy and so something has to give. That coupled with the fact that I couldn't really share with you the things I was working on meant that things have been very quiet here. Obviously, more about the book to come but in the meantime here is a close up of something I did while in France.

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Oh, also add the fact that I dislocated my elbow at the beginning of September which has meant that I am slower getting back into the swing of things than I had initially planned. I have been keeping my arm moving with a bit of E.P.P. though, along with some help from the physio.

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I know blogging has taken a back seat with the rise of other platforms but I am very fond of my blog space. It has opened up a whole world to me that I would never have imagined possible. It has also allowed me to forge friendships and for these things I am truy grateful.

So if you thought that I had abandoned this space you would be wrong, and if you have taken the time to read this post I thank you.
Until next time...


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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Crafty Retreats

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This is where you could find me last week. Teaching at Crafty Retreats in the Limousin region of France. The building in the foreground is where we ate the most delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and I got to sleep in that beautiful house you see in the distance.

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This is the front of the house where the majority of the participants slept in their beautifully decorated rooms.

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This is the workroom where all the action took place.

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Well, almost all of the action, as a lot of the painting took place outside.

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It wasn't all work and no play. I got to spend the day in Aubusson, which is famous for its tapestries.
I took a million and one photos because there was much to inspire, especially the shelves full of wool rovings...

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...and the spools of woolen thread


...in every imaginable colour.

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However, the best thing of all were the wonderful women who traveled, not just from the UK, but also from the USA and Canada to work with me. 

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They all worked very hard but also had a good time with lots and lots of laughter. We have all made new friends.

The good news for me is that I get to do it all over again next July  NOW FULL and I would love you to join me!
Names now being taken for September 2018!

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

May, June, July, August...

...September!!
We are already half way through September!


Here are the "finished" Journal Quilts for the last four months. Cropped to view because I still can't decide whether to join them all together as one piece, or three groups of four (when all are done) or as individual pieces.


I might not do anything at all with them as for me the enjoyment of these has been in the actual making and not so much in the finished item, which is probably why I prefer the close up shots of the stitching.


They would however, make a good addition to my 'Tales from the Scrap Bag' because I have kept to my guns and only used up fabric I already have, not painting up anything new. So I probably will finish the edges somehow.

  
I know I shared this image before but it is my favourite and if you look closely at the finished piece above you will see that I wasn't happy to stop at this.


I am slightly ahead of the game because I have pieced the remaining four months contributions and they are now waiting to be stitched. I do have a very long to do list at the moment so they will probably stay this until about the last week in December!!

Thank you for visiting!

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Friday, 26 August 2016

fabric friday

hand painted fabric from Quilt Routes

..just because

Taken a few weeks ago, waiting to be packaged for Festival of Quilts.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Time for a quilty catch up!

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Well the Festival of Quilts really went by in a big blur this year. A good blur, but a blur none the less and as such you won't find any photos of favourite quilts here as I just didn't get the time to take any photos . 
What I will say is that for me the stand out exhibitions were the Fine Art Quilt Masters and the Art Textiles: Made in Britain. (You can see a video of their exhibition on their Facebook page.) The winning piece from the Fine Art Quilt Master can be seen here.

It was lovely to meet everyone and it was great to catch up with people that I only ever see at the show. Thank you if you were one of those who came by to say hello or take one of my workshops.*

* if you did take a class with me and you have not received your follow up sheet, it is because your email address bounced back so you need to contact me if you wish to receive it.

A highlight that I have to mention is the fact that Jane La Fazio who said she would come and say hi actually took the time to come to one of my workshops. It was so lovely to actually meet her "in the flesh" after "knowing her online for some time.

What else have I been doing?

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I was interviewed by Patchwork Professional, a German publication and Cherish was featured on the cover. Such a thrill!

I spent the day with Penarth and District Quilters at their exhibition who I want to give a shout out to as I am an ex member and it was lovely to catch up with them ..again no photos sorry, too busy talking!

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Now, I am catching up with four months of Journal Quilts which  have to be finished by the end of the month  DONE :D. Post to follow. 
Plus, I am looking forward to getting on with some serious work over the next few months, only interrupted by my daughters graduation, which gives us one last excuse to visit Cornwall this year, followed by my week in France with Crafty Retreats.
The lovely Phil and Fran have actually booked me for a return visit next July! Details to follow.

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Out and About

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One of the perks of travelling around the country to give talks and workshops is that I get to visit some fantastic places. Sometimes time restraints don't allow me the chance to do any sightseeing but this week I did get to spend a bit of time in the market town of Shewsbury which is cram packed with 15th and 16th Century architecture.

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It is definitely a place that I would like to spend a bit more time in.

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After a talk to Shropshire Quilters, the following day I taught a workshop for them at Castle Court Quilter situated opposite Whittington Castle.

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The workshop was Strippy Landscapes and here are the results.

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Very often it is the first time that the students have attempted anything "arty". It is always a thrill to see the results.

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