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behind the scenes with 2 quilting teachers – plans, projects, progress & procrastination

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Plans . . . and Uttoxeter quilt show

We may not be teaching at Tittensor Village Hall after 2015 but we do have plenty of plans to keep ourselves (and you) busy with lots of stitching projects and patterns.

We will be launching a range of patterns based on Barbara’s extensive collection of vintage quilts. Quilts from other private collections will be added in due course. Predictably, with our usual flair for the obvious, we have called this collection – Heritage Quilts. To begin with you can find them listed and for sale on our Payhip page. Buying the patterns is easy – choose your pattern, click on the ‘buy’ button and you’ll be taken to a secure page to cough up your fiver (yes, they are only £5) via Pay Pal or debit/credit card. You will then get an email link to download and print your chosen pattern(s).

The first pattern – a Hexagon Medallion – will be available as a print-out to buy at the Quilt Show this weekend and both the original and Barbara’s remake will be on display.

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The patterns are also available via Craftsy for those who prefer to use this site. The first three patterns have been uploaded and more will follow soon.

Do come and see us at Uttoxeter – we will be upstairs in the main building (stand 74) this year – see what we’re up to, look at some quilts, maybe buy a pattern, or two, or pick up our Free Pattern. The free pattern is also available to download here over the weekend for those of you who can’t get to Uttoxeter.


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15th birthday surprise – class report

Full house again yesterday for a class we had imaginatively titled “15th Birthday surprise“.  (It’s 15 years since we organised our first double act Saturday class at a nearby village hall)  As you can guess from the title, we had planned it as a mystery project and the requirements list was not the easiest we have ever written – dark fabric, medium fabric, light fabric, second medium fabric and probably medium medium fabric too!  But everyone had deciphered and decoded the list and arrived with terrific fabric choices and ready to follow the instructions.  Quick introductions and the usual safety and emergency reminders and  then heads were bowed over machines and cutting boards in deep concentration.  Some muttering about “slavedrivers” “how many triangles” “not more triangles” and “how far am I behind” was heard but we just ignored it!  And by the end of the day, everyone declared they had had a lovely time and what a great project and they were going home to finish it.  So, by our standards, that’s a result!  Here are some glimpses of the action from our roving camera –

























Now we have to quickly put our things ready to set up at the Uttoxeter quilt show – more packing and unpacking of cars!  This year our space will be upstairs in the main building and Barbara will be teaching a handpiecing class each morning – if you’re visiting the show do drop by and say hello.

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Quilt as you go – class report

We’re unforgivably late posting the report on Saturday’s class but better late than never!  Everyone seemed to have a really good time and lots of creative opportunities were identified as we demonstrated some simple-but-effective piecing and quilting techniques.  We are expecting to see a lot of cushions, bags and small quilts at the next Show & Tell session!



Barbara had a hard time walking past the heap of blue strips above without reaching out a hand!









It doesn’t look too exciting, but the demonstration of joining together quilted blocks was very well received, and we suspect that this method will be well-used in the future!


Well done everyone – look forward to seeing what you make!


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