Out and About

Chris has been exploring the gardens and quilty things in Mid-Wales. Barbara has headed to Malvern to demonstrate and sell her quilting designs. If you’re going to Quilts UK! this weekend do pop by and say ‘hello’ to her.

To brighten up this brief post here’s a few of Chris’s photos from her Welsh Wanderings. First some quilts from the exhibition at the Welsh Quilt Museum in Lampeter

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Other places to visit in the area are the National Wool Museum near Newcastle Emlyn which has a quilt exhibition on from May 18 – June 15 (bad timing on Chris’s part – missed it!) and Llanachaeron, a National Trust property (with lots of free woodland walks round about) near Aberaeron. Not to mention Jen Jones shop in Llanybydder,full of antique Welsh quilts and wool blankets to buy (details from the mueum). And if you like the Welsh wool blankets try to fit in a visit to Jane Beck near Tregaron.

Then there were the gardens – Llanachaeron and the National Botanic Garden near Carmarthen.

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Malvern Quilt Show

Barbara is (almost) all packed and ready to go. . .  She will be selling her quilting patterns and books as well as launching our new venture – Heritage Quilts, patterns which are based on her collection of vintage quilts. Another two patterns have just been added to the ones already on the website – an Irish Chain and one called Poinsettia, which we think looks pretty good for a quilt made over 150 years ago.

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While Barbara is working hard at Malvern Chris will be pottering in her garden (weather permitting) as there’s lots to do – new beds to be created, patios to be laid . . . !

But we won’t be too busy to do the worksheet and some samples for our next workshop at Tittensor – String Quartet. The Needs List is on the website so why not print it off and take it along to Malvern. If Chris gets her act together the Needs List for the next class after that (in September!) could be ready for the Show as well. Here’s a sneak preview of Chris’s sample (which used 0.5m of each fabric or thereabouts, just in case the Needs List isn’t done) –

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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.

 

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 –

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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.

Free Pattern

We’re at Sandbach today for the annual grand Fabric Sale and quilt show. While we’re there we thought we would have a quick giveaway – a Limited Edition free pattern for one of Barbara’s big quilts.

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We’ve only printed a few (circumstances totally beyond our control!) so these will be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. But then we thought of all you folk too far away to get to Sandbach for the day and decided to offer it as a free download for today only – it will disappear by tomorrow (if I remember – Chris).

So, if you come to the Sandbach show, do drop by to say ‘hello’ and pick up a free pattern if we still have one available; otherwise you can use the link below to download your copy before it’s too late!

Sorry, the pattern has now gone – but there may be another one (or even the same one, we haven’t decided!) for the Uttoxeter Show in April.

First show of the year

We’re off to one of our favourite quilt shows on Sunday – the one day Quilters Exhibition and Sale which this year is at Sandbach, not Nantwich.  Satnav code is CW11 3NT.  Usually we travel together with all the stuff for our demo table loaded into one car, but this year it’s a two car deal as Barbara is starting her journey from much further south and giving up a whole day of her annual quilting retreat.  This leaves Chris with her car full of absolutely everything and the responsibility of starting setup and probably packdown too.  (Doesn’t seem like much of a deal to me – Chris).  It’s a great day with lots going on so we hope to catch up with lots of quilty news and friends.  You may find a pic or two from the show appearing on Barbara’s Instagram feed…