Sunday, 29 March 2015

Summerhouse front wall

Glyn dodged the showers today to almost finish the shingles at the top of the front wall.  Like the back, each one has to be trimmed to fit - around the door architrave and under the eaves trim.  The weather hasn't been good this weekend and he has been alternately dodging the rain, hail and gales.

The branch hooked over the edge of the roofing panel on the left in the photo was to stop it lifting in yesterday's high winds.  He finished the shingles above the door, but I haven't got a photo of it yet. 

I have been preparing for my week's travels in England.  On Tuesday night, I am speaking at Deepdale Community Centre, Boston Spa, near Wetherby, and on Wednesday night I'll be at Brampton Memorial Centre, Huntingdon, with Cromwell Quilters for another talk.  I'm teaching a sashiko workshop at Cromwell Quilters on Thursday.  On Friday and Saturday, I've got a two day sashiko course at Tudor Rose near Bedford, and I'm in Northampton the following Tuesday night, for another talk for Hamtune Quilters, at Parklands Community Centre, Northampton.  On Saturday 11th April, we are at World Textile Day at Frodsham.  As you can imagine, packing three slightly different talks and several workshops is quite time consuming, including printing out all the worksheets and making sure that each class has enough threads and materials available, plus getting fabrics for sale ready for World Textile Day - it has taken me all day.  That's not an unusual day for a quilting tutor in between workshops.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Sakiori workshop at Edinburgh Patchwork today

Here's a few photos of the blocks in progress at the workshop today.  The four quilters had very different fabric selections, so there was a lot of different looks to the finished blocks, which came out very well.  We had a surprise visitor at lunchtime when quilter/author Linda Seward dropped in to the shop and we persuaded her to stay for lunch.  It was a very enjoyable quilty day all round.

Glyn was busy too - once the rain stopped, he worked in the gale to put the last shingles onto the back of the summerhouse.  Each one had to be cut and thinned down for a perfect fit up to the eaves trim.

"Fiddly but worth it!"

Friday, 27 March 2015

'Sakiori' patchwork and applique workshop at Edinburgh Patchwork - tomorrow

Tomorrow is the Sakiori patchwork workshop at Edinburgh Patchwork.  The two versions of the quilt I made for 'Japanese Quilt Inspirations' are a scrap version ('Kamon') and a Honey Bun/jelly roll version ('Sakiori', in pink below).  The photo above shows the scrap quilt in progress, with big stitch quilting added later.

The other quilt was longarm quilted.


This is a third version of it, made from Japanese print scraps by Nina MacDonald.

If you'd like to join us, there are a few places left - contact Edinburgh Patchwork as soon as possible.  The workshop is machine piecing and simple machine applique, with the patchwork using 1 1/2in strips.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

The final Loch Lomond Sashiko class

Today was the final day of the 2014 - 15 Loch Lomond Sashiko course.  All the students have started designing their sampler layouts and several have started putting their blocks together.

Because The Studio is closing in that location, it was the last workshop there.  We are planning a get together sometime in the summer, hopefully with many of the students from the 2013 -14 group, and also I am hoping we will be able to display the finished pieces at the SECC in Glasgow next spring.

Auditioning sashing fabrics - I think Jennie is going to go for the plaid at the top, which will look amazing, perhaps with very narrow borders in the sea green.  The yukata print on the left was one of mine - sorry, none left!

There are so many possibilities with these blocks.  I think we will have some very beautiful samplers once again.

Glyn has been getting creative as well - with valves... these will become the output tubes of his new amps.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

My first pdf pattern is uploaded for sale - Fanoe Quilt

I have uploaded my first pdf pattern for sale to Payhip, the selling platform I will be using to host my files!  Click here to see the sales page on Payhip - you can read about the pattern without automatically buying it.  You'll need to click on the 'Buy Now' button to purchase, and the checkout is via Paypal.

I have formatted the pattern layout with the idea that quilters will most likely not need to print it out, but instead can follow the instructions and step-by-step photos and diagrams straight from the screen.  Over the last few days, I've sent the pdf to several friends, who have various different screens - iPad mini and other smaller tablets, Kindle, laptop etc. - to make sure the style of text will display well on all screens, and I've had positive responses.

I will be adding my other patterns as pdf downloads soon, also changing the page format to suit smaller screens.

Please note - I am using Payhip so that the appropriate level of EU VAT will be added when you check out.  This means that non-EU buyers and UK buyers won't be charged any additional VAT.  With the new Digital VAT regulations in force, this seems the fairest way to sell.

Monday, 23 March 2015

1718 quilts


There are lots of people working on their own versions of the 1718 coverlet from the book I wrote.  I have been seeing some wonderful blocks in the 1718 Quiltalong group on Facebook including the first black and white print version posted earlier today (you'll need to join the group I think to see those photos via the links).

Sally Bramald just sent me a link to the Happy Appliquer's blog, which has photos of a silk version - I've shown part of the stash above.  Have a look - the silks are just gorgeous!