Monday, 19 September 2016

Scottish Quilt Championships next weekend

I am getting ready for the Scottish Quilt Championships this week, which start on Friday and run until Sunday.  There's so much to do, including putting a hanging sleeve on my hearts quilt below.  I'm not sure quite what the stand will look like, as we are going to be in a different hall this year, the Lowland Hall, and the access is much, much better than the old MacRobert Pavilion, as this year's hall is all on one level - no stairs!  Reiko Domon's wonderful 'A Hill in Edinburgh' is also entered.

I am doing the same workshop I taught at the Spring Quilt Festival, 'A Celtic Maze in Sashiko'.  I don't usually repeat my workshops at the same location, but I only taught this one once at the Spring Quilt Festival, because I could only attend on the Friday, so I have made an exception.  As usual, I would recommend getting there early and going straight to the workshop desk as all the workshops sell out very quickly.  Sunday is often the easiest day to get a workshop place, as there are fewer visitors first thing in the morning.  Glyn designed this workshop and I have found his original piece of sashiko, so I will be bringing that with my workshop samples.  His isn't perfect but still looks good, and he was a complete beginner when he stitched it - if he can make a good job of it, so can you.

I have THREE FREE TICKETS to give away.  If you would like one, please contact me, by e mail (the address is on my website) or Facebook (private messages do get seen, even if you are not a Facebook 'friend').  I won't post them out this time, but will leave them at the ticket desk in an envelope with your name on, if you win.  First come, first served is the rule.  Good luck!

Friday, 16 September 2016

Shinto clothing

This link to information about Shinto vestments was posted on the Immortal Geisha Facebook page today - click here.  It explains why Shinto vestments have evolved along different lines from most Japanese kimono. Like Catholic and Anglican vestments which have their origins in the Court dress of the Byzantine Empire, Shinto vestments are descended from the Heian Imperial Court in Japan, which was in turn influenced by Chinese Tang Dynasty court clothing.  The photo above and the video clips were taken at Yawata, Yuza-machi, during the 'dress rehearsal' for the Hanagasa-mai (Flower Hat Dance) on Children's Day (5th May) 2014.



World Textile Day East

We had a great day at World Textile Day at Mundford near Thetford, Norfolk, last Saturday.  So we will be coming back next year!

Here's a few photos of us being rather busy.  Most of the fabrics on the back of the stand are stencilled cotton yukata - lovely for wallhangings, improvisational quilts and anywhere that large, bold designs will show to their advantage.

A view of the hall during one of the quieter moments, when most visitors were in the lecture room.

Glyn with his brother's girlfriend Claudine.  As usual, it was a great chance to catch up with friends.

More photos from the Great Northern Quilt Show

Here is a selection of quilts from the show a couple of weeks ago, starting with best in show.  Enjoy! Left click on the photos to see them in more detail.

I chose this wonderful small Welsh style wholecloth as my Judge's Choice.  Gorgeous.

Had this pictorial quilt been in the competition, it would have been a very tough decision between it and the Welsh quilt!

Barbara's quilts will be shown at the Scottish Quilt Championships next weekend.

 Liz Binns students produced some superb frame quilts.  There isn't room to show them all, but I particularly liked the graded pinwheels in the border of this one.

This quilt was very interesting for me, as it was made from a Golden Hands book published in the 1970s - what a real 70s quilt looks like.

Andrea Stracke's wholecloth (above) and a lovely quilt in Kaffe Fassett prints and plaids - but I can't see the maker's name!  If you know, please tell me.

Friday, 2 September 2016

End of the first day at Harrogate

At the end of a busy day!  We had a great day today, meeting so many quilting friends.  My workshop was full too.  I'll get some photos of the quilts tomorrow.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

All set up for the Great Northern Quilt Show

We have got everything set up for the Great Northern Quilt Show, which opens tomorrow at Harrogate, in the new hall - a lovely, spacious venue.

During the autumn quilt shows, Grosvenor are touring a selection of quilts by Barbara Howell.   We had a wonderful retrospective of her work at Quiltfest in Llangollen in 2014.  This may be the last chance to see some of her work on show.

I have the last few copies of her book, 'Ideas for Textiles from the Celtic Heritage' for sale at my stand (126 - 127), on behalf of her son Rob.  Copies are £5 each and the money will be donated to charity.