Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Ally Pally

The Knitting and Stitching Show is almost upon us.'Ally Pally' is so popular with those of us who love threads and all matters textile related that they have added an extra day this year, there is always LOADS to see as well as gorgeous stuff to buy and this year, on the Friday, I will be there doing a demonstration. VERY exciting!

http://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/london/Content/Stitch-by-Stitch/9_26/

If you are there on that day, swing by, say hello and see some of my embroidered and quilted  pieces - and have a go at some stitching!


A bunch- or three- of flowers




Always a joy to have flowers around the house. This past week or so I have been making some flowers in readiness for my show at the West Country Quilt Show- yes, I am getting into a panic about finishing everything in time- I knew those many surplus pairs of knitting needles I couldn't bear to part with would come in useful one day...that is one task ticked off my  exhibit 'to do' list!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Bridport Hat Festival

 This weekend was the Bridport Hat Festival. I always love visiting Bridport, I have family there and it is set in the most wonderful countryside, has fabulous beaches nearby full of fossils, the food is great and there is always something fun happening in the town - including the awesome street market.  For the past four years the Hat Festival has taken place at the start of September and I always look forward to going there to sell my hat pins and meeting up with 'regulars'. I end up missing all the outside fun as I am behind my stall, but so many people come in to the Arts Centre that we stall holders get to see almost everyone and their hats over the course of the day. A lot of my hat pins found new homes, so I was a happy stall holder! I would have loved to have stayed down there for longer, especially as we have Indian Summer weather this week, but there is so much to get done in the next few weeks, I needed to get back to my needle and thread.






Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Fun with old knitting needles


Starting to get my displays ready for the West of England Quilt Show- there will be more than just quilts!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Loads to do!

 I sat and made a list last night of all the things I need to do before November and the West Country Quilt Show. Realising it was already September, I thought I should get my act together. I now have a scary list of 21 projects. Only 21? No pressure!
 First thing to get completed is my 'Runaway Sampler" knee quilt. Teaching three classes at Lady Sew & Sew  September 9, 11 and 14. If you take all three you will have a sampler knee quilt by the end-all the blocks are 'quilt as you go' so can be put together any way you want- three techniques, Foundation piecing,English Paper Piecing and Needle-turned Appliqué. Currently finishing up the final row of English Paper Piecing, which I am finding a very relaxing technique. Tracey Chevalier is giving a talk the evening of Wednesday September 10th, plenty more classes during the week to compliment her talk and a show by Maidenhead Quilters who have made  quilts using all the techniques and patterns mentioned in The Last Runaway- should be a really enjoyable week at Lady Sew & Sew September 8-15!




 What else is going on? This coming weekend it is Bridport Hat Festival and I will be there again with a new set of unique Hat /Shawl pins, always a really fun weekend and I get to visit my family too! More photos of the new pins and hats will follow.

 Have made a start on organising  for the West Country Show- rather excited about making these into something fun to go with the quilt displays...