Thursday, 15 December 2016

Greta Bolster Cushion Pattern

Things have been busy here with the run up to Christmas. The presents are nearly all finished, I am just waiting for some threads to quilt a gift for my father in law. In the meantime I have also been busy with my pattern production. I have several patterns with pattern testers at the moment so there will be some wonderful new designs appearing in 2017.

One which is available now is the second in the Greta range - this lovely bolster cushion.

The pattern snakes its way around the cushion, just like the River it is name after.

It is available from my Etsy shop and also my local patchwork & quilting shops.

Happy Quilting


Sunday, 20 November 2016

Greta Table Runner Pattern

My third pattern has now been published and is available from my local Patchwork & Quilting shops, and also my Etsy shop

The Greta table runner is the first pattern in the Greta series.  The lovely pattern snakes its way along the table runner and used a mixture of appliqué, piecing and bias tape appliqué.

Again it is packed full of diagrams and illustrations. 

As I am originally from the English Lake District I have name all my patterns after this beautiful part of England. Greta is the river that runs through Keswick.

If you would like to stock my patterns please email me.

 If you would like to teach one of my patterns in a workshop please contact me for permission, terms and conditions.

Happy Quilting


Friday, 30 September 2016

Focus on - Sarah Payne

The third focus on students to completing the level 2 City & Guilds Patchwork & Quilting course is the work of Sarah Payne.

Sarahs patchwork project is a wall hanging inspired by Peterborough Cathedral. The graceful curving lines of the architecture provided a good design source for this beautiful wall hanging. Using the same block pattern in different sizes and orientations has  makes it dynamic and free flowing. The echo quilting adds to the effect.

The fabric was hand dyed on the course.  
I can certainly feel the soaring arches of the ceiling when I look at it.

Sarah's love of peacocks was the inspiration for this unusual peacock cushion which shows her creative use of appliqué, 3D and raw edged.

The choice of colours add a wonderful vibrancy to this cushion.

Congratulations to Sarah on completing the level 2 course.


Friday, 16 September 2016

Focus on - Jan Abbott

The second focus on students who have just completed their Level 2 City & 
Guilds course in Patchwork & Quilting is Jan Abbott.

Her patchwork project was a very large 80" x 30" bed runner, in a colour scheme chosen from the room it is to be used in.  The block design was inspired by the wrought iron bed it is for. With in the ditch quilting again echoing the bars of the headboard and footplate.

Between the patchwork blocks are areas of sashiko type quilting in the shape of a hydrangea flower, bringing a personal touch to the runner, and adding a contrast to the straight lines of the blocks.

The design for her applique projest was based on a copse of Himalayan Birch trees at Anglesey Abbey. 

The background fabric is 100% Indian silk which was chosen for the texture as well as the colour. The trees are also silk adding a wonderful lustrous sheen to the tree silhouettes.

In both her projects Jan has broken the designs down to a simplicity which is very pleasing and effective. 

Congratulations to Jan for two very successful projects.


Monday, 12 September 2016

Folded patchwork Day School

I had a wonderful group of very enthusiastic students on the folded patchwork dayschool at Tudor Rose Patchwork.
At times the room was very quiet as they were all busy cutting folding placing, and sewing. 

Which resulted in a very exciting Round-Up at the end of the day.
These are some of the wonderful blocks produced and in progress.

 Joy and Shiela pooled their blocks to make this wonderful cushion. I have heard that they have made a second one so they now have one each.

Day schools for October include my table runner and cushion designs.
for more information on either of these contact Tudor Rose Patchwork 

Happy Quilting


Saturday, 10 September 2016

Coniston Bag Pattern

My Second pattern has now been published and is available from my local Patchwork & Quilting shops, and also my Etsy shop

It is a large flat bag designed to hold a cutting mat is spacious enough for lots of other equipment and patchwork projects. The finished size is approx 20" x 24" excluding handles.

Again it is packed full of diagrams and illustrations. 

As I am originally from the English Lake District I have name all my patterns after this beautiful part of England. 

If you would like to stock my patterns please email me.

 If you would like to teach one of my patterns in a workshop please contact me for permission, terms and conditions.

Happy Quilting


Thursday, 25 August 2016

Focus on - Jenny Jones

Several of my students have recently completed their City & Guilds courses and have kindly given me permission to share their work.

This first post is about the wonderful work of Jenny Jones.

Her patchwork wallhanging was inspired by a visit to 78 Derngate, Northampton. A beautiful house which was re-modelled by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1916.

Each of the blocks in the wall hanging were inspired by different rooms, the stained glass and the decor. 

She has really captured the spirit of the house and his work. 

Her applique bag shows her attention to detail with hand and machine appliqué and trapunto flowers. The two sides show different seasons which compiment each other perfectly.

It has been lovely to see such wonderful work develop over the last few months.

I hope you enjoy seeing it as much as I did and I would like to offer my congratulations to Jenny on her beautiful pieces.


Saturday, 20 August 2016

First Pattern published

I have now started to produce my patterns as booklets complete with diagrams  and quilting ideas. 
I recently received the first one which was a very exciting day. 

They were at the Festival of Quilts at the Tudor Rose Patchwork stand which again was very exciting for me. 

I am currently getting the next ones pattern tested and they will be available soon. 

This pattern is now available from my Etsy Shop - price £8.99 excluding postage 

I have also had several students complete their City & Guilds courses this summer and will post details of their work soon.

sorry it is a short blog post but it is onward with the next pattern.

Happy quilting


Thursday, 16 June 2016

Mystery Quilt Finished

Last year some of the students in my Begginners Patchwork & Quilting class at Tudor Rose Patchwork took on the mystery quilt challenge.

On Tuesday we were wowed by Lynns wonderful quilt.

Her choice of fabrics gives the quilt a lovely fresh feel and her quilting is beautiful adding texture to the large triangle corners

I will be renaming this quilt when the pattern is released to "Keswick Quilt"

I will post as soon as it is available.


Thursday, 7 April 2016

A New Direction

I am now able to share some exciting news with you all

Last week my first collection of scarves and ladies tops was made public on Vida

I am very excited to  excited to collaborate with VIDA for this collection and look forward to adding more pieces over the coming weeks
This is the Daffodil summer top which is taken from a daffodil patchwork panel.

As a new artist, Vida are offering an introductary discount on my pieces, which I can share with you.

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I hope you enjoy seeing what I have been up to over the last few weeks


Sunday, 27 March 2016

And Now it's Easter.

I was going to try to blog more this year but time has slipped away and I now find that it is Easter. Where did the time go. I don't think that it helped that I have been working on all sorts of projects which I cannot share as yet. However I am hoping to have some news soon.

In the meantime, I have had students complete their City & Guilds courses  
( Congratulations to them all ) and new courses start. 

The beginners Patchwork and Quilting classes at Tudor Rose are also proving popular and I have added to my teaching there with two new classes on The first two Fridays of the month.

Cherry is the first to complete the Grasmere quilt which I designed. Doesn't it look great. The pattern for this will be available soon.

I also gave a Japanese Folded Patchwork day school where students could make either a bag or a basket

This is their work in progress on the day.

And I am planning another day school soon, I will post details as soon as they have been finalised.

Happy Easter to everyone.


Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Half way through January all ready?

Firstly I need to wish everyone a very belated Happy New Year. It has been a busy time and I haven't been able to get to the computer as much as I would have liked over the last few weeks. I have also been having terrible problems with the programme I use for my videos. I upgraded it and everything seemed to go wrong. I am persevering with it though and have managed to put together the final video in the Cutting Mat Bag series and have added the links below.

I also have several students who are finishing their City & Guilds courses this month and I hope to be able to show you some of their work soon.
The next courses will be starting in March at Bee Crafty at Ellington. If you would like details of either the level 1 Patchwork & Quilting or the level 1 Machine Embroidery please get in touch.

I am now going to make a late New Years resolution to start blogging as often as I can.

Have a good creative year