To say I have had a hectic few weeks is a bit of an understatement. However, a lot of beautiful things have been created by a lot of people, and I am very happy to be able to share that with everyone who reads this blog.
I'll start with some lovely sardines!
These were all created by the ladies from Avalon Embroiderers Guild, who are a very friendly and enthusiastic group indeed. It is always a pleasure to work alongside embroiderers - they always have such fabulous ideas. We had a very busy and productive time, and by the end of the day a whole shoal of fish had been created. Lots of organza and net was cut ready to complete the quilts at home.
De, from Midsomer Quilting, very kindly made up packs of fabric for us, to ensure everyone had a wide selection of different fabrics for each of their fish. They turned out to be very economical and I hope you agree, her choice of fabrics is perfect!
Here are the photographs I managed to take during the day, but there are even more lovely photographs of our day on the Avalon Embroiderer's Guild website, which you can see by clicking here.
Next, a lot of very beautiful flower bowls have been made by the ladies at Pauline's Patchwork in Poundbury. It was my first time teaching at Pauline's and I was made to feel most welcome. Many thanks to Sarah and everyone else for a great day (and delicious cake). The ladies worked very quickly and everyone completed at least one bowl. Some ladies added beads and decorative buttons too. The bowls turned out fabulously - and for the first time ever, we had a cabbage, created with some Kaffe Fassett fabric that one lady had bought several years ago and never been quite sure what to do with. Take a look at the photos below and spot the cabbage!
The very next day I received more photos from Pam and her sister, Helen, who have become just a little bit obsessed with these flowers. I don't think much else has been done by either of them since, as they have created 3 more bowls between them - one of which is a daisy - another first. The ladies down on the south coast certainly are an adventurous lot!
Next came the 'Rose Garden' workshop at Midsomer Quilting (where I am always made to feel welcome - in fact, it feels a little like 'home'). This is the first time I have run this workshop - and the ladies made some fantastic original work. They were all really pleased with their designs and enjoyed exploring different options for their quilts in terms of line, shape, space, colour and texture.
The infuriating thing is - I cannot find the photographs I took of this workshop anywhere!!! Where did I file them? When I do find them, I will share them! I am so cross with myself.
Finally, on Monday evening I was invited by Jane Bjoroy to give my new talk 'When your points don't match' to the lovely ladies of Westbury Park Quilters. They too were very welcoming and we spent the evening laughing and sharing stories.
I have several other workshops coming up over the next few weekends - so I hope to be able to share some further fabulous work that will be created on those.
This weekend I will be teaching the 'Doodlebirds' free motion quilting workshop at Midsomer Quilting. Although this workshop is full, if you are in the shop please do come and say hello and see what we are up to. If you like what you see and would like to learn or improve your free motion quilting skills then I am repeating the workshop in September at MQ and in November at Pauline's.
On 31st July I am at MQ again teaching another new open ended workshop, called 'Not my grandmother's garden' where we will explore lots of different art quilt techniques (stamping, raw edge applique, using gold leaf, embellishing with buttons, beads and hand stitch etc) for people to create their own unique small quilt that could be hung as a piece of art or used as a journal cover. It will be lots of fun!
Thanks for reading.