Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Some of the current Japanese fabrics stock...

Here's a small selection of some of the fabrics I am taking to the National Quilt Championships next weekend - various cotton yukata (above) and wool kasuri (below), plus some yummy new silks.  If you are looking for a large print fabric to try out one of the patterns in Paula Doyle's new book, Easy Stack Quilts, some of the yukata cottons are just perfect*!  They are also ideal for projects from Patricia Belyea's East Meets West Quilts.

* Paula is also going to be at the National Quilt Championships, so you can get your copy of her book from her in person, and see some of the fabulous quilts she's made.  If you want to buy yukata fabric for any of her patterns, please let us know, as you will need four identical rather than consecutive panels (the chusen stencil dyeing technique means the pattern mirrors every metre or so).

Monday, 18 June 2018

The National Quilt Championships at Sandown Park - next weekend

It's hard to believe but it is six years since I went to the National Quilt Championships at Sandown Park - the photo above is from 2012.  This time, we are trading as well as me demoing (sashiko and kogin this time), plus I am running my popular mini boro bag workshop at 11.30 a.m. (details on the website link above).  Here are a few photos of Fiona's version of the mini boro bag plus pics from when I ran the workshop at the Spring Quilt Festival at Edinburgh earlier this year.  It has sold out quickly at the shows, so get your tickets as soon as you arrive.

The reason I haven't been back for such a long time is purely down to logistics.  Since I moved to Scotland, I'm nearly two and a half times further away from Esher than when I lived near Wrexham so, like most of the shows in England, it is a much bigger trip for me.  But I missed doing this show, which always has a fun atmosphere and where I met up with a lot of quilters I know from the south east.  It has taken a lot of planning to do it, but I'll be there setting up on Thursday and the show is open from Friday to Sunday.  Please drop by and say hello!