Friday, 17 December 2010
Friday, 10 December 2010
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
I particularly like the part about Alan finishing off his wife's quilts for him now he is trained up on the Handi Quilter!
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Thursday, 21 October 2010
Our visit to Grace with Jaren and Sally from The Grace Company gave us some updates on the range of Grace products and a chance to learn from tips and techniques from Sally in their teaching area.
Over the next few weeks we'll be announcing some of the education and training that we will be offering on machine quilting and machine sewing at The Cotton Patch Studio. Don't forget to look back at our blog, subscribe to the blog or sign up for our email newsletter so you don't miss out on the latest news!
Friday, 15 October 2010
The city of Salt Lake City is well known for being associated with the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called the Mormon Church).The Church owns 32 acres in the centre of Salt Lake City including an hotel which was built in the early 1900s. The hotel was beautifully oppulent with incredible plasterwork and gold leaf on the decorative filials including pineapples which are symbols of hospitality. The hotel was sold to the city but after a few years it needed a lot of refurbishment and the hotel was bought back from the city by the Mormon Church and went through a thorough refurbishment program which took longer than the original building took to build! We had a tour of parts of the building and visited the old Ballroom which is now used as a Church.
Well worth a visit if you're ever in Salt Lake City. Another great place to go is The Roof which is a restaurant on the 13th floor of the old hotel. The views of the city including the State Capitol Building and the Church and Tabernacle were stunning. A beautiful sunset. The desserts were incredible too!
Thursday, 14 October 2010
The machines are made in batches - here's the latest batch of Avante 18" showing the first step of the assembly into the machine casings.
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Christine Porter is a well-known quilt author, quilt judge and teacher so we were delighted when she decided to buy a HandiQuilter 18” Avante for her home studio.
Alan, who has a background in the car industry with Land Rover and BMW, Simon, an ex-engineering student and me (Liz) drove down from the Cotton Patch in Birmingham to Bristol to install Chris’s frame earlier this week. Simon and Alan unloaded the frame and carefully took it to the top floor of Chris’s house where she has two lovely long rooms containing her patchwork studio with a fabulous fabric stash (for the benefit of her husband, this is of course only a small collection!) on one side and on the other side space for the new frame had been created.
Here is Chris with the quilts from her four books all beautifully arranged and stored in a large wardrobe.
The start of the installation – setting up the frame.
Chris watching the DVD on setting up the machine while Alan and Simon put the frame together.
The frame erected, machine installed and test fabric loaded ready for playing!
Alan, Geoff and Liz are flying out to Salt Lake City in mid-October for an intensive training session on all of the HandiQuilter products and will be running training sessions from the Cotton Patch studio on our return. If you would like to find out more about the HandiQuilter Avante and our other frames please contact us at the Cotton Patch or sign up for our email newsletter.
Sunday, 19 September 2010
Quilters can be gardeners and gardeners can be quilters and it seems that more and more people are getting into growing their own vegetables. I guess that means there could be more quilters too!
At The Cotton Patch we had lots of vegetable seedling and plant swops earlier in the year and now exchanges of vegetable gluts of courgettes and cucumbers are taking place.At one time we had 12 cucumbers in the fridge and we haven’t bought many vegetables since June. I’m sure the apples will be next as it seems to be a windfall year this year. I can just see the apple being quite a prominent ingredient at the village Harvest Festival lunch next week.
Yesterday we had our annual pilgrimage to Abergavenny Food Festival which if you haven’t been has always been a really excellent way to sample some of the local food of Wales and the Marches.
We come back laden with lots of gorgeous Elan Valley Mutton, Trealy Farm Charcuterie (Hugh Fernley-Whitingstall is a fan and they won an award last year from the Food Program on Radio 4), Gloucester Old Spot pork and Seeds of Italy seeds ready for planting next year. You get to chat to the producers and the butchers and there are usually a few bargains to be had by buying at source. Monty Don (below) chatting to one of the sausage makers of organic pork sauages.
This year we couldn’t believe how busy it was – the busiest ever apparently. It was impossible to get close to the stands for good photos so I’ve posted a few photos from last year. The garlic stand from the Isle of Wight was excellent with a huge variety although the climate is a bit kinder on the south coast than in Worcestershire. Our elephant garlic wasn’t quite the epic proportions that theirs were!
Still having planted our garlic bulbs it was a joyous moment when I got to string them having dried them thoroughly in the sun for several weeks. They are now hanging along with our onions from the ceiling in the kitchen. Its a very satisfying moment when each one is cut down and used to know you’ve grown it yourself.
Our strings seems to be quite chunky compared to others but it does the job!
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
Here are Amy and Lisa doing a book swop. I love the second picture!
And here are David and Amy Butler with Lisa Lam and Nik from The Cotton Patch.
Here are a few more pictures from the show.
Denise with Marti Michell's Block of the Month Program - American Beauty. Sign up is still available!
Two of the Rowan staff who were available to answer questions..
In the evening we went to Kaffe Fassett's talk on colour and inspiration which was fascinating and has me thinking about all of those images and colours that surround us but which we don't see as we walk past. It reminds me of how I used to be amazed when scuba diving how when you had seen something once (a nudibranch, camouflaged crab or lobster) suddenly they seemed to be everywhere. Of course it was just the fact that my eye had become attuned to the shape, colour and pattern of this new discovery.
Monday, 23 August 2010
Seeing so many amazing quilts and fabrics every day you can't help but be struck by colour. I walked past Diana and Sandy and thought how co-ordinated they were with each other and their background of Creative Comfort Gloves!
Nikki has worked during the summer holidays at The Cotton Patch for the past seven years and studies engineering at University - here she is with Chad from HandiQuilter in front of Marti Michell's Block of the Month Program - American Beauty.
Mark (CEO of HandiQuilter) and Suzanne Hyland (Demonstrator and Educator from HandiQuilter) came over with Chad, their son, from Salt Lake City, Utah to show the new HandiQuilter 18" Avante Longarm Quilting Machine and the Sitdown 16" HandiQuilter.
Here they are with Geoff Sewell, founder of The Cotton Patch.
This is Chad with the Avante 18" Longarm Quilting Machine and Studio Frame.
Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably (Brandon is the one with the cheesy grin!)
Kaffe Fassett book signing..
Jane Brocket signed copies of her book "The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking". Officially in my top 10 favourite quilting books list this is a book you can really sit down and read. Its not a coffee table book and its not just a "how to". This book gives you a feel for what inspires Jane and more about the way choices of fabrics, colours and design are influenced by life experiences. Taking the fear out of starting quilts , getting them made and finished in a spontaneous, creative way are some of the messages I picked up from my first reading (and I will be reading and re-reading this book many times).Jean Sewell, founder of The Cotton Patch, waiting for the next customer on the main miscellaneous products stand.
Browsing through Amy's books..