Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Festival of Quilts Day 3 Part Deux

Saturday of Festival of Quilts was a really long but wonderful day. So long as you have bags of energy and can keep going like some contestant on the Apprentice the Festival can be pretty exciting. Lisa Lam has just that energy level and you should definitely read Lisa's Blog to get the lowdown on what it was like being an author signing books on The Cotton Patch stand with Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett and Jane Brocket.
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

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.
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Monday, 23 August 2010

Festival of Quilts 2010 Day 3

Its always interesting to see at the Festival of Quilts how many people stay for several days. By Saturday (Day 3) some faces were becoming remarkable familiar. Groups of Danes and French ladies in particular come to mind. My French was tested on a number of occasions - fortunately a combination of sign language and a few key "quilting" terms usually gets me by!

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.

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Festival of Quilts 2010 Day 2

Day 2 was super busy at Festival so to give those of you reading this blog a feel for day 2 - here is a quick roundup.

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..

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Thursday, 19 August 2010

Day 1 - Festival of Quilts 2010

Well the consensus was that the first day of the Festival of Quilts 2010 was even bigger and better than last year.

Amy Butler was signing her latest book Style Stitches..

Lisa Lam author of The Bag Making Bible travelled up from Brighton, arriving in plenty of time to look cool, calm and collected for her first book signing event (I think that's right as we got the first carton of books off the dock and it is her first book).

Marti Michell and her husband Richard, explained the Perfect Patchwork range of templates and rulers - the Block of the Month program quilt was on display.

Sandy Chandler was demoing the Curvemaster Press Foot and extolling the virtues of tweezers and Seam Roller for the curved piecing techniques that make Drunkard's Path and Winding Ways a breeze.

Here's Lisa signing books..

Above are a couple of the quilts in the Art Quilts section - I just managed to take a few photos after the show. Credits will be done in due course.

Kaffe Fassett's Quilts en Provence was beautifully photographed in France and the quilts from the book are hanging all around the Stand as well as on the HandiQuilter stand.
Kaffe was book signing at various times throughout the day. His lecture at the Soup Supper on Saturday is sold out but you can come and visit the stand and have copies of his books signed at various times throughout the show.

and here's Sandy demo'ing the Curvemaster

Amy Butler signing more books...

The Lifestyle look to the stand made quite an impact with examples of Quilts, Throws, Cushions, Clothing, Accessories and Bags.

The HandiQuilter stand was busy all day with demonstrations of the new HandiQuilter Avante 18" and the Sit Down 16" - just in to the UK last week.

We hope we get to meet you if you visit the Festival and enjoy the show!
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Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Festival of Quilts - Coming Soon!

Well it may be next week and we'd like to say we're nearly finished preparing but...for some reason there seems to be even more to do this year than ever! But there again, we do have a lot going on. so here is a quick roundup and a link to our site that tells you much much more...

We'll have a huge selection of Coats (Rowan) fabrics including Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett Collective and Free Spirit fabrics. The popular Tilda Fabrics and accessories from Tilda including Tilda Dolls will be on display. A colourful array of thread from Coats as well as our own Cotty thread, Presencia and Aurifil will be on the same stand so you can colour match to your fabric as you go. Samples of Amy Butler's gorgeous bags may inspire you - we hope so as we have lots of her patterns and a selection of the interfacings and fusibles to make them.

Book Signings!

Amy Butler (with her latest book - Amy Butler's Style Stitches), Kaffe Fassett (Kaffe Fassett's Quilts en Provence), Marti Michell (Perfect Patchwork Templates), Jane Brocket (The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking), Lisa Lam ( The Bag Making Bible) will all be signing copies of their books on The Cotton Patch stands - B21/B25/A24 and C19.

Last, but by no means least, we will have an entire stand dedicated to the long arm quilting machine - the HandiQuilter Avante 18. To try out this fabulous quilting machine please visit stand C21.

Click here for more information on the Festival of Quilts, booking lectures and how to get there.

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Monday, 2 August 2010

Project Linus Newsletter Summer 2010

Dear all

Joy has sent an update on Project Linus for the West Midlands region. Aside from an update on the phenomenal number of quilts that have been completed, there are some lovely stories about some of the quilters behind the quilts.

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(West Midlands Region)
Joy Edgington
739 Alcester Road South,
Birmingham B14 5EY

Tel: 0121 474 5968

Summer Newsletter 2010

119,676 quilts delivered across the UK since 2000, 5,320 quilts delivered across the UK so far in 2010, 2,197 delivered by me in the West Midlands since 2004. Thank you from all the children.

Hello everyone

Summer has arrived and with it some lovely hot sunny weather. Off to Devon for a couple of days later in the month so hoping it stays this way for a while.

As you can see from the numbers above there is a steady supply of quilts being made. I have spoken to many of you over the past weeks and know that you are all enjoying being part of what we do. I have just written an update for the Patchwork and Quilting magazine so keep an eye out for it in case it gets published.

I have now made a couple of deliveries to the Birmingham Childrens Hospital and also to Mencap as well as Acorns Hospice, Barnados, Edwards Trust, Charles House, Queen Elizabeth Neo-natal unit and Hearlands Hospital.

I had the pleasure of being invited to the Mencap Pirates day to see the quilts being given to a group of children. They each chose their own quilt (with a bit of help from mom) and the smiles on their faces were so big it was lovely to see. One young girl uses a wheel chair and has severe cataracts – to the extent that she can hardly see at all now. The quilt chosen for her had been made using thick ‘puffy’ wadding and as a result there were lots of grooves where the quilting was. Although she couldn’t see it clearly she could feel the different textures and shapes as her hand ran over it. Her face simply lit up and both the mother and the care worked made a point of coming to tell me how good it was to see her react in this way as it was becoming more difficult to engage with her.

Many of you make a quilt or two each year and these are really appreciated. I know first hand how difficult it can be to fit everything in and every single quilt really does make a difference. Some are brought to me, some posted, some left at Cotton Patch and some handed over when I visit quilt groups. This time I wanted to give you an insight in one or two of the special people that I meet who really dig deep and get involved – right up to the hilt!

Firstly over the past couple of years I have taught my daughter in law Jacqui how to 'do' patchwork and quilting as she wanted to be involved and she's now made over 150 quilts. I took her to Malvern for the first time this year and she was amazed. She also demanded to know why I hadn’t told her before about all the other lovely fabrics, techniques etc that were there!

Sue is the cutting queen. She has generously spent a lot of time cutting blocks square and cutting fabric offcuts into strips and squares ready for use. All this despite holding down a job and running a quilt group in Halesowen.

I often get home to find that Joy from Barnt Green has left a little parcel of quilts in the back garden bin and a note through the front door to make sure I retrieve them.

Glenys from Wednesbury makes lovely pastel coloured quilts and regularly rings me up to say she has a batch of 15 to 20 quilts ready for collection. As she lives close to Ikea it is a perfect opportunity for me to pop in and have a browse along the way.

Jane from Leicester found herself in a position where she desperately needed a purpose in life so contacted me. She had used all of her fabric stash (horror of horrors) and wondered whether I could let her have a few bits to do. I sped to the rescue taking her a HUGE bag of blocks and fabric pieces, wadding etc. Despite dealing with difficult health issues Jane has become a real stalwart of the Quilt Block Orphanage and over the last 6 months has produced 60 quilts! Jane lives close to the Fabric Guild (Kisko) so again I have a perfect excuse to go along and snap up some goodies along the way.

For those of you interested in the progress of the Quilt Block Orphanage (QBO) I have now received 4,307 orphan blocks and to date 308 quilts have been completed with more in various stages of construction. To see photos of the quilts go to the website – see address below or click this link.

Well it just remains for me to wish you all a very happy summer – look out for sun burn – and say I look forward to receiving lots more lovely quilts in the coming months. Don’t forget, if you belong to a quilt group please share this and help spread the word.

By the way if anyone has any 100% wool blankets/picnic rugs that they don’t want I’d love to receive them Any size is fine and it doesn’t matter if they have a hole or two as they’ll be cut up!! Plain beige or tartan - /anything goes. I’ll tell you more next time.

‘Give some a hug today. There isn’t enough love in the world’


Project Linus UK http://projectlinusuk.org.uk/
Quilt Block Orphanage www.flickr.com/photos/orphan_block/
The Cotton Patch http://www.cottonpatch.co.uk/
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