An Update

It has been such a long time since I have posted here. I have been so busy that I have not had time to think let alone write. From the Earth has been and gone. Despite a few hiccups it has been a resounding success and it would appear that rather being a one off event that it could well be just the start of an ongoing thing

This is a flavour of the main event.

There was also an additional tutors exhibition at the Art Van Go studios

In decending order credits to self, Jenny Leslie, Fabienne Rey, Alice Fox and Alison Hulme, all of whom delivered successful workshops in the month.

July was spent recovering and preparing for the Festival of Quilts at the NEC

I have to say it seemed to be over before it started and I scarcely believe I was there but here is the proof

Am now preparing for Hampshire Open Studios which starts on Thursday. My work will be part of Room 6s effort and will be at the Granary Studios Owslebury, Hants, which will be open for business every day until Tuesday 30th August, closed Tuesday/Wednesday 23/24.

After that my energies will be focussed upon a solo exhibition at the Turner Sims foyer at the University of Southampton (12/9 to 30/11) and then the Marks and Stitch gallery at the Knitting and Stitching Show more of these later

Festival Of Quilts 2015

Am now home from The Festival of Quilts. Alison and I had a lovely and very fruitful time. We met loads of lovely people and had a lot of laughs.


Our stand – terrible light so not  good pics. We have decided we can no longer fit a quart into a pint pot so have booked a bigger stand for next year.

We also had work in the Quilters in Action exhibition
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As did fellow room 6ers Sue Chapman and Lynne Onions

Lynnes at the top and Sues underneath

A brief rundown of the highlights

Alice Fox in the Virtual Studio

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Suzanne Lenzs Wall of Keys

Kate Whitehead

My favourite commercial stand this year was Neelam. The couple who run this come from France and they sell the most wonderful Indian block prints done using only natural dyes.



Lastly the child in me could not resist snapping this
This was part of an antique instructional quilt for children. Not quite sure what the message was!

Festival of Quilts

P1020098A surreal day was to be had yesterday at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC. I have never visited this show before as a punter as am usually there selling hard! This year I am reserving all my energies for the Knitting and Stitching Shows at Alexandra Palace and Harrogate where my work is featuring in the Graduate Showcase. I also have a stand at Alexandra Palace but it will be radically different to previous years but more about that in a later post. Back to the quilting show… One of the main reasons for going was to see the work of our former tutors, Susan Chapman and Terrie Hitchcock. Although obviously biased this exhibition entitled ‘Evidence of Bodies’,was a favouriteP1020099
Sorry Sue and Terrie about the quality of my pics and they looked much better in the flesh
I was also extremely impressed to learn that one of our number, Lynne Onions is considered to be a ‘rising star’and was selected by the Quilters Guild to make a piece for their ‘In the Spotlight’ exhibition. Brilliant and well done!P1020102
The theme for this year is ‘Underground’
I was also very taken with the work of Mandy Patullo, whose exhibition entitled ‘Thread and Thrift’ was right up my street. She reuses old fabrics and quilts, remaking them into new collages and then embellishes them with stitch.P1020115



The last noteworthy item was a quilt to be found in an exhibition curated by Jan Petranik an expert in Banjara or historic Indian textiles. This quilt was extremely won with many layers worn away exposing the fabrics underneath. I was not able to resist taking numerous photos since each square inch was a gem in its own rightP1020103