Sunday, July 31, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
- West Midlands
- Greater Manchester
- South Yorkshire
- West Yorkshire
- The East Riding Of Yorkshire
- County Durham
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Today it turns out I have a bonus day at home, well at least in theory. I thought I would start by going to the storage unit to unload the van. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Unfortunately by the time I got home the world and his wife had filled not only my road but all the surrounding ones, so it feels very much like I am still on the road. I've ended up at shopping center with free parking and I'm sitting in a burger bar. Nothing new there. Hopefully I will get home at a civilised time and be able to check my phone messages and answer email, but I'm not going to count on it.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
I guess it's time for bed for me as tomorrow I am back with Oast Quilters teaching advanced machine quilting. Night night.
Saturday, July 09, 2011
The talk today was in a school, which meant a lovely big stage and a large hall. Just as well as there was a very good turn out. Unusually for an afternoon talk I managed to keep most of them awake. I came to the conclusion the afternoon slot is the hardest as everyone tends to be warm comfortable and well fed. So congratulations to the Canterbury ladies. Following my talk we had a huge show and tell with a great selection of quilts. I can't wait to see what is achieved tomorrow in the wholecloth class. There is so much potential here, I think we will have a lot of fun.
Now to the bar, and catch up with the reunion.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
The drive from there towards Chilcompton was interesting. I should have worked out the Mendip hills might have hills in them. My van is great but it isn't quick up hills. Still we made it and I got parked up before midnight.
The plus point of doing the driving the night before is a little more sleep in the morning and a shorter commute. Midsomer Quilting was only a 20 minute drive in the morning. MQ is at a garden center in what looks like a converted barn, with a workshop separate to the shop. Plenty of parking and despite their appologies the toilets are fine ;) Tuesday we were working on Autumn Leaves, my class based on the quilt 'Golden Storm'. Everyone progressed well leaving with their bindings at least partialy on and some of their leaves done. It sounded like a few of them were planning on carrying on as soon as they got home.
Wednesday was advanced machine quilting. Wow what a day. I was so impressed with how well the students progressed. Most were already accomplished quilters but even those who weren't managed very well. I think everyone went home with at least one new pattern they could not only do, but enjoy. It really is a lot of fun when people grab the ideas you give them and run with it. Several students came up with new and interesting variations of the patterns I was teaching and were happy to help each other, a good day to be teaching.
If you are part of a group in the area it does look like I will be back in the region next year so if you would like to add your group to the booking to save on milage please get in touch.
Now I am in Nottingham. Tonight I am speaking to West Bridgeford Embroiderers Guild. It looks like a good venue from outside so hopefully this is going to be another good night.
Monday, July 04, 2011
As promised the red room is impressive. No they aren't all Ferraris but they are all red. Personally I found the motorsport hall a little disapointing but everything else was better than I expected, so I have no complaints.
From the museum I went to the Haynes publishing company, it seemed rude not to given I was in the area. I've now driven past the workshops which have benn the brunt of much swering when following their manuals. I know they do their best but they do make a lot of errors. Now I am back on route to Taunton for tonights talk to Somerset quilters. I hope it cools down a bit right now it is far too hot to be unloading a van.
Sunday, July 03, 2011
Today I was teaching a workshop, Speed 4. As you can see a lot of work was done and the quilts are all well on their way. I always love seeing the different colour combinations people come up with. The smallest quilt isn't as far behind the others as you might think. She has scaled the pattern down to make a smaller quilt without missing any of the borders. However that means you get less quilt for the same amount of work.
After class we even had time for a bit of sight seeing. The views around here are amazing. I also have to mention the catering. It was great both days. This group is very lucky to have so many talented cooks. If you are in this area it is well worth seeing if you can get to one of these events.