Out and About

Out and About

Join us for tours of amazing shows & exhibitions as well as initimate visits to local shops..

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Out and About
  • West Country Quilt Show 2018

    We are going to start with wandering round the West Country Quilt Show, which we did a back in the autumn of 2018. And as well as nosing around lots of other interesting stands and displays and looking  at some of the remarkable competition quilts, we meet super-talented textile artists Fran Holm...

  • Textile Exhibition by the Group Contemporary Quilters West

    Contemporary Quilters West is a grup of twenty two individuals, all living in the South West of the UK.

    We get to see a fascinating range of effects created by the various artists. Some of artists are interested in eco dyeing and even boiling fabric to see what the effect is.

    The group meet...

  • The Tentmakers of Cairo

    We met John Fisher at the West Country Quilt Show. He shared with us details of the stunning needle-turned applique wall hangings, throws and cushion covers that are hand made by this group of people.

    So, here is more information about them:

    In the heart of old Islamic Cairo,  just behind B...

  • A Chat with Philippa Naylor at The Festival of Quilts

    Born in Yorkshire, England, Philippa discovered a love of sewing and knitting as a child.  She progressed from making doll clothes to full-sized garments for herself and her family with a second-hand sewing machine she received for her thirteenth birthday.

    After training to be a clothes design...

  • A Slice of Quilt Art at Festival of Quilts 2010

    Quilt Art - a Group of Textile Artists
    This exhibition was created for the Festival of Quilts exhibition as part of Quilt Art’s 25th anniversary celebrations for 2010. The 21 members challenged themselves to make quilts that departed from their customary format of large hangings. Each member tri...

  • Design & Inspiration from Barbara Weekes

    Barbara Weeks – Textile Artist and Tutor
    Barbara shares not only her love of quilts and her design inspiration sources which she acquires on her travels, but also how to create your own painted silk fabric very simply in your kitchen. Also, you should ensure the rest of the family knows what’s co...

  • Behind the Scenes at Fashion Sans Frontieres

    We went behind the scenes at the Fashion Sans Frontieres show to catch up with some of the artists.
    Helen Deighan
    Helen guided us through her day wear complete with matching stockings! She also showed us her lovely black and white outfit with matching coil pot and her coil rainbow dress complete ...

  • Fashion Sans Frontieres at Festival of Quilts

    This alternative fashion show took place on the evening of the International Dinner at the Festival of Quilts in August 2010. Seven Russian quilters and textile artists challenged five UK textile artists plus two students from the world of fashion to produce a variety of items. The categories wer...

  • History of Stumpwork by Kelley Aldridge

    Information about Kelley Aldridge
    Kelley Aldridge has completed a 3-part workshop for us on stumpwork.
    Kelley graduated from the Royal School of Needlework Apprenticeship and launched RSN Bristol. Since then she has taught a variety of Day Classes and the RSN Certificate & Diploma in Technical Ha...

  • Inner Landscape

    A Collaborative Art Project
    49 women created this beautiful quilt! Remarkably, most of the women had very little experience as quilters. Bettina Reeves and Lisa Hellier are beautiful textile artists. Thus, they supervised the creation of this quilt.
    Remarkably, it was created to celebrate the 20t...

  • Isobel Hall, Compton Quilting Services

    Isabel Hall
    Isabel is the owner of Compton Quilting Services, a comprehensive longarm quilting company located in Weybridge Surrey. With her husband, Don, they quilt on a Gammill Optimum Plus. So, this is a hand-guided longarm quilting machine with an Intelliquilter computer-driven quilting syste...

  • Glimpses of Britain by Gail Lawther

    A History in Quilts
    The history of the British Isles is a fascinating potpourri of different cultures languages and influences. This exhibition, based on Gail’s beautiful book Glimpses of Britain, brings this history to life in a fascinating series of quilts.
    From Ancient…
    Ancient ancestors left ...

  • Roses from the Heart with Christina Henri

    Roses from the Heart is an unique memorial to the 25,566 convict women transported to Australia from Britain and Ireland from 1788 to 1853.

    Christina Henri is an artist, she is completing her PhD in Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Tasmania. She makes a bonnet, similar to that w...

  • The Hope Quilters` Exhibition - Part 2

    Quilts Galore
    What an amazing amount of work Sylvia has managed to get her girls to do! In this section, we get to enjoy quilts using the Stack-the-Deck style of slash-and-sew. This video reminds us that a color flange works wonders as well as there are lots of great ideas for leftover scraps. So...

  • Workshop Tour with Mandy Shaw

    In this tour we discover a world of antique treasures as well as modern tools. Mandy uses 505 spray and Madeira wool threads. Also, she thinks that DMC cotton perle thread number 815 is the best colour for her redwork.
    Stitch with Love, Stitch at Home and Simply Redwork are available on our websi...

  • The Cotton Patch - a One Stop Quilting Studio

    The Cotton Patch has been appointed the exclusive distributor for Handi Quilter ® products in the UK and supply throughout Europe. Handi Quilter ® is a leading manufacturer of longarm quilting machine, computerised quilting systems, frames and quilting accessories based in the USA.
    The HQ18 Avant...

  • Country Life (Show) at Hever Castle - Part 2

    Hever Castle in Kent played host last summer to Country Life at the Castle where they had not only quilts on display in a marquee (see part 1) but also lots of rural crafts. Here we wander round the textile and craft marquee.
    Mark Smith with his unique guitars made from unique items, such as bisc...

  • Dawn Cameron-Dick and Her Pocket Tutor

    This is just such a great reference book with sections on wadding, needles, threads, and machine and all in a handy tote-around size so that all the information can be with you all the time!
    We are very blessed now in the patchwork world to have a wide variety of wonderful threads to use on a wid...

  • Guildford Quilters Exhibition at Clandon Park - Part 2

    More inspiration from the wide variety of work on display at this exhibition.
    The Guildford Quilters
    The membership of 74 women are from all walks of life and all stages of life and their knowledge and love of sewing and patchwork/quilting binds them together, like a patchwork quilt. They celebra...

  • Guildford Quilters Exhibition at Clandon Park - Part 1

    The membership of 74 women are from all walks of life and all stages of life. Their knowledge and love of sewing and patchwork/quilting binds them together, like a patchwork quilt. They celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2011 and decided to share their most recent works in this exhibition. Ther...

  • A Wander Round the Hope Quilters Exhibition - Part 1

    Guided by Sylvia Critcher
    Sylvia shows us around some of the lovely quilts that were on display in the exhibition.

    The Hope Quilters’ Banner managed to take away the rosette for Viewers Choice as well as the Humour Quilt Prize at Quilts UK, Malvern in 2009.

    Sylvia is famous for her corded ...

  • Great Northern Quilt Show - Harrogate - Part 1

    The Great Northern Quilt Show, which incorporated the Great Northern Needlecraft Show, was held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, N.Yorks in Sept 2012. This is an annual event with competitions as well as displays.
    We enjoyed not only the winning quilt entitled Floriade by Jacquelin...

  • A Wander Around Oliven, a Quilt Shop in Suffolk

    Vendulka displays her inspirational work throughout her gallery studio.
    In this fascinating studio tour with Valerie, she highlights work completed during the lockdown period, referring to pieces displayed as she describes her methods and thinking.
    A variety of designs are on display, demonstrati...

  • Antique Welsh Quilt Exhibition in the Welsh Quilt Centre

    Welsh Wholecloth Quilts
    The Town Hall in Lampeter, Ceredigion, Wales is now home to the Welsh Quilt Centre and this exhibition of antique welsh quilts was on display at the same time as the Kaffe Fassett Exhibition. You can see more of that by clicking here.
    In this wonderful tour Jen takes the t...