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Autumn Has Arrived!

Today’s DtP was, as always, busy, busy, busy and there was a distinct impression that summer has faded into the distant past with the introduction of painted autumn leaves….

There was also lots of stencil work – probably as a result of the new stencils recently purchased at the NEC….

and rumour has it that the new paints went down well. Sorry to have missed such a productive day and look forward to returning to the fray next month

Well done to everyone and many thanks to Caroline for the photos.


Festival of Quilts 2014

Yesterday Monica and Hilary ventured out in the torrential downpour to visit the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham. This year there was a very special reason for being there because the Lakeside school quilt that they helped to make last year was being exhibited. And, they were not disappointed when they saw it hanging next to another school quilt that had been made to celebrate a centenary!

school quilt

And, then to add to the pleasure of the day they were thrilled to see Pam Stead and Jeannie Duncan Farr’s challenge quilts.

Jeannies quilt

Pam quilt1

At the tombola stand Monica was pleased to see a little heart key ring that she had made from Melin Tregwynt Wool waiting for some lucky person to win it

my key ring

As well as lots of opportunity for buying the much needed fabrics and haberdashery there were some stunning quilts to admire at this year’s event.

aborigini quilt

broly quilt0

India quilt


And, just look at this amazing working clock!


A great day out – well worth the visit.

Book Covers for Quilters Guild Tombola

At the Festival of Quilts, which is being held between 8 – 11 August at the NEC in Birmingham , visitors will have a chance to win a gorgeous Bookwrap creation.

However, in order to make this happen the Bookwrap Gems team at the Quilter’s Guild is inviting people to make and donate a bookwrap which will help raise funds for the Quilt Museum in York.

These fabric covers or wraps for notebooks, diaries, address books etc. are easy to make and can be made using very little fabric.

They are a brilliant way of using those UFOs in your cupboard or a safe way of experimenting with techniques you fancy trying, very little is wasted even if it goes wrong!

Try out different fastenings:

Button tabs  / elasticated band rouleau loops  / ties  / magnets  / ties wound round buttons  / wrapped threads with beads  / suspender fastenings  / toggles  and many more!

Experiment with all the stitches your sewing machine will do, go mad with amazing threads in your bobbin, a Bookwrap is really just an excuse to have a ball!

There is no requirement to include a notebook when you send your Bookwrap, but you need to make it to fit a standard sized notebook. e.g. A6, A5.

You can also find ideas and patters on our Bookwrap Gems website  which showcases the Bookwraps as they are donated.

Once finished put a slip of paper in the Bookwrap with your name on it and send it to:

Bookwrap Gems, 103 Desborough Road, Rothwell, Northants NN14 6JQ