Busy Half Term



Since my last post I have had a couple of really busy weeks starting with another lovely weekend retreat at the Kegworth Conference Hotel.  It was a repeat of the one at the beginning of the month this time with 20 attendees.  More lovely bowls got created along with the other projects on offer.P1140188

And, just like last time, folks turned up with their unfinished projects and LOADS got completed …

The dolls were on offer during the first afternoon, and everyone got quite into that again and here is the result!P1140185

Sarah who runs the weekends with her mum Hilary is mad about Halloween, so I made her a little ‘Goth dolly’ as a gift ….. she is hiding to the left of the picture!

The week after that was half term in York and I had two classes scheduled for children at York School of Sewing.  The first was ‘Get to Know a Sewing Machine’, it was full with 6 children attending and was lots of fun.P1140197

The second was ‘Stuff Bucket’ –  six more kids and this one was an all day session.  It was a packed day and all of them had to work really hard.P1140209

At lunch time we went up to the roof garden to eat our sanwiches, but then it was back to get finished.

Look at all the stitching on this ‘bucket!’P1140208

All the children worked really hard all day and their ‘stuff buckets’ were fabulous!P1140210P1140205

The following day I tried something new; a ‘Baby Shower, Craft Party’ at Me and Mrs Fisher.  It was a new venture for them too and consisted of 8 ladies attending the party for 2 hours.  The first hour was a craft project, which is where I came in and the second was for them to have an afternoon tea 🙂  I prepped two pennants for each attendee and asked them to stitch letters to each to make the word ‘Welcome’.  Whilst they were eating the yummy food, I was in a different room stitching the banner together.  By the time they were finishing their party, I could give back the banner which was blue one side and pink the other.  Sadly I didn’t take my camera, but Hannah tweeted a picture on May 28.



Kaffe Fassett has arrived at the Quilt Museum.

Very museum filled week.  Monday taking down and putting away the last exhibition.

I sneaked a picture of the replica 1718 quilt. IMG_2368

I have no idea when I shall see it again and I did make a block.  It is the less than interesting one with 4 flesh coloured circles.  This remains one of the most technically difficult pieces of patchwork I have ever done …. but won’t bore you with the details.

Tuesday and the new exhibition was hung.  Lots of people, lots of furniture moving, carrying of quilts, climbing ladders …. even some carpentry.  First sighting of the new Kaffe Fassett quilts which have been inspired by  15 of the heritage quilts from the Guild collection.  They were hung in pairs  and some even from the medieval rafters!IMG_2381

Wednesday, a walk round the exhibition with Kaffe and Brandon Mably for the volunteers so we could find out about the collection and ask questions – so that hopefully we can answer the visitors questions.IMG_2395

Thursday and a lecture.  Today a private view ….. tomorrow an afternoon shift.

The gallery looks great – very colourful as you might imagine.  For the first time photographs can be taken which will be lovely.  Much nicer than telling folks they can’t.

Yesterday I taught a bowl workshop at York School of Sewing.IMG_2398  Very enjoyable day and lovely bowls.IMG_2399

IMG_2404Meantime, on the home front, the weather has been lovely and I have plopped Frank out into the garden despite the fact that he would happily sleep.  Anyway, he found these lettuces and was very happy to have a munch.IMG_2376

Today, great excitement as a large parcel arrived from ‘Granddad Rob Designs”  containing his new house.IMG_2405

Would he like it?IMG_2407  Yes he would!