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Saturday, 23 April 2011

Hunters Star Workshop

After this past week it is so nice to see new life hop, skipping and jumping around in the field next to my cottage and really nice to see my gorgeous tulips blooming in my courtyard garden.

As I haven't had time for sewing of late I will posting the pictures of the workshop I taught at Cowslip at the beginning of the month.
It is the Hunters Star and you can see what a terrific job everyone has made of them. I hope when I go back in September I will see some completed quilts.
I can't really remember precisely who's is who's here so if I get it wrong apologies .
I also wanted to show Jo's Organic Cafe at Cowslip. It was mothering Sunday and she had a full house. Well wouldn't you want to come and have lunch here surrounded by beautiful countryside good food and QUILTS!.


Margareka's ( hope I have spelt that right)


I think this is Mal's


I know this is Aileen's

Table set for Lunch at Cowslip


Thursday, 21 April 2011

Sue's Applique quilt

Last weekend was Shipton Quilters exhibition.

This is my favourite quilt in the exhibition. It belong to my partner in crime Sue M and is hand appliqued and hand quilted.
Sorry I didn't get a close up for everyone but will get her to bring it along for me to take more photos some other time as I know you will all love this one.

P.S You can double click to see it close up.

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Monday, 18 April 2011

Jane Austen

Jane Austens home 1809-1817

Jane's writing table

Wonderful Jane Austen Coverlet

First I have to apologies for all of you who left comments since my last post and that I haven't replied too. Just a couple of hours after I posted I had a phone call to say my FIL had passed away so apart from being pre-occupied with my quilt groups show I  had to take up the reigns and begin to sort out what needed to be sorted out. I have jumped through quite a few hoops to fulfill FIL's  wishes .
You see he has left himself to medical research- What a lovely wonderful thing to do and hope it will benefit someone some day.

I drove to Hampshire this morning and had some time to spare before my appointment with the registrars this afternoon . Last night I remembered that Jane Austen house was very nearby so thought I would  occupy myself doing  something nice while I waited for my appointment.

I can tell you it lifted my spirits visiting the house where she lived from 1809-1817 . It is  where she wrote Sense and Sensibility. Chawton is such a pretty village and the house is interesting. I was pleased  to see the small table where she wrote every morning and even more thrilled to see the patchwork coverlet that she and her sister made.

Alas Mr Darcy was nowhere to be found and if only he had known I was there . You see my maiden name was Bennett. Miss S E Bennett to be precise and my mother was Elizabeth Bennett (Mrs).

Today has been filled with mixed emotions but I am happy to say mission accomplished.
RIP Dear FIL x

Thursday, 14 April 2011


I have just finished putting the last of the sleeves on these quilts. This is the result of 3 years work - How do I know that well its three years since SHIPTON QUILTERS had an exhibition and it is this coming weekend.

So next week if you pop over to Shipton Quilters blog I will be posting lots and lots of photos. You can even pop over now and see a few of the quilts and beautiful venue where we hold our exhibition.

So if any of you local ladies want a fabulous day out in the Cotswolds please please come along as we also have a lovely raffle quilt with the proceeds going to Help For Hero's.

I shall be slightly relieved when the weekend is over as I can get back to what I love doing best making quilts and not putting sleeves on.

Have a great weekend .

Monday, 11 April 2011

More on New York

Sue and I at the Red and White Exhibit

Sue,me,Barb of Fun with Barb  blog and Susan

Lori's beautiful daughter Ren`e me and Lori
The Bloggers -Lto R- Lori- Humble Quilts, Jo Morton, Mary Koval,Me Linda - Quilts in the Barn, Diane- Quiltmaker and Vicki and Jan - What a Load of Scrap
Lori's little quilt she made for me.

Gifts from Bev and Mary. Red and White of course.

You know I didn't show any pictures of our time in New York . I can honestly say a good time was had by Sue and I. Apart from one day when we had to get the subway back to the Armoury building we walked our little legs off.
We went up the Empire State building, went to ground zero, walked through central park saw The Jersey Boys, went to the Algonguin Hotel for a cocktail and saw a million other things along the way - Even a Michael Jackson look alike performing in the street that entertained us for a while.

I was so pleased to meet up with Lori of Humble Quilts at the dinner at the Russian Tea rooms, she gave me a lovely little quilt that she had made especially for me. I have counted 35 different repro fabric in the one quilt. I love it and will treasure it. Thanks Lori.

At the dinner Mary Koval gave us all a fat quarter of her RED Baltimore Album range and Bev from Melbourne had made us all a lovely churn dash block RED and White of course.

I am so glad we had the opportunity to meet up with fellow bloggers and non bloggers. New friendships made and some old one's cemented.

We had a great time and would love to do it all over again but preferably when I have been in training for while.

Yesterday I went to church to hear Neil and Emily's banns read for their marriage on the 21st May.

I sobbed all the way up the church path and by the time Emily arrived I was sat outside an emotional wreck. Goodness knows what I am going to be like on the day. I am ordering a large box of tissue's and a beautician to touch up my make up. LOL

Monday, 4 April 2011

Red and White Fav's

Well I here with some favourite's from the Red and White quilt show in New York.

I came home last Tuesday had one day at home then headed down to Cowslip Workshops to teach for three days.
I was in a barn at Cowslip yesterday and looking at twin calf's that had been born the day before and thought how very strange that one Sunday I was in NYC enjoying the wonderment of red and white quilts then the following I am standing and enjoying the wonderment of new life.

Enjoy the quilts.