There is a lot happening around here at the moment and these days I often forget to share it on the blog, so today I thought I'd take a moment to let you in on a few exciting developments.
Earlier this year I worked on a few secret projects that I couldn't share on the blog. I am happy to be able to share the first of these with you now.
You can find three paper pieced pup patterns, designed by me in issue 37 of Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine. It was a real thrill to receive my copy in the post and to see my quilts in print for the first time (especially since they appear in the wee feature box on the front cover!). The styling of the photos if nothing else is beautiful to see!
The three pups are a Scottie Dog, a Boxer and a Basset Hound.
I was really keen that one of the dogs be a Scottie Dog, as these are often represented in traditional quilts and I wanted to show that they don't have to be represented in a twee or cliche way. The Scottie Dog Mini was based on a digital art image and was used with the kind permission of the artist, Maggie Ross Scotties.
Last weekend I had the honour of teaching the ladies of the Christchurch Quilters. It's been a wee while since I last taught a class, but I'd forgotten how much I enjoy it. There is nothing quite like seeing people's confidence grow as they get to grips with new techniques! The ladies were tackling the 40 inch zebra and they did a great job!
Later this month I'm going up to Wellington to meet the Capital Quilters. I will give a talk and teach a class. They will also be sewing zebras, but it will be a 20 inch zebra for them. I have previously taught beginners paper piecing classes, but what I enjoy about these zebra classes is that they give us the chance to work out what techniques works for each individual. To talk about fabric selection. To cover the more challenging aspects of piecing which often get over looked in beginner classes.
A couple of days after returning from Wellington, I will jet off to Edinburgh. I am exciting and nervous about this trip. It will be the first time that I have been this far away from my children for this long and we are all slightly dreading it. That said, I can't wait to see friends and family who I haven't seen for a few years and I am really looking forward to meeting many internet friends for the first time.
While I am in Edinburgh, I will be doing some teaching.
I will be teaching the Paper Pieced Butterfly Class. This is a day long beginners class for those who have absolutely no paper piecing experience and want to give it a go. There are still a few places left if you are interested in joining us.
I will also be giving a talk about my quilts to the Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild. Follow the link for tickets.
I am really excited to be one of the teachers at Stitch Gathering, a day long retreat being held in Edinburgh at the end of September. I believe that there has been a cancellation so if you are quick, you might just be able to get the last ticket.
I have added a Teaching page to the top of my blog, so if you are interested in attending one of my classes, you will find information about them there. If you are interested in having me come to teach, you will also find my contact details there. I love teaching and am not scared to travel, so get in touch and we will see what we can arrange!