Friday, 12 January 2018

Forthcoming sashiko course dates - Perth & Stockton

Yesterday was the penultimate session of my first sashiko course at The Peacock and the Tortoise in Perth.  The next course starts on March 8th and all the dates and booking info is now on their  website.

I have also arranged the dates for the next course at Stockton-on-Tees, which will run on Saturdays for eight sessions.  These will be slightly longer days than the current course, which I split into 10 classes, partly to avoid the weekday rush hours but also because we needed to fit in around other users for the church.  Next seasons dates are - 22nd September 2018, 27th October, 17th November, 8th December, 12th January 2019, 9th February, 9th March, and 8th April.  Fees will be £40 per day - first payment secures your place.

The sampler in the photo above is by Fiona Fitheridge, from the second Edinburgh sashiko course.  It's a lot further on now, but this is the most recent photo I have of it.  Looking forward to seeing it finished now.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Reiko Domon's latest quilt

Reiko Domon, leader of Yuza Sashiko Guild, posted photos of this adorable quilt on her Facebook page and is happy for me to show it here. It shows a different aspect of her creative stitching from her more traditional sashiko (can you spot the coloured hitomezashi panels?), and is inspired by her trip to Wales and the borders (Herefordshire/Worcestershire) last May, when we took Yuza Sashiko Guild members on a quilting and heritage tour of the area.

Reiko wrote -


(auto translated) - I played by Harris tweed bought at a show in United Kingdom Wales in May of last year. An old house begins to tilt a little, and. A roof waves, and I'd like to express repaired taste, and the mind was made a tapestry. As a house, a work has also built into threadbare feeling for some reason.

Reiko's traditional border houses are gorgeous and so well observed, and I love her use of tweeds and plaids.  It really captures the feeling of those houses I think and is 100% hand stitched.  I'm hoping she will exhibit it in the UK sometime, maybe when they come over in September for the Great Northern Quilt Show.

Here are Reiko's sewing supervisors - Mayou (above) and Nyanko (grey tabby bobtail) and friend.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

A sashiko thistle panel - finished

Remember the thistle design on tartan I did as a sashiko class for the Celtic Quilt Tours group last September? Katherine Livingston has just posted this photo of her finished panel made into a cushion.  It looks fab and rather festive too!

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Spinning Squares quilt in Today's Quilter

Spinning Squares, which has been around for a while as a workshop design, finally got written up as a pattern, and appears in the latest edition of Today's Quilter magazine, which will be in the shops in the next few days (subscription copies will have already arrived).

It makes unusual use of a layer cake, and a feature fabric border.  If you look through other posts tagged 'Spinning Squares' using the label cloud on the right, you can see some of the workshop versions.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Love boro - my boro bag FREE pattern download

The V&A have got my boro bag project from 'Patchwork and Quilting: A Maker's Guide' as a free download on their website.  I've added the link to my homepage.  Have fun!

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Fiona's sashiko sampler

Fiona Fitheridge posted a photo of the progress on her sashiko sampler on Facebook today.  She's putting the borders on at the moment.  The subtle touches of colour in the stitching are matched in the border stripe and it's looking great.

The Peacock and the Tortoise have announced dates for my next sashiko course there and it begins on Thursday 8th March.  The current course group there finish in February and, as our classes are mostly fortnightly they are now slightly ahead of the Stockton-on-Tees and Edinburgh group, so they are keeping me on my toes!

For next year's Stockton course, I'm looking at Saturdays rather than Tuesdays, as I had quite a few people this year who would have liked to come but couldn't due to work or other commitments during the week.  I haven't finalised dates yet, as these will need to work around next year's quilt show dates, but hope to have them ready soon.