Well, the year seems to have passed by quickly again. Hope you had a good summer and are now ready for the winter months – cold days and early nights ideal for getting lots of quilting done!!

My last trip was to Houston Quilt Festival in October, I changed this tour slightly this year as we flew into San Antonio and had 3 days there. We visited quilt shops, where one of the shops had built a house next to the shop for retreats, which was really nice I could imagine having a few days there before a tour to Houston. I am going to see if I can get a group together for 2016 to tag on to the Houston tour. While learning about the Alamo Phil Collins was in town, he was there to donate his collection of Alamo artefacts back to the town of San Antonio, it gave us chance for a photo shoot. We then made our way to Houston stopping at “The Texas Quilt Museum”. Then it was “here we come Quilt show”, it is such a large show you do need four days to come and go with lots of Quilts to see and lots of vendors to visit. The last two days of the tour we slowed down, visited the Space Centre, Old Town Springs along with a couple of other quilt shops before coming home.

New Tours for 2015.
I am looking at organising a couple of new tours for 2015 – 2016. Perhaps trying something different!!
On the Paducah Tour and Oregon, we will again join American Quilters, we enjoy their company learning different things from them, and they also enjoy our company along with our different accents!!

If you have any queries or want more information on my tours please contact me. I look forward to perhaps meeting you on one of my tours in the future.
Thank you for your support I really appreciate it.

Best wishes for the festive season.

Janet Wallace

At the weekend there was a small Quilt exhibition in Rolleston-on-Dove a small village close to where I live.

It was a nice little show in the local church, with a good attendance with lots of quilters that I have not met before which was nice.

There was approximately 40 quilt on display along with lots of cushions, bags and a good variety of other quilted items.

I was asked to go along as a vendor, the big decision what fabrics do I want to sell from my stash, after 2 days I had decided which to take and they did sell. Houston here I come to stock my stash or my collection as Ricky Tims would say.

I exhibited 2 quilts and a wall hanging. I also managed to sell a Civil War Quilt that I had not long finished so I was pleased with that sale.

I was introduced to an events manager from a venue in Burton-on-Trent she asked if I could help organise a quilt exhibition for 2016, along with having a list of 65 names of ladies wanting to do classes, to start in January 2015, not sure where I will find the time.

As I mentioned I am off to Houston in a few weeks, I will keep you updated on my visit to the International Quilt Show.

I am now back after a brilliant tour to Sister’ Outdoor Quilt Show in Oregon. We stayed a few days in Portland where we visited some great quilt shops.

Our itinerary consisted of lots of different places to visit, one day we were up in the mountains at Mount Hood where we walked in the snow, next day we were at Cannon Beach where we paddled in the sea which was colder than the snow!!!

At the weekend we moved on to the town of Sister’s in Bend to see the quilts that were displayed on shop fronts, sides of buildings anywhere a quilt could be hanged. We visited the “Stitchin Post” quilt shop that had lots of quilts displayed in the shop, along with lots of patterns, books and of course some nice fabrics.

Before I left for Oregon, I went to pick up a couple of quilts that I had taken to “Quilter’s Trading Post” to be machine quilted, I was very pleased with how they had been quilted, the designs and the finish of my quilts. I do still have more UFO’s that need to be quilted, so I can see I will have to make another visit to the shop soon. Normally I would do them myself by hand but it takes so long, at least they will be finished once I have the binding on.

My next project is a week’s holiday with my family in France, my granddaughter wants to sew some squares together for her dolls, so that means I will not get much sewing done.

That’s it until next time —

The group I go to asked if I could do a Log Cabin workshop quilt as you go, as they had seen a couple of my quilts that I had made using this method.

Last Saturday 12 of us got together and proceeded to try and make a quilt in a day which should be possible to get 12 blocks finished if you keep going all day – I cracked the whip! told them they should be able to complete a block in 30 minutes – the response was – impossible!. After the first block, they found that it got easier, some of the ladies did manage to complete 6 blocks. Remember that they are also quilted at the same time so they are now ready to put together to make a quilt.

A good day was had by all with lunch in between.

I had another nice surprise in the post. When I went to Paducah in April I made some charm packs of London Themed fabrics and gave all the ladies on the tour a pack. One of the American ladies on the tour said she was visiting London in the summer and would use the pack to make a bag.

She did use the fabrics that I gave her to make a bag! and am I not the lucky one she also made me a bag using UK themed fabrics that she had bought in the U.S.A. which I haven’t seen here.

Must try again when I go to Sisters might be lucky and receive another one!!

This is the start of me as a blogger!!

Last week I organised a bus and 18 of my quilting friends and I set off for Malvern for the Quilt Show. The sun was shining so we all thought we were in for a good day – we were not disappointed.

The established vendors were all there along with a “smattering” of new ones. Much to my disappointment “Pauline’s Patchwork” were not exhibiting, the first time for many a year, I missed them.

There was a nice selection of quilts on display – you look at some of them and agree/disagree with the judges on their selection of winning quilts – of course, they know what to look for in a good quilt.

As usual, everyone said they were not buying much and came away loaded to the gills with fabric and bits and bobs.

I had just returned from one of my tours to Paducah in the USA so I had stocked up there, but like everyone else you just can’t resist some of those fabrics.

For more details on other Patchwork & Quilting Shows, see the Grosvenor Shows website or download this PDF.

My weekly group’s in Derby and Burton are still going strong so if anyone who is local wants to join – please get in touch.

Talk again later – Janet