Val:   Dave, Matt and I had a wonderful day on last Sunday (14th) filming at the Festival and here are just some of the items we got on film:

The Lace Collection from the Prague Patchwork Meeting who represent the most prestigious platform for quilters from all over the Czech Republic. This was the first time that the complete collection had been on show outside the Czech Republic.

Gillian Cooper is well known for her contributions to Popular Patchwork but this year had her very own exhibition space and she entitled her pieces ‘Unsung Muses’; these were 3D figures inspired by forgotten histories, fabulous goddesses and the reverberations of the past.

Sarah Vedeler showed us how the Accuquilt Go Cutter (and Baby Go) work well for her cutting the accurate appliqué shapes that she then embroiders onto her quilts with some of the fancy stitches from her Bernina machine and Aurifil threads.

The Danish Patchwork Guild is celebrating is 25th anniversary and now has almost 6000 members; Winnie Egefjord showed us round the lovely exhibition which contained contributions from tfamous and the not-so-famous Danish quilters.

Barbara Weeks had her exhibition entitled ‘Trapping Colour, Catching Light’ which included many journal quilts, but her work was particularly inspired by Australia, the Barrier Reef and Coral


Russia, Ireland and the UK again staged an evening event called Fashion Sans Frontiers– and there were some spectacular items on display in the hall afterwards – a personal comment – I thought last year’s entries were more ‘fanciful’ overall – of course there is always an exception as shown here with the corset and angels wings:



Of Course you knew that Jennie not only has her new book out but was given her own gallery space so that she could show the world her twiddling, fiddling, nipping and tucking.

Liz from The Cotton Patch, together with Handi-quilter, were kind enough to spend time and allow us to film their range of quilting options for you, the home user; this also included the Sweet sixteen and Little Gracie machines.


Dawn Cameron Dick gave us a great short workshop on perfect hand appliqué; Janet Clare uses her sewing machine more like a pencil to create sweet little line drawings and naive appliqué (and she has a new book out) and Jennie Barlow was demonstrating hand quilting and has a new DVD out – Quilts Uncovered

Of course Festival is the perfect venue to launch new products and the new ‘Heat Press’ webbing was being demonstrated; this clever webbing allow quilters to fuse together pieces of wadding – so those left over scraps can be built up into a bigger more useful piece. Check out your local quilt shop.

Thank you to all who stopped by the stands to say hi to Jennie and/or myself – it was lovely to meet you.

It was also lovely to bump into Julie Elliott (who calls herself the actress in a wheelchair) and who together with her friend, Sarah Payne, has just opened her very own craft shop BeeCrafty– find more details at


AND of course, we did film lots of quilts for you to enjoy!


Winner of the Pictorial quilts section:

So you can see we had a really busy day and we will be busy editing all this for your viewing pleasure over the coming months