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Quilts shows and a bit of a mystery….

I was at The museum of Cannock Chase on Saturday, at the exhibition of crafts and quilts. It’s their third year of organising the show and it’s always fun. I love trading at local shows – I might not sell huge amounts, but I do get to chat to fellow quilters and fabric enthusiasts (and I do like a good chat!) We usually end up laughing about how much fabric we have and how we really don’t need anymore, but how we can’t resist this piece it will come in handy for something!

These shows are useful for me to get my shop ‘out there’, so visitors can see the sort of fabrics I stock and where abouts I am.

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I spend quite a lot of time before hand working out what to take and worrying about whether I will have what people want. I usually end up taking too much stuff and then spend too much time arranging and re-arranging and fretting that it doesn’t look very good.

It was a very successful day and lovely to see old customers and new.

Chris Franses is a great friend to me, she is supportive and encouraging, a really blessing. She teaches at the shop as well as writing and designing patterns for the patchwork and quilting magazines. Chris has her own website meadowside-designs, where she sells her patterns and writes her blog. During the Summer she is hosting a ‘mystery quilt’ sew-along. Each week she will post a different part of a quilt, for you to sew along with. I’m going to join in (because I don’t have enough to do!)

If you pop over to her site the needs list has been posted – here’s my choice – I’m really looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

My fabrics for the Meadoeside Mystery

I hope you’ll join in, I’d love to see how you get on – I’ll be posting my progress (I just hope I can keep up!)

Until next time                                                                                                                                         Happy sewing                                                                                                                                              Jane x

 

 

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Hello again

I’m finding it difficult to believe that I haven’t written anything here for nearly a year!

Where have I been?, all over the place physically and spiritually.

Life has been hectic, tiring, frustrating and fabulous, mostly all at the same time and no different to anyone elses, I don’t suppose.

I’m still working on The Sewing Quarter, which is an education in itself. I have learn new skill to pass onto viewers. Sometimes the time frame for projects has been a bit short and I have worked into the night to get stuff finished and my Mum has been a great help.

I have celebrated 5 years of having The Corner Patch (and celebrated being 50), I’m so blessed to be able to do what I love, I meet lovely people and get to work with beautiful fabrics. We filled the church with gorgeous quilts and raised over £3600 which we divided between the Church and The Autistic Society.

 

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Eccleshall Church looking fabulous festooned with quilts

We’re hoping to it all again next year, so keep November 2019 free 🙂

We still have a fabulous range of classes and workshops, thanks to Chris Franses, Barbara Chainey and Tracy and we are doing our first Quilting Retreat in June (22nd-24th) with Chris and Barbara, which is exciting, there are still a few places if you’re interested, just give me a ring.

Anyway, just a quick post to let you know I’m still here – I’ve pledged to try to be a bit more regular (I’m not sure that’s grammatically correct!) with my posts, I promise it won’t be nearly a year before we chat again.

Until next time,                                                                                                                                        Happy sewing,                                                                                                                                         Jane x

 

British Quilt and Stitch Village

Phew! what a busy weekend, it was lovely to see everyone. We had a lovely time, but it seems that some of the visitors were a little disappointed – there were fewer traders this year and certainly fewer quilts to look at.

What can we do? If we don’t support our local show, we will lose it!

I’ m as much to blame as the next person, I was going to enter a quilt, but didn’t quite find the time to finish it. I thought ‘oh, it won’t matter they’ll be plenty of others’, but of course, if everybody thought like that they’d be none at all. So I am determined to get it finished for next year – I’m not bothered about winning ( but I will try my best) it’s more important to support the show and who knows, my quilt might inspire someone else to try patchwork & quilting for the first time.

Without quilts to look at there will be less visitors and with less visitors, the traders will not do so well and will not want to attend.

It takes a lot as a trader to prepare for a show, it takes me weeks (if not months) to get everything ready – making up samples, getting kits together, cutting up fabric and generally fretting as to whether I have the ‘right stuff’ that people will want to spend their hard earned money on. So if you don’t get a good return, it puts you off attending again.

So please, please try to enter a quilt next year, it will be good enough and you don’t have to read the judges comments, they come in a sealed envelope, bring them to me and I will look at them and tell you all the good bits!

Encourage your friends to visit and support the traders – we know you don’t need anymore fabric but there maybe a little bit you can’t live without!

Sorry for the rant, but I feel quite passionately about this (can you guess) it doesn’t matter what anyone else says or thinks, it’s our local show let’s support it and keep it going.