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Upcoming Workshops at The Quilt Room

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We’ve added some fantastic new workshops to our website for all levels including an extra date for the popular Make a Tuffet workshop. Our tuffet workshops are fun and you will be going home with a completed tuffet at the end, so book your place now.

Below you can see all available classes:

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Hen Party – Dessert Roll Quilt Pattern

We love chickens so it was only a matter of time before we designed a chicken quilt!  This is our Hen Party quilt – it will be featured in our new book Dessert Roll Quilts but for those who can’t wait we now have it as a pattern download which you can purchase online.  The quilt uses one Dessert Roll and if you’re not familiar with Dessert Rolls then let us explain – this is the latest innovative idea from Moda – bundles of 20 x 5in strips.  They are fantastic as they are so versatile and although we haven’t for a minute fallen out of love with Jelly Rolls, it is nice to have something new and fresh.  We used a Chateau Rouge Dessert Roll for our Hen Party quilt and you need a little bit of extra cream on cream for the background.  We did use the Creative Grids Multi-Size 45/90 to make the half-square triangles in the hen house block but this is an optional block.  So for all those chicken lovers out there – here is a quilt especially for you.

Hen Party - Dessert Roll Quilt Pattern

Just a quick picture of the Spring Quilt show we were at last week.  This is held at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford and as you can see it’s a lovely big airy show – we did sneak off our stand a few times to wander around all the amazing planes.  You can just see our stand in the picture on the far left and if you look really closely you can see our Hen Party quilt!

Christmas Tree Origami

Last year I was browsing the internet and came across this great Christmas Tree Origami tutorial on Sarah Fielke’s Blog.  I printed it off with the best of intentions but with one thing and another Christmas 2011 came and went.  So this year I was determined to make some as they look brilliant and really good fun to make! Last week I have been stuck indoors with my my two year old who has Chicken Pox so making these was a great way to amuse ourselves for a few hours.  We found some free downloadable Christmas music which we printed onto plain paper and then we got busy cutting, folding and sticking.  Was a really lovely way to spend an afternoon and ended up with some very pretty decorations to put on our Christmas tree.

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Afternoon Tea quilt pattern using a Tilda 5in Strip Rolls or a Moda Dessert Roll

If you’ve been checking our website recently (or receive our emails!) you’ll know that we now stock a brilliant selection of Tilda fabrics designed by Tone Finnanger.  We LOVE them!  Bright and fresh with a vintage feel they really are stunning.  Now you know us, we love our 5in strip rolls so it’ll come as little surprise to know we’ve been busy cutting Tilda 5in strip rolls AND we’ve already made a quilt plus a variation quilt which featured in last months Strip Club XL.  We now have the pattern available to purchase as a download and we have lots of Tilda strip rolls to tempt you with.   Afternoon Tea is the name of our Tilda quilt and trust us, it really is a very easy quilt to make – so if you’re a beginner then this is a perfect pattern for you.

Afternoon Tea  - quilt made using Tilda 5in Strip Roll
Afternoon Tea – a quick quilt made using a Tilda 5in Strip Roll.

Amazing birthday cake!

How about this for an absolutely amazing birthday cake.  Chris celebrated a big birthday over the weekend and her talented brother Robert and sister-in-law Joyce made her this surprise birthday cake.  The cake is extraordinary –  each detail is completely handmade in icing even down to the buttons and tape measure.  Chris also bought some in for all the QR staff – it was delicious!

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Happy Birthday Chris!

Brand NEW Moda Jelly Roll Giveaway

This cheerful jelly roll is named ‘Good Morning’ and is designed by Me and My Sister for Moda. For your chance to win the jelly roll all you have to do is comment and tell us about one of your favourite quilts – it could be one that you’ve made or one that you’ve seen or even one that is still on the drawing board! All comments will put in a hat and the winner will be randomly drawn on Thursday, 26th July. You can also comment on our facebook page.

Miniature Quilt Patterns

We were at the Quilt Championships at Sandown (Esher) last week and what a great show. We really did have fun – we demonstrated the Creative Grids rulers that accompany our new Pattern Books and we had lots of our new fabrics with us. Many of our email readers turned up with their 10% show discount vouchers – so if you do go to shows and want a good discount then all you need to do is sign up to our emails and we’ll email a voucher just before each show that we attend.

Whilst at Sandown we saw a lovely stand and were immediately enticed in. It was Home Grown Textiles who specialise in miniature quilts. We now have four of their patterns online and pictured is the lovely Beach Hut and Seagull pattern. We asked Julia Gahagan – the owner to write a little for our blog about her patterns and how she got into it all and this is what she had to say…..

‘Inspired by a book written by an American miniature quilt maker I began making small quilts about ten years ago and I now have a collection of over 100 small quilts. They appealed to me for many reasons, but the main reason was the sense of accomplishment at having something completed in a relatively short period of time.

I aim to inspire others with my work and share the necessary skills to make beautiful little quilts. I enjoy entering competitions and taking part in challenges as the threat of a looming deadline keeps me on track to finish a project. My goals are, that my miniature quilts, when seen in photographs, could be mistaken for full sized ones and that I can encourage as many other quilters to have a go at a miniature quilt.

My designs include foundation patchwork using a lightweight foundation, which is a great method for making the smallest block  with a high degree of accuracy. Shadow applique and quilting provides a quick and easy technique to make simple little pictorial quilts. My favourite themes are little house quilts and seaside scenes.’

 

Home Sweet Home

Okay, so maybe not the best photo but this pretty much sums up our Quilt Market trip – happy but completely and utterly exhausted. What a whirlwind of a week! Schoolhouse, demos,  Sample Spree, demos, filming, more demos all mixed up with meeting some lovely people and catching up with old friends. Oh, we did manage to squeeze in a bit of fabric buying as well – there are some fabulous Blend (Anna Griffin) fabrics plus gorgeous Moda ranges. We also have a great range of 30’s prints coming in soon as well as the London range by Makower. We will blog about all the new ranges soon.

Our Schoolhouse presentation and some of our demos have been filmed and once we receive them then we’ll let you know so you can have a look!

Jelly Roll Dreams

Some days the postman brings something more exciting than the usual run of the mill letters. Yes – we have received the first copies of Jelly Roll Dreams which is our new book showcasing the twelve winning quilts from the Jelly Roll Challenge. We knew how lovely the quilts were but they look even more beautiful in the book – it is just fantastic and we can’t wait for you to see it. It is going to be available early May so we shall have it in time for the Malvern Show. If you get our weekly emails, you will get full details in our next email and you will be able to pre-book your signed copy. It is a truly international book as the quilts as the winning quilts come from all over the world.Due out May 2012