A weekend with my sewing machine

AnnetteAnnette Morgan is a textile artist whose beautiful work contributed to my decision to learn more about patchwork and quilting. This weekend I was at her residential workshop exploring new-to-me techniques, and having a really great time!  Organised by Anglia Leisure Learning it was held at the comfortable Belstead Brooke Hotel and several of us took advantage of its swimming pool when we weren’t crouched over our sewing machines. The picture above is not a very good one of Annette but you can see some of her fascinating quilted panels.

arches w AMUnder her direction we tore up strips of material, used transfer printed images, machine stitched, added more fabric, added foils and I generally found myself challenged and engaged. I will be adding some hand embroidery to this work-in-progress (and a great deal of progress may be needed).



On Sunday we moved on to a version of crazy patchwork which involved seemingly endless repetitions of “cut strips of fabric, stitch them together, cut this fabric into strips and stitch together…..” I am very pleased with the results and will incorporate it into a quilted panel, my first ever, though next time I use this approach I think I will cut wider and longer strips.

Crazy w AMThere were eight of us in the group and we all worked very hard (and chatted a fair amount too) and ended with completely individual pieces of work. Lisa from Anglia Leisure Learning was also with us for the weekend making sure everything ran smoothly – thank you Lisa and Annette, it was a wonderful weekend.