Welcome to Vicarage Quilts - thank you for visiting.

I offer several services: longarm quilting, patchwork and appliqué workshops and small items made to commission. In the past I've also made quilts to commission as well as Church or School banners for Walking Days and permanent display.

Please visit the pages listed on the right hand side to find out more and email me with any queries.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Little Ted's frog quilt

When Emma came to the Basic Patchwork workshop, she wanted to make a quilt for her nephew Ted's First Birthday, and chose the same fabrics I'd used for my sample - entirely understandable as they are such cute frogs.

I've now quilted the quilt for her, with 'frog toe' wiggles around each sash and the inner border, and meandering everywhere else.

Hopefully little Ted will enjoy snuggling under it!

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Basic patchwork workshop #2

Four more brave souls came to a basic patchwork workshop last weekend.

Mena opted for a cushion cover, to match a quilt she already has on her bed.  She finished first and had to leave before the others, so I had to snap her alone in the garden!

 Sue had zingy stripy purples, oranges and greens, 

Catherine went for a lovely pink and green palate,

 and Jenny went bright!

Yet again my timings were awry, but there were cookies to keep everyone going, and they all went home with their first ever finished quilt top - not bad for a day's work!

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Holiday sewing

The Whit holiday was very productive.  I've custom quilted two customer quilts.  One is going in a show in July so I can't show you that yet, and the other is still on the frame with two rows of ends tied off and buried and the other three rows still waiting - pictures to follow if my customer doesn't mind! 

I've made some more bits and bobs for Donna's shop too.  Four lengths of bunting...

...and age / lettered brooches, but this time on cards.  In the supermarket a couple of weeks ago I saw a lady doing her shopping, wearing a 'Birthday Girl' brooch, and had to restrain myself from accosting her excitedly and telling her I'd made it - why I should be surprised that someone out there would have something of mine, when I know full well they're for sale at Donna's, I really don't know!

I'm back at work now so productivity might dip but I'll be back soon to let you know how this coming weekend's workshop has gone!

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Vicarage Quilts Workshops

Lately I’ve been testing out the water, running a few workshops. 

I’ve not done anything as brave as advertising; instead I mentioned at Stitch and Chat one Monday night that I was thinking about trying it out.  As you’ll see from the photographs, some of my Stitch and Chat ladies wanted to do all of the workshops (!) so no embarrassing self-publication was required.  Phew!

First up was foundation piecing.  A nice gentle start with two participants, and we learnt the basics of foundation piecing and then made a bag.  I forgot to take photographs, but luckily the same people came to the second workshop with their bags, thus explaining the identical clothing in the photos above and below!

The following two months we had two half-day workshops, to make a small embroidered wall hanging.

This time there were three ladies (and a half including the daughter of one, who made a fantastic piece all of her own design!)

This month has been the biggest project to date, a cot / lap quilt in a day on the basic patchwork class.  Four participants at the class on 1st June, and I'll be repeating this class again next Saturday with four more taking part.

It's always fascinating to see the same design in different fabrics.  Emma chose frogs, shamelessly copying my fabric choices...

 Bev went all-out for Cath Kidston.

 Gill chose some lovely cute owls for a baby girl quilt.

 Barbara's fabrics were beautifully rich Tiffany glass prints.

At the end of the day we were all still smiling!  In July we'll be making Christmas Tree skirts, so look out for an update!