Update to local Hove classes

97-Sampling The Quilt

Sampling The Quilt , 1 © Louise Mabbs 1997

MAKE YOUR OWN VERSION OF THIS QUILT

House –                       Repeat Blocks, machine
Flower –                      Hand appliqué
Star –                           American style hand or machine patchwork blocks
Crazy Patchwork –  Hand appliqué and embroidery
Random shape –      Machine appliqué
Tumbling Blocks –  English template Patchwork, hand (youngsters call it English Paper Piecing)

Sadly we nearly made it to a class actually running but the class was pulled just before the 6th person signed up. So frustrating.

However it was the final impetus for me to finally give my studio and dining room a massive reorganisation, so I am able to teach from home again after there years in this new house of not being able to (husband’s employers moved us to a less useful, smaller house).  I have two new students starting a beginners cot quilt/lap quilt project on Monday evenings normally from 7pm – 9pm. We’ve only had one class and as we’re almost into half term and one of them is away, we are having our second session on 23rd, but it & the 30th will be 3 hour classes to make up for the break as the course started much later than the school terms.

It works out at £10 a class (so £15 for the 3hrs) which includes worksheets and coffee/tea. Please contact me through the reply button below if you would like to come. you can drop into it later or come to occasional class for £12.

I hope my second level Quilt As You Go beginners course will run in January, if not I’ll run something at home again. The lack of funding for Community Learning courses, lack of daytime classrooms and the difficulties of advertising things efficiently have hampered things for a long time so I am looking for alternative options so please sign up for occasional updates here so you know when things are happening.

I’m also getting a new website done and probably going on instagram and other things so hopefully my own publicity will be more efficient by then!

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Great British Sewing Bee

at ExCel London 21-24th September http://thegreatbritishsewingbeelive.com

I will be on stand D22 and as I now have a bit more space I will be doing workshops on the stand.

Going to be a bit of a challenge, I’m used to fabric walls and pinning up with dressmaking pins whereas these walls you can only put velcro or double sided sellotape on both of which will ruin my artwork, so it’s either sew on loads of velcro spots or find hangers and take poles. As I usually do ExCel shows by train with a family helper (son or husband to help me up there) this is going to be a logistical challenge and we’re probably going to have to brave the London traffic and horrendous parking charges on put up and take down day! But I’m hoping it will be a productive and fun show, especially now I have an iZettle so I can take card payments at last. (My eldest says I’m finally coming into the 21st century – a new website is on the books soon and I think I have to go onto Facebook after years of avoiding it!

More details when I’ve a chance to sort them out….

 

Shows for 2017

I’ve just done 

The Scottish Quilting Show At SECC, Glasgow 2nd- 5th March. Had a lovely time, Alex my husband came with me and we had a slow journey up there via friends and family. Only thing that spoiled it was car problems coming to a head. But we now have a lovely ex demo Honda Jazz which should get me to the next show –

 

Next week I am demonstrating at 

Sewing For Pleasure at the NEC 16th-19th March. It also includes Fashion & Embroidery / Hobby Crafts / Cake International shows

 

Coming up

The Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show at ExCel London 20th – 22nd April

See the ICHF website https://www.ichfevents.co.uk for  details.

 

Also teaching and displaying work at

The Festival of Quilts back at the NEC 10th – 13th August. I will be doing 5 or 6 classes  and demonstrating in the Quilt In Action Area again

See the Upper Street Events FOQ website at  http://www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk

British Origami Society 50th Anniversary Conference, in Stratford Upon Avon 1st – 3rd September. Sadly this clashes with West Country Quilt Show not it’s dates have changed so I cannot do it this year after 3 years of a wonderful space and small friendly show. I will probably be doing a couple of fabric origami workshops (Orinuno), a talk and having a small display of folded pieces

Others to be confirmed. I’ll put some photos  up when I get chance

 

Forthcoming Shows

I will be exhibiting and teaching at the following shows

30 April – 12 June 2016 Press & Release – Technology and the Evolution of the Artist’s Book

An exhibition of boundary-breaking bookworks within a stunning, specially designed space. The exhibition features the work of notable contemporary artists from across the world who approach the book as an art form. Details at  http://www.phoenixbrighton.org/events/press-release-2016/

Open Wednesday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

Preview: Friday 29 April, 6 – 8 pmPress & Release

My work will be in the SOUTH GALLERY EXHIBITION

‘Stories About Stories’

Artists from locally-based groups Fabula, Sussex Book Art Collective and Phoenix Brighton present new work that embodies the rich and diverse world of the artist’s book and the associated fields of illustration, narrative and animation.

Exhibitors include: Richard Clarke, Louise Dennis, Ruby Hermon, Dagmara Rudkin, Mags Swift, Somin Ahn , Pip Carter, Richard Clarke, Louise Dennis, Ottilie Hainsworth, Ruby Hermon, Jay Eunji Lee, Louise Mabbs, Vanessa Marr, Katherine Perret, Warren Pleece, Dagmara Rudkin, Emmi Smid, Mags Swift, Mariya Ustymenko & Che Kevliln, Russell Webb, Louise Wishhart and Jo Wonder

11- 14 August 2016 – Festival Of Quilts – NEC, Birmingham 

  • Demonstration stall – in teachers area between the two halls
    • Kits & Instructions
    • Cards and other images
    • Display of current work and kit related items
  • Teaching 4 classes
    • Fri 12th – Quick & Easy – 13.00 -14.00 Fabric Origami – Pinwheels from Triangles
      A new development from Louise’s lacy square based folded fabric Pinwheel and Windmill units this was originally from her book The Quilter’s Guide To Twists & Tucks (UK)/Origami Quilts in USA) (2006 OP). Come and see what happens when you start with a triangle instead. Starting with a semi sewn unit, we will make at least one type of unit up plus discuss several other ways of folding triangular pinwheels and how to join them into interesting structures. A particularly interesting effect happens when you use striped fabrics The kit will include instructions & enough fabric pieces to make 3 units approximately 4” diameter around a ‘hole’, making a piece of varied size depending on the layout and particular fold
    • Sat 13th – Academy Twilight – 17.00- 20.00 Not Trapped: Trapped Celtic Knots
    • We will take a Celtic Knot design and trap it between two different layers of transparent material, then use decorative stitches to hold it in place. A modern take on Shadow Quilting. My photo image is based on the Lindisfarne Gospel’s St Matthew’s knot The kit priced £5, to be collected on the day by the tutor, includes Knot designs, instructions and pre-bonded fabric, (enough for a 25cm finished sample) plus lots of ideas for other developments. Suitable for any level. You will be using Janome sewing machines. To see more of Louise’s work visit: http://www.louisemabbs.co.uk
    • Sun 14th – Quick & Easy – 11.45-12.45 When Fibonacci Meets Vasarely
    • What happens when the Fibonacci Sequence proportions meet Vasarely like ‘bulge’ grids? Well beautiful distorted optical effects for a start, which you can work into later with free machine embroidery or use as a sample to plan a larger quilt The kit will include prebonded fabrics plus grids and instructions for you to play with later on.
    • Sun 14th – Quick & Easy – 15.30 – 16.30 Fabric Origami: Windmills from Triangles
    • As Pinwheel class but making Windmill shapes instead

10 – 12 November 2016 – West Country Quilt Show – UWE (University of The West of England) Bristol

  • Artist gallery
  • Classes twice a day subjects to be confirmed