Sunday, 18 July 2010

Travel plans

It is now less than 4 weeks before we leave for our big trip overseas. We start in Birmingham and then travel to Wales, head up north to Liverpool then across to York. While we are there I am hoping to visit the new headquarters of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles museum and gallery. This link takes you to their wonderful collection of both antique and contemporary quilts; These two quilts appeal to me:

Circles 1850-1900
Ladies Work Society Coverlet 1875-1899
After a few nights in York we travel to Scotland for a relaxing week staying in a B&B in Edinburgh

I feel a close affiliation to Edinburgh. The first time I stepped in the main street at dusk. As I looked up to the castle the moon was rising - a lump in the throat and a feeling of belonging – I can’t really explain that. Kingsway House is only one mile from the Royal mile so we will be right in the centre of Edinburgh.
Before we leave for a 2 week Russian tour we are going back down to Oxford for a whole week. The highlight will be Kelmscott Manor and to finally visit Morris’ grave, and a visit to see the Oxford quilters as well.  Look at some of the delights in the gift shop at Kelmscott!!

Having never taught so far from home my biggest worry has been transporting quilts. I remember way back seeing tutors take just quilt tops – so here is the first one that I will take for a class in Birmingham.
It was very relaxing to be back behind the machine – and here is another new little quilt top as well.
And while I was clearing up some documents on the computer I came across these photos from a design class a couple of years ago from a group north of Adelaide. Those of you who think you can’t draw you can have a go at the design class in Birmingham as I see there are still vacancies. Don't be scared - check this out.....

All these girls said they couldn’t design their own appliqué – sure thing....look at these spectacular results!! You too can do it- if I can anyone can!


  1. Your Holiday sounds so so excitig Michele. You are going to have so much Fun :-) I too love the Ladies Work Society Coverlet 1875-1899. Your B&B in Edinborough looks so inviting.
    Have great fun teaching as I know you will.
    They will love you too :-)

  2. the accom. looks very nice, will check back next year to this spot as we are planning a similar trip but taking in cornwall and tingleton and port wenn my fathers family came from cornwall and scotland. the feeling that you had for beloning we experienced to when my husband and i went back to his native holland his first trip since leaving it gives you goose bumps..
    enjoy lorraine

  3. I was just at Kelmscott Manor in May. You will love it and the gift cottage!

  4. Michele, have a safe trip! My bits and pieces for your workshop at Festival of Quilts are packed. What a shame that it's a little early for 'Adelaide'. Please, let me know if there is anything I can bring to Birmingham for you. I can pop anything in the boot of my car that is heavy or awkward for you to bring all the way from the other side of the world.



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