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.’