The Raffle: Marions Beautiful Bag

Although The Collaboration Quilt will be drawn as the first prize it is impossible to rank the other prizes as they are all equally fabulous!

So I have decided to post about them in the order that they were very generously given as prizes.

The next is this Beautiful Handmade Bag by our incredibly talented friend Marion Robertson.

The Story….

As I have mentioned in a previous post, Janet (M-in-L) and I go to the festival of quilts every year and part of that annual pilgrimage is having dinner with Marjory McKinven and her sister Marion Robertson.

When the four of us met up last year I was telling them about my plans to organise a quilt and textile exhibition and to have a raffle to raise money for charity.  Marion immediately offered to make a patchwork bag to be used as one of the prizes which was most gratefully accepted.

A few weeks later a parcel arrived with her gorgeous bag inside…..

Marions Bag 2 Marions Bag 3

Marions Bag 4 Marions Bag 5

Thank you to Marion whose kind support is very much appreciated.

As you know, the purpose of the raffle is to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

  • click here if you want to know more about the charity
  • click here if you would like to donate online OR
  • Text PCRF62 with the amount £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to this number 70070

Join me next time for the first glimpse of Lou’s Shoes, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Thanks for stopping by…..



Raffle Tickets: Tai Chi Class


Another Huge Thank You goes to the lovely ladies at the Tai Chi class that Janet (M-in-L) attends for adding another £7 to our ticket sales.

And here they are with The Collaboration Quilt….

Tai Chi Group

Their support is very much appreciated.

Have a nosey at our Justgiving page which now looks a lot healthier thanks to their support this week.

Thanks for stopping by….


Raffle Tickets: We’re Off!!!

Janet (M-in-L) has made a great start with selling raffle tickets!

Thanks goes to Alf Clemo at the Older Peoples Forum in Warrington for arranging to let her take the quilt to their monthly meeting and offering the members attending the opportunity to buy tickets.

The members have done us proud and bought a whopping £57 worth of tickets!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all the people who bought tickets.

Janet (M-in-L) also tells me that there was a lot of interest in the quilt which was displayed for the members to see on a quilt stand.  Lots of lovely comments were made which is reassuring to hear and very much appreciated.

I hope we see lots of the members at the exhibition in October and I can thank them in person.

Have a nosey at our Justgiving page which now looks a lot healthier thanks to their support this week.

Well, onwards and upwards from here hopefully with ticket sales!

Thanks for stopping by….


The Raffle – First Prize ‘The Collaboration Quilt’


The first prize is very special as it is a collaboration between a number of us and here is the finished quilt…

Raffle Quilt 1

The Story…..

The quilt top was pieced by Our Friend Marilyn a while ago but never finished.  It was passed to Janet (Mum-in-Law) via Ruth Parker who had the sad task of sorting through Marilyns stash.

Janet (Mum-in-Law) and I wanted to finish the quilt and both agreed that it should be a prize in the raffle so the finishing off began.

Janet (Mum-in-Law) added the final border, sandwiched the layers and made the binding.

I did the quilting which is shown in progress in the picture below.  It looks quite brutal but it worked a treat to cope with the weight.

Raffle Quilt 4

It was then passed to Lou (The Fabulous Stitcher) to square up, add the binding and a hanging sleeve.

The block is called Monkey Wrench and is so effective when used with contrasting fabrics.

Raffle Quilt 3 Raffle Quilt 2

The finished quilt measures 46 inches by 60 inches (117cm x 152cm) so it is a fair size.

I hope you agree that it looks fab and will be a lovely prize for whoever is lucky enough to win it – so good luck to all those you who buy tickets and thank you for doing so.

As you know, the purpose of the raffle is to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

  • click here if you want to know more about the charity
  • click here if you would like to donate online OR
  • Text PCRF62 with the amount £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to this number 70070

Join me next time for details of another prize made specially for the raffle by our talented friend Marion Robertson.

Many thanks for stopping by….


The Quilt Raffle – tickets now on sale!

The raffle tickets are now made and are ready to sell so the pressure is on!!

Raffle Tickets

The winning raffle tickets will be drawn at 3.30pm on the day of the exhibition which is of course Sunday 27th October.

Join me next time to hear the story of the first prize.

Many thanks for stopping by…..


Why the title Family & Friends?

I first had the idea to do the exhibition last year and seemed to have a lot of time to prepare and now we are only a couple of months away maybe now is the time to panic!!

But before I do panic, in the next few posts I will be talking about the details of the exhibition and today will start with explaining the title.

I chose ‘Family & Friends’ for a number of reasons….

  • ….my experience has been that people who get into patchwork and quilting tend to do so because they want to make something special for someone they care about.  It might be a first grandchild, daughters wedding, a friends special birthday to name some of the reasons I have come across.  I don’t recall ever hearing anyone say they want to make something for themselves. I wanted to make something very ambitious for my niece when her mum found out she was pregnant (as yet still unfinished) but that is a series of blogs all by itself! So how does this observation link to the exhibition title….well, these thoughtfully, meticulously planned and exquisitely executed (in my opinion) works of arts don’t usually find their way into exhibitions and I wanted people to have the opportunity to join us in October and enjoy some examples of these wonderful creations and to read the stories about why they were made.
  • …..since attending shows like Festival of Quilts and Harrogate etc I have been mithering Janet (M-in-L) and Lou (The Fabulous Stitcher) to enter their work in an exhibition and every time I bring it up I get the same answer ‘NO’.  I am convinced that the wider audience are missing out on not being able to see their work and am thrilled that they have agreed to put a number of items in the exhibition.  It has taken some convincing so don’t miss out, make sure you come and have a nosey!!
  • ….the day just wouldn’t be possible without the support of my family and friends, the work on display will have been made by family and friends, My Neil (Handsome Husband) will be there to great you at the entrance, Our Linda (my little sister) and Our Laurie (my cousin) will be helping me in a number of ways and will be there on the day, my friends Erica and Diane (Mrs C The 1st) will be running the pop up cafe and tempting you with the most fantastic cakes, Lou (The Fabulous Stitcher) and her daughter Sharon (The Talented Teacher) will be taking care of the charity stall and the raffle.  They will also be looking after the ‘Interactive Table’ but more about that in another post!  Friends Marion Robertson, Ruth Parker and Lou (The Fabulous Stitcher) have kindly made prizes for the raffle and extended family and friends are being called upon to sell as many tickets as they can! .
  • ….the trader asked to support the day is a family run business which is Empress Mills.  I am sure Charles and his Mum are well-known to lots of you.
  • …..I have lost family and friends to pancreatic cancer and would like to try to make a difference by supporting more research and have therefore chosen to raise money for the charity Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. I have created a JustGiving page which you can go to by clicking here. You can also donate via text….isn’ technology wonderful!!

Soooooo, a number of pretty good reasons for the title I hope you will agree.

Join me next time when I explain more about the Raffle, the prizes and the charity stall.

Thanks for stopping by….


Exhibition 2013 a little more info..

As mentioned in a previous blog, I am in the process of organising a quilt and textile exhibition which will be held on Sunday 27th October 2013 in Croft Village Hall, Warrington.  I have also created a page with the full details here.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting to explain more about…..

  • the title of the exhibition
  • the lovely people who will be helping me make it happen
  • glimpses of what you can expect to see, win, enjoy and buy on the day
  • how you can join me trying to make a difference to pancreatic cancer research by donating online or via text to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

I will also be talking briefly about why I have chosen to support this charity.

I would be very grateful if you could spread the word about the exhibition and if there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at or by commenting here.

Thanks for stopping by….


On our way!!!!

Janet (M-in-L) and I are now on our way to the NEC and will spend the next 2 days enjoying the fabulous Festival of Quilts Exhibition.  I can’t believe how quickly a year has passed!

Anyway, I will take plenty of photos to share with you upon my exhausted return!  If you are going to the show, I hope you have a fab time.

Thanks for stopping by….