Saturday, 18 February 2017

Places Filling for 2018 Whitecroft Jane Austen Tour

It is just a couple of months until I will be flying to the UK to participate in the next sold out Whitecroft Jane Austen Tour.  I am so excited!  I have completed my workshop project (it is a secret) and all travel plans are booked.

The itinerary for the next tour 8 - 18 July 2018 is being finalised and Helen Bertram has already received firm bookings with deposits.  If you are contemplating coming with me on this tour, you need to email enquiries@whitecrofttours.co.uk to secure your place.


I cannot recommend this tour more highly to those interested in quilts, history, literature, textiles, architecture, embroidery, fine art, furniture, gardens and all things English.  The tour is not only for the ladies and gentlemen are also welcome.

You do not need to know lots about Jane Austen, just be happy to absorb yourself in beautiful surroundings in the company of like minded people and be looked after impeccably.  Too easy!

The tour is based for 10 nights in the beautiful Georgian city of Bath.  Helen has added some amazing new places to visit on the 2018 tour.  Very exciting.

Highlights of the itinerary include the following: 

  • *  The Fashion Museum, Bath

  • *  Montacute House, Somerset

  • *  Jane Austen's House, Chawton

  • *  Winchester Cathedral

  • *  Chawton House Library

  • *  Chavenage

  • *  Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire

  • *  Lacock & Lacock Abbey

  • *  Lyme Regis

  • *  Wells Cathedral

  • *  The American Museum in Britain

  • *  Workshop with Katrina Hadjimichael 



We will travel from this base to visit lots of locations associated with Jane Austen, her novels and her era.  
      
                              

You will see her beautiful quilt at Chawton.

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We will visit the residences of some of the Austen relatives.


We will have private tours and information sessions in many wonderful locations.  Here is just a taste of what we will see.  I hope you enjoy the photos.

Here is the group from our 2015 tour, over a year ago now.

If you are interested to join me in 2018, you can send Helen Bertram an email on enquiries@whitecrofttours.co.uk for further details and to book your place.

You will not be disappointed.

The Stitchers Cupboard Classes

Jan has completed a most fantastic black, white and orange version of "Pickled Paisley".  It is breath taking!

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Janette has finished all her homework on her "Peppermint Crisp" version of my "Cherry Ripe" quilt design.  Love it.

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Jill is making "Antique Stars" out of civil war commemorative fabric for her hubby.  So cool!

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This is the first of the finished "Hartfield" centre blocks I have seen.  This one in amazing bright colours is by Kerry.

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This is Sharon's start on "Hartfield".

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Jenny has made a few pieces for "Hartfield" in a gorgeous ancient Egyptian inspired fabric.

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I am working on some pretty flowers for my July retreat project.

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Until next time....

Monthly Jane Austen Day, Patchwork Plus

I have a once a month Jane Austen workshop at the beautiful store, Patchwork Plus in Miranda, on the third Wednesday of each month.

We always have a great day laughing and playing with fabric.

Denise is in the middle of making the most amazing version of "Pemberley".  Here are some pics.

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Roh is making "Longbourne" as her very first appliqué quilt and has done a fantastic job on the centre block.

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Time for some retail therapy......

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Monday, 13 February 2017

New Starts at The Stitchers Cupboard

I began teaching my eighth Jane Austen quilt design, "Hartfield" in earnest last week.  It is always so much fun to start a new project (I always say finishing is over rated!), ha ha.

Lots of ladies began their "Hartfield" journey with planning the colours for their small 3/8" hexagon flowers in the centre block.  Lots of playing with fabric and fussy cutting, not so much sewing yet.  Despite the horrific heat wave (up to 45 degrees Celsius) outside, we were cool in the air con and happy to be doing what we love.

This is Jenny's centre plan (but I think we took the red centres out in the end).

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This centre block was planned by Glynne.

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Here is Vicki's plan.

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Mooneen made a head start on hers over the holidays.

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So did Lyn.  She is using a little more purple than me.

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Lyn is also making a lovely fussy cut zig zag border that looks like a purple rope.

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Kerry is making an amazing bright version in hot pink and purples on a purple spot background.  Love it.

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Sue is using soft pink, teal and brown.

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Dot is using some amazing fussy cuts in orange, red and blue.

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Julie is using lots of fabrics from the Moda range of "Gratitude" by Jo Morton.

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Jan is working with reds and creams on a light green background.

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Jennie has recently received her lovely "Meryton" back from quilting in Auckland, New Zealand by Susan Trendall of Fastpatch Quilting.  Susan has done a beautiful job.  Jennie is just waiting for the weather to cool down before she binds it!

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Wendy was so thrilled with the very first quilt she made in Summer School, she made another version of "Charlotte" in Tula Pink fabric for her daughter.  It looks awesome!

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All of Sharon's components for "Wentworth" are now coming together.  It is looking beautiful in brown and blue.

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Here is her delightful centre block.

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And my sewing?  I have been working on some secret projects including the workshop samples for my Jane Austen tour in Bath in May.

I have finally got back to my quilt-as-you-go quilt for my July retreat in Kurri Kurri, hopefully soon to be revealed.

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