Friday, 6 March 2015

Our First International Tutor - Jacqueline de Jonge - BeColourful

This week saw the arrival of our first International Tutor from The Netherlands here at The Royal Bridlington. I collected Jacqueline de Jonge from the airport and enjoyed chatting on the journey back to Bridlington.

Jacqueline trades as BeColourful and is a self taught quilter and pattern maker. This was her first retreat in the UK as she normally teaches in the USA and Europe. She also still works as a PA for several Cardiologists near her home in Delft, Holland. Her brother & sister both assist with BeColourful too.

Over the four days, we had planned two projects - Happiness and Enchanting Stars. Jacqueline had brought both quilts with her and I really must say that photographs do not do these quilts justice. Enchanting stars is embellished with hundreds of beautiful Swarovski crystals and is truly a WOW quilt.


Enchanted Stars

After dinner, instead of having a relaxing evening, Jacqueline decided that we should do some prep for the next day....she is a hard task master! - lol

The next day after breakfast we made a start on the Happiness Quilt. 

Jacqueline has developed many of her own techniques which help achieve better results than traditional methods, so everyone, no matter how experienced they were felt that they learnt some great hints and tips.

Some Students chose to continue with Happiness rather than start their Enchanting Stars...

& One Student finished it

The Students thoroughly enjoyed the first two days working on Happiness and the majority stayed on for another two days to start Enchanting Stars. This quilt is far more complicated than Happiness but does use all the same techniques as Happiness - so the students who had done both felt more confident with the principals than those who arrived for just the last two days.

Here is Jacqueline with her beautiful quilt....

Jacqueline proved to be a great tutor and she was very generous with her assistance and personally helped all the students as needed. 

We all had a great time and learnt a great deal.  The good news is that Jacqueline has agreed to come back & teach next year ..... if you are not already receiving the newsmails newsletters from Quilt Sandwich, click here to sign up  so you will be amongst the first to hear what the dates are. (Sorry I cant take bookings until the leaflet, dates & details are published.)

Our workshops & retreats can be viewed on my quilting website -
group picture

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Edinburgh Quilt Show & Wedding

We manage to squeeze in a last minute trip to Edinburgh Quilt Show last weekend.  We didn't leave Bridlington till well after 6pm and drove up into the night.

We arrived at our hotel, Marriot Dalmahoy well after midnight.  We had intended to try the Premier Inn, but as the clock ticked over past midnight their system would not let us make the reservation for that evening.

The next morning we headed to the show and managed to park close to the entrance.
The show was much smaller than Harrogate and there was only a competition for journal quilts and an exhibition of quilts by several quilters, plus trade stands & cafe.

Here are some of the quilts -

These are by Jeanette Orr.

William Morris (Valeries Quilt)

Stars in the night....A Jacqueline de Jonge  BeColouful pattern. ..oh so excited Jacqueline is here with us next week teaching a four day retreat.

 Fine Feathers


Flying Free

 Gather Ye Rosebuds

The next ones are by Christine Dobson

 Lunch has arrived

By Karen Milne

Tutti Frutti

We surprised Susan & Glyn (Susan Briscoe Designs) with our appearance at the Show

& we also caught up with Pat Archibald.  Both Pat & Susan will be teaching here at The Royal Bridlington this year.  Full details are on our website already for Pats retreat and the details of Susan's will be coming shortly.!workshops/c24c2

Here are some of the Journal Quilts

The following are quilts by Christine Restall

After a quick cuppa in the cafe, we drove over to Irvine for the main reason of our trip - a friends wedding.

For her wedding present Jacqui requested a quilt.  I knew she LOVES purple and thats what I thought I was going to make, but its a really good job that I asked as she requested browns & creams and a square design.  Here is what I made her.

We drove back on Monday and later that day the happy couple got round to opening their presents. I'm really relieved to say that they both love the quilt & took to facebook to announce their joy.

Congratulations Jacqui & Stephen.