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Karen Lewis Interview for Jenni Smith Sews

I first met Karen Lewis a couple of years ago at the fabulous Chirpy store in Leeds.  Karen had just published her book Screenprinting at Home and had an open workshop to give the basic techniques a go.  Last November I also enjoyed a full day workshop at Karen's home studio with some of my quilt-loving friends.    (My rather wonky logo templates ready for screen printing!)  Karen is incredibly busy at the moment.  She is working as a fabric designer for Robert Kaufman and this week she announced that she will be teaching and lecturing at Quilt Con 2017 in Savannah, USA. She has also set up The Thread House with Jo Avery and Lynne Goldsworthy to release patterns...

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Meet the Maker - Quilter Laurie Meyers

I have never met Laurie Meyers in real life as she lives far away in the US. However, we have become friends through Instagram, and I am pretty sure that we would get along very well if our paths were ever to cross.  Laurie has been the most supportive and kind "virtual friend" during my 2 years of sharing craft related projects through my favourite platform. Laurie is full of enthusiasm, always encourages and is a huge inspiration with the quilts that she creates. Although I teach I do also spend a lot of time working alone on my projects at home, I find the possibility of sharing progress with other makers extremely useful and rewarding. Pre-Instagram I would have...

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2015 - The Year of the Communal Quilt

So I have been quilting now for 10 years, though by no means prolifically.  On average I have stitched 2 or 3 each year for close family and friends.  However looking back at 2015, all of the projects I have been involved with have been communal.  I realised this is the reason why I love this particular craft so much.  Quilts can grow from a single idea, shared with like-minded people.  For me, much of their charm comes from the multiple personalities that piece them; individual styles collaborating to make something unique.   The quilts I have helped to make have celebrated births and marriages: they have been sent to siblings separated in the care system: they have raised money...

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