Shackleton 100

Did you see Kenneth Brannagh as Sir Ernest Shackleton last Saturday night re-telling of the epic and heroic tale of how Shackleton journeyed with his men back to civilisation after their ship Endurance become literally stuck in the ice on the way to Antartica? If you missed it, catch up here

At the end of last week I enjoyed a relaxed Friday hand finishing a new Shackleton ‘Gentleman Explorer’ quilt, which I posted to the new owner this morning, which timely fits in with all the current Shackleton 100 commemorations.

The first two decades of the 20th century saw a number of pioneering expeditions to the last unexplored continent on Earth – Antarctica.

8th August 2014 marks the start of the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, also known as the Endurance Expedition. On this day 100 hundred years ago, Endurance set sail from Plymouth.

The Shackleton 100 site brings together in one place information on events taking place across the world to commemorate the 1914-17 Antarctic expeditions.

The Shackleton Quilt was first stitched in Autumn 2014. Here’s the recap;

Manly Shackleton quilt being stitched NOW

The top of the quilt features sumptuous but rugged panels of genuine Harris Tweed, the world-renowned and amazingly hardwearing fabric, woven in Harris on the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. The flecks of colour and weaves of the tweed fit in perfectly with the rugged landscape of Elephant Island and the skies and waters of the Southern Ocean, where Shackleton and his men survived their epic adventure.

The back of the quilt includes durable corduroy in just the right gents’ trouser shade, encircled with handsome utilitarian fabrics from Ian Mankin.

The Shackleton is a perfect quilt for the gentleman explorer’s study, bedroom, living room or tent! Ideal for an autumn evening of outdoor banjo playing too!

Shackleton Harris Tweed & Corduroy Gentleman's Quilt

 

It’s arrived!

Following the excitement of over 900 horses, plus assorted humans performing in a truly impressive celebratory pageant at Windsor Castle last weekend, my copy of The Queen at 90, an accompanying commemorative publication has arrived!

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This book is bursting with lots of amazing images of The Queen throughout her 90 year reign, as well as highlighting British and Commonwealth businesses, including (drum roll please) Quilts by Lisa Watson. Quilty Pleasures can be found on p167.

Quilty Pleasures

I’m rather taken by the quote at the end of the write up as it really encapsulates my business; People buy my quilts because they want something that is unique, as well as something that is really well made, British and bursting at the seams with quality.

Click to view my full collection of quilts, cushions and more x

May Day!

To celebrate the Great British Bank holiday weather and May Day, I have extended the introductory offer of £255 on my NEW delectable Quilted Shirt Quilt

And my Summery Cotton Quilts with their distinctive strip design are ALL now at the special price of £185.

These lighter weight quilts are 100% British made and are ideal for cuddling up in throughout the great British summer. Here’s to the rest of May…whatever the weather x

Going to the chapel and we’re gonna to get married…

Yay for Spring and the wedding season beginning.

My lovely neighbours got married at the weekend (congratulations guys) and by the weeks end I will have stitched my first wedding quilt commission of the year (Click to find out more about my bespoke commissions) . A couple of Saturdays ago, my quilts& were represented at

The Wedding Union Show at Paisley Abbey

And, did I mention most of my gorgeous quilts& pixs are taken by talented wedding photographer Jo Bradbury

Finally, if an uplift were ever needed, here is a link to

Have a lovely lovin’ week x

Happy Birthday Your Majesty

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Quilts By Lisa Watson are thrilled to be featured in the official commemorative album for The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration at Windsor Castle in May 2016. More details of which will follow shortly. In the meantime, let’s eat cake and drink tea (or something stronger) for Queen Elizabeth II 90th birthday celebrations x

All the Fun of the Fair…

This time last week, the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate was in full swing. Such a friendly, bustling and creative Trade Fair and I’m so glad my Quilts& were there. This was also my first Trade Fair!

Now I have a wedding quilt commission to finish, so as well as following up my buyers contacts, I’m concentrating on stitching this week…

The Wedding Union Show at Paisley Abbey

This Saturday 16 th April 2016, the magnificent historic Paisley Abbey in Scotland will host a Wedding Event like no other and my Quilts& will be there too!

Although this wedding event at Paisley Abbey (a venue quite used to spectacular weddings) will have an air of a wedding fair about it, Simeon Rosset of Rosset Bespoke Butlers, a wedding and event planner, has turned his hand to shaking up the norm. In collaboration with Michael of Zest-Creative, they have devised a new formula for a fun day out for everyone, not just the wedding party.

As the Paisley Abbey Wedding Event on the 16th April 2016 is a collaboration of many, you will also find a designated luxury corner featuring a collective of British businesses featured in Make The Most Of who have come together to showcase their wedding event reception table ideas, wedding gifts and wedding favour inspirations.

The focus will be a decorated, laid up wedding reception table styled around an afternoon tea ‘sweet course’. There will also be a picnic feature for those who may prefer a ‘glamping’ picnic themed wedding reception. The inspiration behind this table comes from British businesses working in unison to showcase how their products work together as part of a wedding event celebration, or as wedding gift ideas.

If you are in Paisley this Saturday, do come along to this free event. It will be truly spectacular.

Ready to launch…

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The British Craft Trade Fair opens its doors this Sunday in The Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate and you can find me at Stand N41.

It’s exciting to be part of BCTF, an iconic trade fair, which champions British crafts and which presents the largest selection of hand-made products in the UK.

I have to also just mention that my Quilts& are part of a BCTF feature in this months Crafts magazine!

And don’t forget to celebrate Spring having finally sprung, and for the launch of my NEW Quilted Shirt Quilt throughout April they are yours for a special price of £255. (From May, the RRP will be £355.)

Spring hygge

Danish hygge (roughly translated as cosiness) is a word that I’m hearing more and more. In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. Grand! The Danish Christmas is THE season for hygge and I can vouch that my Danish friends always have the warmest festive welcome. Hygge though is not just for Christmas and the new Spring is marked by Danes refreshing their homes outside and in. So, once the garden is tidyed up, with new bulbs planted, interior schemes are spring cleaned and refreshed with new cushions and furnishings.

With Spring hygge in mind, here is a sneak peek of my new quilted shirt quilts, in refreshing colour schemes;

These lighter weight reversible quilted shirt quilts are stitched with British shirt fabrics of the finest quality. There are currently two contemporary designs and colourways to choose from; Oxford Blues Concentric design and Fife Brushed Cottons Geometric motif, both of which will fit well in lots of (Spring) interior schemes. These quilts are being stitched for me in Greater Manchester and like all my Quilts& products, even the wadding which is made from recycled materials, is Made in Britain. And as with all my quilts, these quilted shirt quilts are big enough to cover a double bed comfortably at 190 by 145cm, as well as ideal for cosying up in too!

To celebrate Spring having finally sprung, and for the launch of my NEW Quilted Shirt Quilt throughout April they are yours for a special price of £255. (From May, the RRP will be £355)

 

Incidentally, did you know the majority of my fabulous photos are taken by the talented wedding photographer; Jo Bradbury

Thanks Jo x

Get a little Pinspiration…

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Pinterest is my go to place for inspiration…just type in your key word-idea-colour-design and away you go…I just have to remember to stay focussed on the task in hand and stop myself from getting too distracted by all the amazing pins out there. What I also really like about Pinterest is that people are so generous with sharing all their Pinspirations. If you haven’t already dipped a big toe in, Pinterest is well worth a look see http://www.pinterest.com/lisawtextiles/