Such excitement I have been offered 5 tickets to giveaway for this years Festival of Quilts.
A cornucopia of quilts are to be found at The Festival of Quilts Quilters from around the world descend on the NEC in Birmingham at the beginning of August every year to display their awesome quilts, network and celebrate all things quilts. I find it just the tonic of colour, pattern and textures to inspire and motivate.
If you wish a free ticket, e-mail me by the 15th and I will draw from the hat the winners on the 16th July. Good luck x
The Festival of Quilts is Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting event attracting over 25,000 quilters from all over the world. The show is a celebration of quilting in all its forms, with over 300 exhibitors offering essential supplies, world-class galleries of quilts from leading international makers, 350 workshops, talks and demos plus a magnificent display of over 800 competition quilts. It is the ultimate patchwork and quilting experience.
I have also been kindly offered a discount code for followers and subscribers. The discount code is LISA19. The discount is £2 off standard advance adult/ £1 off advance concessions (£14.50 instead of £16.50 adult advance/£14.00 instead of £15.00 concessions), plus £1.95 fulfilment fee per transaction. The discount is for advanced bookings only and can be redeemed before 23:59 on Wednesday 31stAugust.
Tickets can be booked online at https://www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk/tickets/ticket-options/
or by calling 0844 858 6749 and quoting the discount code. Hope this helps?
And as ever, there’s lots going on at Quilt Towers, including stitching some bespoke quilts commissions.
I’m also taking my MadeinGB quilts, cushions and more to several summer shows, whatever the The Great British weather delights us with this year.
I’m next at the fabulous Altrincham Market on Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th June and then again on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July.
A new fair for me this year I’m excited about being part of is the Scone Game Fair, near Perth on Friday 5th July through to Sunday 7th July.
Another first time fair for me that I’m pleased to be part of is GNCCF Sheffield on Friday 12th July through to Sunday 14th July.
I’m pleased to be away back up to Edinburgh to be part off #CLOTH19 at The Dovecot on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August.
Catch up with you soon x
One of a kind bespoke quilt commissions are always welcome.
If you wish me to make you a quilt from cherished old clothes, or from your own special stash of fabric, I can work with you to design a quilt to the size&style that fits you&your home. I can also stitch a quilt (-floor cushion-tent-laptop cover-you decide) as a special gift to celebrate a significant event, or I can make a personalised quilt just for you or for a loved one.
Recent bespoke commissions have included; working on a monochromatic quilt in cooling cotton for the summer, stitching a hard-wearing Harris Tweed patchwork quilt backed with William Morris’s classic print; The Strawberry Thief for a boy to grow with and a surprise memory quilt gifted at Christmas for a mum made from all her daughter’s clothes. Click the page links to view unique quilt commissions including Memory quilts, Baby quilts, Wedding quilts and Harris Tweed patchwork quilts
Onward…& do get in touch to discuss your quilt commission ideas further.
A win win, as I will be back at the Hopeful&Glorious Makers Market, as part of this years Festival of Making on Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th.
Such excitement, last year when I was featured on a Maker’s Film and I sold a blanket to Patrick Grant of Great British Sewing Fame! Check out what’s on offer, as there is so much to see&do and off course lots of fun to be had for all.
Sunday 16th June is also Father’s Day and here at By Lisa Watson there are lots of madeinGB unique gift ideas for your favourite older man from Folklore Fabric Ties to one of a kind Harris Tweed Patchwork Cushions or delicious British Made Heirloom Wool Blankets. Order on-line or see you at The Festival of Making Makers Market to buy a Father’s Day gift for your old man on (Saturday 15th or) Sunday 16th June. x
If you are curious as to how to learn about Patchwork & Quilting, I am pleased to be running a can do taster Patchwork & Quilting workshop at Altrincham Open Studios on Saturday 8th June from 10-4pm, priced £55. Click here to book.
In this taster Patchwork & Quilting workshop Lisa Watson (that’s me!) will introduce you to hand stitched patchwork & quilting techniques and throughout the day talk through how you can develop your P&Q further at home, by hand, or on a sewing machine.
Takeaways from this days workshop are a hand-stitched patchwork pin cushion and a suffolk puff brooch. Lots of useful hand outs are provided, as well as all the materials. However, if you are a sewer, please do bring your sewing kit and fabrics with you to use for a truly personalised approach.
Bring a packed lunch for an half an hour break at midday. Tea and coffee and cake will be provided throughout the day.
Only 6 people max for this workshop, so book your place early.
I’m excited that we are weaving NEW Folklore Fabric this summer, adding wool and silk into this limited edition cloth to create an even more luxurious and exclusive fabric. More details to follow…
New products and new prices at By Lisa Watson:
The latest addition to our genuine Harris Tweed products all stitched By Lisa Watson (that’s me!) are our NEW Harris Tweed patchwork clasp purse – one of a kind and 100% British made -only five available. Ideal as a unique evening bag or as a colour pop to your outfit any time of the day.
As ever, I am looking forward to attending lots of forthcoming fairs this summer and will be adding these onto my What’s On Page as bookings are confirmed.
Current highlights include returning to the fun&friendly Pop-Up in the Palm House in Liverpool on the bank holiday weekend; Sat 4th & Sun 5th May.
I will also be back at the brilliant Festival of Making Maker’s Market on Sat 15th & Sun 16th June. Such excitement, last year when I was featured on a Maker’s Film and I sold a blanket to Patrick Grant of Great British Sewing Fame!
I’m next at the fabulous Altrincham Market on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th March. Hope to see you there x
There’s lots happening in March at By Lisa Watson;
Blue Patch’s Original Sustainable Department Store runs at The Whitworth Art Gallery from 12th to 31st March.
If you can, do come along to the preview evening on Thursday 14th March between 6&9pm.
Find me & my Made in GB texiles for your home on stand 35 at the Contemporary Textiles Fair on 23rd & 24th March.
This is a new show for me and I am excited to be part of it. As you know, I really enjoy being part of fairs across the country. The atmosphere is always lively and it’s fun to talk to fellow makers & attendees.
I have several preview tickets for Friday 22nd March to pass on, so just get in touch if you would like one?
I’m looking for to European Summer beginning on Mothering Sunday, Sunday 31st March when I’m next at the fabulous Altrincham Market. (I’m also at Alty Mkt on Sat 30th too!)
Look out for my Folklore fabrics, unique Quilts & one of kind Harris Tweed patchwork cushions, plus lots more Made in GB textiles for the home to brighten up your interiors, as well as keep you warm & cosy. See you there?
Happy March everyone x
Hurrah for February – January is now over!
Still a bit chilly out there though…
Hope you have been taking care in the wintry conditions and keeping warm?
As promised By Lisa Watson on-line shop has lots of new delicious February offers for you. All my blankets are currently reduced so you can snuggle up and keep cosy in a Made in GB blanket. Which one will you choose?
If an excuse were needed to treat yourself my Fair Isle blankets are the Perfect British made gift for the other half – pal – pet – or yourself x
Enjoy your February – whatever the weather…
I’m away up to Glasgow for Scotland’s Trade Fair opening on Sunday 20th until Tuesday 22nd January.
If you a trade buyer seeking British handmade loveliness for the home, Click for my By Lisa Watson Line Sheets SECC 2019