Jenny Haynes’s sunflowers

On September 10th Jenny Haynes aka Pappersaxsten came to the studio to do a workshop on curved piecing; in particular her sunflower quilt. I’d spotted her version of the quilt on Instagram and loved it and since circles are my ‘thing’ this year, I just couldn’t help myself. Before I knew what I was doing, I’d messaged her asking if she’d be willing to teach a session at the studio. She only went and said yes! How cool! Then came the job of all the promotion necessary with these things; which is not the part I enjoy at all if I’m honest.

sunflower fabric by Benartex

Fabric choices

But the bit I do love is when I got to choose which fabrics I wanted for the project. I decided almost immediately that it would be created into a quilt for our bed. I’ve never made a queen size quilt before, so it’s about high time I did. The colours are purple and gold/sand. I got the wadding (3m cost £45) and the back fabric (4m cost £59.20) from Empress Mills.  Even though those are very reasonable prices, this is why handmade quilts are so expensive to buy in this country, as that cost is only the bare minimal of what the cost in materials is and then there’s the charge for the maker’s time and skill. I will probably have too much fabric though but that can be made into cushion covers or other accessories for the room or elsewhere.

Great people

Jenny and I have emailed to and fro since then but I’d never actually met her until Saturday. That can be a little bit tricky with some new people but we hit it off almost instantly. She’s Swedish and not afraid to use it! She has such a fab sense of humour and understood my humour almost instantly too. She didn’t take offence at my daft teasing and was soon giving me as good as I gave and I love that! You’ll get a sense of that in the photos. Kate and Lesley were the ladies booked into the session but they aren’t new; I know them from the North West UK modern quilter’s guild.  They are also totally lovely women and we all had such a lovely day nattering, laughing and sewing.

Sunflowers and so much more

As well as helping us with our layout and size options and showing us the best techniques to apply to get the most effective results, Jenny kindly showed us the 6 minute circle method, a facing method and a binding method which enables you to place colours in your binding at exactly the location you want them, for optimal visual effect. That’s something I always have hankered after and now I know how! I’ve managed it before but never done it as methodically as this method. Jenny also gave us advice on quilting, which to be honest, I’m tempted to get done by a long armer, as I’ve never used one before and I found a lovely lady at Patchfinders a couple of months ago, so that’s an option. We’ll see when I get to that stage.

Valuable escape time

So if you’re thinking that you like the sound of a day like this one, pop me a line on the contact page and I’ll see what I can do. I want to bring creative makers like Jenny to the north west, so that we can benefit from their skills and talent, without having to drive hundreds of miles and cost of travelling, accommodation and meals etc. The screenprinting session I held in February was fabulous fun too and another one is due before the end of the year. If there’s someone you admire and you’d love a workshop with them, then let me know. It’ll never never happen if you don’t ask!

Photos to share a tiny bit of the great day we had.

  • Jenny Haynes - Pappersaxsten
    Jenny Haynes - Pappersaxsten
  • Pappersaxsten's slalom and sunflower quilt on display at the studio
    Pappersaxsten's slalom and sunflower quilt on display at the studio
  • A quilt top version of the sunflower quilt
    A quilt top version of the sunflower quilt
  • Kate's first sunflower block in progress.
    Kate's first sunflower block in progress.
  • Shhh, sewing in progress
    Shhh, sewing in progress
  • A view from on high of Lesley's first sunflower block
    A view from on high of Lesley's first sunflower block
  • 'Perfect!'
    'Perfect!'
  • I think Jenny is trying to escape from us!
    I think Jenny is trying to escape from us!
  • My little block using Pappersaxsten templates - is it a mushroom, tree, umbrella or atomic bomb?!
    My little block using Pappersaxsten templates - is it a mushroom, tree, umbrella or atomic bomb?!
  • Kate's first curved piece using Pappersaxsten templates
    Kate's first curved piece using Pappersaxsten templates
  • Lesley's first curve ready for squaring up
    Lesley's first curve ready for squaring up
  • That'd be me - crazy lady showing off her matching points
    That'd be me - crazy lady showing off her matching points
  • Just look at those points matching!
    Just look at those points matching!
  • Action shot of our time together at the curved piecing workshop
    Action shot of our time together at the curved piecing workshop
  • My attempt at fussy cutting for my 6 minute circle
    My attempt at fussy cutting for my 6 minute circle
  • I also tried out 6 minute circle piecing
    I also tried out 6 minute circle piecing
  • Jenny Haynes' clamshell project
    Jenny Haynes' clamshell project

Take care and enjoy.

Diane x

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