Harrogate day 2

We are at the end of our second day at the Great Northern Quilt Show in Harrogate.

Days 1 and 2 have been wonderful. We have had a lovely warm northern welcome and met some prolific and enthusiastic quilters .

Thank you to all the kind and generous donations towards my Arctic husky sledge Challenge,  which I am completing  to raise £4000 for the Noah’s ark Children’s Hospice.

Further information is found on the website- http://m.virginmoneygiving.com/mt/uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=helenandsianhuskychallenge&isTeam=true&un_jtt_redirect

Looking forward to another great day tomorrow.

happy quilting


The Great Northern Quilt Show

Another first today we are setting up at the Great Northern Quilt Show in Harrogate.

Looking forward to meeting all the northern quilters for a great weekend.

We drove the bulk of the journey up to Hull on Tuesday to stay with Ed and Chloe ( who help out at the N.E.C.) so just the last hop today.

I have David and Rhys with me and we are looking forward to seeing some of Harrogate and even possibly a cake from Betty’s as a treat for Rhys birthday 13 today.

See you at the Show, happy quilting.


Festival of Quilts

Back home and trying to sort out after the Festival of Quilts.

It was lovely to see so many new enthusiastic quilters and hope you enjoyed the Festival experience.

We were also pleased to met up with friends and customers who we have got to know over the two and a half years we have been making the freestyle frames.

Thank you to all of you, new and old for making our week an enjoyable, although exhausting, event.

Gill and I were quilt angels again this year. It always amazes me how the halls change from empty rooms to full colourful festival spaces in such a short time. It is hard work but enjoyable and a great sense of achievement when all the 800 competition quilts are hung and look fantastic. Thank you to Amanda Wright who organises the Quilt Angels  and does a fantastic job.

Back home and first thing was to spend a morning on the phone to the phone/broadband provider to sort out our services once again. Today we are back on line with the phone and broadband after a kind repairman spent another few hours repairing faults on the lane 300m away. I am hoping that this will resolve the issues we have had over the last few months, so fingers crossed.

NEC festival of quilts preparation

We have been working hard getting ready for the Festival of Quilts in 3 days time three of the boys have been helping.

Gill and I are at the NEC now working as quilt angels hanging the competition quilts, ready for judging on Wednesday.

All quilts are in packaged, measured and bagged ready for hanging tomorrow.

Looking forward to a spectacular show.

Sian x


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Preparation for Sandown Show

This is the first time Cotton Orchard has been to Sandown. We are looking forward to meeting quilters from the local area and getting to know a new venue.

Gill is flying in from Bali especially to help me on the stand on the Thursday night. Hopefully the jet lag won’t be too bad, but if you do see her nodding of just give her a little nudge.

Happy Quilting


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Quilts UK Malvern starts today

After a busy few days getting ready we set up our show Stand at Quilts Uk At the Three Counties Showground Malvern, yesterday.

The show opens today and runs until Sunday. The forecast is wet so a good excuse to come out and enjoy the day at the show while the gardens get the watering they need.

Looking forward to meeting quilters from around the country over the next few days.


Makit show in Peterborough over for another year.

Today we set of very early for a day at the East of England show ground in Peterborough, for the Lace, Quilting and Needlecraft show.

Great to see a lot of new faces and enthusiastic crafters from the Eastern side of Britain.

Thank you to Steve and Celia Stephenson and family who organise the event, helped unload the van and set up the electric when we arrived.

Next outing to Malvern in 10 days time.

Hope to see you there.

Happy quilting