long-arm quilting Reading Berkshire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact me if your quilt group is interested in a speaker or trader?

I give talks on long-arm quilting and I can bring along my fabrics, patterns and notions. 

 

 

"Stonefields" Block of the Month

At the Festival of Quilts 2014, I launched my first Block of the Month BOM.

It is based on the "Stonefields" quilt by the Australian designer Susan Smith.

The original quilt was commissioned for a film being shot in Ireland.

The finished quilt is approx 97" x 97" made up of 121 blocks each 6" square, a flying geese inner border and 164 hexagon rosettes in the outer border. 

The BOM will be run over 10 months starting September 2014.

Each month you will receive the instruction, fabric and some precision cut paper templates and acrylic templates to make 12 blocks, some hexagon rosettes and some flying geese. 

For further details or to sign up please either call me on +44 (0)118 9424085, or email me karen@therunningchicken.co.uk

International enquiries welcome !

The only UK Masterclass with Susan Smith - 26th Sept

Placing are filling fast! 

Susan Smith the Australian quilt designer is coming to the UK  on Friday 26th September at our Purley Barn venue in Reading.

Susan has agreed to run the only quilting master class in the UK with me.

Susan is the designer of the BOM I have just launched (see opposite).

She will be teaching her brand new quilt design "The Prince" which is not yet generally available. You will be the first to get the whole pattern as part of the class.

      

 

The class will run from 10am to 3pm. The price includes the complete quilt pattern, tea and coffee, a light lunch and Susan's personal tuition throughout the day about her design approach, how she make her colours choices, patchworking and applique techniques and much more.

The total cost for the day is £40.

The class has limited places so call me (+44 (0)1189424085) or email me karen@therunningchicken.co.uk to book your place! 

​If you want to travel by train we can arrange for you to be picked up and taken to the Purley Barn.

Handmade Fair - Hampton Court

My next show is The Handmade Fair presented by Kirstie Allsopp from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st September at Hampton Court Palace, London. Lots of new things being launched.

About the Handmade Fair

This September in the beautiful grounds of Hampton Court Palace, Britains best artisans and hand picked sellers will come together with Kirstie Allsopp to create the first all making craft fair. The Handmade Fair puts learning and making at the heart of your day. Along with Kirstie and our expert makers we want to get Britain crafting! Everyone has a craft they can do and the fair will inspire you to find and refine yours.

 

About The Handmade Fair

This September in the beautiful grounds of Hampton Court Palace, Britain's best artisans and hand picked sellers will come together with Kirstie Allsopp to create the first all making craft fair.

The Handmade Fair puts learning and making at the heart of your day. Along with Kirstie and our expert makers, we want to get Britain crafting! Everyone has a craft they can do and the fair will inspire you to find and refine yours.

Fun rulers for you...

Quick Curve Ruler    

Quick Curve ruler

New Hex-N-More & Sidekick rulers in stock

Hunter Star Ruler back in stock

My Hunter Star Rulers are now back in stock! 

rapid fire hunter star ruler petite studio 180 designs

Have you seen my other fun rulers? They make sewing stars and curves easier than traditional approaches. 

rapid fire lemoyne star ruler studio 180 designs

Purley-on-Thames Quilt Group

THE NEXT MEETING IS A TEACHING CLASS
Gaynor Eldridge is teaching funky flower making

Cost £27 (please pay in advance)

Call me on 0118 9424085 or email me karen@therunningchicken.co.uk

Next Meeting Friday 12th September 

REMEMBER TODAY'S CLASS IS 12.00 to 4.00 
(NOT the usual 10.00 until 3.00)

Everyone is welcome from beginners to experienced quilters.

Come and join us. 

    

 

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My professional long-arm quilting services

I am based in Reading, Berkshire, UK and have been providing professional long-arm quilting services for over 7 years.  I offer edge to edge quilting, custom quilting, basting (for hand quilters) and binding services. For some customers I have been able to repair & revive an old, tired or vintage patchwork top or quilt. Take a look at 'My Quilting Services'  tab at the top of this page.

My on-line shop

Please take your time to browse through my delicious collection of fabrics, kits, patterns, books and ruler.

I offer a wide range of 100% cotton high quality fabrics which I love!  Styles range from plains, simple backgrounds, spots, stripes, reproductions, ditsy, 1930-50s to very modern and brights.

Here is the first of my full quilt patern - Four Seasons Chicken Quilt. 

four chickens quilting pattern     

My very popular Knobbly Knees Chicken Pattern 

 knobbly knees chicken pattern frontknobbly knees chicken pattern back

NEW Reproduction fabrics arrived

Take a look at the new reproduction fabrics that have just arrived. I am planning to bring a big selection to the Festival of Quilts this year.

 

News Print Fabric Back in Stock

Great fun & popular patterns

Need help with ordering on-line?

If you need help to complete your order on-line, please call me on 0118 9424085 or email me.

Quiltmania Books

You can order by phone or click & collect for local customers

Simply contact me through the 'contact page' on my site or phone me +44 (0) 118 9424085. 

Click & collect: - You can order through my on-line shop and save the postage by choosing the 'collect in store' shipping option then call me to arrange to collect your order. 

 

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS - Contact Me

My on-line store is NOT YET set up for automatic shipping internationally (outside to UK).

I am still successfully shipping worldwide.

If you wish to order from a country outside the UK, please email me, call me or use the contact form to let me know what you want to buy. I can invoice you through PayPal or you can pay over the phone. Call me on +44 (0)118 9424085.

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    54" (136cm) wide. 100% wool. By Renee Nanneman for Andover Fabrics.

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    This is a new range of reproduction fabrics from Moda Fabrics.

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    The rulers I sell in my shop are ones that I have tried and tested!!  They really work well and make piecing so much more fun!  

    Chicken and Egg is a new range by Makower Studio designs.

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    This is a fun and modern range from Marisa of Creative Thursday for Andover Fabrics.

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    Just released in November 2013. This range of modern fabrics is designed by Beth Studley for Makower.

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    Released in December 2013. Catnap is a modern range by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics. 

    About Lizzy House

     Lizzy House is a printmaker, textile designer, and illustrator. Armed with a BFA in Printmaking, she travels the world in search of inspiration.

    A born entrepreneur, Lizzy was the youngest designer in the textile industry when she began three years ago. She continues to make leaps and bounds.

    When she isn't printing or designing fabric, or sleeping on an airplane, she is probably planning a party or writing a list. If neither of those is underway, she is probably tying a bow on something and/or someone.

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    Rosemont

    E. Vive brings us a traditional and stately collection of florals that are perfect for all of your quilting needs. Lush roses in shades of pink and pale yellow accompanied by subtle greens and dramatic black.

     

    A fun range of fabrics by Creative Thursday for Andover

    This is a new range of reproduction fabrics from Andover Fabrics.

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    This range is the latest in a long and popular heritage of Lecien's Flower Sugar fabrics 

    Little Things Organic Cotton Prints by Arrin Turnmire for Moda Fabrics.

    100% Organic Cotton.

    GOTS organic certified.

    These shirtings make great background fabrics.

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    Lovely dog print fabrics 

    Released December 2013. 

    Another reproduction range from Moda.

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    A lovely range of flannel fabrics from Marcus Brothers

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    Introduction:

    Andover Fabrics is delighted to announce that the first exclusive collection of licensed fabrics for Downton Abbey ® will be available to you this November. Playing on the strength of the upstairs women of Downton, our exciting premiere collection will be THE WOMEN'S COLLECTION, featuring designs chosen in collaboration with the award-winning Downton Abbey production team.

    The Dowager Countess:



    Bold and elegant, like the Dowager herself, this collection of fabrics is punctuated by prints and paisleys as big as her presence. The gray, purple, and black colors come straight from her wardrobe, and the patterns speak to her undeniable flair, steeped in refined tradition.

    Mary:



    A resolute, breathtaking beauty; Mary’s fabrics showcase both her strength and style. Dark burgundy, blue, and green jewel tones saturate her patterns, some of which are inspired by her stunning headdress.

    Edith:



    Enterprising and avant-garde both in character and fashion, Edith’s collection features breakthrough colors and patterns from the Edwardian era. Edith’s fabrics suggest the transition towards art deco, as demonstrated by her stylized floral patterns.

    Sybil:

     

    Sybil’s fabric collection embodies her kindness, cheer, and dynamic character.  The production team felt the bold geometric and large floral really spoke of Sybil.  Her colors are a darker seafoam and blue gray with mauve purples.

    Companion Prints:

    In addition to the women’s fabric collections, we’ve also included four additional patterns that are unmistakably Downton. Each companion print is colored to complement and tie together the women’s collections, and set the scene for their characters, just as Downton Abbey does.

    Downton™ and Downton Abbey®. ©2013

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    Locally Grown is designed by Marisa Anne for Andover Fabrics

    About Marisa and Creative Thursday

    Marisa Anne is an artist and designer living in Los Angeles, California. After receiving a degree in advertising, she worked as both a graphic designer and interior designer. Marisa also studied acting and improvisation at the Groundlings Theatre and School in Los Angeles. She now credits Improv as the catalyst that helped her to finally trust her own creative voice. While working a 9 to 5 job, Marisa set an intention to be more creative one day a week, on Thursdays {of course!}.

    Once she decided to take the leap as an entrepreneur she found her way back to what she truly loves, working as an artist in all mediums, from acrylic painting, to sculpting, to writing, to textile creations and design.

    Creative Thursday has now become a full time business that is also home to a cast of characters who wear hats, hold hands and encourage you to follow your dreams too.

    Marisa's art work sells all over the world via select galleries and her own online shop, as well as Urban Outfitters, Papyrus, and the Land of Nod. Passionate about encouraging others to live a life they love, especially creatively; Marisa teaches, speaks and is also the voice of the Creative Thursday blog and podcasts.