A fortnight ago I was on my way to Selvedge Spring Fair…

Goodness me how time flies and all that.

March was kinda crazy, but in a good way, with my son Joe at JDRF’s Type 1 Parliament (I got to accompany him whoo hoo!), I ran my first half Marathon in Wilmslow (and raised nearly £700 for JDRF whoo hoo too!), and moved house (v.happy, but best not to whoo hoo again though).

At the beginning of April, I headed down to Chelsea Old Town Hall on the Kings Road in London for the Selvedge Spring Fair;


Where to start? I met lots of fab people, got loads of contacts, handed out all of my business cards, received some sound advice and most importantly SOLD a couple of quilts (big whoo hoo! apologies but I just had to add that one in)

Here are the contact details of all the lovely exhibitors who with me were showing and selling their distinctive wares in the folksy room; http://folksy.com/




My folksy shop is; https://beta.folksy.com/shops/stitchpics

And here are the other exhibitors sharing the folksy room;




and a special mention must go to; https://beta.folksy.com/shops/amylawrencedesigns for re-tweeting and favoriting all my tweets throughout Selvedge Spring Fair.

I’ve just checked the date and seen it is the 16th today, so half way through April already. I think this month is being kinda crazy too, but still in a good way 🙂

Don’t forget at the end of the month, I am at Home Is In the North; http://www.eventsbythesocialbutterfly.com/events/home-north/

See you there then. x

A sumptuous quilt looking good enough to eat…

A tasty quilt with candy colours, looking good enough to eat. Well perhaps not actually to eat, but I just cannot stop enthusing about my new Harris Tweed and velvet quilts, especially as Jo Bradbury took some more delicious photos for me;

And Jo took my yellow velvet quilt to a wedding show she recently exhibited at; https://www.facebook.com/JoBradburyWeddingPhotographer

I have had such positive responses to my yellow velvet quilt, which we made as a trial quilt this time last year, that it will be no 5  in my current quilt range, being stitched by myself and Frank Fult right now, in time for; http://www.eventsbythesocialbutterfly.com/events/home-north/ at the end of this month.

And if that isn’t enough, following Selvedge Spring Fair a couple of weekends ago and friendly visitor feedback, I am revising my quilts costs, so check out my folksy shop now; https://beta.folksy.com/shops/stitchpics

Catch up with you soon. Lx

Frank Fult stitches my quilts

Frank Fult from Audenshaw is a genius machinist. It’s fortuitous that I found Frank whilst starting up my quilt business and researching suitable factories in Manchester to stitch my quilts, as I appreciate Frank’s all round textile expertise and eye for detail. I don’t take commission, but if you wish Frank’s contact details, get in touch. Lou Gardiner has already talked to Frank following my tip off! http://www.lougardiner.co.uk/ Frank has been in the MCR textile trade for more than a few years and is highly skilled at pattern cutting and constructing all textiles from sporty garments to children’s booties to my gorgeous 100% British Made Harris Tweed and velvet quilts.

Frank machine stitches my quilts and I hand finish them. You can buy one of my fabulous quilts at; http://www.quiltsbylisawatson.co.uk/ x

Did I mention I have a new quilt?

I recently added a new Harris Tweed and velvet quilt to my collection. I went for vibrant colours of Harris Tweed to complement Annabel Perrin’s Hemlock printed cotton. http://annabelperrin.com/about/

The red and white herringbone tweed, just so reminds me of boiled mint sweets (not murderous barber poles!) which combined with the sky blue velvet conjures bright summery days.

Is it too much to hope for that spring has finally sprung?

Well if all else fails weather wise, you can always lift your spirits by cosying up in one of my colourful new quilts; https://beta.folksy.com/shops/stitchpics x

Hoots Man-It’s Burns Night (tomorrow)

Nothing like a Hamilton House jig to warm you up on a chilly January Burns night celebration. Well that a wee drap of whisky, or, just stick to the golden stuff-neat!

However you choose to celebrate Burns Night-enjoy (and be drink aware!)

A lasting memory is having to learn ‘Too a Mouse’ at school;

Wee, sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie,
O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty
Wi bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an’ chase thee,
Wi’ murdering pattle.

which is fine, but I’m not sure my kids (or anyone else for that matter) are too impressed every time I still prattle it out…

On a more interesting note, it does mean I get the reference to the fabulous Timorous Beasties; http://www.timorousbeasties.com/ whose provocative and surreal textiles and wallpapers get my vote every time. And of these, the traditional Thistle design is a lasting favourite;


Now where did I leave those gorgeous Harris Tweed and velvet quilts to wrap round my shoulders to nip outside when cooling down after dancing a stomping Dashing White Sergeant?

surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers
surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers
surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers

Jo Bradbury wedding photographer will be at Bride, the wedding show at Tatton Park on 1-2 Feb 2014

My talented and glamorous friend; Jo Bradbury, is a wedding photographer and will be at Bride, the wedding show at Tatton Park, Cheshire on 1-2 Feb;

Photo: I will be exhibiting at the Tatton Wedding Show on 1st and 2nd February (this is the premier wedding show in the North West) and I have 10 complimentary tickets to give away, message me if you are interested!


Incidentally, all the fabulous images of my quilts have been taken by Jo and Jo will be showing my yellow velvet quilt on her stand at Tatton; as modelled here by Rufus the cat;

quilt&cat3(However, all the photos of cute Rufus and my yellow velvet quilt were taken by his owner Mike, also a wedding photographer. See previous post; https://lisawatsonquilts.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/model-of-the-day-is-rufus-the-cat/

I don’t wish to confuse you, but I do wish to be honest!)

A British made Harris Tweed and velvet quilt is just so an ideal wedding gift in 2014 for brides and grooms. x

And, if you are getting married in 2014, visiting Bride, the wedding show at Tatton park on 1-2 Feb is an ideal starting point for arranging your big day.

And,  if you do go to Bride, don’t forget to say hello to Jo, at stand 224, as well. x

Open Call for British Designer at Liberty of London

Can it really be only a week since the Open Call for British Designers at Liberty of London.

I really enjoyed the event, had lots of fun with my queue buddies and got to pitch my quilts to Ed (the MD) and Julie (head of the Liberty Christmas shop who suffered a bauble crisis).  So thrilling to see all the lovely characters from the C4 Liberty show. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/liberty-of-london

Ed liked the bold orange and hot pink with purple tartan Harris Tweed quilt best!

webpic6See all the drama on my twitter feed; https://twitter.com/lisawatso/media


On another note, just added my shop link onto my website, so do check my quilts out on folksy at; http://folksy.com/shops/stitchpics


Quilts showcased in cheshiremums magazine

A mention in cheshiremums. http://www.cheshiremums.com/ How cool is that?

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