We love seeing your versions of Gail’s patterns and designs, and on this page we share examples you’ve sent us of quilts you’ve made at workshops or at home from our various books and pattern packs. If you’d like to see your design here, then send us an image – along with a few words of comment, if you wish – and we’ll try and add it to the page. Send it to web@wordpress-768913-2610029.cloudwaysapps.com

Tanya Waughman has had fun making cushions using templates from the Cottage Gardens booklet: Hi Gail,I thought you might like to see the cushions I made from your Cottage Gardens book. Really enjoying this technique.
Deborah Cooper from Guernsey writes: Here is my result for the work I did based on your Cottage Garden book. I entered it into the Guernsey Eisteddfod: no trophy for quilt class – only best overall needlework – but mine was the only quilt awarded honours so I’m well chuffed.

Chris Warburton was at a workshop at Cosby … I enjoyed making the poppy wall hanging so much I have gone on to make a quilt as you go using some of your designs and some i have drawn myself.  Hope you recognise them! Thank you for your time and enthusiasm.

Margaret Gethin writes: Hello Gail, I was on one your workshops at Wroxham Barns and I bought the turtle pattern pack so I thought I’d send you a picture of the finished panel. It is destined to be hanging on the wall of my daughter’s house in Grand Cayman.
Diana Ansell was inspired by our ‘Bird’s book to create this pretty design. She entered an exhibition by Thanet Quilters, on the theme “beside the seaside” (the challenge was an A4 size quilt) … and won!

Nicolette van der Poel, from Holland: Owl

I love your work and I bought a book, Stained glass patchwork techniques  birds … and I made the owl. In Holland we have Quilts of Love, where you can make a quilt and  donate it to an organization and they give it to parents, who’s baby is stillborn, or will die soon. And the baby will lay in the quilt and not in a hospital blanket. The parents can take the quilt home with them, or they bury their baby in it. But the stained glass was too black for me, so I did not use that and I also changed the beak of the owl. I am proud of my work. I have only been quilting now for 2 years and I wanted to show you my creation.

Twilight Silhouettes by Ruth Pearce (left) and Fiona Rabson (right). Ruth writes: I really enjoyed your class here in Bude and love my finished quilt. I love free motion quilting so you will notice I quilted whirls of water in the reed bed and squiggles for the sky, after I had free stitched the edges of the silhouettes. Thank you again for a fantastic class.

Sue Tripp of  Wicked Quilters, Littlehampton, writes: Wicked quilters birds quilt was made as a group project (with Gail’s permission) for the star prize in our charity raffle at Littlehampton Town Show. Our charity this year is Stonepillow – helping the homeless and addicted. We used the bigger background blocks, so it came out quite large- 64 ins square. Most members participated by making a block and I quilted it with invisible top thread in two long halves on my Janome. We think it will really be a showstopper – hope you agree.

Sandra Miller sent this picture of Gail’s Macintosh-style Rose design interpreted by members of United Quilters, Farnham in Surrey.

Val Brooks sent us three images: I attended the course at the Royal Brid in September that you ran, and on the third day for the Rose Window, I was using some beautiful Japanese fabrics that I spent a lot of time ‘fussy-cutting’. I had in mind at the time that I may incorporate it into a quilt for my sister’s birthday, and subsequently did complete that. She was thrilled with it … I added panels each side and on the right, I translated my sister’s name, Margaret, into Japanese and appliquéd the letters using the same technique as the Rose Window. I also added some gold fusible binding … which you did with us on the first day of the course, so I really have you to thank for the great instructions and ideas! The other image shows how I used Gail’s Mac Rose-inspired design as a centrepiece for a quilt for my daughter. I had great fun making it! Thanks once again for teaching me the technique of reverse appliqué and using a twin needle for stitching binding on to give the stained glass window effect!

Linda Draper sent these three designs including her lovely Cockerel bag (adapted from the Birds book), made fromGail’s workshop at Hillscourt. The sunflowers are all home dyed fabrics.  The sunset silhouettes are all home dyed fabrics apart from the batik border and black silhouettes.

More twilight silhouettes, from (left to right) Emma Watts, Yvonne Kearton, Heather Mellows & from, Border Textiles quilter, Marion

Hilary Goldsmith (Chairman of the EYES group) sent this photo of her lovely  3 part screen: ‘I made from your inspiration at the EYES meeting in Cottingham  and the Quilters Guild meeting in Walkington. I made the middle panel at the workshop & then completed the other 2 at home.  Using your designs for the owls & the swallows I then used your seabird shapes from your Birds book … as silhouettes.  The owls are quilted with relatively parallel lines using the walking foot, the swallows with the walking foot but using diagonal lines echoing the trajectory of the swallows.  The seabirds are quilted using a mixture of parallel walking foot quilting & free motion quilting.  All using a mixture of threads, some variegated, some plain.’

Twilight Silhouettes by Di Peel (left) and Maria Needham (right).
Di writes: I actually like this hanging over the door, and it means that the cat can’t make herself comfortable sitting on it and fray the carefully wonderwebbed edges 🙂  I quilted using a turquoise/teal variegated polyester thread … in a simple wave design as you suggested, and I think it really works well … Maria writes: Just wanted to say thankyou for the brilliant class at Bee Crafty. I finished my picture and am very pleased and already started another using some fabric I bought from you …
Designs from two older books by Gail: two attractive versions of an art deco-inspired tulip design, stitched by Jonquil Hole; the two Celtic Birds pattern (from Celtic Quilting) beautifully produced by Ruth Beckett.

Margaret Mitchell, from Mead Quilters, sent us these photos of her interpretations of The Land of the Long White Cloud designs and two of the Treasures of Tutankhamen series patterns made into gorgeous cushion covers.
Christine Taylor made the version of the Enchanted Forest patterns (left), and generously auctioned the Quilt for charity at our Ladies night: the quilt raised £270.00 and the total proceeds from the evening amounted to £2,100.00 and will be donated to the Bury St Edmunds Women’s Refuge. She also stitched the two Enchanted Christmas designs on the right.

Frances Waddington’s penguins quilt and Di Alderman’s Clarice Cliff-style Deco cottage


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