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Spanish retreat update –

Even though the May retreat at my home in Spain seems a long way away, I need to post a reminder that the closing date for bookings is coming up fast – 21st MarchThere are only 6 places available for this hand stitching special – comfortable surroundings, warm weather, blue skies, home cooked food, local wines and fully kitted projects.  Add in a generous dash of guided stitching and tuition covering the main basics of hand stitching – English Paper Piecing, hand piecing, needleturn applique and hand quilting.  Also a visit to an internationally-renowned embroidery museum.  We think it’s a recipe for a perfect four days of relaxation and really hope you can join us.

Here’s a glimpse of the quilt that will be the source for some of the projects I’ll be teaching –

IMG_8364 full quilt

needleturn applique – FullSizeRender (8) block

English Paper Piecing –  FullSizeRender (7) hexagon block

and possibly  IMG_7946lucy boston

hand piecing – IMG_8375 honeybee  and possibly IMG_8370 honeybee


hand quilting – cropped-cropped-dscn30491.jpg   DSC05726

(colours and patterns will obviously vary, these images are illustrative only)

With just 6 guests we will be able to make the retreat a personalised and relaxing stitching experience – no deadlines, no pressure and no long requirements list of things to bring, just your own hand sewing kit – we provide everything else!

Email  for a booking form before it’s too late!!



2018  marks a new chapter with much less travel than in previous years and only very limited UK dates available. 

There is also an exciting new project –  a hand stitching retreat at my home in southern Spain where I will be hosting four days of tuition, demos and guided stitching, visit to a renowned embroidery museum, good food etc all in a comfortable and private domestic setting. 

Only six places are available and bookings close on 21st March. 

Email for further information:









Barbara’s particular speciality is traditional hand quilting & quilting design.  She has been teaching, writing, designing for more than 30 years, during which time she has encouraged & inspired quilters of all skill levels through her workshops, demonstrations & lectures.  Her first book “The Essential Quilter” (1993) is an established classic reference for hand quilters and her third book “Quilt It” (1999) is a standard reference for all quilters.  Barbara has six signature fabric collections to her credit and many of her quilting designs are available as stencils from Quilting Creations/Stensource International.

For many years Barbara has maintained a busy local, national & international teaching schedule which has included judging at all major UK shows, judging & teaching in the USA, Johannesburg & New Zealand, teaching in Dubai, Cairo, Abu Dhabi and the Netherlands. She has also taught several years at the prestigious International Quilt Festival in Houston and Harriet Hargrave’s Machine Quilting Celebration.

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