Angela Daymond & Janet Goddard at the Stitch Festival

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We asked tutors and Guild members Angela Daymond and Janet Goddard a few questions ahead of their workshops at The Stitch Festival, 3 – 6 March 2022 at The Business Design Centre, London.

Angela Daymond

Can you tell us about your quilting journey and how you became a teacher/workshop leader? 

I am a trained primary school teacher and have always loved teaching others from a young age. As I decreased my time in the classroom I began teaching my friends various patchwork and quilting techniques. My enthusiasm for this grew and eventually I swapped children for adults. When I was in rehab after a spinal cord injury I even taught a workshop in the spinal unit once the OT’s discovered what I do.  I have had my studio for ten years this year and am planning to (hopefully) do face to face teaching this year as well as continuing Zoom teaching.

Is there a common theme in the inspiration behind your work?  

Most of my inspiration for my work comes from the natural world. I design and stitch animals that I see and things like a beautiful sunset can provide me with a wonderful palette of colours to work with. In lockdown I had new bird feeders and the amazing variety of birds that visited provided the inspiration for both a block of the month in 2021 and a new book out later this year.  

Can you tell us about your workshops at The Stitch Festival and what people will gain from them? 

My workshops at The Stitch Festival include hand stitching, dyeing and printing techniques. I plan these carefully so that someone with no experience can join in whilst knowing that I can stretch the skills of someone with more experience. With some of the workshops the ‘fun’ part, the dyeing is completed at home as people take away comprehensive instructions. I still get such a thrill when someone sends me photos of their completed workshop fabrics.

Why do you love The Quilters’ Guild and being a member?

I have been a Guild member for around twenty years (I might need to check this out but my membership number is 32404) I love being part of an organisation full of people who have the same interests as me and which also has a strong education element. I have gained so much from being a member, in the early days I learnt so much from going to local area days and AGM’s. I have made friends for life and although I may not see them regularly I know I will always bump into someone I know at a quilt show.

 

Janet Goddard

Can you tell us about your quilting journey and how you became a teacher/workshop leader? 

I am a trained teacher so once I had the quilting bug it was a natural progression to focus on teaching patchwork and quilting. After several years of teaching workshops, opportunities for pattern and book writing came about. I have now written over 100 patterns for magazines and publications and have just finished my fifth book.

Is there a common theme in the inspiration behind your work?  

I love to try all types of patchwork and quilting but my favourite techniques are machine applique and patchwork. I love my walking foot too!

Can you tell us about your workshops at The Stitch Festival and what people will gain from them? 

I am teaching a variety of classes including Mindful mending on denim, Inchie mosaics, Scrappy selvedge portholes, Hawaiian applique and Vintage style pincushions. My aim is to give students a taster of the technique used, share the skills needed and stitch a small project.

Why do you love The Quilters’ Guild and being a member?

I have been a member of the Quilters’ Guild for a number of years now and one of the things that I really love is the quarterly magazine. It is always packed with interesting articles and features and I like nothing better than sitting with a cup of coffee devouring the pages. I enjoy reading about what is happening in the quilting world both at home and abroad and reading about the amazing quilts that are being made.

It’s not too late to get a ticket to The Stitch Festival. To take advantage of our discount code, quote QGPR22 when booking. This entitles you to £3 off advance adult / £2 advance concession prices, but be quick! Discount ends 23.59, 2 March, 2022. 

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