Two Days on the Madeira Stand at the NEC

If you follow our Instagram posts you’ll know we had two lovely days demonstrating Madeira threads at the National Exhibition Centre last week.

Here’s Laura enjoying some quiet hand stitching while the Husqvarna embroidery machine stitches out a digital design alongside her. Multi tasking is the way to be super productive and we’ve got exhibition deadlines to meet so no time to waste!

What made the Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch/Sewing for Pleasure Show even more special than usual was that we had my daughter Frances working with us too. While Laura and I quilted by hand and machine, Frances was focussing on construction techniques using an overlocker.  This photo was taken on our second day and she’s wearing an ombre jersey top she made on the first day. She’s a clever girl with great attention to detail and matched those seams perfectly!

As she starts on a long, grey marl, jersey cardigan on Day 2 you can see a section of the lovely outfits she and Laura have made for Amelie over recent months. What a lucky little girl she is to have such a wardrobe!

And these are examples of Frances’ make up bags, clutch bags and glasses cases – all made using digitally printed fabrics at

This bag was a joint effort on the second day. Laura quilted and embroidered the fabric and Frances added a bright pink zip and constructed the purse. What a team!

The Madeira stand had lots of space to show some of our favourite quilts – you may recognise Laura’s black and white self portrait on the left of the opening and one of my crow quilts on the right. Always nice for them to have another outing – if quilts have feelings they must get fed up of being rolled up under a spare bed!

I used Madeira Rayons and Cotona threads for free motion quilting and some lovely colours of Lana for the hand stitching.

You really can’t call demonstrating on the Madeira stand work when it means you get to meet so many lovely people and to spend time on quilts that need finishing! If you dropped by to say hello, many thanks for taking the time and I hope you enjoyed the show as much as we did!




Bye for now – Linda