Gail has a passion for variations on stained-glass patchwork, which has become something of a signature style.
If you are fortunate enough to have secured a place on her workshop on Sunday 3rd, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in this technique. The workshop is called “Landscapes”, loosely based on her New Zealand book.
Gail has been to Northern Ireland a few times and we know her to be an inspirational teacher. So, if you haven’t got a place for her workshop, contact us asap.
Here is the beautiful “Seascape”, the colours reminiscent of the coastline of the Coromandel Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island.
Many of you may have seen her exhibition of the quilts, at the Festival of Quilts.
They take their inspiration from the decorative motifs and history of “The Land of the Long White Cloud”. t. Each of these quilts is a similar size, approx 40in long by 10in wide.
As Gail says herself, she is doing a good job for the New Zealand Tourist Board!
It may be that Gail’s passion for New Zealand will prompt you to plan a trip there.
If you’d like to know more about Gail and her work, visit her website http://www.gaillawther.co.uk/v3/, from which the following piece has been taken:-
“If we haven’t met before, my name’s Gail Lawther, and I’m a quilter and textile artist.
I began working full-time in fabric and thread about 20 years ago, and can’t imagine a better way to earn my living! I design and stitch quilts for books and patterns, and also create larger pieces on commission.
I travel all round the UK and further afield, giving talks about my quilts and teaching workshops, and several times each year I do residential workshops in different places.
You will find me, with my husband Chris, at quilt shows around the country; we try to do a different combination of shows each year, but are always at the Festival of Quilts at NEC in August.
I also design and make church banners; many of these designs are available to buy as full-size patterns, so that you can create your own versions for your church. [See Gail’s website http://www.gaillawther.co.uk]
When we’re not working, we love walking by the sea near our South Coast home, and exploring Britain and further afield; nothing beats sitting in the sun, reading, with a cool glass of wine or Pimms and some snacks at hand …”
Hard to picture the hard working Gail with the time to sit and relax.
Lastly, here is a Youtube video, with Bonnie McCaffery interviewing her about “Glimpses of New Zealand”