Report from Jayne McClenaghan on Gail Lawther’s Workshop.

Click here to access Jayne McClenaghan’s Blog on Gail Lawther

Delighted to have Jayne’s permission to  link to her blog post on the NIPG Gail Lawther workshop.

Jayne is doing her City and Guilds Part 2, in which she has to study designers, so it was a happy coincidence that the Guild had invited Gail. Jayne is also an accomplished artist and is constantly adding to her range of craft skills. Her posts are really interesting and how could you not fall in love with Smudge?


Really appreciate this posting Jayne, but would be equally delighted with any other additions to the Gail Lawther workshop in the form of photographs or comments from those who attended the workshops/talk. If you have any, please send them to us.


Gail Lawther “Glimpses of New Zealand”

Here is seascape (1)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, 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, witOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAh 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.


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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]

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” 

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