Monday, 9 July 2007


It's been a busy weekend. On Friday I went to Ushaw College about 4.5 miles west of Durham City. It's a beautiful spot high on the fells with panoramic views all around. Ushaw is or was one of the leading Catholic Seminars but times change and nowadays, although there still are young men training to be priests there the numbers are low so it's main use now is as a conference centre.

The NE15 Region were holding their Summer School at Ushaw College. There were 4 tutors, Sandi Lush teaching Balimore Quilting, Elizabeth Spanning from the US teaching machine quilting, Jennie Rayment with more twiddling and twisting and Barbara Slee who showed us the Tools of the Trade.

I enrolled late and the only place left was on Barbara Slee's course. She's a very friendly, helpful lady but unfortunately I found it a little too basic. However I did pick up one or two useful hints and the group were great fun to be with. We were to make a patchwork block create a cushion from it. As cushions in our house are always thrown on the floor with grumbles that they take up valuable space I made three blocks for use later.

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