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send it to angela@sew-easy.co.uk



Quilter, Author, Teacher, Textile Designer..her Books, DVDs and Tools offer simple, effective creative techniques for Celtic Design quilts, Floral Applique, Geometric Star, Perspective, Patchwork and quilting ,Textile art..


Angela's Blog

Come and join the fun in France...

Angela Madden

if you are thinking of planning a quilting holidayhow about joining us for a creative week in the Limousin France. i will be teaching a week long workshop on my east 'Surprising Silhouettes 'technique which will painlessly turn the terrified into confident, competent designers and quilt makers .No previous experience required

The full course outline and full details are at craftyretreats .com website   including pics. of the lovely venue.

The weekpromises good food, wine, creative ideas, sewing machines provided, outings, lovely scenery, sunshine, like minded new friends and individual tuition following whatever you feel your personal needs might be... in a small group.... and definitely lots of laughs and fun!!

 Don't delay as places are limited.

What are you looking for?

Angela Madden

Hi Folks ... A Happy New year to everyone.

As usual I have several ideas on the go at present which I will develop as the year goes on (and hopefully you will find them inspiring and fun), However it occurred to me that if you are looking at this site you may well have a specific need in mind which at present is not being answered... so I am more than open to suggestions for what kind of techniques you might like me to look at finding an fast and easy way to do?

if anything occurs to you please comment below and I'll get onto it.... especially while this freezing cold weather is here!



Have an after Christmas 'Twiddle'

Angela Madden

None of us have any time before Christmas for sewing, but here's an idea for the after Christmas lull.

Folks suffering from advanced Dementia often have 'restless hands' and pick at their clothes etc. One idea which has helped and calmed, is to provide a 'Twiddle muff' which is just a tube, either knitted, soft fabric or quilted, which has lots of interesting, eye catching 'twiddleable' items firmly stitched on, both inside and out. These can be anything, soft or hard, pieces of ribbon, leather, an old key, a pretty button etc. etc.  items which will stimulate sight , touch, conversation and maybe memories.

I made two from a leftover piece of mohair and the local Care home tried them out and was really enthusiastic. So now I'm looking in my button box and all those places where 'bits and bobs' get put away (and often later thrown out)

So if you feel like a small,fast and worthwhile project for the New Year why not give it a go. After all we may be the ones twiddling them them in the future ... and I hope someone makes me a really nice, colourful and interesting one.... if I'm honest i've had fun with the ones I've tried out now!!!!!

Wishing you all a lovely Christmas and hope to see you in fun workshops during 2016.


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Fancy a quilting week in France next July?

Angela Madden

Have just confirmed a 'Surprising Silhouettes' light hearted week in central France starting July 22nd 2016. Lovely venue, good food, like minded people, fun, sun, wine and a great technique.

We will also cover all that is wrong with the world using my grumpy old woman poems on such vitally important subjects as 'the kid in the seat behind you on a plane'.....' middle aged male cyclists in lycra' and many more bothersome topics , many quilting related ...                            your contributions will be heartily encouraged ...... laughter is the best therapy !!.

Sounds good? ... please come and join us ...................for details check out www.craftyretreats.com

The Festival of Quilts' and a good laugh with 'The Quilting Lawyer'

Angela Madden

A big thank you to everyone who visited my stand at The Festival of Quilts last week in Birmingham it was simply lovely to meet up with so many long standing and new friends. I hope that you all enjoyed the show.


Also another big thank you to all who commented favourably and bought my new book 'Surprising Silhouettes'.

I sincerely hope that you all have fun using my techniques... and don't forget to send a photo to put on the website. At present it is best to e mail angela@ sew-easy.co.uk if adding a photo.

A lovely lady at the show suggested that I might like a lecture given by a quilter's long suffering husband ... I loved it   .....   Google 'the quilting lawyer'  and you will love it too!

Gales outside..... good ideas within !

Angela Madden

Thank you to all who attended my recent lecture and Celtic Masterclass in design at the Quilter's Guild Conference and A.G.M. at Harrogate. I hope you all enjoyed it and returned home full of ideas.

I have included a 'work in progress' pic of my now completed wall hanging. 


At present I am working on my new workshop and book which is coming along nicely and I will soon have pics and info to share. Each time I think I have sorted the technique I discover a whole lot of new ideas. (It is really good to be inside today working on this as there are strong gale force winds outside !)

A blogging beginner!

Angela Madden

Everyone tells me that I should have a blog....... 

so here goes .... into the unknown!

I intend to show pics of what I'm doing from time to time and put details of classes etc. So please check back from time to time to hopefully find something interesting  Please let me know what you think and  I'll do my best!

The golden Lily pic on the page top is a new wall hanging that I've made for the hall in my new house. (The size was totally controlled by my need to hide unsightly switches and sockets that the builder had thoughtfully scattered all over that wall) Machine stitched using my freezer paper appliqué technique      ( see 'Beautiful Blooms' book)  from a variety of fabrics including those for furnishing. Of course it contains the added 'bit of glitz' and sparkles nicely when the hall light is on!