Pupil: Lisa Egan
Class: Irish Circles, 2nd Thursday of the month at Blueberries
Tutor: Karen Cunningham
What do you do in the class?
This year I’m working on a quilt called Irish Circles, but Karen’s classes tend to be pretty varied. She only teaches the quilts that she’s designed. She has a bit of a cult following.
How was the tutor?
Karen generally tends to work with more experienced quilters but is also very patient with less experienced people so she’s pretty versatile. She’s such a good communicator and has a great eye for lovely fabrics and styles. She has the X factor.
What’s the best part of the class?
I can’t really generalise because it’s such a fun day. It’s great seeing the new quilts and she’ll also bring out the older quilts she’s made. You feel so inspired. Also, it’s such a lovely group of ladies to work with. The days are very social. We muck around a lot.
Does the class meet your expectations?
I’ve known Karen for nearly ten years so I knew what to expect the first time I went. I was really excited to be in a class of hers.
Would you encourage others to do the class?
Well actually I’ve already done that. A group of ladies that I sew with on a social basis booked into the class this year because I spoke so highly of it. Do you think I should get a commission?
Lisa at Blueberries
Lisa’s Irish Circles so far
Irish Circles is Karen Cunninghams adaptation of a quilt made by Jane Piza from Ireland around 1850-60.
The original quilt can be found at Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum Gloucester England.
Lisa’s quilt made in Karen’s class last year