Tuesday, 16 July 2013


ta da! the turkey shed!

hello! if you happened to have stumbled on to this page by accident, welcome, stay a while & see what the turkey shed is all about. if you've googled 'turkey shed' and you're looking for an actual turkey shed, i'm sorry to disappoint you. you might prefer to visit the farmer's weekly website and read all about their top tips for successful turkey production, it's most informative ;) if you're here because you love the idea of printmaking, fabrics, colour and patchwork, you're in the right place.

me. hiding my bingo wings on a really hot day.
so, who am i?

well, i'm lucie summers, more commonly known as lu amongst my patchworky internet friends. i'm a quilter, screen printer, designer of 2 moda fabric collections and now an author of my first book 'quilt improv' which launches in september. i am a hands-on quilt maker, which really means i love to make my quilts from fabrics i've printed myself.

so, what is the turkey shed?

the turkey shed is an exciting space for like minded people to come and create together - i'll be running some day courses myself and also enlisting the help of other creative friends for workshops on mark making on fabric, thermofax screen printing, burning and slashing, surfaces for creative stitching, 'portholes' & improv patchwork as well as workshops on english paper piecing and creative embroidery techniques. the turkey shed is beautiful light filled space with large design walls, a kitchen area and loo, and a resident longarm quilting machine with lovely views of the meadow next door.

so, where is the turkey shed?

the turkey shed is on a farm a few miles outside of newmarket in suffolk, just off the A11, in a village called worlington. we are an hour from norwich, 45 minutes from ipswich, just over an hour from the east end of london by car, and around 20 minutes from ely which is a mainline station - trains take an hour and 10 minutes from ely to kings cross. we are half an hour from cambridge and 10 minutes from the horse racing capital of the world, newmarket.

so, when's it all happening?

day courses will start in september this year when the children have gone back to school. i just need to finalise dates with tutors and finally find out dates of various football matches (my two boys are football fanatics so i need to be able to fit in teaching around their games!) when this is done, i will post the dates here with a link for you to book and purchase a place. workshops will take place on a mixture of weekdays and weekends, usually from 10am until 3pm. 

i'm quite proud of my hanging baskets;
i usually manage to kill them
lots of lovely design wall space with the kitchen
area at the end 
the turkey shed is also home to my mum's
longarm quilting machine
i will be back soon with more class information and a schedule, so stayed tuned! by the way, if you want to follow me online, my username is @lusummers on both twitter and instagram!


  1. Yipeeee!!! My mum lives in Swaffham, so not a million miles away?! I would love to put my name down for one of your workshops ;-)) x hooge congrats on your book!!! X

  2. yay! nope, swaffam is about 45 minutes away so not too far at all :) i'll have all the class info on here, so keep checking back. thanks for the congrats, not long now! :)

  3. Well done Lu - up and running....................

  4. Aww the turkey shed is so cute and your blog piece written in a lovely friendly mannor. shame its not closr to Manchester ! Xxxx

  5. Congrats Lu, looks like an amazing space and I look forward to seeing what classes you have in the bag!You've clearly been a busy lady this year!

  6. Looks fabulous Lu - congratulations! :) I'm sure it's going to be a wonderful success. Kx

  7. Congratulations! Looks amazing! I have creative friends near you who would love to take one of your classes! Good luck from Derbyshire! SS

  8. Can't wait for the class list. loved Improv at the retreat - right up my street - gobble gobble

  9. Aaaaw man! Now I just wanna make turkey prints in the studio. One day...


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