Monday, 16 May 2016

Uttoxeter Quilt Show - 2016

I was lucky enough to get a free ticket being given away on Facebook by a lady that wasn't able to go


here's my choice from this year's Uttoxeter quilt Show. I am afraid I've no details of the quilts, I'm too mean to buy a programme.

This year's winner!

I hope you've enjoyed them!

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Little quilt swap

Lori from Humble Quilts hosted a Little Quilt Swap in April 

The quilt I received came from Diane Knott, who is a quilt pattern designer, teacher and author. I felt very honoured to get a quilt from such a talented quilter!

I haven't decided where I am going to hang it yet. I want to change the colour of one of the walls in my sewing room so once I've done that I will hang it.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

March update..

I have been very remiss in not posting about a swap I took part in back in February. 
It was organised by Tracey from 'Mad about Bags' and it was called 'Send a little love' - a heart shaped theme!

My partner was Kimberley of  'Creative Chaos', she lives in New Zealand.

There was chocolate but that has been eaten! also a nice pen, that I have mislaid at present! I used the heart shaped cookie cutters as templates for 2 blocks in my Splendid Sampler -  Thank you Kimberley!

This is what I sent Kimberley - I hope you don't mind me pinching your photo! Thank you!
(Kimberley's photo, as I forgot to take one before I sent the parcel)

I have also taken part in Kimberley's 2016 edition of 'Send us your country'

My partner for this swap was Melanie from 'The Patchwork Robin'. Melanie lives in Derby in the UK. Funnily enough I lived in Derby as a small child as my Dad worked for Roll Royce aerospace.

My parcel arrived this morning!

Thank you so much, Melanie, I love the pincushion and the covered buttons, the chocolate will go down a treat as well!

I've done some sewing too! This little quilt is made from a Moda 'Hello Luscious' charm pack that I've had in my stash for a while. I got the pattern from a magazine but I'm not sure which one as I had ripped the pages out and just kept them. 

Some more 'Splendid Sampler' blocks. I'm not caught up at present, I've got 2 & a half to do.

I am going to hand quilt them and 'quilt as you go'. Some ladies are putting lovely sashings on but doing wide sashings is going to make the quilt bigger than I want, by my calculation it will be around 70 inches square as it is!
I need to get cracking on the hand quilting as I will get too far behind.

I've got a pile of 'Speedwell' blocks coming on

and I've got another Christmas quilt cut out - this is 'Double Square Star' from Missouri Star Quilt Company. I love Jenny's 'You Tube' videos, they are easy to follow and the results are good.  

This quilt is also a Missouri Star Quilt Company one - 'Quatrefoil'. Jenny uses a layer cake for hers but I've used fat quarters. 

Right, I'm off to play catch up on my 'Splendid Sampler quilt 

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Scraps & current projects

At the moment I am finding myself worrying about scraps! We all have them don't we? We cut into lovely fabric to make quilts and then we end up with loads of scraps and we wonder what to to do with them. I do keep them organised and I put them into boxes as I go. I keep 1.5", 2", 2.5, 3.5" and 5" squares and strips.

8.5" unfinished block using 4 patch out of 1.5" squares and 2.5" squares

My 1.5" and 2.5" boxes are getting quite full so I what to make something out of them. I thought I would make a couple of lap quilts using the blocks above. I belong to a Facebook page that lists various causes that are asking for quilts. I am going to sew these up as my leader & ender project (see Bonnie Hunter)

HSTs measuring 1.5" finished, from my 'Charming Stars' quilt, this is going to be a sewing case

I also have a tin that is full of HSTs that have been cut from various stars blocks & projects. I know some quilters would throw these out but I can't bring myself to as they represent money paid for fabric so I am trying to think up small projects that I can make to use them up.

As you have seen before I've made a few of these bags - this was to use up some of the 2.5" squares, the trouble is, since I've made these I've added a load more squares to the box!

These Wild & Goosey blocks are great for using up irregular shaped pieces so I am keeping going with these.

I've got 'Speedwell' cut out so now to sew it!

and I've added 2 more blocks to my 'Splendid Sampler'

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Sewing, sewing, sewing!

At the moment I am continuing to sew up a storm! I am sewing to the exclusion of most other things, not that anything else is a particular priority just now!

This Christmas quilt is for DD and is being made from fabric I'd already cut out but lost the pattern. The new quilt pattern is from a book called 'Pretty Patchwork Quilts' by Cyndi Walker and is called 'Shooting Stars'. It is made up of 12  left hand blocks and 20 right hand blocks. I have now finished the 12 left hand blocks and have started on the 20 right hand blocks.

In between doing other things I am adding to my 'Wild & Goosey' blocks (a Bonnie Hunter pattern)

Moda Bonnie & Camille 'Miss Kate'

I have started 2 'Block of the Months' although one of them is 2 blocks a week!

The first one is The Splendid Sampler (free)which is 2 blocks per week and had has been organised by Pat Sloan. There are 80 designers involved in this and there are over 16,000 people following the Facebook page! and every person that has uploaded photos to the page has used different fabrics and/or had a slightly different take on the blocks. It is going to be so much fun to see how it all develops. It isn't too late to join the party as we are only up to block 4 which has been released today. 

These blocks are Bonnie Hunter's Boxy Stars and have been from a Moda Patisserie  jelly roll. Again I'd started using this jelly roll for something else and changed my mind (that's what being a Libra does for you)

I've finished all the 6" blocks but have to sew them into the 12" blocks and as they are sashed and I didn't have anything suitable in my stash, on Tuesday I went shopping. I went to Patchfinders in Poynton which is about a 25 mile drive from Northwich. Patchfinders used to have a shop in Cheadle Hulme but moved to Poynton in September. didn't get to go when they first moved as I had broken my foot. Their new premises are huge and the range of fabric is fantastic! So if you are in the area they are well worth a visit!. 

Usually I have an idea what colour sashings I want to use but in this case I didn't (other than a vague idea of mid brown), so when I ended up with this gold fabric I was surprised but it is perfect and I love the border fabric which is Moda Butterscotch & Roses.

These 2 blocks are from the other BOM I am doing. This is a Barbara Brackman free BOM from her Civil War Blog called Westering Women. We are up to block 2 so this one isn't too late to join either.

This layer cake is Moda Larkspur by 3 Sisters. I love, love .love 3 Sisters fabric and I particularly love this one. I want to make a Moda Bake Shop pattern called 'Speedwell' by Nicola Dodd. I needed some yardage as well and that came this morning so I can get going with it now.

This is a portable quilt 'wall' for the 6" blocks for the The Splendid Sampler BOW, I've just got to sew up the binding.

And this is the second quilt I made from the Moda 'Boutique' jelly roll I had already started.

Monday, 1 February 2016


Since before I broke my foot I had been in a sewing funk, I hadn't touched my sewing machine in months but I've now got my mojo back!

Moda Fruitcake

A few years ago I cut a quilt out from the Moda Fruitcake fabric. The pattern was from a blog that I've since lost the link to. I didn't know what to do with the cut out fabric so I put it to one side. DD came across it and asked me to make her a Christmas quilt with it so I had to put my thinking cap on. I've come up with an idea, I'll show you how it progresses.

Moda Strawberry Fields

This quilt was made from the scraps of Strawberry Fields fabric that I used to make DD's 2014 Christmas present quilt. It has 2 borders that I have since put on this evening.

Moda Boutique

I cut out and pieced this quilt last week and put its' borders on tonight, The fabric started life as a jelly roll and the patterns for this quilt & the Strawberry Fields quilt came from Pam & Nicky Lintott's book - Two from One Jelly Roll Quilts. I am going to make another quilt from this book with the rest of the Boutique fabric. 

These 2 quilts are both made with rail fence blocks. The difference is in the size of the blocks. I had cut loads of 3.5 inch squares from charm packs and I was left with these 1.5 x 3.5 & 1.5 x 5" wide strips. Both of these quilts have now got their borders on too!

This is were I'm up to with my Hitchhiker scarf, I just keep knitting a bit here & there, mainly on suitable car journeys when I'm not driving.

I'm also knitting socks!

In other news this weekend we have celebrated this little man's 2nd birthday!