Start with Stars


Today my son went back to school as a Sixth Former, so it must mean that my teaching for the autumn must be starting off too!


To give you a taste, and to show you some quilts from one of my favourite classes, here are some lovely quilts all made from my Beginners Class at The Quilt Room in Dorking.

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I love how they all look so different.

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It is great hearing why people choose their colours and fabrics.

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And lovely to here who or where the quilt is now destined for.

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This last one is mine. I think each time I teach this class I am tempted to sew yet another version for myself !

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So if you feel inspired to stitch a quilt this autumn, go and look at the list of great classes on the website for The Quilt Room, and who knows I might be meeting you in the near future!

Work in Progress

I have been working on a few projects all at the same time, but don’t we all?

I started on these Crosses Blocks, and quickly made 16 .

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I laid them out, and have stitched them together in rows, and then a top, but have come unstuck as to a border or not, so we are letting that one mature! Obviously design ideas are helped when there is a dog sprawled over the quilt:

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The next one is a current addiction, as I love sewing these Woven Blocks from my jelly roll scraps:


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Here is a trial layout when I had a few more stitched. There are a lot more now, so I am hoping for a large quilt from these.

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This next one some of you will recognise from the Comfortable with Curves class. (Those of you signed up for this in Houston may get a further peek then depending on its state by then).

This one is all hand pieced as it is basically so much easier to sew this particular design that way. This was a trial layout to see if I wanted the squares in there or just stick with the curves. I went with the squares, but I think there may be another in the pipeline with only curves!

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And finally my block for August Classic Meets Modern Quilt Along. Just made that in time, but I know I am still one down:

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Hope your WIP went well over the Summer?



Teaching Schedule Update


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Hi! I hope you are having great Summer?


I have updated the class list for the rest of the year, so if you take a look you will see there are lots of good things happening. Lots of lovely shops to visit when I will be teaching, and some old friends to catch up with in groups that I teach at. And lots of new friends to meet in the new places I shall be visiting!


Check out the Quilt Festival Programme in Houston, Texas, as I am teaching there this Fall, and there are some great new classes going on, as well as an old favourite!


By the end of 2014 there will be a couple of new books to look out for and perhaps add to your Christmas lists, and some lovely new classes for 2015.


In the meantime, enjoy the summer.



Summer is moving on and deadlines for work are too.

Over the summer we have adventures planned DownUnder, so the blog will be on vacation for the next month or so.

When I come back I can’t wait get stuck into this pile of scraps that has grown over the last few weeks. Such exciting possibilities from all the bits left over!




My more immediate pile of concern is my stitching whilst away. Instead of the pressure of starting something new, I went with projects that have been on hold, if not forgotten for a while now. Nothing mind blowing, just good solid hand piecing to while away moments.



And now just to select a patchwork book to browse while away!




Have great summer, wherever you will be stitching!

What’s Inspiring me:




There has been a lot of stitching and writing going on around here lately. And frustratingly (for you and me), none of it should be on the blog. Just to say there will be a couple of new books out in the Autumn!

Something to look out for and add to your Christmas wish list, but sadly nothing for me to be showing you right now.


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But between all the stitching I should be doing, I have managed to sneak in some odd bits and pieces. This is my most recent block for the Classic Meets Modern Quilt Along. I am now officially one month behind. This is my Dresden Plate :


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And this block I stitched using some of the wonderful range from Melanie Testa. The range is called Meadowlark, and contains some of my favourite prints from Market this Spring. There are some in here I think I need bolts of! But really the whole range is so inspiring.


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The block itself was inspired by a quilt top that I recently acquired:


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My block is quite restrained, but I hope to make more in the near future that have more fabrics in like those in the original top.

What’s inspiring you at the moment?

The Slow Sew


We have been enjoying the sunshine both here and the other weekend down near Tenterden in Kent.

I was lucky enough to go with friends to a Mandy Pattullo workshop at the Sew Not Strawberry Jam Studio.

The day was such an inspiration. Lots of hand work and and wonderfully inspiring pieces from Mandy, as well as the just beautiful gardens surrounding the studio.


Take a look!


Stitchery worked on an old quilted piece:


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I would really like to make one of these books. I had seen them on Mandy’s Blog, but seeing them in person inspired me to think about starting one:








The outside of the studio and some of the lovely garden:





I am working on a piece inspired by this one by Mandy:





And in the same vein, if you don’t already know, Mark Lipinski is starting a new (ad)venture, The Slow Sewing Blog.


If like me you love the process and the outcome  and enjoy the meditative process of hand work in your quilts, then look on the new Blog.


It will be exciting to see and hear what people think!

Quick catch up


The last few weeks have been especially busy with Family stuff, my Son’s GCSE’s and planting a garden. And lots of teaching! ( There was also a book deadline, but more of that another time!)

Hence the quietness around here on the blog.

So to share with you today are some great quilts that I have been shown when I went to teach over the last few weeks. These were students who had been on classes  a while back, and were good enough to bring along their quilts to share.

Thank you so much to each of you, and the lovely people who finished stuff and then sent it to the people they were making it for. I love seeing those pictures too!


Some of the pictures are not great due to me and my phone, but you get the idea.

Amazingly even though the quilts were by different people at different venues everyone showed their Rose Star One Patch Quilt.

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And lastly this was funky version getting started of the Twinkle Star quilt. Love this retro look!

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Pittsburgh Quilt Market


I’m back from Quilt Market, and as I seem to have more work to do now, with deadlines than before I went, I will let you see some of things that I saw, before sit is all history!


I took a class with Kathy Doughty:


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Fabrics from Yuwa:









Fabrics from Cotton and Steel:




Fabrics by Such Designs at Windham:





Irome from Japan:






Templates for my Mariners Compass, coming soon!




My new book out in the World:


Ready for the book signing!


Flower Pots Quilt


A while back, probably a couple of years ago now there was a quilt show at The Needlemakers in Lewes. It was part of the Arts Week in Lewes and the quilts were generously displayed from the collection of Jill Hillage who owns The Patchwork Dog and Basket in Lewes.


She has great taste and a great shop so needless to say I thought the quilts were great too.


A couple of them appealed to me as something I might quite like to stitch, and last summer I asked if I could borrow one or two to make patterns from. Jill very generously lent them to me and the process begun.


Below are some shots of the original quilt. I loved the boldness of the design, but I really liked the fact that some of the fabric had worn away and you could see part of the appliqué from underneath. Also some of the motifs in the border had faded to be almost invisible.


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This is what I then stitched:


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I loved the fadedness of those baskets and my palette grew from there:


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It is a repeat of one flower pot block, sixteen in total in the quilt:


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I just used freezer paper appliqué as my technique and reverse appliqué as in the original quilt for the flower centres:


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Hope something inspires you today to stitch something new!

Patchwork Quilt Show





If you are looking for some quilt loveliness next weekend go and see the great work of some of the loveliest ladies down in Burwash in Sussex. A really pretty village, and I know there will be some great quilts! The quilts will be on show Sunday 27th April 2014, and for the price of the entrance there are refreshments included! And you know that will mean great cake! Opening, 10am to 4pm.


Apart from trying to get on top of the gardening this weekend I have been enjoying some hand quilting. I had some Valdani cotton in 35 wt and 50 wt , and boy are they  great to quilt with! I love the variegated thread, and the softness makes a lovely stitch. Can’t wait to start another project so I can quilt with them some more!






And this is my block for the Classic Meets Modern Quilt-a-long:




All ready for the sunshine today, after the grey of yesterday!