String Snowballs

I have written this post 3 times now and it keeps disappearing! Lets hope this one works!!!!

Inspiring Students

Sometimes I really wonder who benefits from my classes the most, me or the students!

Many a time I will leave the class at the end of the day with my mind buzzing with ideas inspired by the work that the students have created! A point in case was last Saturday when I taught Kaliedoscope Hexagons at 'Just Between Friends' . And I saw this lovely post by Angeliki, one of the students. She was inspired too!

My beginners class had their last lesson this week and it was great to some of the quilts that they had sewn inspired by the ones I made. They are always all so different.

This was Nics:

And this was Catherines:

And if you would like to see lots of quilts this weekend , go along to the show  at Sandown Park Race course in Esher, Surrey.   You will also see the quilt from the front of the current Fabrications magazine, which I made, inspired by the quilts from the Perkiomen Valley area PA, USA.

It doesn't really matter if you are inspired by the quilts of the past , or those of the present, just so long as you sew quilts!     

And if you are able to spare some minutes to help in the feild of discovering why we quilt and what is inspiring us, read on, and click to fill in the survey.


Dear colleague,
As a quilting and/or patchwork enthusiast, you are an integral part of the textile community. As the national body representing quilting and patchwork in The British Isles, it is important that The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles understands your expectations and needs to ensure we are providing the best possible service to that community. To help develop this understanding we would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to complete a short online survey.The answers you provide will be totally anonymous. Should you choose to disclose your identity this will not be associated with any of your responses. The answers provided will only be used for the purposes of this research and will not be divulged to any other bodies. You will not be under any obligation to join the Quilters’ Guild of The British Isles, however if you would like to find out more please visit the website:
The responses from this survey will inform a body of research which will be used by The Quilters' Guild of The British Isles in their future work. Jacqui Corcoran, a postgraduate student at Sheffield Hallam University, will undertake the research, which will form the basis for the dissertation element of her MA Cultural Policy and Management

The survey will be available until Wednesday 30 June 2010 and can be completed here:

Thank you for your time

Kind regards

Jacqui Corcoran

Back Home!


Thanks for all of the comments for the give away in the last post. It is great to see where people are coming from to look at the blog. I will be doing the draw tomarrow when I am a bit more organised.

 As some of you might have realised I was held up in America for a week longer than expected due to the volcanic erruptions. I did think if I stayed much longer it wasn’t worth coming back as I am in Minneapolis in May for Quilt Market!

But it is good to be home, now just a lot of catching up to do!

Hanging Together Exhibition

Last week I went over to East Grinstead to see the show of the work by the  group ‘Hanging Together’. A couple of the ladies in the this group I have known for a very long time, and it is always nice to see their beautiful work.

I came away from the gallery so inspired!

Amongst all the great work there were some lovely pieces by Ingrid Press. I had read snippets about her work that was on show at the NEC quilt show last August, and seeing it in person was not a let down. As well as her pieces for the wall, the artists all had to submit an ironing board! And even that was inspiring!

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Here are some detail shots:

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I am now off to practice my straight line quilting! You wouldn’t think it could be so exciting!!!

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Improved 9-patch


I’m off to the post office to mail my quilt up to Kaleidoscope who will be at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham this August. So even though I will not be able to make it myself this year my quilt will be able to enjoy it! And I know my quilt will be in good hands, as I’ve known Susan and her Mum for ages from all the shows that they do with their great books and fabrics. When I started out with my first book, they were so supportive, which really meant a lot!

This quilt is the Improved 9-patch block, and is so easy , but so effective as a showcase for scraps!


I hand quilted it in the all over pattern called ‘wine glass’ or ‘tea cup’.

I do love these all over quilting designs, yet not often seen today. It’s a shame as they are so easy and quick to quilt!

Engulfed in Machine Quilting


Yes, I know it was only recently I was talking about how quick it is to quilt a quilt by hand using the Baptist Fan……but sometimes needs must and I do machine quilt! This is what I am faced with for the next few days, and then on to the next quilt. There are two I need to quilt before the schools break up and my schedule changes completely for the next 7 weeks! These quilts are destined for Sew Hip. Take a look at their magazine when you get the chance, they have a really good mix of sewing and stitching projects, and I am obviuously contributing to the patchwork side of things!

However, back to the Baptist fans…… because of all the stitching I need to do, the technology (ie. working out pdf files etc… )  to work out a tutorial has defeated me. BUT I can point you in the direction of Tonya. This lady has a great tutorial on the Fan quilting, so go and visit and take a look!

Hour Glass Quilt

I have been brave enough to comment on some great blogs. I know, that sounds ridiculous! But I only wanted to comment if I felt I was actually contibruting to the dialogue, and also sometimes the actual process of the commenting has defeated me, it has taken soooo long, that I wondered if it was worth it! But three blogs seem to have caught  my attention lately, and I have commented, and these lovely ladies even took the time to reply! I was really flattered that they take the time….. so if you have not been there yet, take a peek at the ladies lovely blogs:

Amy, Kathie and Amandajean. Have fun!

Here is another book that I find full of lovely old quilts to inspire me:


And in the book, this quilt caught my attention:


All it actually says about this quilt is : Childs Quilt 1850.

So not a lot about size, so I made up my own! I think that this is another of those blocks that is so very under rated, but makes beautiful quilts and shows off great fabric, just like Amys Economy Blocks. This is the Hourglass block.


And this is the subsequent quilt! Enjoy!


Tickle Files?

I was over here  (just love the Amish quilt!) this morning and was ‘tickled’ myself at the terminology that is used today. They were talking about a ‘tickle file’, which seems to be an organizational tool on the computer and how you could create such a file or box(not on the computer, just in your workspace!) to keep things that inspire you in some way. I have had an ‘Art and Inspiration’ file on my computer (which ‘runs’ alongside my filing tray in a cupboard for real stuff that inspires me)  ever sice I had the computer. It is not a very catchy title, and will probably not catch on in the world of computer jargon! But here is a taster of what is in mine:


I find the sparseness in Vanesssa’s work very appealing.


This shop in Lewes High Street is always just lovely, very calm.


This quilt (Structures 25, I think) by Lisa Call, I love, but then I have not disliked anything the lady has sewn. She has so much energy and vision, sometimes I am not sure if I need to sew more, or just give up now!

What I also find interesting is that a lot of what I find inspiring, does not obviously end up in my quilts. And the sparse quality that I find so attractive, does not end up in my sewing room!

Pre-washing Fabric



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I am often asked about pre-washing fabrics.

And I have to say 99% of the time I wash the fabric when it comes home in with the regular laundry. It is the 1% of the time when I am too keen that I don’t wash it and then I will have a colour run problem!

I also like the look of the fabrics hanging on the line!

Flower Pot Quilt


A while back I showed you a picture of a Ruby Mckim flower pot block I was sewing….. and this is what happened to it !

I needed to finish off some projects and this one seemed a good candidate what with the sunshine and spending time in the garden and all! As you will see the top is finished, but it is not quilted yet…. although I have cut the backing so that they can now be stored companionably together.

And even though I have deadlines to meet on other writing and stitching things (many irons in the fire I fear), this Quilt Along over at the Old Red Barn Co. seemed a good idea. I got the idea from Amandajean at CrazyMomQuilts as (to quote) ‘It will use up some stash’! 

Well it has, but not so as you would notice!