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.
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.
And lastly this was funky version getting started of the Twinkle Star quilt. Love this retro look!
To get us through yet more rain today, a selection of sewing from the last week or so.
A quilt top I made a while back, under contemplation for some long arm quilting:
Pauline kindly brought in this beautiful quilt that she started on the Rose Star One Patch Class:
This is just lovely!
Quilted in my favourite, Amish Waves:
Sharyn had finished her bag started in the Japanese Bag of Squares class:
I love the Big stitch quilting in the ditch here!
Floating Stars from some of my Whitstable Ladies:
And a floating star snippet that I made from some scraps from the lovely range Meadow, from Makower:
Some fun things happening her in preparation for Houston at the end of the month:
This fun scrap stars pattern was made using a great new template from my friend Jennifer O’Brien.
And on saying that this quilt top might not get there depending on the luggage situation!
Look out for the debut at Quilt Market from the Simplicity booth and then make sure your shop gets some. A fabulous quilt to use up scraps!
I had a bit more of a play here:
It will be fun to see the quilts that get stitched.
And here is a view of my sewing room floor whilst I work on my own classes for Quilt Festival:
And did you see that Victoria had sewn one the other day? It will be fun to see how hers develops!
I have had a busy few weeks travelling to visit some lovely Quilt groups, hence my absence here.
Hi! to the Quilters of Staffordshire, and to Quilters in Truro, Cornwall!
My beginners classes started at The Quilt Room, Dorking this week and and I meet my intermediate group next Wednesday, so busy stitching times ahead for those folks!
During the summer I did some work with www.justhands-on.tv, and the first video has come up!
Remember that you can watch some of it by just logging in to the great site. But if you do subscribe you get more content and other great perks. Take a look at the Big Stitch quilting that I show you as it may be what you need to quilt that present project!
The other thing I have been working on are my classes for Quilt Festival in Houston.
Today I started some Halloween coasters from my Kaleidoscope Hexagon pattern. They are so fun and fast! Come along on the Monday 28th October from 6pm to stitch a set of your own!
There is always that Halloween theme going around the show so I thought it would be fun to enter into the spirit with my coasters. I will be Big Stitch quilting these with Valdani Pearl cotton size 12, my favourite!
Have great weekend!
Some sunny summer colours for my latest Rose Star One Patch quilt to be stitched when on holiday:
The fabric is Lecien Flower Sugar.
See the quilt in my class at Houston Quilt Festival 2013!
With Spring just around the corner I am up at one of my favourite shops this weekend, Just Between Friends, at Buckhurst Hill, Essex, to teach Flower Head Hexagons!
I know, you know it is, but sometimes it just comes up really quick all of a sudden!
In an effort to sew a few stocking fillers this year I started on these:
NO, not building a Big Shot, but using it to quickly cut the papers for the cute pin cushions. If you want to give them to non sewing friends, then I would put lavender in them to scent a laundry cupboard.
You need 8 hexagons. I use the 1 1/4in die to cut my papers and then cut fabrics to suit. You don't need to cut it into hexagons, you can leave it in squares and just wrap around the papers and tack. I have an old quilt where this is done, otherwise I would not have considered it!
Sew a rossette as you like and then fold it all wrong side out and sew into a 3-D shape by inserting the 8th hexagon in the centre at the back. As I sew I remove the papers from fully enclosed shapes to help with the construction. When you have two sides left to sew, remove all papers remaining and turn right side out to stuff. Sew up the last seams! So cute!
If you want to see what else you could be sewing for the Season, have a look over HERE.
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So go on over and see the fun!
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