Festival of Quilts, Free Tickets

As promised last week, I have THREE pairs of tickets for Festival of Quilts to give away. new price for viagra in canada

For those of you who may not know, this is the most amazing quilt show held at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. This year the show is from 6th to 9th August 2015. sildenafil de genfar 50 mg

If you are thinking of going but don’t have a ticket yet, then this might be the incentive you need (apart from all of the quilts and superb shopping)!

All you need to do is comment on the blog telling me what inspires you to quilt. The draw will be a random selection, but it is always fun to hear what people love about quilting and patchwork!

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Lately I was inspired to make this little quilt from my book “Little Quilts and Gifts from Jelly Roll Scraps” (Search Press 2015) into a full size quilt. Some of you may have seen that on the Instagram feed a while back. Once I get to grip with the tech end of things here, like where are the pictures I just transferred to the computer??? then I can show you here! sales viagra


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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!

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!

Misc. Monday


There has been lots going on behind the scenes, so the blog has been neglected over the last week or two. Sorry.


Apart from other things, like looking at the website and updating it with books and teaching etc… (which is still in motion, as it is down to me now to write the stuff :-[ ), I have had a busy teaching schedule. Which  really for me is what it is all about. Getting out there and sharing with people how great it is to express yourself in whatever way through your sewing!


I did also sign off on ‘Quilting-on-the-Go, Taking it Further‘. Yeah! So that should be on its way to the printing process! Can’t wait to see the real book!!!!


There have been my regular  classes, and a great trip to meet the London Quilters. Such a vibrant group, if you are a quilter who lives in London, pop along to one of their meetings, there seems to be so much going on!


In the meantime here is my desk on this sunny Monday morning:


I found this wonderful project in an old copy of ‘Green Craft Magazine‘:


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These books  need to be put on the shelf, as I have had them as my bedtime reading for a while now. The Rachel May book is an interesting read for anyone wondering what this whole ‘Modern Quilt thing’ is all about, and whether it is you, or has always been you but without the label:




And this is a block I draughted from one of the lovely Japanese books on blocks. Just laid out all the pieces ready for some appliqué:






Hope your desk has more focus than my eclectic mix here!



Material Monday


An autumn grouping:






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(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday

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Blurry picture of a piece of wrapping paper. Such a great obvious quilt!

The Book of Bunting goes to Tansy!!!

Email me and I will pop it in the post! Yeah!

Fabrics under consideration

I often get asked how I start my quilts.

Do I see a fabric and then make the quilt or do I see the design then choose fabric?

Well these things work in parallel for me. I look at old quilts and books about just quilt blocks. This is a constant thing, on going research. Something will hit a cord with me and then I start working in a note book, just in black pen in squared paper.

At the same time I have my fabrics in my stash, and I see new ones to add to it. At some stage one particular fabric will act as starting point to put others with it. Or I will realise that I have been collecting fabrics of a particular style or colour combination. Then I start to pile these fabrics together.

So I will have notes and sketches in my book and piles of fabric dotted around. At some stage, and who knows when this might be, it strikes me that one pile might look quite nice in a particular design.

It is all a bit organic really. There is no rush.

There is always something to sew, and what will be next will be there when the time is right. Lots of projects overlap other projects, and one fabric selection might be in any number of quilts of different designs.

So here are two piles of fabric sitting waiting for the right quilt:




How long they wait, who knows, but they look good while they wait. and I can always add some more fabrics to them!


Quilt Market, Portland Part 2 ( and some thoughts)

Here are some more pictures from market in no particular order.

And if you get to the bottom of the post some of my thoughts on Market this spring.

Loved this stitching on a cushion in the Echino booth:

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Fun quilt there too in the linen:

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Excited by these fabrics from Cocca, Japan:

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The Westminster/Freespirit booth was a constant buzz. This is Denyse Schmidt's new fabric for the Fall:

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My book signing for United Notions. I took a couple of the quilts from Jelly Roll Quilts and Gifts to brighten up the table: 

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In action:

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This quilt from the Tina Givens fabric line was tied in orange wool, so fun:

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'Wish' voile by Valorie Wells. She had the softest quilt made from this line. Guess what I will be ordering!

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In conclusion, Market is always fun and it is great catch up with friends and meet new ones. My favourite fabrics were from Wesminster/Freespirit and Art Gallery fabrics. Their lines are so rich and vibrant.

The designers that stood out were the ones not trying to please everyone. Some of the booths seemed to try too hard in my opinion to show the fabric doing too much. This led to a lot of the booths looking very similar even though they were different designers. 

This was also because so many were using so much white (to be modern) with their lines that any impact was lost really. It reminded me of the adage that 'if you cut any fabric up small enough it will look good.' Lots of the lines were lost in the white, so could have been anything.

I think that is why the things that did stand out were the ones were saturated in the fabric.

It is interesting to see what is happening in the industry and where it might be heading.

At the moment, to me it looks very reactive.

For me it is more exciting when it is proactive.

Don't get me wrong, there is lots happening out there, and there will be great new fabrics for one and all to be stitching with.  But no line in the near future that will get me ditching my stash in favour of it!