Antique Applique


When I teach at Patchwork Dog and Basket in Lewes Jill has often had some of her antique quilts on display. A year or so ago she held a small exhibit of her collection, and one of these quilts really appealed to me. 

I really wanted to make this quilt, so a few months ago Jill kindly lent me the quilt and I traced off the pattern.



As you can see it is flowers in baskets. The basket fabric has nearly disappeared and you can see the stem fabric showing through.

I love this faded worn out quality in the quilt so have chosen to stitch my version in soft faded colours:




I have 16 blocks to sew and they will be on various different backgrounds.

The centre of the flower is reverse appliqué and as yet I have not done this on the blocks, as I can't decide which colour to use. I will wait until I have more blocks stitched.





Patchwork Dog and Quilt

I do unashamedly love it when it snows.

Having a dog means that you can't just sit inside and look out at it. So I have been out there twice a day, and it is lovely. 

I don't like all the mud and slush afterwards, but Hay Ho, can't like everything!

Just before the snow came I finished  a little quilt , 'Dogs at a Dog Show'. I have another planned where they are playing and have bones and a ball. But here they are in their best and standing straight.


And this is my dog Bosco having a sleep! You know he is asleep, because if he had been awake he would have been in the middle of the quilt, not the cushion!


Don't worry, He doesn't get this cushion or quilt to play with as they have buttons sewn on, and as we all know, that is a choke hazard.

If you have Dog you would like to sew a quilt for, or even make them a cushion, then pop along to The Patchwork Dog and Basket for date and time, and we can sew one together in their new class room!

Woven Dreams Patchwork Quilt

Today the sun is out, well for now anyway, so I got out into the garden (through all the fallen leaves), right to the end where I could take some pictures.

We have here some shots of variations on the Woven Dreams quilt from 'Jelly Roll Quilts and Gifts'.

I love making this quilt design, it grows so fast, I now need to get quilting….. time to try out some ideas from Utility Quilting!

This first one is a setting variation of the strips. I used a similar palette to the Ripples quilt in the book.

You can see my shadow in the bottom right corner: what am I doing with my fingers when I photo things????!!!

This is the regular setting and the fabrics are an old line from Moda, called Curio by Basic Grey. It is one of my all time favourites! The woven strips are an Alexander Henry line.

And this last one is the original. 

Busy teaching week this week. Eternalmaker yesterday, The Quilt Room tomorrow and Just Between Friends on Saturday. Come and say 'Hi!' if you are passing by!

Caesarea Quilters

I am back from my adventures am Jersey. I had a great week meeting lots of keen quilters who live on Jersey in the Channel Islands.

Everyone was so enthusiastic and friendly! The weather was not great, but we were inside making quilts so that was not so bad!

I had taken some quilting to work on on the Ferry and in the evenings. In the end I did it in the evening as the crossing was VERY choppy both ways!

This was a pretty house on the way up to my hotel:

A view from the harbour  at St Aubin up towards the hotel:

Corbiere Lighthouse:

A wonderful post box at someone's house:

And the sewing! These blocks were from the Perkiomen Valley (split nine patch) day:

This is part of Sue's quilt from the Wagga Wagga day!

There were five classes over the six days I was there, so lots of ladies will have plenty of sewing and quilting to keep them occupied now! 

Sue Bone took some pictures too and has blogged about them HERE. She then scooted off for a flying visit to Knitting and Stitching at Ally Pally. Hope ypu had fun Sue!

Thanks for having me ladies, I had a great time!

Julie Arkell Workshop

Amongst the busy summer we had, I spent some time at West Dean College with some lovely ladies all as enthused as I about Julie Arkell.

Under  her gentle guidance we stitched our worlds of flowers and rabbits, clocks and bugs!

Here's how I got on!

These are some of my inspirational fabrics:

My desk whilst working:

My pebble:

Some of my finished pieces including the rabbit and pebble as well as the a brooch and pocket watch:

It was so lovely to sit and sew and play with fabrics in a different way to my usual way of working!

Really relaxing and let your mind wonder onto other ideas!

Another way to ignite the creativity is to look out for Victoria's new book, '15 Minutes Play' out in the Autumn. I can't wait! 

Thursday Pieces

Today is the longest day of the year, so more moments for stitching!!!

So far I have stitched all of the Water Wheel blocks together. I made 100 in total, and I love the way this is looking. It needs a border now, and I have a feeling that only something pieced will do.

Yesterday I went on a trip to Lewes on a wonderfully sunny day. I came back with some goodies from the antique shops:

I just love the colours and illustrations in these. I think we had something similar to these at home when I was growing up.

Of course I went to Patchwork Dog and Basket! I came out with these:

And also with this:

It's an entry form for their Great British Tea Cosy Competition! We have until 21st July to get our tea cosies sewn and sent. Then they will be on show at Made in Lewes (right next to Patchwork Dog and Basket!) during the Olympics. The £3-50 entry fee will help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. I think this is a lovely way to participate in the Olympic celebrations, as I won't be doing any running!!!

Let me know if you make Tea Cosy, and we could see a preview before visiting them in person down in Lewes!

Utility Quilting Tour Draw!

Thanks so much for all of the great comments.

I hope you all had fun seeing the other blogs and seeing what the book had inspired!

So without further ado, I shall reveal that the draw winner was comment no. 252

This was Gill, who wrote 

Congratulations on your book! I'm looking forward to seeing snippets from it on the tour!

Just to say I added the comments from the second post on to the original, as there had been a glich. So everyone who commented got a chance!

And in keeping with the Utility tour, I was in one of my most favourite places yesterday teaching a Utility Quilting class.

I was in Lewes at Patchwork Dog and Basket. They have a great new space for classes, roomy and light.

As ever, some students I had met before, one of whom was Walter.

He was good enough to let me see the finished quilt from a class he did with me a while back. This is his Hidden Stars Quilt.

Doesn't it look great!

And here are a few shots of the day:

Have a quilty weekend!

Useful Utility Quilting

While I sit and wait for the sleet to stop before I walk Bosco, I thought I would share with you some quilts Jill had on show last year at 'The Patchwork Dog and Basket.

I love this grid quilting over the tiny baskets:


Grid quilting again, all over a quilt from the same era:


Diagonal lines cover this striking quilt:


The boldness of this is great:

Look at the way the fabric for the baskets has perished. I wonder what colour it really was? Something strong to not be lost against those flowers and stems. And interesting quilting with those double lines in the background:

Check out their website for an exciting new range of workshops too. They have a new space, upstairs opposite the shop and full of space and light! It was a great venue for the quilt show they had last year, and will make a lovely studio for classes!

On March 1st I am doing a class there, so if you want to come and have a go and find out how useful Utility Quilting can be for you, give them a ring and get booked on!

If you want to hear me talking about  utility quilting and the book this week, then tune in to Mark Lipinski's Creative Mojo on Wednesday at 3pm (US EST) or over here it will be 8pm UK time.


Scrappy spools, with scrappy borders.

This is my sort of quilt, when I ran out of one thing for the border, I added another!

The spools (Klosjes) were stitched from my basket of  2 1/2" strips either by machine when I was sitting at it, or by hand when I was out and about. And as often happens it was quicker to stitch than I anticipated!

Come and stitch your own with me at The Eternalmaker on Sat 2nd July!

This Tin Man quilt that I have made ( a while ago, you can tell from the embedded creases in it!) is a favourite of mine, that is waiting to be quilted. I have had it out recently and now I look at it I am inspired to sew another one, but in blues. Maybe I should wait until I've quilted this one first though!


In the meantime if you are looking for some background reading for the up and coming quilt retreat in France that I am teaching on in September, have a look here at a great article by Barabara Brackman on these quilts.I can never read enough about quilts that I want to sew!