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?



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?

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!

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Nearly missed adding this in the right month! Phew!

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Hop over to Sew at home Mummy to see the rest!

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!



Castle Wall Block


At The Quilt Room this week, it is week three of the Advanced class and we are sewing Castle Wall Blocks.



This was one of the first blocks I ever learnt to draft years ago when I first started patchwork.


These blocks are 16in finished:


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This block is in one of my finished quilts:


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A Bit of Hand Piecing

I was recently inspired by a quilt in the book Amish Crib Quilts form the Midwest , (Smucker, Crews and Welters).

You can get the book here amongst other places.

It was a strange block to draft, and took me a couple of attempts to see how to go about it. This one is 9in finished. I think the ones in the book are about 6in. Here it is ready to piece (it’s the back of the block you are seeing!):

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Here’s the front:

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This is the quilt in the book. It’s on page 54:

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My block and the original quilt:

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All pressed and finished:

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So that is what I stitched in front of the TV last night. What did you stitch?

Classic meets Modern Quilt along


My February block:


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Join in the challenge over HERE.

A Random Selection of Blocks


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:

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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:

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Classic meets Modern Quilt Along


I am venturing into new territory here. You might want to join in too!

Take a look over at Erin’s Blog, Sew at Home Mummy to see what you need to do.

This is my version of the block for January:

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Might I see some of you over there?