Flickr and Facebook


This week I took the plunge and put some pictures on my Flickr site. 

It has taken me a while to be brave enough to do this, but in the end it is really simple!

So far I have just put up some work from BOM 's that lots of you have seen already, but it is a start.

I hope to put work up from classes and perhaps start a group with pics of students quilts. I often get sent shots, and think it would be nice to have them on view. Also I think Nicky wants another group to join!! 🙂

Thanks to Nicky for encouraging me!

Up to date with my Grandmother's choice:

Barbara Brackman BOW




I have also been on Facebook now for month or so. Again, feeling my way around this one, but quite fun!


Have you tried something new this week?

String Star


This quilt was stitched a while back, but I had it quilted this week. I am so pleased with it!

The colours look very tropical seas. I always really enjoy working with that aqua marine palette.


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Especially today when it is cold and grey!

Calming Stitching


Don't forget that the Diamonds quilt is at Amitie Textiles, so go take peek!


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This is an old picture taken in our garden. After this weekend there will be no more pictures of quilts in the Wendy House, as it will be gone! We are in week two of an eight week re-landscape. At present it is mud everywhere!!!! The guys are working really hard and I know it will be great……when it is done!

In the meantime a little hand stitching combined with machining to keep me calm:


Utility big stitch


Have great weekend, and thanks for the lovely comments about my Spring Applique Wreath!

Wordless Wednesday


Big basket quilt1

Just the facts:



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Inspired by an antique quilt.

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Elbow quilted, then changed to 'pepper pot' one third in. (See Utility Quilting)

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The back side:

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Quilted with Valdani Pearl cotton size 12:

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A Quilts’ new Home

I took my new quilt that Lori stitched out in the garden, so you could see it in England!

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If you get a chance to buy one of the quilts from the AAQI site, I strongly recommend that you do!

Thanks Lori, and to all those who have sewn the quilts!

Flower Head Hexagons

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!

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Sunday Snippets

I have been looking at the exciting happenings of QuiltCon in Austin Texas this weekend. So much fun quilty stuff! 


Look at Debs post here for some interesting insights.


I would have loved to have seen the quilts of Denyse Scmidt in person and also the quilts from the book Quilts by Rodericke Kiracofe. If you have not got this book yet, what are you waiting for??? My copy is a fixture in my bedtime reading!


 And I was so pleased to see my friend Victoria won best in show with her quilt !


I like the energy that the new interest in quilting is bringing to the industry , that of the fabric world and the sewing world. It is often a case of looking back far enough to see what was done before and giving it a new tilt today. Who would have thought that Hexagons would have come back into fashion again!


While searching out  a top to be quilted from my String Quilts class, I cam across this one. I made it a while back, perhaps 20yrs ago.

It is four blue string stars with a cream one in the middle:

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You can see I was well into my favourite quilting design of Amish Waves even then!

The blue fabrics were from a Roberta Horton range of plaids.


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Here is the middle star:

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This quilt hung at Quilt Market in the spring show.

And here you might just be able to see that they are all set in 'Made Fabric':

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I used lots of cream prints from a Marsha McCloskey range called Staples.

Packed with the quilt was a book from 1997. I can remember a few of us buying it and being excited about the new ideas of sewing bits of fabric together to make new fabric. The downfall was that the fabrics used in the book were not really very exciting 🙁 :

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However, for a much more exciting approach for those of you who want to try out this idea now, look at Victorias book:

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Hope you have lots of quilting ideas this weekend, and enough time to see them sewn!

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My quilt in Australia!


Firstly let me get this off my chest:

Phew! I am up to date on my Grandmothers Choice

Here are the two stragglers:


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grandmothers choice


Now my other big news, well probably bigger news really:

Here's a magazine to look out for:


carolyn forster homespun


It's the Australian magazine, Homespun, no 117, Vol 14, no. 2.

I have mentioned that one of my quilts was going to be in it, and ta da da, here it is:


Carolyn Forster homespun


The quilt is still in Australia, and should end up with Lucy of Amitie Textiles for a while. If you want the templates to cut the pieces with a rotary cutter then contact Amitie. I will have some sets too, but I have to wait a while for them to come!

Isn't the quilting world a small world!

Sunday Sewing

Saturday heralded the next block in the Barabra Brackman Grandmothers Choice BOW. As I scrolled down I saw some pictures of groups of blocks sewn to date, and one of them was mine! Was I surprised! 

So to keep you up to date, this is it so far:

  Grandmothers Chioce, Barbara Brackman

Those of you 'in the know' will see I am still two blocks down, but I don't think I am doing too badly! Some people have already started setting the blocks, but I think I will leave this to the end, as I have a feeling I am going to put them edge to edge.

I received a fabric treat in the post this week. It is the samples of one of the lovely new ranges from Makower:

Deco Flowers

This is Deco Flowers. Such a great palette!  This is one of the lines I am thinking of using for when I put my kits together for Take and Teach in Portland at Quilt Market in the May. It seems like a long time away, but it comes round all too fast!

Have good sewing weekend!

Stitching the Blues

A bright note here to cheer up the grey weather: my quilt in Fabrications latest issue!

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Doesn't it look summery? Can't wait for some blue skies and sunshine.

Have good stitching day!