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?

Pittsburgh Quilt Market


I’m back from Quilt Market, and as I seem to have more work to do now, with deadlines than before I went, I will let you see some of things that I saw, before sit is all history!


I took a class with Kathy Doughty:


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Fabrics from Yuwa:









Fabrics from Cotton and Steel:




Fabrics by Such Designs at Windham:





Irome from Japan:






Templates for my Mariners Compass, coming soon!




My new book out in the World:


Ready for the book signing!


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Some more Houston shots. I figured I had better just blog, otherwise I spend so long deliberating it will be Spring market before I show you this !





This was one of my favourite ranges on the FreeSpirit booth, by Snow Leopard. There is already some to buy on ebay I think !




Anna Maria Horner had a lovely booth, and these continued to catch my attention:





There were no antique quilts in the main exhibition this year, which I thought was a shame. But there was this gem, and there was a new copy made of it on show. I really liked the old one though!







This was just a lovely sunset one night from my hotel room:





My classes started on the Monday for Festival, and this was my home for the next few days:

A great big thank you to Juki for the machines and the ever attentive technicians (Karen, and I think it was Brian). Having Juki machines was just great as they were exactly the same as mine at home, so any queries were easily dealt with.



All my students were just lovely. And boy, did they work hard!


These are a few of the pictures that I took.


Everyone had their top together by the end of the day!


This lady will definitely have this ready for the holiday season!



They were all working from the quilt in my Jelly Rolls Quilts and Gifts book!

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Carolyn Friedlander is a designer whose aesthetic I admire. I also love the fact the she talks about the ‘slow sewing’. Not all quilts need to be a quick fix, and although she uses a fair amount of machine technique she incorporated big stitch into the centre of the blue quilt here. The orange centre is machined.


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These shots are from my phone (as all those in this post are, so still getting used to the tech!) in her School House session:


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We had the new print run of Utility Quilting in the booth:


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And I did some contrast in the ditch Big Stitch on this Kaleidoscope Hexagon piece.


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I was excited to meet Marcia Derse once more. I love her fabrics, but it has not been easy to buy them over here in the UK. BUT now she is with Windham Fabrics and they have a great distributor at Anbo. I feel sure we will see lots more of her now in the UK!


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Just back from Quilt Market and Festival in Houston.

Needless to say it was great fun and very busy with work and socialising!

Great news was the Utility Quilting is back in stock!

There was plenty of Big Stitch around on booth samples and quilt show entrants. Take a look:


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This was from the Free Spirit booth. I loved this fabric line too:


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Coats had new thread out:


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More to come in the next few posts!



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.


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And on saying that this quilt top might not get there depending on the luggage situation!


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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:


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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:





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And did you see that Victoria had sewn one the other day? It will be fun to see how hers develops!

Grandmothers Choice Final Blocks


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A bit of a rush of a post as I have some technical issues with getting pictures off of the camera at the moment and no patience or time to sort it out before we go on our holidays! Sorry!


Here are the last Barabara Brackman Grandmothers Choice BOW.

So now we have the fun of setting them all together.


Should be back in September.

Two things to draw your attention to on the blog, The Facebook button and the Flickr button. For those of you who dabble in these areas it will be great to see you there!

And this amazing button:





Yes I will be at Quilt Festival and Market this year, so it will be great to meet you!

Any questions about classes that you are signing up for with me, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Happy Stitching, Carolyn

Monday Moments

Having a try out of a new 'paper' that you can use for EPP or appliqué, or a number of of other things according to the packet.

It stays in the work, so there is no need to work out how to remove it and it softens up when the work is washed!

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Go look here on the Hugs and Kisses website for more information.

Having a go on the Barbara Brackman block of the week:



Some secret sewing going on here, looking forward to showing you in October/November time. But at the moment just loved this combination of plains together:




And here are some of my Kaleidoscope Hexagon blocks having their centres auditioned:


I am sewing some new samples for the classes I am teaching in Houston at Quilt Festival this Fall.

Go and see all the great things going on!

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!