Isle of Wight Workshop

A busy week has just gone by in a flash!

I finished off this quilt:

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I inserted ric rac into the binding for that lovely wavy look on the edge!

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I now have to think of more ways to use this amazingly huge ric rac now that I know it comes in so many great colours! It’s available from The Eternal Maker, if you can’t find it on line, just give them a call!

And all of this before I went to give a talk and a workshop to Vectis Quilters on the Isle of Wight! Yes, across the water on the ferry:


They are a great bunch of ladies, and it was great to see so much quilting happening on the island. We made Wagga Waggas (Australian bush quilts)  in the workshop which are great fun for a quilt top to finish in a day!


 And who knows, I may think of a use for the ric rac on  one of my next those too!

Old Blocks

Well, Quilt Market and Festival seem to be over in a flash! When I got back, it always takes me a good few days to get sorted. As you will have realised, nearly everyone who was at market seems to Blog about it, so for pictures and thoughts about all the great new fabrics that will be coming our way, just Google ‘Quilt Market’ and hit the Blogs button!

My favourite part of the trip, apart from meeting up with old friends, Jennifer and Mark and new friends, Sam from the US and Tony from AUS, as always was the old quilts. I love buying the fabrics when at Festival, but I find it really inspiring to look at the displays of old quilts and search through the boxes of orphan blocks on the stands! And I have a few new ones to add to my treasure trove.

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I just love the way the fabrics are put together in this (nameless) block.

Today I have been sewing Coasters/Mug Mats ready for School House at The Eternalmaker on Saturday. And I cannot belive that I am excited to see what fabrics they have in…. you’d think I was all fabriced out by now….. But no!! 🙂

Old Quilts and New

This week has been busy, more busy than I had anticipated. I still have a list of stuff to get done, and it looks very similar to when I wrote it last Monday afternoon!

First off, my copy of Sew Hip arrived, and I could see in print lots of things I had worked on during the Summer for them. I was busy!

Then on Friday I was at Creative Quilting in Surrey as a student on a day class with Lilian Hedley.

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I was so excited about this. Lilian is an expert on Durham and North Country Quilting in the UK.


 She had been a pupil of Amy Emms and she had so many interesting stories and information that she had learnt form the women who quilted these quilts. It was fascinating to hear how these patterns on the whole cloth quilts were ‘designed’. We worked on a cushion size sample using templates that Lilian supplied. Time just sped by! So thanks to Issy for organizing the visit (in conjunction with Region 1 of the The Quilters Guild).


And now today I need to get some pictures of the Perkiomen Valley quilts for the information for the class I will teach in France next September. This class is such fun as there are so many different quilts that you can sew just from a basic block, it will be a good job we are there for a week, as on the day class we just scim the surface. We can really get our teeth into our quilts…. so to speak!

And I need to get packed , as I fly out to Houston next week for Quilt Market and then Festival.I thought I had more time, but when I read about Rosalie  referring to the number of sleeps before she flies out… I thought, ‘Wah! Better get started!!!’

I will let you know how much fun it was when I get back!

Cosy Evenings

Now it is September, there is a slight nip in the air early morning. I love that!

The evenings are starting to draw in giving you that nice cosy feeling that leaves you ready to hunker down with a good bit of quilting to while away the evening. One of the quilts I have just bound is in those colours evocative of autumn.

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It is adapted from the Star Gazing pattern in the book by Bonnie Hunter, ‘Scraps and Shirt tails’. It is such a fun pattern to sew! We are having a class on it down at Patchwork Dog and Basket in Lewes in December, and I’m sewing the quilt in greens and reds for Christmas! It seems like I am wishing my life away with  looking so far ahead!

Looking even further ahead, this time next year, yes 2010, I am booked to teach in France!!!

I will be at Hors des Brumes, a lovely house in south west France. It will be great fun, patchwork (the project we are working on is the Perkiomen Valley Quilts, so that should keep us busy!), French food and wine, relaxing countryside, tranquility….. oh yes and don’t forget the sewing!!!

I love teaching this class, and over the years have made numerous quilts using  Split Nine Patch and Hayes Corner blocks. There are soo many variations to sew, it is difficult to know where to start, and when to stop!

My most recent top is this, an actual Perkiomen Valley quilt. It turned out quite large, and then I put a border on (102″x 102″), so the picture shows about a quater of the quilt as it was all that I could fit in the camera frame!!

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Phew! I don’t seem to have stopped this past week, and yet I haven’t much to show for it! My sewing machine  (I work on a Bernina 1080) stopped stitching mid way through a project. I put it on the floor and kept up the stitching on my Pfaff (Classic Style Home). Then when I was trimming the work, I knicked the cable to the Bernina with my rotary cutter! So when I took the Bernina to be fixed I had to admit to a cut in the cable and ask for that to be replaced! Ugh!

So here is a picture of my second little toy sewing machine(no cable to knick on these!). It is an Essex. I wish I looked as industrious as the girl on the box!!

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To keep calm I have had some Ebay therapy and now have a copy of the Safford and Bishop book , American Quilts and Coverlets.Or I will when it arrives. You know how it is, you finish browsing the antique quilts, so you might as well move on to the books, and the next thing you know…….:-)

And in the same vein I have signed up for the Material Obsession BOM. I was pushed over the edge when I saw how Amy was getting on with hers. I have loved the quilts that Sue Ross sews when you get to see bits on the MO web site, so really I don’t know why I had waited! It looks like my precise piecing skills will be put to the test when I start sewing though, unlike when I sew the String Stars……they still look great when the bits don’t match! (A close up here for you to see the fabrics Kathie).

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So near and yet so far!

Well, here we are, back from a gloriously sunny Brittany in France. I sat on lots of beaches, and we ate lots of French food, and generally relaxed. So now I am back I am rearing to go, tidy up, sort stuff out and get ready for the schools to go back and for my teaching schedule to begin.

I stitched in France, and brought a few magazines, but where we were was not ‘patchwork central’! I did however see this lovely floor in a restraunt that made me think of patchwork.

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I was however very close to a great patchwork shop in the UK each time we drove in and out of Portsmouth for the ferry. We drove right by Chichester which is where Eternalmaker has their shop. BUT, they have just moved, and what was good before, is just amazing now:

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The new address is: 41, Terminus Road, Chichester, PO19 8TX.

Check out the website , but if you can, visit the shop. They do lovely buttons and fabrics, and they have a School House coming up in October, where you can try out lots of different classes over the weekend. It is such fun! But I have not yet set foot in the new shop, due to ferry times, it was closed! (Anna let me use her picture from the blog to show you here.)

And as if to compensate for the lack of patchwork shops on my visits to France this summer, I will be seeing plenty when I go to Houston in October! I am visiting for Market and Festival, so I will definitely have my fill then. Are any of you going?

A big Thanks to Kathie!

Thanks Kathie for listing me on her blog as somewhere to take a look at! I was so surprised and flattered…..and some great folks have popped by already!

When I started to blog I just never thought people from so far away would be taking a look …. and liking it!


So here is something to look at!

I was so excited when I won this on Ebay. It is a Grain toy sewing machine, and is just beautiful. The shop in Tunbridge wells where I take my sewing machines to be serviced has a display of old toy machines in the shop, and I never honestly thought that I would be lucky enough to have one of my own. It came with it’s box, carry case and instructions too. I can’t wait to find the time to sew something on it….like some patches for a quilt!

If you have a moment today, go and take a look at Alicias Blog. She has some interesting things to say about sewing and stitching that I found myself getting very absorbed in, better than the Sunday papers!

Other Peoples Quilts


These are pictures from my Intermediate class from this Spring at the Quilt Room, Dorking Surrey.

All the class follow the same pattern during the six lesson course, but give their quilts their own personality with the choice of fabrics and applique. I love teaching these classes as I get to see finished quilt tops. Often when teaching day classes you only get a small glimpse of the quilt yet to come.

The picture  above is Naomi’s quilt, and the one below is Jillys. Well done girls!!


And if Amanda is checking in here, hope you are settling in to your new home!

Pre cut fabric:Jelly roll sampler

phpqxawx5am-jelly-roll-samplerHere is the quilt I was inspired to sew using one of the Moda Jelly Rolls! That’s pre cut strips of fabric cut to 2 1/2″  wide to those of you haven’t come accross them yet, or have come accross them, but were too afraid to even imagine what a ‘jelly roll’ could be! Obviously those creative people at Moda haven’t heard of Swiss Rolls! But then that would probably be even more confusing in translation!

There are lots of lovely blocks that you can sew really easily and speedily and if you run short of ideas there is a blog  called ModaBakeshop to give you more food for thought.

However, if you want something a little closer to home, come for a class at The Patchwork Dog and Basket in Lewes on Tues 12th May or Just Between Friends at Buckhurst Hill on Sat 23rd of May and start your own Jelly Roll Sampler. You can even cut your own strips to work through that stash!

Wonderful places to sew #1



This is the view from Cormorant Fabrics, Chichester! Who would not want to go for a workshop or browse their fabrics with a view like this! I had a glorious day there the other weekend, lots of stitching of Hidden Stars quilts a with a great bunch of ladies!