Quilt Festival Classes

Houston Stars1401Well, before this post never happens, here are some shots of some great quilts being created in the Jelly Roll Star class in Houston at Quilt Festival. It was so great to meet old friends from classes last year and meet so many new ones this year too!

I had a great time, exhausting but so much fun!

This was my classroom set up:

Although we could use design walls, sometimes the floor was easier:

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A top to go home for quilting!

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The class is based on a quilt from my book  ‘Jelly Quilts and Gifts’ from Search Press.

Will try to put up more posts from Market and Festival before it’s too late!

Quilting-on-the-Go, Lewes

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qotg lewes 11I was in Lewes at the weekend and could not resist a visit to my favourite shop, Patchwork Dog and Basket.

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Needless to say they had a lovely selection of fabrics, some of which came home with me:

We will be having some classes down there this autumn and by popular demand it is the Quilting-on-the-Go. purchase cialis

If you want to learn to make quilts that are portable to quilt and manageable to baste together in small sections, this is the class for you. I always find new ideas for the quilts and the block below is my current portable project to quilt. There will be lots of quilts to see to inspire you, to sew the quilt you want. The stars in the block here will have more stars appearing when the blocks go together:

You can see how I am getting on with it if you come to the class!!!

There was also this fun version of my Doggy Quilt on  display in the shop:

I think Jill made this one. I made mine having been inspired by the stuffed dogs she has in the shop that you can buy kits for. The quilt pattern is available there too.

Where will you be taking your quilting?



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?



Teaching Schedule Update


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Hi! I hope you are having great Summer?


I have updated the class list for the rest of the year, so if you take a look you will see there are lots of good things happening. Lots of lovely shops to visit when I will be teaching, and some old friends to catch up with in groups that I teach at. And lots of new friends to meet in the new places I shall be visiting!


Check out the Quilt Festival Programme in Houston, Texas, as I am teaching there this Fall, and there are some great new classes going on, as well as an old favourite!


By the end of 2014 there will be a couple of new books to look out for and perhaps add to your Christmas lists, and some lovely new classes for 2015.


In the meantime, enjoy the summer.

Quick catch up


The last few weeks have been especially busy with Family stuff, my Son’s GCSE’s and planting a garden. And lots of teaching! ( There was also a book deadline, but more of that another time!)

Hence the quietness around here on the blog.

So to share with you today are some great quilts that I have been shown when I went to teach over the last few weeks. These were students who had been on classes  a while back, and were good enough to bring along their quilts to share.

Thank you so much to each of you, and the lovely people who finished stuff and then sent it to the people they were making it for. I love seeing those pictures too!


Some of the pictures are not great due to me and my phone, but you get the idea.

Amazingly even though the quilts were by different people at different venues everyone showed their Rose Star One Patch Quilt.

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And lastly this was funky version getting started of the Twinkle Star quilt. Love this retro look!

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Square by Square Quilt class


Last term I was thrilled to be teaching a group of ladies in the evening. We had six sessions with space for home work in between! And boy were those ladies keen.


We worked on a quilt based on the ‘Square by Square’ quilt in the Utility Quilting book.


And here are the quilts by the time we finished off. I know for sure, Sarah has now completed the quilting and has her quilt bound!


Well done everyone, it was a fun group!


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This one has tea cup fabric!


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This one grew to be huge:

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Playing with some stars:


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Medallion format:


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Sarah’s quilt which is now finished!


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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 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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Teaching dates Update


Just to let you all know that I have updated the teaching dates page!

Sorry I let that get so behind!

Here’s a quilt to view as we can’t have post that is quilt less!


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More Quilty Finishes


Some more pictures of the great quilts some of my students have completed and shown me over the last few weeks.

I had a couple of trips to Essex shops and groups over the last couple of weeks, and this is what I saw.


Carolyn had finished this lovely quilt from the Comfortable with Curves day:

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Another student had made the disappearing 9-patch and quilted it with some super Big Stitch quilting:

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I think this was Sheila’s Diappearing 9-patch:

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And then on to Buckhurst Hill where Carol has her lovely shop, ‘Just Between Friends’.

This is her Kaleidoscope Hexagon:

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Just great with the Big Stitch quilting:

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She made the curves quilt too:

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And this is Carol with her with the Spools quilt she stitched!

Carol is always busy with her shop and making us cups of tea and coffee when I am teaching there. And keeping us supplied with a lovely assortment of cakes and biscuits. She always has the class information and templates, but I never seriously thought she would have time to complete all these quilts from classes that I have taught there! Drop into the shop if you are passing as there are some lovely fabrics and a great group of ladies there to sew with!

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