Houston, continues



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!

Great quilts by Students!


I often forget to take snaps of quilts that students show me they have made from other classes of mine they have attended.

I am too excited and we are showing the rest of the class!

When I do remember, I forget to do anything with them except marvel at what a great job they did.

So here are quilts by Diana and Eme who were on the string quilts class last week, but who had been on the Curves workshop and Utility Quilting respectively:

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Great job Girls!!!

Comfortable with Curves


As I promised my class the pictures of their great work from last week.


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It is a fun class of building up confidence to sew the curves and gradually use fewer and fewer pins.


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It is great to catch up with old students and meet up with new.


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Nicky did a lovely piece and showed me some of her lovely stamps that she has been carving:


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Looking forward to seeing a couple of you ladies in a few weeks on the String Workshop!

Rose Star One Patch

Some sunny summer colours for my latest Rose Star One Patch quilt to be stitched when on holiday:

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The fabric is Lecien Flower Sugar.

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See the quilt in my class at Houston Quilt Festival 2013!

Wordless Wednesday (Well, almost)

From the workshop in Tankerton, Whitstable on Saturday:

Such a brilliant quilt from when we did the 'Comfortable with Curves' piecing day a while back!

So want to do this layout myself now!


Curves and Mayflower Block


Then we stitched Mayflower blocks with Garden Maze sashing:

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A cold and grey day, so we brightened it up sewing a garden of quilt blocks!

Distractions from stitching

There has been lots of stitching going on here.


I am still quilting my 'square waves'.


I am hand piecing.


I am finishing off some book projects.


I am finishing off some book instructions.


My camera has been looking at this:




Most of my photography has been documenting the re landscaping of our garden. It doesn't look much as yet, but this is about week 5 out of a possible ten! The guys are working really hard and it will be great!

What I can show you though that  are finishes, are the tops from some of my beginners class that finished recently:



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Denise (and she complete her MA! Yeah!!!!):


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Sat next to Sarah (email me your name, as I have a complete blank!):


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These look so great! Well done Ladies!

New Beginners will be starting again in September.

And from me, here is a rolling star block:

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Hope you haven't had too many distractions from your stitching?

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!

Patchwork Dog and Quilt

I do unashamedly love it when it snows.

Having a dog means that you can't just sit inside and look out at it. So I have been out there twice a day, and it is lovely. 

I don't like all the mud and slush afterwards, but Hay Ho, can't like everything!

Just before the snow came I finished  a little quilt , 'Dogs at a Dog Show'. I have another planned where they are playing and have bones and a ball. But here they are in their best and standing straight.


And this is my dog Bosco having a sleep! You know he is asleep, because if he had been awake he would have been in the middle of the quilt, not the cushion!


Don't worry, He doesn't get this cushion or quilt to play with as they have buttons sewn on, and as we all know, that is a choke hazard.

If you have Dog you would like to sew a quilt for, or even make them a cushion, then pop along to The Patchwork Dog and Basket for date and time, and we can sew one together in their new class room!

Monday Moments


Thanks for the lovely comments on the Jersey post.

Nicky might have recognised the rest of the quilt that the applique was going on to. It borders a quilt made from Mariners Compass blocks that I teach on my Intermediate Patchwork and Quilting class.

Some more border:

Some border and some blocks:

This quilt has been a long time in the making, but I am having a surge to complete it!

I stitched a block from Amitie in Australia, as you do when you have the odd moment to fill! The pattern comes with the stash club fabrics, and I took the opportunity to use new fabrics to sew this quick block:

And I have been looking over here at a new(ish) Block of the week from Barbara Brackman. I am very tempted, mainly as I like block number 7! I printed off the pattern this morning, we will see how we go. I do not have a very good track record with this sort of thing. I am amazed that I have sewn the two from Amitie!

Another thing I found that I wanted to share was this lovely old Kaleidoscope Hexagon (or Endless Chain) quilt over this blog from Una. I just love the colours, so soft.

Have good quilting week!

Mas D’ousvan Star

A while back I was asked to make a quilt from some simply lovely French fabrics, that are available to us over here in the UK.

Some cutting and sewing ensued:

Some laying out on the 'design floor'!

Some stitching and quilting:

And now if you would like to see the quilt in full, pop along to The Eternalmaker in Chichester, or visit them at Festival of Quilts  in August and have a free pattern sheet so you can make your own from the great fabric that they are stocking!

The pattern will also be available as a free download from Search Press later in the year. I will let you know when!