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!! 🙂

Split 9-Patch

A new favorite for the quilt cupboard!

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Snowball quilt top

I have been working on this, and am really pleased with the result.A definite nod to the Queen of curves, Pepper Cory!

It will form part of one of my new workshops for 2010.

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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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String Stars

Anita has been busy with her shirt quilt blocks! Go and take a look….

Here are some of the pictures I wanted to show in my last post, but I was experiencing some difficulties with the resizing site, hence I only had one picture to show!  Here are the others:

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And here is a star from a string quilt I made this year. My husband’s shirts were just the right colour for the background of the string stars!!


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Still needs quilting ( and basting) as you can see! Obviously ‘no peace for the wicked’ ( or the quilter!)

Re-purposed Shirts

There have been some creative people out there starting some lovely projects with mens shirts! Go and take a look:

Mrs Schmenkman Quilts


Over the years I have had phases of saving my husband’s shirts. Sometimes he would discard one and I would selvedge it from the charity bag, and other times when ironing I would comment that the collar or cuffs were looking worn, and perhaps he should replace the shirt. This is my ploy when I have my eye on a particular shirt for a particluar quilt!

I first made this LeMoyne Star quilt about 15 years ago (or maybe longer! Gulp) from a range of paids by Roberta Horton which I liked because they looked like old shirts.

You might be able to see that I was using the Baptist Fan quilting for the background of the quilt way back then! And I am still sewing string quilts now!



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!

String Quilts


String quilts have long been a favourite of mine, and this one that I have been working on (and is now finished, and destined for pages in a book!) is no exception!

I like the fact that you can think of all the other quilts that were sewn to enable you to get enough strings to sew a quilt from the leftovers. And if you haven’t enough strings, the Moda 1 1/2″ pre cuts are a great way to start, or supplement a few strings.

If you want to learn to stitch a string Spiders web quilt, come to The Eternal maker  Sat 30th May, 2009. Or wait for the book with my quilt in ( and many other lovely quilts by lovely quilters!) coming out in the Autumn!

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!