Scraps

July 14th, 2014

 

Summer is moving on and deadlines for work are too.

Over the summer we have adventures planned DownUnder, so the blog will be on vacation for the next month or so.

When I come back I can’t wait get stuck into this pile of scraps that has grown over the last few weeks. Such exciting possibilities from all the bits left over!

 

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My more immediate pile of concern is my stitching whilst away. Instead of the pressure of starting something new, I went with projects that have been on hold, if not forgotten for a while now. Nothing mind blowing, just good solid hand piecing to while away moments.

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And now just to select a patchwork book to browse while away!

 

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Have great summer, wherever you will be stitching!

What’s Inspiring me:

June 26th, 2014

 

 

 

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?

The Slow Sew

June 17th, 2014

 

We have been enjoying the sunshine both here and the other weekend down near Tenterden in Kent.

I was lucky enough to go with friends to a Mandy Pattullo workshop at the Sew Not Strawberry Jam Studio.

The day was such an inspiration. Lots of hand work and and wonderfully inspiring pieces from Mandy, as well as the just beautiful gardens surrounding the studio.

 

Take a look!

 

Stitchery worked on an old quilted piece:

 

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I would really like to make one of these books. I had seen them on Mandy’s Blog, but seeing them in person inspired me to think about starting one:

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The outside of the studio and some of the lovely garden:

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I am working on a piece inspired by this one by Mandy:

 

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And in the same vein, if you don’t already know, Mark Lipinski is starting a new (ad)venture, The Slow Sewing Blog.

 

If like me you love the process and the outcome  and enjoy the meditative process of hand work in your quilts, then look on the new Blog.

 

It will be exciting to see and hear what people think!

Quick catch up

June 9th, 2014

 

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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Pittsburgh Quilt Market

May 24th, 2014

 

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:

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Fabrics from Cotton and Steel:

 

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Fabrics by Such Designs at Windham:

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Irome from Japan:

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Templates for my Mariners Compass, coming soon!

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My new book out in the World:

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Ready for the book signing!

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Flower Pots Quilt

April 29th, 2014

 

A while back, probably a couple of years ago now there was a quilt show at The Needlemakers in Lewes. It was part of the Arts Week in Lewes and the quilts were generously displayed from the collection of Jill Hillage who owns The Patchwork Dog and Basket in Lewes.

 

She has great taste and a great shop so needless to say I thought the quilts were great too.

 

A couple of them appealed to me as something I might quite like to stitch, and last summer I asked if I could borrow one or two to make patterns from. Jill very generously lent them to me and the process begun.

 

Below are some shots of the original quilt. I loved the boldness of the design, but I really liked the fact that some of the fabric had worn away and you could see part of the appliqué from underneath. Also some of the motifs in the border had faded to be almost invisible.

 

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This is what I then stitched:

 

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I loved the fadedness of those baskets and my palette grew from there:

 

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It is a repeat of one flower pot block, sixteen in total in the quilt:

 

 
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I just used freezer paper appliqué as my technique and reverse appliqué as in the original quilt for the flower centres:

 

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Hope something inspires you today to stitch something new!

Patchwork Quilt Show

April 21st, 2014

 

 

 

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If you are looking for some quilt loveliness next weekend go and see the great work of some of the loveliest ladies down in Burwash in Sussex. A really pretty village, and I know there will be some great quilts! The quilts will be on show Sunday 27th April 2014, and for the price of the entrance there are refreshments included! And you know that will mean great cake! Opening, 10am to 4pm.

 

Apart from trying to get on top of the gardening this weekend I have been enjoying some hand quilting. I had some Valdani cotton in 35 wt and 50 wt , and boy are they  great to quilt with! I love the variegated thread, and the softness makes a lovely stitch. Can’t wait to start another project so I can quilt with them some more!

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And this is my block for the Classic Meets Modern Quilt-a-long:

 

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All ready for the sunshine today, after the grey of yesterday!

Square by Square Quilt class

April 19th, 2014

 

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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MOdern Quilt Block, March

March 31st, 2014

 

Nearly missed adding this in the right month! Phew!

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Hop over to Sew at home Mummy to see the rest!

Misc. Monday

March 24th, 2014

 

There has been lots going on behind the scenes, so the blog has been neglected over the last week or two. Sorry.

 

Apart from other things, like looking at the website and updating it with books and teaching etc… (which is still in motion, as it is down to me now to write the stuff :-[ ), I have had a busy teaching schedule. Which  really for me is what it is all about. Getting out there and sharing with people how great it is to express yourself in whatever way through your sewing!

 

I did also sign off on ‘Quilting-on-the-Go, Taking it Further‘. Yeah! So that should be on its way to the printing process! Can’t wait to see the real book!!!!

 

There have been my regular  classes, and a great trip to meet the London Quilters. Such a vibrant group, if you are a quilter who lives in London, pop along to one of their meetings, there seems to be so much going on!

 

In the meantime here is my desk on this sunny Monday morning:

 

I found this wonderful project in an old copy of ‘Green Craft Magazine‘:

 

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These books  need to be put on the shelf, as I have had them as my bedtime reading for a while now. The Rachel May book is an interesting read for anyone wondering what this whole ‘Modern Quilt thing’ is all about, and whether it is you, or has always been you but without the label:

 

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And this is a block I draughted from one of the lovely Japanese books on blocks. Just laid out all the pieces ready for some appliqué:

 

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Hope your desk has more focus than my eclectic mix here!