Archive for January, 2009

Pre-cut fabrics, a quick classic Quilt, Part 3

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

The conclsion is here for the ‘Pre cut fabrics’ post:

 puss in the corner quilt

I used:

 Twenty 10″ squares for the blocks 

To Set the Blocks:

Twelve 9″ squares for the setting blocks

Four 13 3/4″ squares cut into quater-square triangles, you only need 14 for the outside edge

Two 7 1/2″ squares cut into four half-square triangles, for the corners

The quilt is 49″x 61″ .

It will be part of my workshop on Pre-cut fabrics and how to take advantage of them!

Busy Week

Monday, January 26th, 2009

I had a busy weekend! On Saturday I was teaching at a lovely shop in Kew, London called Tikki Fabrics. If you are in the area you must drop by! We had a productive day sewing ‘quilts that quilted themselves’ whilst we stitched them on the sewing machines! Here are some of the results:

quilt that quilts itself

Wednesday will be courses at The Quilt Room, Dorking, so lots of busy stitching there and then:


 next Saturday I will be at The Eternalmaker School House day in Chichester to show you how to sew a bag and a pincushion in an hour! Yes really! Here’s a sneak peak at what we will be creating quickly.

And even though I don’t do that much sewing myself on the days that I teach, I do a lot before to prepare!


Inspiration #4

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

icy cobweb


Thursday, January 22nd, 2009



Saturday, January 17th, 2009

I went to Lewes yesterday.

 There are some lovely buildings there. These are my favourites:


And I also visited The Patchwork Dog and Basket of course!

Sewing, Sewing, Sewing!

Friday, January 9th, 2009

I am in the midst of machine quilting a lap quilt sewn in 1930’s style fabrics. As a little light relief I have been trawling through Ebay looking at the antique quilts. I like these:

and this:

There is such a great source of inspiration over on that site. I must admit that I have bid on a quilt over there before. It is so hard to resist!

On another note in my quest for  a pattern for the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ block, I have found one on John Flynn’s website, and it should be winging its way to me right now. I am still sewing the block from the Ruby Mckim pattern and will let you know how that turns out!

Pre-cut fabrics, part 2

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Remember the 10″ squares from December 2008? Well now they are a group of blocks, ready to be set in a top!

Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

This ‘Buckeye Beauty’ quilt was on show at Hever in September 2008. It is a great scrap quilt.

I made a couple of versions a few years back, one which went to a friend  and I don’t have a picture(pre digital camera), and the other which I gave to  another friend, but  did remember to get a picture:

same block, but set on point!

What I like about these quilts apart from their scrappy quailty, is the quilting. My blue one was long arm quilted for speed, but the other quilt is quilted in clamshells…. a speedy method to quilt it yourself! I really like these ‘utility’ quilting designs. They speed up hand or machine quilting at home as they don’t worry about the patterns the patchwork makes. As usual it is an old idea seen in lots of antique quilts.

Sometimes we learn a lot from looking back.