Archive for October, 2010

Stripy Sampler Pattern

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Just wanted to share with you the news that my latest pattern is now available!

I am so pleased with it, and it has come in time for me to take it with me to Quilt Market in Houston……so something else to add to the packing list!

Copies are already for sale at The Eternal Maker and Thread Bear, at £7-95. Just give them a ring and they will pop it in the post.

You can buy directly from me too, but cheques only I'm afraid, but free P&P!

So amidst the packing and the organizing of Family before I go, I am low on sewing time. I will leave this on my sewing room floor, ready for stitching on my return!

Klosjes Blocks

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Every once in a while something will catch my attention and I really need to stitch it for no logical reason. (Actually now I see that in print, it probably accounts for about 99% of my quilt making!)

Anyway, a while back I started seeing Klosjes Blocks popping up all over the place! These are Spool blocks, but they sound so exciting in Dutch (I think it's Dutch, forgive me if I got that wrong!)

I wanted to stitch some but didn't want to make templates, I wanted to use the rotary cutter.I needed the 'quick stitching fix' approach! So I have made my blocks using Jelly Roll strips, ie: I used my 2 1/2" wide strips of fabric from my stash and my Creative Grids Half Square Triangle Non Slip Strip Ruler! These create a 6" finished block. This is what I did.

Take three strips of fabric 2 1/2" wide. One is the centre of the block, the other two frame it.

From the fabric for the centre cut a 2 1/2" square:

From the other two fabrics cut 2 strips from each 7 1/4" long:

Now using the triangle part of the ruler trim off the corners of the strips:

Layout the block and sew!

Stitching wise, I sew the frames around the centre square, then sew the mitres.

I am working on a scrappy version that will keep me going for a while I think!

What I love about this is that one ruler does it all, and I can just dip in and out of the pre cut strips!

Simply done!

Monday, October 11th, 2010

This is an exciting time of year with classes starting up, and so many quilts at the start of their lives!

I had to start up a new quilt this weekend when I realised that I had no sampler quilt to stitich for the Big Stitch classes coming up this week! Yeek!

So this quickly sewn top came into being with very little effort! I will be quilting it in my Big Stitch classes throughout the year unless I get over keen and decide to finish it, and then I am back to square one, with no quilt to demo on.

I must keep myself under control!




And a quilt that required a whole lot more effort was shown to me this week when Jilly from my 'Adavnced' class brought her complete top in to show.

Great job Jilly!!

And with all this creativity around I sat back in a moment of weakness and brought myself a pin cushion by Victoria of Silly boodilly fame.

Other people are just so talented!