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Sunday 27th May
Roding Quilters have an exhibition this weekend at St Mary's Church, High Rd Chigwell. IG76QQ which is also on tomorrow from 10am until 4pm. The quilts are draped over the pews in the church and there are so many to see. It really is a visual feast. Along with all the lovely quilts to look at there are refreshments, a trader and some items for sale. If you have some free time tomorrow it is well worth a visit. At the front of the church I spied some elephants - these are quilts made from one of my patterns:

Here is a snap shot of some of the quilts on display:

Wednesday 23rd May
Pushpa has been busy finishing her projects. The first is a quilt containing the left over blocks from the Summer Sampler workshop that she did with me last year. Not only did she finish her sampler after the class but has used the left overs to make another quilt. (Not sure how she had so many left overs but I think she swopped around fabrics.) Isn't it lovely with the mix of butterflies, hearts, pinwheels and mini dresden plates?

Pushpa has also made an elephant quilt from one of my patterns which featured in Popular Patchwork magazine. I love the rogue blue elephant amonst the grey ones and also the lovely hand stitching in red thread around the elephants. Thanks for sharing these with us Pushpa.

Sunday 20th May

I spent the day yesterday at Just Between Friends quilt shop in Essex teaching my Forest Stars quilt workshop. The royal wedding was playing on the lap top, fizz was consumed to toast the royal couple, strawberries, meringues and cake was consumed and we did some sewing! We did the tricky blocks before the fizz and the not so tricky ones after...

Friday 18th May
A bit of secret sewing going on at the moment on a Christmas project for a publication. I know, Christmas in May doesn't really seem right but at least it is not really hot! Love the fabrics...

Wednesday 16th May
Here is Teresa's "Bumpy Circles" quilt. She started this in a workshop with me last year and has gone on to finish it. The quilt uses a jelly roll and some background fabric. The shades of blue create a really calming effect and the big stitch quilting in the middle of the octogons looks really effective. Thanks for sharing this with us Teresa.

Sunday 13th May
My book "Simply Modern Patchwork Quilts" is available both from Amazon and Search Press. (They had sold out from Amazon earlier in the week but are now back in stock). If you do buy a copy from Amazon I would be really grateful if you could leave a review. Thanks.

Saturday 12th May
I have been at Just Between Friends in Essex today teaching day three of the "Taste of the Orient" quilt. Today we were working on kimono blocks and fans. Everyone had done their homework and had finished their appliqued blocks so now the quilts just need to be put together. Here is some work in progress:

Thursday 10th May
I don't know whether you are aware of a charity called Siblings Together? The charity work to bring together siblings separated by the care system. Every year they run summer camps where these children can just be together and have fun together as siblings. The Siblings Together Quilt group work really hard to provide each child who attends a camp their very own patchwork quilt to have and then take home with them at the end of the camp. Each year the group needs to donate 100 quilts. If you are interested in finding out a little more about the charity here is the link: http://siblingstogetherquiltgroup.blogspot.co.uk
I have just donated three quilts and these were ones that I had made for book or magazine commissions but I thought that they would be suitable for children. I think that at the last count they had 82 quilts so need a few more to reach that 100 total. If you have a quilt that you are willing to donate the information re sizes etc can be found via the link above.

Saturday 6th May
Yesterday I taught a class at Liberty Department Store in London. We were working on a Floating Triangles Quilt which is a project from my latest book. The fabrics are provided for the students and the staff at Libertys had chosen really lovely fabrics for the students to work with:

The quilts started to grow as the day progressed and here is some work in progress:

The really good thing about this project is it is just one block but rotated in different ways to achieve the floating effect. I did work everyone really hard but by the end of the day everyone had cut out all the pieces for their quilt, made the blocks and had started to sticth them together. Great work everyone!.

Friday 4th May
Thought that you might like to see a little more of the book. My copies arrived in boxes with info printed on the outside. Sadly I was very excited about seeing my name on the outside of a cardboard box!! The projects can be made quickly and are designed to be stitched in a weekend or completed in a couple of weeks. They are designed to be used everyday and to fit into modern homes today. You can see all the quilts here:

Wednesday 2nd May
Finally...... my second book "Simply Modern Patchwork Quilts" has just been released. The book was finished in December and has just come back from the printers. It features ten quilt patterns with a modern edge to them. The fabrics are bright, clean and crisp and the quilts can be made using quick piecing methods. The book is available to purchase from Search Press or Amazon or directly from myself at £9.99. I hope that you like it!

Sunday 29th April
I posted back in March about a workshop that I taught for "Gone to Pieces" quilt group where we made fabric flower brooches and corsages. They have sent me a photo of all their brooches that they displayed at their meeting in April. What a super range of finished flowers. Well done to all of you and thank you for sharing the photo with us.

Saturday 28th April
I have just finished making a baby quilt for a friend who is expecting a little girl. The quilt had to have white and grey fabrics and definitely not much pink! I used fabrics from my stash which weren't baby type fabrics at all and as time was short I used a fairly quick pieceing method to construct the quilt. This method would be really suitable for a jelly roll. I choose four fabrics and cut them into 2 1/2" wide strips and then stitched them together in pairs.


I then recut the stitched strips into 4 1/2" squares and laid them out in a pleasing design and stitched them together.

I added a 3 1/2" wide white border and some straight line quilting horizontally and vertically and the quilt is good to go....

Wednesday 25th April
I thought that you might like to see this lovely quilt. Tansy has made this quilt from a pattern that I wrote for Popular Patchwork magazine. The flying geese are large and are made using a very quick piecing method so that there is no wasteage of fabric and the quilt grows quickly. Tansy has made her quilt in a range of fabrics from her stash including some Liberty prints. Thank you Tansy it is a beautiful quilt.

Sunday 22nd April
Yesterday I spent the day at Just Between Friends in Essex teaching a workshop. We were working on star blocks which combine to make a quilt. There were two variations of blocks. In my quilt I used a patterned fabric for the background and it was really interesting to see the variety of background fabrics being used. It was a really warm day but everyone beavered away and got quite a lot done. I hope that you enjoyed the class and I look forward to seeing the finished quilts. Here are some photos of work in progress:

Friday 20th April
If you are thinking of going to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, 9th - 12th August tickets and workshops are now available for booking. This can be done through the website or by phone. If you are wishing to purchase tickets in advance I have a code which you can use to get a discount on the price. The code is WT40 and when used to purchase tickets gives you a £2.50 reduction on each ticket.


Thursday 19th April

I have a project in Popular Patchwork magazine this month. The quilt is called "Bubbles" and is full of circles of different shapes and sizes. I really enjoy applique and it seems like ages since I last stitched an applique project so I really enjoyed making this quilt. I think that it has been my favourite to date this year!

Sunday 15th April
Margaret has finished her quilt that she started in a class with me last year. The quilt combines log cabin blocks with stars and makes lots of secondary patterns. She made too many blocks so used the remaining ones to make a set a cushions. Don't they look fabulous in the red and green colour way? Thanks Margaret.

Saturday 14th April
It has been very quiet on the blog here for a couple of weeks but I have been in New Zealand visiting the family. They live in Napier in the North Island. There was a huge earthquake in Napier in the early part of the 1900s so when the city was rebuilt a lot of it was built in the art deco style. Many of the buildings have been maintained and preserved in the style today so I thought that you might like to see a few photos, One day I will get around to making an art deco themed quilt.


I spied this wall paper in one building and this wall decoration:


Sunday 25th March
It is always so lovely to see students come back with their projects finished. First up we have Pippa who attended one of my workshops where we were working with lots of little half square triangles. Pippa has finished her project into two cushions. I love her fabric choices and the secondary patterns that the rows create. Thanks for sharing these with us Pippa.

We then have Jill who has finished her Bumpy Circles Quilt. This project uses a jelly roll and some background fabric and creates interconnecting octogons. Jill has used a jelly roll which has a retro look about it and finished the quilt with wavy line quilting. It really is a very effective quilt. Take a look at the back and the backing fabric - isn't this just superb? Jill has used a king sized duvet cover from IKEA, which when you open out and cut, only has one side seam. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing this with us Jill.

Saturday 24th March
Back to "Just Between Friends" in Essex for day two of A Taste of the Orient. We had some centre sections of the quilt that had been finished for homework:

They are all looking really effective and it is lovely to see the quilts progressing. Today we have been working on the various symbols:

Wednesday 21st March

I wrote a blog post earlier in the month about the Sawdust Hearts project which aims to highlight the value of occupational therapy in patient recovery with proceeds going to the charity Combatstress. As you can see I have decorated my heart really quite simply and it is ready to be posted off. I have really enjoyed participating in such a worthwhile project and hope that it is successful.

Sunday 18th March
I have just finished making a cot quilt and a teddy for a friend who is expecting a baby. The baby is due soon so for once I am prepared. They are expecting a boy and as the dad is a zoo keeper I have used fabrics with an animal print on them. Here is the teddy:

And here is the teddy and a tiny bit of the quilt:

Wednesday 14th March
I have a project in this month's Popular Patchwork magazine. The quilt has large flying geese moving in all directions over the quilt and uses a really vibrant fabric collection from Art Gallery fabrics called Dreamcatcher. The fabrics have some gold sparkle woven into them and feature horses, dreamcatchers, arrows, stars etc

Saturday 10th March
Yesterday I taught a mini workshop for "Gone to Pieces" Quilt group in Buckinghamshire. We made fabulous flower brooches and used felt, fabric, organza, buttons and beads. Here is just a small selection of the fabulous flowers created and a pic of the lovely Janet who insisted that I photograph her wearing her brooch:


Thursday 8th March
I don't seem to be able to get enough triangles at the moment and every project seems to have them in there somewhere! I am making a cot quilt at the moment for a friend who is expecting a boy so yes we have more triangles....

Saturday 3rd March

Spent yesterday at the Knitting and Stitching show at Olympia. The journey to and from there was pretty horendous with the weather conditions but I made it and managed to get back home just as it had started to snow again! I love seeing a show come to life before it opens to the public with all the stall holders getting ready and the buzz of anticipation. The classrooms were lit with daylight lamps which made a real difference to the students.

I loved this display of garments from a group of A level students from Kings Ely College. Gosh if they are designing these garments at this age what will they be able to go on to do in the future? The knitted tea room was so cute.

The Quilters Guild had a display of quilts commemorating remembrance and although I had seen the quilts before it was good to look again at the superb workmanship. Here are two of my favourires. Apologies for not mentioning the makers. I did write the names down but have mislaid the piece of paper that I wrote it on.

This brings me on to the Sawdust Hearts Project that had a display there. During World War One, thousands of sawdust filled hearts were distributed by the Red Cross to wounded soldiers who decorated the hearts with fabric, beads, sequins and pins as part of their occupational therapy. The soldiers could then send their decorated heart to a loved one. They were thus called Sawdust hearts. The project aims to distribute 1,568 hearts for decoration. This is the number of days that the war lasted. Every heart is numbered and can be decorated as wished, returned for documentation and display. There is a small charge to participate with all proceeds going to the charity Combatstress. I have a heart to decorate and return so am looking forward to getting started and feel that it is such a worthwhile project to participate in. If you would like to participate or would like some further information go to www.ww1hearts.co.uk

Thursday 1st March
Today is the first day of Spring and what can I see out of the window? Snow, snow and more snow!

In the studio serious prep is going on getting ready for my classes at the Knitting and Stitching show tomorrow. I am making up packs for the students.

Wednesday 28th February
Over the weekend I taught a residential class for Anglia Leisure at a hotel in Surrey. The accomodation and food were superb and I think that all nine of us willl have come home a few pounds heavier. We were working on my "Taste of the Orient Quilt". This quilt has lots of different blocks and covers techniques such as piecing, applique and foundation piecing. We had a very spacious room to work in:


There were some beautiful fabrics to work with and everyone worked in a different colour way:


At the end of the weekend we laid out all the blocks that were completed and look what we achieved. With a few more additions they are ready to be stitched together into quilts. I hope that you all get your quilts completed and I look forward to seeing the finished results.

Friday 23rd February
If you enjoy making bags and if you need a shopper's tote to add to your collection I have written a pattern for Patchwork and Quilting magazine and it is in this month's edition. The bag is a roomy one and ideal for everyday use so take a look....

Thursday 22nd February
I have just returned from a holiday in Norway. The scenery was so spectacular and we saw the northern lights several times so it was pretty amazing. I always love looking for things on holiday that are a little different and in one of the towns I found these vinyl records displayed on the ceiling in one of the shops. Wouldn't this translate into an effective quilt? I also saw this piece of art work on the side of a building. It was made up from shoes and soles of shoes that had been washed ashore from the sea. I love the recycling concept in both of these.

Monday 19th February
Yesterday I went to visit Stitches in Birmingham which is a trade show for all things sewing, knitting and craft related. It was really interesting to see the new fabric ranges that are about to come out and the new products to be launched on the market. It was a riot of colour.

I had been comissioned to design and make some bags for Makower in some of the new fabric lines and these were on display on the Makower stand. The patterns to make these will soon be on their website. Here are the bags ready to be posted:

This one is a tote bag and is made in the Beachcomber range of fabrics:

This second one is a Messenger bag and is made in fabrics from the Fruity Friends collection:

And finally this is my favourite bag and fabric range. This one is made in fabrics from the Kitty collection. I nearly couldn't part with it:

Saturday 17th February
I think that Judy is working overtime as she has made another quilt. This one is for her nephew and is from a pattern that I wrote for Sewing World magazine. The pattern comes together really quickly. Love the fabrics Judy!

Friday 8th February
Busy working on a magazine commission at the moment. Really good to be working on an appliqued project for a change. Here is just a tiny peek!


Thursday 7th February
Thank you to everyone who entered the draw for the tickets to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia. I am pleased to announced that the lucky recipient is Maria C who will be receiving her two tickets shortly.


Thursday 1st February
Free Tickets to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia in March. See my blog posting for Friday 26th January. Email for a chance to win!

Wednesday 31st January
Hasn't it been a long month? All those grey January days. Here is a new fabric collection from Makower to brighten up the day. It is called Katie Jane and is full of floral and ditsy prints in a lovely coral/aqua colour way. If you visit the Makower website there is a free pattern using this fabric range which features Irish chains and Dresden plates. It really is a lovely pattern.

Friday 26th January
Further to the blog post below re The Knitting and Stitch Show at Olympia in March I have 2 tickets to give away. These tickets are for use on either Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd or Sunday 4th March. If you would like to be in with a chance to win the tickets, email me at info@patchworkpatterns.co.uk by Sunday 4th February and I will choose a winner at random. The tickets are worth £13.50 each. Get emaiing now!

Wednesday 24th January
What are you doing in March? The Knitting and Stitching Show is on at Olympia during the weekend of the 1st -4th March. Tickets are on sale and all the workshops are open and available for booking. I am teaching three workshops on Friday 2nd March so if you fancy coming and learning how to make an Inchie Mosaic or a Fabulous Flower Brooch or try some Italian Corded Quilting have a look at the workshops on the Knitting and Stitching website: https://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/

Sunday 21st January
Yesterday I taught day one of my Taste of the Orient Quilt class. We started by working on the central panel which is a noshi. (strands of dried seaweed). Everyone has approached their quilt with a different colour way so I am really looking forward to seeing how they alll turn out. Here is some work in progress:

We then went on to foundation piecing the little kimono figures and the students left with a month until the next class and lots of homework!

Judy has also finished her Christmas wall hanging and has really embellished it with lots of buttons and beads. Thanks for sharing it with us Judy - looking good.

Friday 19th January
Here is the first finish of the year from Pipa. Pipa came to a class before Christmas where we were making Christmas wall hangings. She didn't get it finished in time for Christmas 2017 but has it ready for December 2018. Doesn't it look lovely embellished with all the buttons? Thanks for sharing it with us Pipa.

Sunday 14th January
The sorting and tidying in the studio has finished. Yeah! The boxes of fabric now all have little labels on them:

The quilts have been tidied and sorted.

I have some quilts to give away to family and friends and also to charity so that will be the next job. I can now start another project.....

Thursday 11th January
Popular Patchwork magazine arrived yesterday and features one of my quilt patterns. This is for a fan quilt. The fabrics had an antique look to them hence the more traditional pattern. This month's magazine has a winter floral theme which is really lovely for this time of year.

Sunday 7th January 2018
Happy New Year everyone! I know, a bit late but we get there eventually. I think that 2018 should be a year for finishing all of those projects that are tucked away. If you have a project that you started on one of my classes do see if you can get it finished and send me a photo. It would be good to see it completed and for us all to enjoy.
I have started my year by having a huge destash (is that a word?) and sort out in my studio. I have so much stuff that needs sorting and organising. Because I teach so many classes there are piles of samples and projects and quilts.
So..... I started with the fabric. Off to Hobbycraft for some new storage and then a big sort through the fabric. I now have fabric to keep, some to sell and some to give away.

The boxes are all colour coded. (To be fair they were colour sorted before but I had fabric in them that I know that I will never use as it is dated and I just don't like it anymore.) Someone else will be able to enjoy it instead.

The shelves have been tidied and I have been ruthless with the magazines.

Then a sort through of the wadding. Why do we have all those small pieces of wadding left over from quilts? Too precious to discard. I really need to make 500 cushions to use it all up!

Finally a clear up on the cutting table. I know it doesn't look that clear but this is pretty good.

Well I am feeling pretty motivated so far. I just have to sort the filing cabinets, then the quilts and then the piles on the floor!

Saturday 30th December
I have been working away on a project for a magazine with these lovely fabrics from Michael Miller:

There is quite a mix of purples, blues and gold colours. Here is just a tiny sneaky peek of work in progress:


Sunday 24th December

As Christmas Day is nearly upon us I wanted to wish you all a restful Christmas period shared with family and friends. Perhaps you will have a little time for some sewing over the next few days or perhaps you may just want to put the projects away and concentrate on other things? Whatever you decide have a Merry Christmas.

Thursday 21st December
I do get asked quite often when I am teaching the course to make the quilt "A Taste of the Orient"? This quilt contains lots of Japanese type blocks and uses techniques such as piecing, applique and foundation piecing. I am teaching this in February over a residential weekend at the Crowne Plaza Hotel close to Gatwick Airport. This is for Anglia Leisure Learning. If you would like further details they can be found at info@anglialeisurelearning.co.uk. Come and join us and enjoy a weekend with like minded people; stitching and being looked after with all your meals, refreshments and accomodation included.

Sunday 17th December
I live not far from Hettford in Hertfordshire and the it has been fun to see that all the post boxes in the town have been yarn bombed. I think that there are 25 post boxes and each has something knitted in a Christmas related theme added to the top of the post box. Here is the post box outside the post office:

This is one I spied on the street:

The one outside the fire station is brilliant with knitted firefighters surrounding a Christmas pudding. The yarn bombing has been done to raise funds for the Isabel Hospice and I think to date £4000 has been raised. Here is the link to the local paper where you can see all the others: http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/news/hertfordshire-news/yarn-bombers-give-25-hertford-841007

Sunday 10th December
Snow has finally found its way to the South East. Woke up to some lovely snowy views. This is the view about 300m from the house:

Good time to stay inside and sew I think.

Saturday 9th December
I have a quilt in this month's issue of Popular Patchwork magazine. It is called Clementine and is a smallish pieced quilt. I have used these fabrics twice now - firstly for a duffle type bag in my book "Simply Modern Patchwork Bags" and now in this project. I just love them as they are so bright and citrusy. Sadly there will be no more projects in this fabric range as my stash is exhausted!

Sunday 26th November
It is so cold! I am not a fan of the cold - I much prefer the heat and sunshine but did get warm with some frantic leaf raking and collecting in the garden. Just the right time of the year for stitching. I now don't have any more classes to teach until the new year so can spend some time making. Yeah! Here is a sneaky peek of a project for a magazine:

Saturday 18th November
Guess what I am making? Lots of wedges to make fan blocks. Lovely fabric - Crystal Farm by Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket Quilts.

Friday 17th November
Christmas is creeping up on us! If you fancy making some quick hand made gifts for Christmas there are 25 patterns in this month's Popular Patchwork magazine which I think is really good value for the price. There are a variety of projects from tree decs to gingerbread garlands to fabric gift wrap etc. I have three patterns featured - some notebook covers, bottle bags and patchwork pouches:

Sunday 12th November
Joy has finished her Scrappy Stars quilt which she has machine pieced. This is Joy's first large quilt made on the machine and totally machine quilted. (She is usually a hand stitcher!) This quilt is going to Australia for her daughter. It was quite tricky to photograph as it was so large but look at the close up of the star with the doggy fabric. Isn't it so cute? Well done Joy - your daughter is very lucky. I can't wait to see what you make next!

Saturday 11th November
Back to Just Between Friends quilt shop to teach another class. This time it was a Christmas class. We were making a little Christmas tree wall hanging featuring nine little appliqued trees which then will be embellished with buttons. Lots of work in progress whic is looking great!

Sunday 5th November
On the last page of every Sewing World magazine they feature a Stitch Story from a designer, teacher or sewer. The story tells that person's sewing journey. Well this month it was my turn! When originally I was asked I thought that I would really struggle but once I got started I couldn't stop! There are some lovely projects in the magazine so take a look.

Saturday 4th November
Caroline's quilt from an earlier course is now finished. I love the contrast in fabrics between the light and dark - it looks so effective. Caroline has put a fleece backing on her quilt so I am sure that it will be very snuggly during those cold winter nights! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Sunday 29th October
I have just seen this morning that my book "Simply Modern Patchwork Bags" has been reduced on Amazon. It usually sells for £9.99 but today is £7.23. Head over there to bag a bargain or purchase an early Christmas present!

Saturday 28th October
I have been at Just Between Friends in Essex today teaching my Bumpy Circles quilt. This design is really interconnecting octogons and is a simple repeating block but looks very effective when stitched together. Everyone worked with a different fabric range and we had fabric in jewel tones, pastels, modern, Tilda blues, bright retro, Christmas and lots inbetween. Here are some photos of work in progress:

Wednesday 25th October
Here is another finished quilt. This was made by Tansy in my Flower Market class at the Festival of Quilts. Tansy has used fabrics from the Alison Glass collection and they have really come together well creating a vibrant quilt. It is a lovely quilt - many thanks for sharing it with us Tansy.

Sunday 22nd October
I have a project in Popular Patchwork magazine this month. It is a Winterberry quilt in delicate shades of wintery green with a touch of pinky/red. It is one of those projects where you stitch lots of strips and then recut to make the blocks. I am looking forward to throwing this quilt over the back of the sofa as the nights draw in and using it to snuggle under on cold nights! Take a look at the magazine - it is in shops now.

Saturday 21st October
Today I have been teaching at Liberty's Department Store in London. I always love going there as there are so many lovely things to look at in the shop. The sewing school is held in the Heritage Suite and on the window sill was a lovely display of Kaffe Fassett fabrics and books:

In one corner of the room was this chair covered in a beautiful grey Liberty print:

We were working on positive and negative pinwheel blocks to make a small quilt. The students were working with Rowan fabrics in a blue/green colourway which were looking really effective. All in all it was a very productive day so I hope that everyone manages to get their project finished. Thank you for all working so hard.

Saturday 14th October
I have a project in Patchwork and Quilting magazine this month and it has made it to the front cover! It is called Floral Splendour and is made in the Botanica range of fabrics from Makower. The quilt is machine pieced and quilted. Check it out!

Friday 13th October
Christine has finished her quilt that she started with me in August. Lovely soft colour choices and beautifully stitched. Thanks Christine for sharing it with us.

Sunday 8th October
I love anything that has a retro look about it from stationery to crockery to furniture. It was great then to see these fabrics from Andover for Makower called Modern Retro. I love the combination of designs and the colour palette. I think my favourite is the leaf design on the lime background. If you go to the Makower website there is a free pattern to download by Lynne Goldsworthy which really showcases the fabrics.

Sunday 1st October
I have been beavering away on a couple of projects for magazines. There is nothing like a deadline to focus your sewing! Here is a little peek at one of the projects:

Sunday 24th September
Where would we be without those blenders? Bought this a couple of weeks ago with no project in mind. Has a linen effect but with a spot. Can't wait to use it.

Friday 22nd September
In this month's Sewing World magazine I have a project featured. It is a set of six patchwork coasters. Each coaster is made from a different patchwork technique from triangles to squares to log cabin etc. They were fun to make and a bit out of my comfort zone as they are so small! They have been photographed beautifully:

Sunday 17th September
I have this lovely bundle of fabrics which have a linen look to them in shades of blue and grey. I bought them at the Festival of Quilts in the summer from Higgs and Higgs. Not quite sure what to make with them yet but perhaps some cushions?

Saturday 16th September
I taught a mini workshop at Fat Quarters Quilt group in Missenden this week and we worked on Italian corded quilting. This style of quilting involves inserting cord or yarn into stitched parallel channels. The result is a lovely raised design. A bit tricky to see the raised bit from the photo!

Here is some of the work in progress from the reverse where the brightly coloured yarn will show through and then another sample from the front:

Wednesday 13th September.
Judy's quilt just keeps growing. Back in June she completed the triangles in the centre in one of my workshops but as she wanted to make the quilt larger she has added some plain borders and some more triangles. I think you secretly love triangles Judy!

Sunday 10th September
I have a project in Popular Patchwork magazine this month. It is a quilt called Forest Stars and features stars with little pinwheels in their centres and stars with a lovely tree fabric in their centres. The quilt made it to the front cover! It is made in Birdsong fabrics from Dashwood and the stars contrast really nicely with the soft grey background.


Saturday 9th September

Today I have been teaching my "Stars in the Cabin" class at Just Between Friends in Buckhurst Hill. This is the project that we were working on:

We started with this:

and ended up with these:

Friday 1st September
Wow another month has gone by already - where is the year going? Here is a photo of a quilt made by Linda. Linda came on my Flower Market quilt class at the Festival of Quilts and went home and finished her quilt! I think that she had it completed in under two weeks so I am not sure that she has slept at all. Linda used fabrics with fruit or vege prints on them which have worked well. Many thanks Linda for sharing it with us - it is really striking.

 

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