My Patchwork Blog (March - January 2013)

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Saturday 30th March
I have been machine quilting my quilt today and have now finished all the quilting in the ditch. The plan is to now hand quilt around each appliqued shape, I went and bought some lovely coton a broder threads in tropical colours in the week so I am already to go. Just need some good tv to watch while hand quilting!

I have also finished my little February landscape quilt. It has been constructed using just two colours - pink and red. All the seam lines have threads and yarns couched onto them and then each section is either quilted with a variety of threads or beaded or embellished in some way. Next month I will put a step by step account of how I make my March landscape quilt.

Sunday 24th March
Another snowy day to sew. Have finished my small Simply Triangles quilt and have started to machine quilt the quilt that I have been making throughout January and February. I am just doing quite a lot of stitching in the ditch at the moment in between the blocks but am thinking that I will hand quilt around all the appliqued shapes.


Saturday 23rd March
Snow, snow and yet more snow!
I think that everyone is getting really fed up now of all this snow - me included. Today I was to teach a patchwork class but as the journey is a 100 mile round trip and the weather conditions so awful it was decided to postpone the class. Faced with an unexpected day indoors what was I to do? Sew!! I have started a small quilt using two fabrics - a light and a dark in a triangle pattern. This will be the basis of a class that I am teaching soon at Libertys in London.

The view of my garden covered in yet more snow!

Sunday 10th March
I have been working on my February landscape quilt today. (I know - still a month behind and it is only March!) Lots of red and pink fabric. I have been couching ribbon, threads and yarns on to the hills. It is coming along quite nicely now.

Saturday 9th March

Taught a workshop at Patchwork Corner in Hemel Hempstead today. We worked on a Scrappy Hearts quilt. This is a really good project for using up scraps. Everyone worked with different fabric selections and here are a couple of photos of the resulting blocks. Haven't they done well?

Sunday 24th February
It has been a busy week for teaching patchwork classes this week. On Saturday I went to Ferrers Quilters in Essex to teach day one of my Cinnamon Rose quilt. We spent the day using machine applique to stitch the central basket of blooms. Monday involved a visit to Sunshine Quilters in Harlow to explore the Dresden Plate technique using a fast and simple method. Everyone went home with completed blocks! During the day on Tuesday I went to Blackwater Quilters in Maldon for a Jelly Roll day. A very industrious day was had by all with many quilts well on the way to completion. Tuesday evening was a mini workshop for Mead Quilters where I taught the technique of Hawaiin applique. When I teach a number of workshops like this, one after the other it always makes me think about how many prolific quilt groups there are out there stitching lovely patchwork quilts. Wednesday was rest day!!!

I have had time for a little stitching this week and have finished my January landscape quilt. (I know I am a month behind already) It is A4 in size and completed in shades of blue and white.


Sunday 9th February
One of my patterns 'Blocks in Bloom' is featured in Fabrications magazine this month. It is always lovely to see some of my work in print and it is always photographed nicely in this magazine.

I have finally got the quilt together and have pieced lots of squares and rectangles to use as fillers between the applique blocks. This is not the best photo but hopefully will give you an idea of the pieced top. I just need to start thinking about how I am going to quilt it now!

I have just started working on a mini landscape quilt. I am going to challenge myself to complete an A4 sized landscape each month reflecting the colours of the season. January is going to be a landscape in blue and white. Watch this space!

Saturday 2nd February

Taught a workshop today at 'Just between Friends' Quilt shop in Essex. The students were working on quilts using 5" charm squares. The variations were amazing with everyone working with different fabrics. Everyone went home with half a quilt top completed.

Friday 1st February
Have completed a couple more blocks - some sheep (the New Zealand connection) and a bag and have also cut lots of squares and rectangles to be used as the pieced patchwork between the blocks.

Sunday 27th January
Made another threee blocks - a bird house, cat and cup and saucer.

Saturday 19th January
Have had a very prolific day working in the studio. The studio is in the garden and a short walk from the house. It has been snowing all day so I have spent lots of time looking out of the window!

Have stitched a few more blocks. A house, ice-creams, flowers, apples and sewing notions.

Sunday 13th January

And one more…

He just needs an eye!!

Saturday 12th January
A nice cold day, so a good day for sewing. I have now appliquéd a pair of shoes and some more flowers.

I have also been looking at the website of the designer Poppy Treffry. A friend sent me a lovely Christmas card depicting one of her appliquéd designs with free machine embroidery on it. She designs lots of lovely stationary, fabrics, tea towels, cushions etc many reflecting images from Cornwall where she lives. I love the simplicity of her work.

Wednesday 9th January
Had a little time in the evening and have stitched another block. Some lovely cupcakes.

Sunday 6th January
I have now made a couple more blocks. An angel and a heart. The brain is working overtime with lots more ideas.

Saturday 5th January
I have been thinking about the design and plan for this quilt for some time and have been making a few notes and rough drawings. I am thinking simple appliquéd shapes interspersed with pieced strips and squares – perhaps strips running down the length of the quilt? Will start with some appliquéd blocks – flowers, a house, shoes (I love shoes), cupcakes, a handbag (I love bags too), an angel…….

My first block – some large flowers , machine appliqued.

Friday 4th January
I have been collecting these fabric for some time. They are called Silent Cinema and are produced by Westminster Fibers. I found some in the UK but the rest I had to order from the US. Internet shopping is just great! I want to add a plain background fabric, but not a white or cream. I found this lovely pale grey with tiny white squares on it at Just Between Friends Quilt shop in Essex, so think that will do the trick!

January 2013
A new year and time to start my first ever blog!

It is also time to begin a new project. I want to make a quilt which will in turn become a teaching workshop. Something that combines appliqué and piecing.

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