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Sunday 15th March
Yesterday I was back at Patchwork Corner to teach day two of my Japanese class. We were working on appliqued symbols and also some baskets. Some of the students bought back their homework that they had completed in the week. Angela and Jenny had worked so hard to get their noshi and little kimono figures completed. Thank you ladies. Looking good.......

Saturday 7th March
I have been at Patchwork Corner in Hemel Hempstead today teaching my Taste of the Orient quilt. Today was day one of a three day class and was front loaded with a huge amount of work. We were working on the centre panel (Noshi - which is dried seaweed) and then some foundation piecing of kimono figures. The photos all show the Noshi as work in progress and the wide variety of fabric choices. Can't wait for day two.

I always love it when students bring back quilts they have finished from one of my workshops. Rahat bought back this lovely quilt top from one of my earlier classes. It is so bright and vibrant with all the appliqued figures. Her grand daughter is going to be a lucky little girl!


Sunday 1st March
I can't believe that it is March already. Where is the year going?
I have some work in progress - I bought a Layer Cake simply because I loved these fabrics and put some plain grey with it to make this quilt. A very simple design but I hope it will be effective. I just have to get on and finish it now!

Saturday 21st February
Another of my patterns has just been featured in Quilt Now magazine. Just a little pattern - some Cathedral Window pin cushions and on the very last page of the magazine!

Thursday 19th February
If you are looking for a bargain Lady Sew and Sew in Marlow have a clearance sale. Fabrics start from £4 per metre and there is quite a selection there. They also have some of the 108" wide backing fabrics in the sale at a really good price. You can order on line but don't wait too long as I don't expect these will be around for long!

Sunday 15th February
I have some more fabrics to drool over. These are also from Free Spirit and are called Clementine by Heather Bailey. Quite a diverse, floral colour range but very lovely. I especially like the olive green background and large motifs.

Saturday 7th February
I have a quilt featured in the March edition of Fabrications magazine. It is called "Ladders" and is really very easy to stitch. It could be made from a jelly roll or from fat quarters as I have done and could be made bigger or smaller very easily.

Friday 6th February
I have some lovely new fabrics here which are from Free Spirit. They will be out in the shops shortly. These are called Distrikt (love the name!) and have been designed by Erin Morris. They have a retro feel to them. I can't wait to make something with them.

Sunday 1st February
It is always lovely when students finish their projects after a class and then bring them back to show me. Karen and Maureen both brought back their "Up in the Tree Quilts". They are just fabulous. Thank you ladies.

Maureen also had finished her "Quilt Modern" which is just great in these striking colours. How many quilts have you finished in January?

Saturday 31st January
I have been teaching a class at Just Between Friends in Essex today. We have been working on a quilt which has appliqued elephants and lots of flying geese. The geese are made using a really easy method where no fabric is wasted. Lots of grey elephants....


Sunday 23rd January
Yesterday saw me back at Patchwork Corner in Hemel Hempstead teaching day two of my Simple Pleasures Quilt. There is so much applique involved in this class but everyone has done very well. Here is some work in progress:

Julie was working on some designs from the Hatched and Patched book. Isn't this tree just lovely?

Sunday 18th January
Not a lot of stitching has been going on this week so I thought that I would share with you some of the blogs/websites that I regularly read and visit. You may like to have a look and see what you think. I am always amazed at how many ideas, tutorials and patterns quilters share: Full of lots of free patterns using jelly rolls, charm packs, layer cakes etc There is something for everyone here. An Australian website that heavily features stitcheries that are so cute! Lots of the patterns are for sale but some are free as well. There are also lots of gift and craft ideas as well as recipes. (I can vouch for the rocky road recipe and it is not low calorie!) All the lovely Oakshott fabrics can be purchased through the website and they are a stunning visual rainbow of colour. There is a blog and also some super free patterns to download. I just love all the quilts made in these plain fabrics.

Sunday 11th January
I have another one of my patterns in Popular Patchwork magazine this month. It is called Tickled Pink and is a small quilt featuring dresden plate blocks, applique and some piecing. It is a good project for using up scraps and smaller pieces of fabric. I don't usually use a lot of pink so it is a bit different for me.Take a look....

Friday 9th January
Where has the week gone? It has been very grey and rainy this week so I think we need a project to cheer us up! I stitched a cushion last weekend which I have called Dots and Dashes. It is made with Oakshott plain cottons in a brown/orange colour range on a beige background. It is a modern project and fairly quick to make.

I belong to the Modern Quilt group in the Quilters Guild and the members have recently started to put patterns on the Quilters Guild website to share with others. This pattern will be there shortly so if you fancy making it, you can visit and then follow the links to the Modern Quilt group/patterns. The pattern is free to download.

Friday 2nd January 2015
Goodbye 2014. Hello 2015. Happy New Year!
I hope you are all looking forward to a new year of sewing and making things. I have started the year with this project:
I cut lots of strips of fabric.......

I stitched and flipped many times......

I stitched blocks together and did lots of straight line quilting.

I don't use a lot of red fabric usually so it was good to make a dent in my fabric pile and use up some really random fabrics.



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