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Saturday 30th April
Today found me back at Just Between Friends Quilt shop teaching day three of the Seasonal Sampler to the second group of students. Today we were making Dresden plate blocks and stars. Lots of work in progress:

Everyone from both classes has been invited to an afternoon tea in June to bring back their finished quilts for a show and tell. Perhaps the quilting won't be finished but I am really looking forward to seeing the pieced tops.

Thursday 28th April
Fabrications magazine is currently featuring one of my patterns. The pattern is for a cushion "Home is Where the Heart Is". I made this cushion many years ago and it featured in the magazine but they asked me to bring it up to date by remaking it in modern fabrics and have reprinted the pattern. It was quite strange to make a project again as unless it is for a gift or perhaps class samples I usually only make one of anything. Here is the modern version made in Dashwood fabrics:

Sunday 24th April
Yesterday I taught a workshop at Liberty's in London in the sewing school. The workshops are held in The Heritage Suite which is a beautiful room. There is always a display of sewing or craft goodies in the room and today it featured lots of haberdashery:

I taught my Summertime Bucket Bag class which is a pattern from my Simply Modern Patchwork Bags book. The book is now out and is available to purchase on the Search Press website. It is also available on Amazon. Libertys have stocked the book and it was for sale in the shop yesterday. It was so good to finally see it after all this time.

The students worked really hard on their bags and by the end of the day everyone had almost finished. Here are the bags in progress:

The fabrics are really bright and vibrant. Every bag is different and once the bags have their handles they will look quite stunning. I hope that you all enjoy using your bags.

Wednesday 20th April
I have a pattern in Patchwork and Quilting magazine this month. It is for a quilt called Turquoise Kisses. I loved the fabrics - lime green and electric blue and thought that on a grey background it would show them off.

Monday 18th April
Back from my holiday. Had a fantastic trip to Borneo and then on to see the family in New Zealand. Saw lots of wildlife while in the rainforest.This caught my eye in a tea plantation in Borneo. A patchwork tree! The tree had coloured fabric wrapped around it to symbolise the coming together of people from many cultures and religions to create a united country.

Thursday 31st March
The Quilter's Guild have a tombola every year at The Festival of Quilts to raise funds for the Guild. This year they are asking members to make and donate pouches or purses. I have finally made my first pouch which didn't really take that long and it was a good way to use up the growing pile of scraps. Hopefully I can stitch a few more over the next few months to do my little bit to help. I have used scraps of Tula Pink fabric and a Rowan spotted fabric.

The blog will be a little quiet over the next few weeks as I am away on holiday - no sewing for me but hopefully some sunshine!

Saturday 26th March
Judith sent me a photo of her lovely teddy made from one of my patterns. Isn't she just gorgeous in pink? Thank you Judith.

Friday 25th March

Just a quick post to wish everyone a Happy Easter break. I hope that you get to stitch and perhaps finish projects during the long weekend. (Not too much chocolate now!!)

Sunday 20th March
Yesterday I was back at Just Between Friends quilt shop in Essex teaching day three of the Seasonal Sampler quilt to the first group of students. Everyone had finished their homework and had lots of lovely applique blocks to show us. Well done ladies they are looking really good:

We then spent the day working on Dresden plate and star blocks and going through how to put the quilt together:

Tuesday 15th March
The last instalment of my Seasonal Sampler pattern is in this month's Popular Patchwork magazine. This month is all about the last couple of blocks and then adding the filler strips and stitching it all together. I can't wait to see some finished quilts!

The magazine has had a bit of a facelift with a new cover and some new features inside. Looking good.

Thursday 10th March

Last night I visited Connecting Threads Quilt Group in Elstree to teach a mini workshop. We spent the evening making Owl Baby pin cushions. A very relaxed evening full of chat and stitching. These are fairy quick to stitch and make great gifts for friends or for craft stalls at Fairs.

Sunday 6th March
Yesterday found me at Patchwork Corner in Hemel Hempstead teaching my patchwork teddy workshop. A very full on workshop with a class of lovely ladies. At the end of the day everyone had their teddy in one piece although they were not all stuffed. A number of the students worked with some lovely linen type fabrics and the teddies looked great in these. Here are a couple of finished ones:

Elaine had finished her bag from my last workshop and bought it back to show me. It looks great with the leather handles. Thank you Elaine.

Sunday 28th February
It is coming soon! There has been a bit of a delay with the printing but it should be here in three - four weeks:

Saturday 27th February
Today I have been back to Just Between Friends Quilt shop to teach day two of the Seasonal Sampler with my second group of students. A day full of machine applique. Here is some work in progress; lots of blocks featuring geraniums:

Sunday 21st February
I have another project in a magazine this month - Sewing World has a bag special and the Flower Market bag in the photo on the right is one I have designed and made. I think that I have thing for aqua blue at the moment as it seems to be creeping into lots of my projects. There are a number of bag patterns in the magazine (including a super cute peg bag), as well as some garments to stitch and also an interview with Matt Chapple winner of the GB Sewing Bee.

Thursday 18th February
The March issue of Popular Patchwork is now out and features the second part of my Seasonal Sampler Quilt. Lots of applique this month.

Tuesday 16th February
I have several projects on the go at the moment. I am always thinking ahead to the next project while I am working on the current one! I have finally collected all the fabrics I need now for the next project. Some Moda white type face background with a palette of turquoise, mustard, grey and purple. Also a few daffodils to remind us that Spring is on it's way. (Well sort of)

Sunday 14th February
Yesterday saw me back at Just Between Friends in Essex teaching the first group of students on day two of the Seasonal Sampler Quilt. The day was all about applique - lots of it! We were working on rows of flowers, pots of geraniums and apples and pears. Here is some of the work in progress:

Saturday 13th February
Here is Maureen's Christmas tree quilt. She has finished the top and now just has to embellish with buttons and add some quilting. It wasn't ready for last Christmas but I am sure that it will be ready for Christmas 2016. Well done Maureen and thanks for sharing it with us:

Sunday 7th February
I spent the day teaching at Patchwork Corner in Hemel Hempstead yesterday. We were making my Summertime Bucket Bag. This is a pattern from my forthcoming book "Simply Modern Patchwork Bags" which is due out any day now and is the only bag that I will be teaching from the book. It was such a great class and lots of bags were completed by the end of the day. The photos here show the range of bags being worked on in various stages of completion:


Sunday 31st January
Where has January gone? It has raced by. Yesterday found me back at Just Between Friends teaching the second group of students on day one of my Seasonal Sampler Quilt. We had a very productive day. Lots of blocks were produced and lots of homework given out. Have fun ladies! Here is the group and some of their work:

Saturday 30th January
Christine has been busy stitching and has finished her "Up in the Tree" quilt that she started in a workshop with me last year. It is great to see the finished quilt. I love the fabric choices, the spotty binding and that all the little owls have their eyes closed! Thanks Christine for sharing it with us.

Sunday 23rd January
Yesterday I spent the day at Just Between Friends in Essex teaching the first group of students on day one of my Seasonal Sampler Quilt. We are stitching along at the same time as the project is in Popular Patchwork magazine. We had a very full on day, making hearts, baskets, butterflies and pinwheels. Everyone used a different colour and fabric range so it will be good to see the variety of quilts. Here is the group and some of their work. Haven't they worked hard?

Wednesday 20th January
There is a fairly newish magazine on the market called Today's Quilter. It is now up to issue five. The magazine contains projects and articles and always features an indepth section written by Lynne Edwards. This section is a virtual workshop and goes through step by step with diagrams a skill each month. In this issue Lynne covers adding frames to blocks. This is an excellent refresher with lots of tips. My favourite project in the magazine this month is a Rose Garden Basket Quilt made by Linda Clements - a traditional design made in lovely bright modern colour choices.

Saturday 16th January
My Seasonal Sampler Quilt begins in Popular Patchwork magazine this month. It will be spread over the next three editions of the magazine. There are lots of different blocks to make both pieced and appliqued so is a good project if you like a bit of variety. This month focusses on piecing. The quilt has been quilted by Marion Matthews at Dragonfly Quilting who has done a super job. I also got the backing fabric from Marion which I love as it is a really retro design.

Friday 15th January
As the weather is super chilly at the moment it is really nice to do a bit of hand sewing. I am reworking a project that I made some years ago and will be teaching in a few months. It involves using strips of fabric and gathering and twisting them to create textured flowers. I am using some of my Blueberry Park fabrics by Karen Lewis which I love.

Thursday 7th January
Each year at The Festival of Quilts the Quilters Guild holds a tombola and this year the theme is purses with zips. They are looking for donations of patchwork and or quilted purses. If you have time to make a couple of purses I am sure that they would be very grateful as all funds raised goes directly to the Guild. Patterns and inspiration can be found at

Sunday 3rd January
There are lots of fabric sales on at the moment so I thought that I would share a few with you. You can never have too much fabric! - online starts Jan 4th - starts Jan 7th - 15% of everything from Jan 9th - on now FQ from £1.63 - on now FQ from £2.00

Saturday 2nd January 2016
Happy New Year to you all. Is this going to be the year of the big finish? I don't know about you but I get such a sense of satisfaction when I complete a project but then can't wait to start the next! Speaking of just that... before Christmas I treated myself to a stack of Blueberry Park fabrics by Karen Lewis. I always enjoy reading Karen's blog and have admired her screen printed fabrics from afar but now I have this huge stash to make something from. So far I have designed at least a million projects in my head so it should keep me going for a while!





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