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Saturday 29th April
I just love a patchwork book and would buy one every week if I could afford it. I have had a little splurge recently and bought three so thought that over the next few days would review them.
The first is "A Spoonful of Sugar" by Lisa Cox. This book contains twenty projects for the home, bedroom, kitchen, craft room or for kids. Most of the projects could easily be made in either half a day or a whole day. The fabrics used are bright and fresh and the projects would make lovely gifts. The cute little panda snap purse caught my eye along with the patchwork jewellery wrap. A lovely project book with clear instructions.

Sunday 22nd April
Yesterday I taught a Cathedral Window patchwork class at Liberty's Department Store in London. The students worked with a range of lovely Rowan fabric. This technique involves lots of fabric manipulation with some machine and hand sewing. Here is some work in progress:

Friday 21st April
Had a recent visit to the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate. They have an exhibition on at present called "Entangled Threads and Making". The exhibition features the work of 40 international female artists who have expanded the possibilities of knitting, embroidery, weaving, sewing and textiles. There are a wide range of exhibits but these were four of my favourites:

Sunday 16th April
Pat has sent me a photo of her Kisses quilt which she started with me in a workshop and has recently just finished. I just love the blue and cream fabrics that she has used which have given the quilt a lovely classic feel. She has also made two matching cushions with piped edges. Anyone who can do piping is a superstar in my book! Thanks for sharing these with us Pat.

Saturday 15th April
Here is a sneaky peak at a project that I have just finished working on for a magazine commission. Lots of spots!

Monday 10th April
Popular Patchwork magazine has my Summertime Bucket Bag pattern featured in it this month from my book "Simply Modern Patchwork Bags". This is the only bag from the book that I teach as a workshop so I thought that you may like to see the bag made up in some other fabrics. I use these in my workshop to show fabric variations:

I think that this one with the green and orange fabric is my favourite so hopefully I will get to use it this summer!
Thursday 6th April
Today I have been teaching a landscape workshop at Stitchers Quilt group in Kimpton. We have been using a freezer paper method to construct the landscape background, followed by couching threads, yarn and trim and completing with quilting, embroidery and beads. Everyone got up to the couching stage and some to the final embellishment. Thank you for a lovely day - you all worked so hard! Here are some photos of work in progress:

The star of the day has to go to Hannah who is nine years old and came to the workshop with her Grandma and made this landscape above. Well done Hannah - I can't wait to see your finished project.

Tuesday 4th April
Another finish but this time from Judy. A table runner ready to go in a yellow and purple colour way. Looking good!

Friday 31st March
It is always so nice to be able to share with you some finished projects from students from earlier classes. Here is Christine's quilt - full of elephants and flying geese with a really lovely piano key border. All the fabrics are spotty. Isn't it great?

Tuesday 28th March
Lovely to see some finished quilt tops from past classes. Here is Bibi's Scrappy Stars quilt with a lovely selection of bright fabric choices:

and here is Julie's quilt in red white and blue. Some of the fabric has the underground map printed on it:

They are both really stunning. Thank you ladies for sharing these with us.

Saturday 25th March
I have been teaching at Just Between Friends Quilt shop in Essex today. We have been working on a project called Triangles, Triangles and more Triangles. Everyone made about a million half square triangles and then used them to create lots of designs in a small quilt. I am sure that everyone will be seeing triangles in their sleep tonight. Thank you ladies - you all worked so hard. You can start to see some of the linear patterns really coming out in the work in progress:

Wednesday 22nd March
If you fancy a weekend of non stop sewing in a lovely hotel take a look at the info below. I am teaching a residential course in Ipswich in late August which takes place Friday to Sunday. During the weekend students will be able to make a modern quilt from a choice of three designs. Come along and share the weekend with like minded people with no distractions and no cooking and no chores!

Sunday 12th March
I made this Dresden Plate quilt using the Sew Easy Dresden Ruler and some Tula Pink fabrics. The quilt has recently been featured on Create and Craft where Jennie Rayment has demonstrated how to make the quilt using the ruler and the pattern that I had written. The pattern is free to download from the Create and Craft website or from Jennie's own website.

Sunday 5th March
More fabric shopping. It can only be a good thing! Just loved these fabrics on sight. Now I have to work a project around them.

Thursday 2nd March

I had to buy this lovely Makower fabric on Saturday. It has a linen look to it even though it is cotton and the little trees are so cute. I love the random green trees. I thought that it would look good in a bag.

Sunday 26th February
Yesterday the students on my class were telling me that The Great British Sewing Bee had not been recommissioned by the BBC. I must admit that I have always enjoyed the series even though I am not a dressmaker, never make clothes and am totally addicted to patchwork and quilting! It would be sad to see it go, so if you feel the same there is a petition at:

Saturday 25th February
Today I have been teaching at Just Between Friends patchwork shop. It has been day two of my Scrappy Stars class. We have been making stars, stars and more stars. There are three different types of stars in the quilt so when it goes together the stars look as if they are connecting together. It was a very industrious day and I think by the end of it no one wanted to see another triangle for a little while! Here is some of the work in progress:

Judy decided to make two of her blocks into a table runner which is looking good. Thank you ladies - I hope that you all had a good day and go on to get your projects finished.

Friday 17th February
The snowdrops are appearing in the garden which has been good to see. Maybe Spring is on its way?

If you haven't purchased a copy of my book "Simply Modern Patchwork Bags", the books have just been reduced on Amazon so go and bag yourself a bargain! Amazon seem to reduce the books for a week and then put them back to the original price.

Monday 13th February
So nice to see some sunshine today instead of all that sleet and grey. Have been working on a sunny project (to go with the weather). Here is just a sneaky peak along with a vase of daffodils which are waiting to open.

Friday 10th February
I have a project in Popular Patchwork magazine this month. It is a small wall hanging showcasing some spiralled flowers. The technique is not too difficult and has a lovely 3D effect. It would make a lovely gift.

Sunday 5th February
Here is a little blast from the past! This lovely wall hanging was made by Maureen over 15 years ago on one of my classes. She brought it to show me the other day and says that it hangs on the wall in her house. I love the orange and green combination. Thank you Maureen.

Saturday 4th February
Here is a photo of a cushion that I made using fabrics and a Sew Easy ruler supplied by Groves Haberdashery Company. Jennie Rayment demonstrated how to make the cushion using the pattern that I had written on Create and Craft on Monday. This is the link to the demo and the accompanying free downloadable pattern:

Sunday 29th January
I have spent the day in Canterbury with Oast Quilters teaching a workshop on "Storm at Sea". Everyone beavered away making these blocks. They aren't the easiest as there are so many points to match and some tricky bits with the diamonds but super effective when you start putting them together. The blocks have straight seams but when they are put together you get a really nice curved effect. I hope that you enjoyed your day ladies and that you carry on and finish your quilts. Here are some of the blocks:

and here is a shot of all the blocks together:

Wednesday 25th January
The quilt group that I belong to had a lovely speaker the other evening. Her name was karen Perry and she works for John James Needles. I learned so much in just a short time about all the different needle types and how they are produced. She gave us all a handy guide which showed actual needle sizes and we were given some complimentary needles. It was so good to go out on a cold, grey evening to such a worthwhile event.

Saturday 21st January
I have been at Just Between Friends today teaching day one of my Scrappy Stars quilt. We were working on these big star blocks. They do involve quite a lot of work but are large so they grow more quickly than some blocks and do look stunning when pieced. Everyone worked so hard today and at times you could almost hear a pin drop, there was no time for talking! (Well just a little) What a lovely selection of fabrics and colours. Here is a block from each student:

Sunday 8th January
Later this month I am teaching my Storm at Sea workshop. I haven't taught it for a while so today I thought that I would revisit the technique and make another sample. It is a very clever block as all the seams and shapes are straight but when it is put together a curved pattern emerges. Here it is in Tula Pink fabric:

Saturday 7th January 2017
Happy New Year Everyone. I hope that you all feel energised and ready for some patchwork projects and sewing. Perhaps you need to finish off some things or perhaps you have a list of things that you would like to make this year. I know that my list is growing at an alarming rate, although I have only got a couple of projects that need finishing. I am teaching my Scrappy Stars class at Just Between Friends in Essex on January 21st so if you have a pile of sraps that you need to use up it is a good project for that. The class can be booked directly with the shop.


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