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Sunday 28th September
Where has the weekend gone? Well .... most of it was spent in the garden. The weather was so good that I couldn't resist being out in the sunshine weeding, raking up leaves, trimming stuff back etc so not one little bit of stitching has been done. However, I do have one of my patterns in the October edition of Popular Patchwork magazine. It is a pattern for two geometric cushions - one uses squares and the other triangles. They are quite masculine cushions. I had fun making these as they are out of my usual comfort zone.


Sunday 21st September

Thought that I would do some book reviews for a change so here is the first:

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers
Lucie is a British quilter who also designs fabric. This book focuses on improvisational quilting and is in two parts. The first part of the book has easy to follow instructions for making blocks while the second part focuses on the quilts. Each quilt has details of the inspiration behind the quilt and then piecing instructions. What I like about this book is the step by step instuctions in photos and the bright cheerful fabrics that are used in each project. 128 pages

Wednesday 17th September
Julie made this quilt on one of my workshops not so long ago. She sells fabric online at www.laughinghedgehog.com so has a huge range to choose from when she sews. I love the use of the understated background strips between all the blue fabrics. Thanks Julie - it is really lovely.

Monday 15th September
Maureen has used my Bumpy Circles pattern to make this lovely quilt. Here is a photo of her finished quilt. She had made it entirely from left over jelly roll strips. Thanks for sharing it with us Maureen.

Sunday 14th September
I am not sure where the weekend has gone - it has flown by! Yesterday I taught a class at Just Between Friends at Buckhurst Hill in Essex. We were working on Swirly Stars - a repeated block using just two fabrics and the background fabric. Everyone completed at least three blocks and some managed a few more. My quilt was was made with very modern geometric fabric so I am always fascinated with the fabric choices that the students make. As you can see here they are all so different:

Carol has all of her Christmas fabrics out at Just Between Friends. I had to buy these two, They are from a range by Makower called Scandi Christmas Hearts. The print on the fabric is directional which won't suit all projects but I think I may make some simple Christmas tree decs. I just need a bit of time!

Thursday 11th September
Tuesday saw me at Fat Quarters Quilt group in Great Missenden teaching a mini workshop in Hawaiian Quilting. Forty ladies beavered away all evening, folding, cutting, tacking and stitching a Hawaiian design by needle turn applique. It was a lovely evening with a super show and tell of some amazing projects in the middle of the evening. Here is some work in progress:

Sunday 7th September
I do love a patchwork magazine and if I had an unlimited income would buy every possible crafty mag going! The August/September edition of Fabrications magazine has a really good pattern in it to make Sunshine bags. They are so simple but so effective.

Saturday 6th September
I have been at Libertys in London today teaching Dresden Plates the easy way. The entire Dresden Plate block can be machine stitched so the blocks do grow quickly. The students had some lovely Rowan fabrics to work with. I also had to sneak in a photo of one of the lovely displays in the classroom - a giant crocheted teddy with some little crocheted animals surrounding it. They are so cute!

Tuesday 26th August
There is a lovely new patchwork and quilting magazine on the market called Quilt Now. It is crammed full of projects both small and large and has a modern, fresh look to it. Issue one has been out for a few weeks with issue two out on the 28th. Issue one had a pin cushion kit with it and there is a freebie with Issue two. You might want to take a look.....

Sunday 24th August
Have been working on my samples for my class at Libertys in London. I am teaching Dresden Plate blocks the easy way.Having a pink day today!

Saturday 23rd August
Just back from holiday. Went to Tenerife for a week of relaxation, sun and nice food and drink. Couldn't escape the patchwork influences in the hotel:

Well ....... it was mostly this:

Thursday 14th August
The Quilter's Guild of the British Isles has a number of focus groups including a traditional group, a miniature group and a comtemporary group. A number of members of the Guild have expressed an interest in establishing a Modern Quilt group. I am hoping to be part of this as I have been making an increasing number of modern type quilts. What is a modern quilt you may ask?

Modern quilting is a rapidly growing movement in the quilting world. The Modern Quilt Guild defines modern quilts as “primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. "Modern traditionalism" or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.”Quilts tend to be functional rather than decorative and can be simple and minimalistic.

The group is going to function initially through a yahoo group and is hoping to have challenges, free patterns etc. If you are interested in being part of this group have a look at mqgb@yahoogroups.com

Wednesday 13th August
While at the Festival of Quilts I bought a stash of fabric. I wasn't really meaning to buy so much but on Thursday I found a Dutch trader who was selling these fabrics and then because I spent all of Thursday evening looking at them I went back on Friday and got some more. I have an appliqued project in mind but I think I may need another 5 or 6 projects to use up all of these!

Tuesday 12th August
I always love taking workshops at the Festival of Quilts because I get to try techniques that are out of my usual comfort zone. One of the workshops I went on was Layered Landscapes with Catherine Lawes. I made this little framed landscape using layers of chiffon, silk, tweed and some big stitching (my sort of hand stitching!) I also went on a workshop with Sue Bouchard from the USA and made a table runner using hexagons with no inserted seams or pivoting. It really was a super easy way of piecing hexagons.


Monday 11th August
I returned from the Festival of Quilts yesterday and have spent most of the day today putting away all my teaching supplies, sorting and looking at the lovely fabric that I just had to buy while I was there. There was so much to see and even though I was there for four days I don't think I saw everything. The quilts were stunning. I just loved the three dimensional clock and also the championship quilt. I also really enjoyed looking at the graduate showcase and always really hope that the students go on to get careers in textile/design fields.

One of the workshops that I taught at the Festival was 'Triple Triangles'. Everyone worked so hard during this evening class to stitch their blocks. It was great to see all the different fabric combinations. Here is some of the work in progress:


Sunday 10th August
I have just received this photo from Wendy of her quilt 'Bali Circles'. Wendy attended this workshop with me at the Festival of Quilts in 2012 and has finished her quilt. I always wonder if students get their quilts completed after the workshops so it was great to receive Wendy's photo and see that she has gone on to get it put together and quilted. She has used lots of blue and purple Bali prints to create a super quilt. Thanks for the photo Wendy. Well done!


Friday 1st August
Well the Festival of Quilts is getting closer and I have been working hard to get my classes ready that I am teaching. I have been busy making samples and also putting together packs of materials for the students to use. One of the classes that I am teaching is fabric brooches so I have made more brooches.....


Tuesday 29th July
Pam has e-mailed a picture of her completed quilt that she made with me earlier in the year at "Just Between Friends". She has made it for her neice in Australia. It really is lovely with all the bright fabrics. I am sure that your neice will love it Pam!


Monday 21st July

After looking at the fabric that I bought in March for ages I have finally started to stitch some blocks. As the fabric is quite geometric I have kept the blocks fairly simple and am making some star designs. This is my first one:

Friday 18th July
My little pile of pin cushions is growing...

Sunday 6th July
Annette has just e-mailed me a photo of her Bumpy Circles quilt which she has just finished after our workshop early in June. I can't believe that she has finished it so quickly. I don't think that you can have slept much in June Annette! Isn't it lovely with all those purple fabrics? Thank you.

Wednesday 2nd July
In this month's Popular Patchwork magazine there is another one of my patterns. This is for an activity bag for a child. It would make a good gift for a child and could be filled with books, pencils, paper etc.. Take a look.

 

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