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Saturday 30th December
I have been working away on a project for a magazine with these lovely fabrics from Michael Miller:

There is quite a mix of purples, blues and gold colours. Here is just a tiny sneaky peek of work in progress:

Sunday 24th December

As Christmas Day is nearly upon us I wanted to wish you all a restful Christmas period shared with family and friends. Perhaps you will have a little time for some sewing over the next few days or perhaps you may just want to put the projects away and concentrate on other things? Whatever you decide have a Merry Christmas.

Thursday 21st December
I do get asked quite often when I am teaching the course to make the quilt "A Taste of the Orient"? This quilt contains lots of Japanese type blocks and uses techniques such as piecing, applique and foundation piecing. I am teaching this in February over a residential weekend at the Crowne Plaza Hotel close to Gatwick Airport. This is for Anglia Leisure Learning. If you would like further details they can be found at Come and join us and enjoy a weekend with like minded people; stitching and being looked after with all your meals, refreshments and accomodation included.

Sunday 17th December
I live not far from Hettford in Hertfordshire and the it has been fun to see that all the post boxes in the town have been yarn bombed. I think that there are 25 post boxes and each has something knitted in a Christmas related theme added to the top of the post box. Here is the post box outside the post office:

This is one I spied on the street:

The one outside the fire station is brilliant with knitted firefighters surrounding a Christmas pudding. The yarn bombing has been done to raise funds for the Isabel Hospice and I think to date £4000 has been raised. Here is the link to the local paper where you can see all the others:

Sunday 10th December
Snow has finally found its way to the South East. Woke up to some lovely snowy views. This is the view about 300m from the house:

Good time to stay inside and sew I think.

Saturday 9th December
I have a quilt in this month's issue of Popular Patchwork magazine. It is called Clementine and is a smallish pieced quilt. I have used these fabrics twice now - firstly for a duffle type bag in my book "Simply Modern Patchwork Bags" and now in this project. I just love them as they are so bright and citrusy. Sadly there will be no more projects in this fabric range as my stash is exhausted!

Sunday 26th November
It is so cold! I am not a fan of the cold - I much prefer the heat and sunshine but did get warm with some frantic leaf raking and collecting in the garden. Just the right time of the year for stitching. I now don't have any more classes to teach until the new year so can spend some time making. Yeah! Here is a sneaky peek of a project for a magazine:

Saturday 18th November
Guess what I am making? Lots of wedges to make fan blocks. Lovely fabric - Crystal Farm by Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket Quilts.

Friday 17th November
Christmas is creeping up on us! If you fancy making some quick hand made gifts for Christmas there are 25 patterns in this month's Popular Patchwork magazine which I think is really good value for the price. There are a variety of projects from tree decs to gingerbread garlands to fabric gift wrap etc. I have three patterns featured - some notebook covers, bottle bags and patchwork pouches:

Sunday 12th November
Joy has finished her Scrappy Stars quilt which she has machine pieced. This is Joy's first large quilt made on the machine and totally machine quilted. (She is usually a hand stitcher!) This quilt is going to Australia for her daughter. It was quite tricky to photograph as it was so large but look at the close up of the star with the doggy fabric. Isn't it so cute? Well done Joy - your daughter is very lucky. I can't wait to see what you make next!

Saturday 11th November
Back to Just Between Friends quilt shop to teach another class. This time it was a Christmas class. We were making a little Christmas tree wall hanging featuring nine little appliqued trees which then will be embellished with buttons. Lots of work in progress whic is looking great!

Sunday 5th November
On the last page of every Sewing World magazine they feature a Stitch Story from a designer, teacher or sewer. The story tells that person's sewing journey. Well this month it was my turn! When originally I was asked I thought that I would really struggle but once I got started I couldn't stop! There are some lovely projects in the magazine so take a look.

Saturday 4th November
Caroline's quilt from an earlier course is now finished. I love the contrast in fabrics between the light and dark - it looks so effective. Caroline has put a fleece backing on her quilt so I am sure that it will be very snuggly during those cold winter nights! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Sunday 29th October
I have just seen this morning that my book "Simply Modern Patchwork Bags" has been reduced on Amazon. It usually sells for £9.99 but today is £7.23. Head over there to bag a bargain or purchase an early Christmas present!

Saturday 28th October
I have been at Just Between Friends in Essex today teaching my Bumpy Circles quilt. This design is really interconnecting octogons and is a simple repeating block but looks very effective when stitched together. Everyone worked with a different fabric range and we had fabric in jewel tones, pastels, modern, Tilda blues, bright retro, Christmas and lots inbetween. Here are some photos of work in progress:

Wednesday 25th October
Here is another finished quilt. This was made by Tansy in my Flower Market class at the Festival of Quilts. Tansy has used fabrics from the Alison Glass collection and they have really come together well creating a vibrant quilt. It is a lovely quilt - many thanks for sharing it with us Tansy.

Sunday 22nd October
I have a project in Popular Patchwork magazine this month. It is a Winterberry quilt in delicate shades of wintery green with a touch of pinky/red. It is one of those projects where you stitch lots of strips and then recut to make the blocks. I am looking forward to throwing this quilt over the back of the sofa as the nights draw in and using it to snuggle under on cold nights! Take a look at the magazine - it is in shops now.

Saturday 21st October
Today I have been teaching at Liberty's Department Store in London. I always love going there as there are so many lovely things to look at in the shop. The sewing school is held in the Heritage Suite and on the window sill was a lovely display of Kaffe Fassett fabrics and books:

In one corner of the room was this chair covered in a beautiful grey Liberty print:

We were working on positive and negative pinwheel blocks to make a small quilt. The students were working with Rowan fabrics in a blue/green colourway which were looking really effective. All in all it was a very productive day so I hope that everyone manages to get their project finished. Thank you for all working so hard.

Saturday 14th October
I have a project in Patchwork and Quilting magazine this month and it has made it to the front cover! It is called Floral Splendour and is made in the Botanica range of fabrics from Makower. The quilt is machine pieced and quilted. Check it out!

Friday 13th October
Christine has finished her quilt that she started with me in August. Lovely soft colour choices and beautifully stitched. Thanks Christine for sharing it with us.

Sunday 8th October
I love anything that has a retro look about it from stationery to crockery to furniture. It was great then to see these fabrics from Andover for Makower called Modern Retro. I love the combination of designs and the colour palette. I think my favourite is the leaf design on the lime background. If you go to the Makower website there is a free pattern to download by Lynne Goldsworthy which really showcases the fabrics.

Sunday 1st October
I have been beavering away on a couple of projects for magazines. There is nothing like a deadline to focus your sewing! Here is a little peek at one of the projects:

Sunday 24th September
Where would we be without those blenders? Bought this a couple of weeks ago with no project in mind. Has a linen effect but with a spot. Can't wait to use it.

Friday 22nd September
In this month's Sewing World magazine I have a project featured. It is a set of six patchwork coasters. Each coaster is made from a different patchwork technique from triangles to squares to log cabin etc. They were fun to make and a bit out of my comfort zone as they are so small! They have been photographed beautifully:

Sunday 17th September
I have this lovely bundle of fabrics which have a linen look to them in shades of blue and grey. I bought them at the Festival of Quilts in the summer from Higgs and Higgs. Not quite sure what to make with them yet but perhaps some cushions?

Saturday 16th September
I taught a mini workshop at Fat Quarters Quilt group in Missenden this week and we worked on Italian corded quilting. This style of quilting involves inserting cord or yarn into stitched parallel channels. The result is a lovely raised design. A bit tricky to see the raised bit from the photo!

Here is some of the work in progress from the reverse where the brightly coloured yarn will show through and then another sample from the front:

Wednesday 13th September.
Judy's quilt just keeps growing. Back in June she completed the triangles in the centre in one of my workshops but as she wanted to make the quilt larger she has added some plain borders and some more triangles. I think you secretly love triangles Judy!

Sunday 10th September
I have a project in Popular Patchwork magazine this month. It is a quilt called Forest Stars and features stars with little pinwheels in their centres and stars with a lovely tree fabric in their centres. The quilt made it to the front cover! It is made in Birdsong fabrics from Dashwood and the stars contrast really nicely with the soft grey background.

Saturday 9th September

Today I have been teaching my "Stars in the Cabin" class at Just Between Friends in Buckhurst Hill. This is the project that we were working on:

We started with this:

and ended up with these:

Friday 1st September
Wow another month has gone by already - where is the year going? Here is a photo of a quilt made by Linda. Linda came on my Flower Market quilt class at the Festival of Quilts and went home and finished her quilt! I think that she had it completed in under two weeks so I am not sure that she has slept at all. Linda used fabrics with fruit or vege prints on them which have worked well. Many thanks Linda for sharing it with us - it is really striking.


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