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Tuesday 30th December
Many, many years ago I bought a book "The Complete Book of Patchwork and Quilting" by Linda Seward. It has been a well used book over the years as it covered every possible patchwork and quilting technique. As a teacher I would often dip into it to check whether the techniques I was teaching in my classes were as they should be. I believe this book sold over a quarter of a million copies over the years. It was so good therefore to see that Linda has written another book in a similiar format "The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting" which covers many of the more modern/art techniques such as surface design, embellishing, applique, finishing, quilting as well as patchwork. It was even better that I got it for Christmas (it did need a lot of hints though!) I am enjoying dipping in and out of it and am sure that it will be super useful in the years to come.

Wednesday 16th December
Christmas is getting closer and I am so looking forward to having some more time for sewing and relaxing. I have a number of projects lined up to keep me busy for some time over the festive season. Hopefully I will get to do them! I hope that you all have a Merry Christmas and in the quieter moments get some stitching time as well.

Thursday 11th December
Gaynor has just sent me these photos. Earlier in the year I taught a class at Ferrers Quilters in South Woodham Ferrers in Essex. It was a two day class with lots of homework in between. Gaynor has finished her quilt - it has a really lovely colourway with the striking use of teal fabric which works so well with the other fabrics. Thank you Gaynor for sharing it with us and well done.

Sunday 30th November
Where is the time going? I can't believe that it is December tomorrow - I have so many patchwork projects to finish! I do not have any more workshops to teach now until January so can really get carried away with the sewing ..... I have been making these little owl pin cushions. The design still needs refining a bit more but I am almost there now.

Saturday 22nd November
I have been teaching today at Patchwork Corner in Hemel Hempstead. This is day one of the Simple Pleasures quilt and is a full on day of machine applique. I think machine applique is one of my favourite techniques. I love the way that pictures are built up and that designs can be customised to suit. Here is some work in progress:

Julie spent the day working on appliqued designs from the Hatched and Patched book. I just love those blue jeans!


Sunday 9th November
I have been beavering away on my quilt and have got it together now ready to quilt. Here it is under the machine with a little bit of quilting completed. I am so into this straight line quilting at the moment!

Sunday 2nd November
Where has the day gone? I should have been doing lots of stuff around the house and in the garden but decided that I really had to sew. I have been working on my little elephant quilt. Here is work in progress...

Wednesday 29th October
I have been out and about today and stopped in at Lady Sew and Sew in Henley on Thames. They have sooooooo much fabric. I don't think you could ever go there and not find a fabric that you absolutely must have. I fell in love with this bundle of fat quarters from Dashwood Studio. They are georgeous. I just now need to think of something to make with them. They also stock every kind of wadding at a good price so I had to stock up on that as well!

Monday 27th October
I haven't been able to share much of my sewing lately as I have been making projects for magazines, however I have been busy today and have started another quilt. The inspiration for this came from a card with elephants on it. I then drew an elephant template and have appliqued some elephants onto white fabric. I know the hearts are upside down on the elephants but it is quirky! I have made a start - the elephants need embellishing now!

Friday 24th October
I think that I may have mentioned how much I love a magazine! I have 'Patchwork and Quilting' magazine on subscription and look forward to it arriving through my letter box each month. The November issue has a super quilt in red, white and black to make. I love the contrast between the light and dark fabrics. It looks like the sort of quilt that would grow quickly, which is always a good thing in my book. One of the competitions in the magazine has a prize of £350 worth of Aurifil threads. These are my favourite threads. Someone is going to be very lucky so you may want to grab a mag!

Sunday 19th October
Yesterday saw me back at Just Between Friends in Essex for a very busy class. The class was full so everyone 'put the world to right' over the course of the day! It always amazes me at the very varied topics of conversation in a class over the course of six hours. We did do quite a lot of stitching and were working on an appliqued quilt called 'Up in the Tree'. This was a little quilt where lots of creatures such as birds and owls etc were perched in a giant tree. Everyone was super busy.

Thursday 9th October
And review.... "Where Woman Create - Quilters - Their Quilts, Their Studios, Their Stories" by Jo Packham
I wasn't really sure what I was getting when I purchased this book. I do love to see where people sew and it is always interesting to read quilters' stories. This book interviews twenty quilt artists, shows some of their work and gives you a glimpse into their working spaces, many of which are over styled and couldn't possibly stay that neat and tidy! Alongside this is access to an online bank of 80 patterns which the designers have contributed to. I think it is a book I will dip in and out of.


Sunday 5th October
The quilt group that I belong to is making a charity quilt so I was given 2 little bags of fabric strips and some foundation templates to make my blocks. There were eight in total to stitch but they went together really quickly. It was so good not to have to match anything - my kind of sewing!!!

I think that the quilt will look really stunning when put together - can't wait to see it finished.

Thursday 2nd October
Another snippet of a book review - Quilting With A Modern Slant by Rachel May
In this book seventy quilt artists are featured. Each quilts with a modern slant to their work. There is a little bio about each quilter and then at least one photo of their work. Interspersed between these are some sections about the techniques needed to make a quilt. This book is more about the inspiration than the how, but interesting to see the variety of quilts.


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