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Saturday 24th December
I will be taking a break from the blog over the festive season but will be back in the new year. I hope that you all have a relaxing Christmas break and manage to get some time for stitching. If you finish any projects over the break don't forget to send me a photo - I love to see finished work! Thank you to everyone who has been on one of my workshops or bought my book or purchased a magazine with one of my patterns in over the past year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Sunday 18th December

Where are the days going? Popped over to Patchwork Corner in Hemel Hempstead yesterday. They have a sale on at present. Lots of fabric for £4 and £7 per metre and 10% off everything else in the shop. Got some lovely fabric for quilt backing. (Now just need the quilt fronts!) I have a project in Quilt Now magazine this month. It is a pinwheel quilt with positive and negative pinwheels. Unfortunately they have left off my name on the pattern so it is uncredited but it was definitely made by me!

Sunday 11th December
Another finish from Caroline from an earlier class. She has been working really hard to get her projects completed. Here is her Kisses quilt - beautifully quilted. I love the use of the jewel coloured fabrics on the dark grey background. This is so bright and vibrant. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Thursday 8th December
Thought that you might like to see a picture of the quilt pattern that I have in this month's edition of Sewing World magazine. It really is such an easy pattern and a good one if you need to make a quick quilt.

There is also a very good article in the magazine on sewing needles and which ones to use for which project. Something I am never quite sure about.

Sunday 4th December
Thought that I would share with you a sneaky peak of something that I am working on at the moment. Well, sort of working on as I seem to be very distracted by lots of other things around me at the moment and it is not coming on very quickly:

Friday 2nd December
Caroline started this quilt quite some time ago on one of my Dresden plate classes. She has used a really soft range of floral fabrics which have been complimented by some cross hatch quilting. I especially love the border with the row of folded patchwork triangles - a lovely way to finish the quilt. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Saturday 26th November
The December issue of Popular Patchwork magazine features a Christmas Wreath that I have made. It really is like no other wreath! I have used bright modern fabrics - lots of peppermint, pink and red. I really don't have a need for the wreath so I thought that as it is getting close to Christmas I would give it away to someone who reads the blog (UK only). If you would like to be in with a chance for this free giveaway just email and tell me why you would like the wreath. I will choose a recipient on December 5th.

Wednesday 23rd November
Pam has also finished her quilt and has had it long arm quilted by Marion at Dragonfly Quilting. Marion has custom quilted it in a lovely variagated thread. The colours work really well, it is beautifully stitched and the quilting just finishes it nicely. I hope that you enjoy your quilt Pam - Well done!

Sunday 20th November
Here is a photo of Christine's Seasonal Sampler quilt. I hadn't seen it pieced together until last weekend. Christine made a smaller quilt and used a lovely blue background fabric which has really made the red, yellow, orange and lime green fabric stand out. Thank you - it really is stunning.

Saturday 19th November
Monday found me teaching a mini workshop at Bedfordshire Quilters in Luton. We were working on foundation piecing small Japanese Kimono figures. Foundation piecing is a great technique for accuracy when using small pieces of fabric but is not a quick process. This is what we were working on

and here is some work in progress with some lovely fabric:

Wednesday 16th November
It is always lovely when students go home and finish their projects and you get to see the finished results. Pam and Alison finished their bags the next day and have sent these photos:

Can you believe that this was Alison's first patchwork class? well done to both of you.

Saturday 12th November
Today I have been to Gainsborough Quilters in West Ham to teach a bag making class. We have been making the Summer Time Bucket Bag from my my book "Simply Modern Patchwork Bags". Everyone worked so hard all day and most bags were almost completed by the end of the day. Such a lovely range of fabric combinations were being used. Most bags just need their handles to be attached. Thank you ladies. Hope you enjoyed your day:

Thursday 3rd November
The November edition of Sewing World Magazine features one of my patterns. It is a pattern for a festive hotwater bottle cover. The fabric is not the usual Christmas type fabric as you can see and it was fun to make a project that was small and not a quilt for a change.

The Christmas Gnome on the cover is very cute and the pattern for this doesn't look too difficult so if you fancy getting organised for Christmas, the patterns for this and several other gift type projects are in the mag.

Tuesday 1st November
Judy attended one of my classes back in September but instead of making a quilt she decided to make her blocks in Christmas fabric and make a table runner. Here is a photo of her lovely runner and as a bonus she is now all ready for Christmas! Well done Judy.

Sunday 30th October
It has been a bit quiet on here over the last couple of weeks as I have been away and have just returned from five days in New York. My feet are still aching from all of the walking but it really is a great city to walk around and we saw so much! New York is truly a city that never sleeps so here is a shot of the sky line at night:

First stop was the 9/11 memorial and museum. In the museum there is a quilt which was made by four women from Pensylvania to honour all those who lost their lives. The quilt is in six sections and contains most of the names of the victims as well as images of the twin towers. A wonderful quilt that speaks volumes.

A visit to the Museum of Modern Art didn't reveal any textile work but I did love this painting and can imagine it as a squiggle quilt:

I love Barnes and Noble book stores which are throughout the States and a quick visit to the store in Union Square saw me leave with some nice US patchwork and quilting magazines featuring modern projects. I also spied my book on a shelf in the craft section next to Kaffe Fassett's latest book so had to take a book selfie!

Also managed to squeeze in a visit to the shop "City Quilter" which has been in New York for years. Sadly the shop was closing for good the very next day as the owners were retiring and hadn't managed to find a buyer. I came away with some fabric showcasing the New York sky line so will have to incorporate this into a project. Despite closing down they still had lots of fabric:

Sunday 16th October
I have been working small and by hand which is quite an achievemnet for me as I love my machine and big projects. These little squares are 1" each in size. I have used some embroidery stitches, buttons, beads, ribbon, cord, rick rack etc to create my little collage.

Saturday 15th October
Today I have been at Just Between Friends Quilt Shop teaching my Springtime cushion workshop. We have been making 3D flowers from spiralled fabric which will be used to create jugs of blooms. Here are some photos of work in progress:

Tuesday 4th October
There is something very appealing about a maple leaf block. I think that it is to do with its simplicity and solid use of one colour fabric. I have just made a maple leaf block for my quilt group for a group quilt. The blocks should look really good together in Autumn colours.

Sunday 2nd October
Today has been all about pin cushions. I am making some more of these vintage 3D flower type with variations. I have a tiny tiny stash of 1930s reproduction prints - just enough for a pin cushion or two. This is the first....

Sunday 25th September
Here are some of the blocks from the class taught yesterday as work in progress. Every student worked in a different colour way. These blocks are a bit tricky but once you have nailed the first one the others follow pretty quickly. Looking forward to seeing the finished quilts ladies!

Saturday 24th September
I have been teaching at "Just Between Friends" in Essex today. I have been teaching my Kisses quilt class again which was oversubscribed last time. Marion who attended the last class brought back her quilt to show us all. She has used a lovely bright fabric range coupled with a linen type background fabric. Isn't it just lovely? Thanks Marion for sharing it with us.

Sunday 19th September
I do love a patchwork book and have just purchased this one "Scrap Patchwork Traditionally Modern Quilts" by Sandra Clemons. The book contains 13 patterns for scrap quilts where traditional designs are coupled with modern fabrics and layouts. What I really enjoyed about the book was the very comprehensive section on organising scraps and stash fabrics. I really must try harder to organise my fabrics!

Friday 17th September
I have just subscribed to this magazine - "Simply Moderne". It is produced by the same company who produce Quilt Mania magazine. This is the 6th edition. It really is a lovely magazine with beautiful photography on nice quality paper. It has 130 pages, 11 patterns and several really good features. This edition looks at the Sydney quilt show, has interviews with 4 well known quilters and designers and a feature on the Riley Blake fabric company. It is quite pricey at £11.99 and not that easy to buy off the shelf in the shop so we shall see how it goes.

Sunday 11th September
I have a thing about pin cushions at the moment and seem to be making all sorts of different ones. They make such great gifts. I purchased some linen fabric at the Festival of Quilts and combined it with some pink and green fabric scraps to make this one. Here it is and also the instructions if you fancy making one:

You will need 6 (1 3/4") squares of pink and green fabrics, 1 piece of linen (4 1/4" x 5 1/2"), 1 piece of linen (4 1/4" x 8 1/2"), rick rack, stuffing and a button.
Stitch the squares together and then stitch to the smaller piece of linen.
Top stitch the rick rack across the seam line between the squares and the linen.
With right sides together pin this section to the larger piece of linen, stitch around the edge. Leave a 2" opening for turning. Clip the corners.
Turn through. Stuff. Slip stitch closed the opening. Add a button to one corner stitching through all layers and stuffing.

Saturday 10th September
I have been having a look around at some of the on-line fabric shops and there are some offers around which I thought you might like to know about:

Lady Sew and Sew - A big range of blender fabrics in their clearance for £6 - £7 per metre.
Cotton Patch - Sizzix Big Shot reduced and also several patchwork and quilting books.
Simply Solids - A range of clearance fat quarters at £2.11 each.
Laughing Hedgehog - There are a number of sale fabrics at £3.73 per half metre but what really caught my eye was a recently arrived new range of fabrics "Autumn Elegance" which have a metallic look to them. They are gorgeous and in every Autumn shade that you could imagine!

Sunday 4th September
Where is the year going? I can't believe that we are in September already. I had a really nice surprise this week. When I checked on Amazon I found that my book had gone to number 1 on the best seller list in patchwork and quilting books. Had to take a screen shot:



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