Bee-friendly Courthouse Steps Tutorial

I love being (beeing, geddit?) part of an online quilting bee. It’s so lovely to sew for others and have them make blocks for you. Not to mention, you get access to a whole new range of fabrics that aren’t in your stash. The only fly in the ointment is the understandable and pretty much unavoidable inconsistency in block size that comes from even the tiniest person-to-person variation in seam allowance. It is my turn in Bee a Brit Stingy this month (hello, ladies!), and just to make things difficult for myself and/or everyone else I have decided on courthouse steps blocks, with a (hopefully) accuracy-ensuring method. So here you go – a bee-friendly 12.5” (unfinished) courthouse [Read more...]

Blogger’s quilt festival – Original design

Hello and welcome, especially if you are visiting from the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I'll put the kettle on. Everyone else can make your own - you're family. I've decided to enter my Migration quilt into the Original Design category. The blocks for this quilt were made to my rather persnickerty requirements by my wonderful friends in Bee a Brit Stingy. I really love the cohesive scrappiness that comes from having a fairly strict colour scheme but no other control over the fabrics used. I tried not to obsess too much over the placement of the blocks and just aimed for a balance of values across the top, and I am so glad I did. I can waste DAYS faddling about moving blocks around, and [Read more...]

Quilt brewing

No, that's nothing to do with beer (although I wouldn't say no). It's more about the way things seem to grow in my brain. Little idea bubbles coming to a head in the form of crappy pencil sketch. Then the stash raiding and cutting fabric into tiny little shreds. Followed by something that kind of resembles the thing in my head. Or at least it will after I've done an awful lot more to it.

Bloody hell, a finished quilt!

My Migration quilt is finished! I'm so pleased with how it turned out and it didn't take long at all. Of course, that's what happens when the world's best bee mates make most of the blocks. I'm really liking this bee thing. I whacked the blocks up on the design wall fairly randomly without thinking about it too much and tried to minimise the faddling about with rearranging that normally lasts at least a week. I'm really glad I did - over thinking these things can take a lot of the fun out of the process for me. As it was, I had this arranged, sewn together and quilted in about six hours. The binding took the rest of the evening (I just can't not hand finish a binding - it's a slight [Read more...]

Small beginnings

I've been following Kristy's blog for a while (she of the amazing David Tennant pixellated masterpiece), and have really enjoyed reading about her early quilts. So in the spirit of shameless copying, I present several of mine:1. First ever quilt. This teeny thing (i.e. too small to be of any use at all) was made in 2001, back when the only teach-yourself-to-quilt resources were depressingly old-fashioned books from the library. On the plus side, the piecing is pretty good (those logs finish at 3/4") and it's hand quilted. On the negative side, the polyester batting makes me want to cry. The kids love it though (in a that-was-the-first-blanket-you-made-me kind of way), so it can't be all [Read more...]

I’ve hit on the magic formula for getting stuff done

There are several requirements:1. A cottage in the middle of nowhere.2. Like-minded sewing friends.3. No internet connection.4. Pretty much no telephone connection.5. No kids/dogs/husbands.6. A ridiculous amount of giggling.This magic combination enabled me to finally finish the Denyse Schmidt scappytripalong (initial shame quotient 5/10). That, and a skill swap where Kelly quilted the bugger for me and I helped to piece her triangle quilt. It's been through the wash now and I have to say that it is growing on me a little. The husband really likes it, so that's nice. In fact, he just this minute said "I love this quilt - it's kind of old school". So there you go - I speak only the [Read more...]