There’s something lurking in the woodshed

Having alluded to the WIPs of shame in an earlier post, I thought I should have a good old rummage and get everything out in the open for all to see. I am slightly scared at the prospect, so let's take it slowly.1. Meadow quilt. No progress since the last report. This one hasn't been lurking for very long at all. Shame quotient 2/10.2. Migration quilt. My lovely bee mates have sent me beautiful blocks and I really need to get off my arse and do something with them. Shamequotient 1/10 (they've only just all arrived).3. Kids pjs. I bought the flannel in October. They keep asking when they will be ready. Endlessly. Shame quotient 9/10.4. Yarn for some hats. These were meant to be Christmas [Read more...]


Do you have weeks where you are doing so much sewing that there is no time to blog about it? That's what happened to me last week, and I blame Lizzy House. Seriously. She is a terrible influence.and this is my hair *after* it's been brushedFor my birthday, I treated myself to her Meadow quilt workshop at the Village Haberdashery. When the builders are finished (HAHAHAHAHAAAAA!) we will be moving into a new bedroom with a totally new colour scheme, and our old quilt won't look right (and I wanted an excuse to make a new one). The Meadow as designed has 20 blocks and finishes at 72 x 84", clearly not big enough for our massive-enough-to-hold-a-giant-American king-size bed. There was [Read more...]

Some tiny things

First off, it's my birthday today and I was lucky enough to be gifted this spectacular earworm by my friend Sally. It seemed only fair to share it with you all, so make sure to click through to see the marvellousness of the 1980s video. You're welcome.In other news, I've made a couple of tiny things lately, including an ATC (artist trading card) for the second round of the Very Berry Handmade ATC swap. The theme was autumn, which to me means stomping about in giant piles of fallen leaves. That being a little difficult to represent on a 2.5 x 3.5" canvas, I went with the process of leaf falling instead. The tree was machine stitched freehand and fused the leaves on afterwards with super [Read more...]

Migration – a bee block

November is my month in the Stingy Bee, and I seem to have gone a little bit goose crazy.This 16” square block is made of three sizes of flying geese (1 x 2”, 2 x 4”, and 4 x 8” finished). Use the stitch-and-flip method to make four of the tiny geese, 19 medium geese and three large geese (and an extra reverse goose as a siggy block). And look, I’m getting all scientific and technical with my cutting instructions:I’d love the background fabrics to be as scrappy as possible (but each goose to have only one background, please), with shades of grey and white (solids, prints or subtle batiks), but no cream/ivory. The geese can be solids or prints (and batiks in moderation) in shades of lime, [Read more...]

Bloggers’ Quilt Festival

Hello and welcome! Glad to see you! I'll put the kettle on. Chocolate cake ok?It's time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival again, and I am entering Juicy Fruit into the two-colour quilt category. Sorry if you've seen it before, but I think it's really pretty so I hope you will forgive me.This quilt was a real labour of love. The central panel is made entirely from 3" and 1.5" half square triangles. I slapped them up on the design wall without thinking about how they would have to be stitched together, with the result that there were approximately eleventy billion partial seams to negotiate. I made a gif of it being sewn together. What this doesn't show is how much swearing was involved.Then I [Read more...]


I realise that I am starting to sound like a stuck record (blah blah blah work, blah blah blah kids, blah blah blah dog) but I genuinely have had very little time to sew lately, and it's starting to get annoying. The enormous pile of things-that-must-be-made-in-order-to-avoid-nervous-breakdown is just not getting any smaller.I did have a couple of hours the other afternoon for some hand-stitching in front of the telly, which felt so decadent. I'm working on an Oakshott project for Lynne that should have been finished ages ago. Luckily she is very lovely and patient (and beautiful and clever and hilarious and not at all distracted by flattery) so I am hoping she will forgive my [Read more...]

Bad blogger, BAD blogger!

I finished this ages ago and completely forgot to show you. I really like the way it turned out and am thinking about using this idea again but making it much bigger. This one is really, really teeny. Baby sized, in fact, and there sure as hell aren't going to be any more of those around here any time soon.It's backed in the ubiquitous Ikea Nummer fabric, and machine quilted in a diamond pattern with extra stitching around each dark hexagon.The London MQG has partnered with the Octavia Appeal to donate quilts to the Royal Brompton Hospital paediatric ICU, so this little one will be heading off there soon and where it will hopefully bring some comfort.

Juicy fruit

I am so glad to have this little number finished. It makes me ridiculously happy with all its glowy, shiny gloriousness. It's machine quilted with miraculous size 16 perle cotton. Miraculous because it works perfectly for both the top and bobbin thread in my Janome. I had wanted to hand quilt this baby, but chickened out because of the ridiculous seam situation I would have to deal with. This thread meant that I could get the chunky stitch look without making holes in my fingers. Excellent. I drew around three different sized plates to make the circles and then used a walking foot and five colours of thread for the stitching. I love the way that all the colours can be seen on the [Read more...]