I've been brewing up some ideas for the Brit Quilt Swap. At first I thought cathedral windows, but then I decided I didn't like the finish (not that quilty and no binding) so have settled on an orange peel pattern instead. The effect is similar, but has the advantage of using more feature fabrics. That means extra rainbowy goodness.'s just slapped on the design wall right now, which explains the wonkinessThere's a little bit of needle turn applique involved, but I don't mind too much. I say that now, but ask me again when it's finished.I'm looking forward to getting my stitch on this weekend.

Kaleidoscope Crush

I've met some lovely people through the London Modern Quilt Guild. It's incredible how quickly you can bond with people when you have something in common. Even though the group has been going for just seven months I have made some fantastic friends. Pennie has tried to steal my innocent crush mini on several occasions, which is hilarious (and pretty flattering). Last week she asked me if I could make her a little quilt with a jelly roll that she had managed to find on Etsy. It's funny, because before she asked me I had spent a couple of weeks unsuccessfully trying to find a layer cake so that I could surprise her with a leeetle something.The love emblem pattern needs bigger pieces than [Read more...]

An impossible task

Taking a photo of this quilt in its entirety, that is. This is the best I can do, although to be fair all you are really missing is a good view of the mahoosiveness. The wonderful thing about this pattern is that you don't lose any of the actual design in the bits that hang over the edge of the bed. That Aneela is a genius!just so you get some idea of scale, those are *my* feet, not one of the kidsI am so happy with how this turned out. I spent literally every waking hour this weekend stitching - my hands ache in an "I achieved something" kind of way. It feels good. Now if only I had some scaffolding or something that I could hang the bugger off I would show you the quilting from the [Read more...]


When I decided to make a quilt this big I knew that I would have to hand quilt it, which was a slightly worrying thought. Sometimes, though, a massive amount of hand stitching is exactly what the doctor ordered. I need something to keep me busy right now, something that doesn't require too much thinking. I've quilted all the way around all of the dresdens and have started on the background, with lines radiating from each point. There are 46 of them. This is a long-term therapy.And I am getting a pretty impressive quilter's callous. Sexy.

This could take a while

After the craziness that was the last week I finally found some time yesterday to finish the fifth ring for my Bloom and baste them all onto the background. I went with grey for the outer ring in the end, so my plans for a light grey background got changed to pale blue. I'm slightly freaked out that it isn't white, but I'm trying to get over it. It took pretty much the whole evening (about 5 hours) to applique the first ring, and I started on the second one (red/orange) this morning. I am usually really crap about using the correct needle - I use size 9 sharps for pretty much everything - but actually invested in some proper applique needles for this. And WOW, what a difference! They [Read more...]

Muscle memory

I was tidying the living room the other day (trust me, it doesn't happen very often) and rediscovered the giant granny square blanket that I started making about two years ago. I'm not sure why it got forgotten, but it has been sitting in a basket under the coffee table for a very long time. There was no way, I thought, that I would be able to pick it up and carry on without going back and relearning how to crochet. Surely a two-year hiatus would have erased my extremely limited crochet skills. I was amazed, and a bit relieved, that my hands remembered what to do, even if my brain didn't. That kind of thing fascinates me.It's about 34 inches square at the moment, and I think I have enough [Read more...]

A little grubby, but alive

Well, as expected, it rained for quite a lot of our trip. Luckily we had enough clothes with us, and the wood-burning stove did a fantastic job of drying the coats and wellies. The kids had a great time helping out with the farm animals and really enjoyed having the freedom to disappear for hours on end, in spite of the weather. That was the main reason for going, to be honest. I wanted them to be able to come and go as they pleased - it's not something that they have the opportunity to do when we are at home. On the last night there was a massive gale and a tree came down in the forest about 50 yards away from our tent. That was pretty scary, and in retrospect we were a bit bonkers for [Read more...]

Inspired by Klee

The London Modern Quilt Guild challenge for this month is to use solids to make something inspired by abstract art. I love a challenge and coincidentally really like to avoid work whenever possible, so this was a match made in heaven.I love Paul Klee's work, none of which is a quilt, but really could be. After revisiting my shot cottons quilt last week it occurred to me that these fabrics have a really nice painterly quality that would work well here. So, armed with a bit of graph paper, I sketched out a design based on this painting and got to work.There were a whole load of partial seams to sort out, but it came together really nicely. I quilted it in a grid of [Read more...]

Bloggers’ Quilt Festival

Hello! If you are visiting from the Blogger's Quilt Festival, then welcome. I'll put the kettle on. I'd like to share this quilt that I made last year. It was my first foray into improv piecing, with all the bits cut without a ruler, put into bags in colour groups and sewn together randomly. I made a whole load of different sized blocks and put them together like a jigsaw puzzle. The fabrics are Oakshotts, from the wonderful ColourBox. I must admit, it took me a while to get the nerve to cut into them - they are almost too gorgeous to disturb. The original idea had been to hang this on the wall, but in the end I prefer to have it lying around to snuggle under. It's the kind of quilt that [Read more...]

Stop me before I use white again

I've finished the four rings of petals for the lovely Bloom quilt, and I am so in love. These were seriously addictive to make, and came together really easily (once I remembered to use my 1/4 inch foot, idiot that I am). I've used a mix of Denyse Schmidt fabrics with Flea Market Fancy, Hope Valley, Sugar Creek, Aunt Edna, Daisy Mae and even some Katie Jump Rope. Did I mention that I love it?it's 40 inches across!Now on to background choices. Because this is for my (king size) bed I am thinking that a sheet is the way to go, rather than breaking the bank with quilting cottons. Maybe in a really pale grey or blue. I'm really going to try to avoid using my usual white. I fancy a [Read more...]