And the winner is…

August 8th, 2016 | Patchwork and quilting | No Comments

Header 420wIt was so much fun to read all your lovely comments, some from old friends and lots from new to me ‘Splenderettes’! Welcome one and all.

And now to announce the winner of my ‘More Hearty Good Wishes’ charm pack…. drum roll please….

Giveaway50goes to comment number 19 (as chosen by the random number generator

Congratulations Syke B!!

Email me your address and I’ll get the fabric in the post to you as soon as I can!

Top of the Hill

August 6th, 2016 | Patchwork and quilting | 328 Comments

TopoftheHill1Can you believe we’re already halfway through our Splendid adventure?

Well, I’ve got around 30 blocks made so far and am really pleased with them.

Some have been rather challenging to say the least and all of them have made me go slowly and actually use my ‘textbook’ techniques as learnt many moons ago.

Here’s my version of the bonus ‘Top of the Hill’ block which you can download at The Splendid Sampler website. 

Next week we are off to the largest quilt show in Europe- The Festival of Quilts which is always inspiring, exhausting and great fun.

Come and say ‘hello’ to me and Chief of Everything on Stand G4.

This year it will be even better as the English Splenderettes (and any other nationalities who happen to be there of course!) are meeting in the Wetherspoons pub (where else?!) at 1pm Saturday 13th August.

Bring a Splendid block with you so we can find each other!

Giveaway50And now, all you need to do is leave me a little comment for your chance to win one of my ‘More Hearty Good Wishes’ 5 inch charm packs (hard to find now!). 

I’m so pleased to be a small part of this wonderful and generous project- aren’t you?

Thanks Pat and Jane xx

A little tip for you

Soap420wI like to use a dry piece of soap to mark up quilting lines on dark fabric.

The drawn lines show up clearly, don’t rub away like chalk can and don’t harm the fabric in anyway either.

You can easily sharpen the soap with an ordinary table knife and if your soap happens to be rose scented too all the better.

Simple, traditional and thrifty!

Wildflowers quilt-a-long

wildflowers1420wWe’re half way through our wildflowers quilt-a-long already!

Here are our flowers so far, one for each month and more to come.

wildflowers2420wIf you’d like to join in, it’s not too late simply sign up for my free newsletter and you can be creating your own wildflower quilt too.

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Sign up here for a free wildflower template every month in 2016.

 

Joe’s quilt

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My eldest son Joe (14) after years of refusing to have a quilt on his bed suddenly asked me if I would make one for him.

Well, I didn’t need to be asked twice!

He chose the fabric himself from my Moda collections and asked for a simple zig-zag quilt.

After much thought and consultation with my exacting client we both agreed on a delectable mountains design.

And work began (fast, before he could change his mind!).

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SO much cutting, stitching, cutting again and more stitching back together again we finally had a very simple, bold and striking quilt top made.


My boy is happy so so am I.

zig zag 3 420wI’ll show you the finished quilt when my Elf has finished quilting it for me.

 

Pottery

July 13th, 2016 | Other | 4 Comments

Pottery1420wChief of Everything and I have been going to pottery classes every Thursday morning and love it!

We have a fabulous teacher called Lucy Burley who is very gentle, encouraging and generous with her knowledge. Do pop over to her website, I’m sure you’ll agree that Lucy makes the most elegant and sophisticated work. 

I am still making small, slightly off centred bowls as you can see!

After two hours of playing with clay and generally forgetting all our responsibilities we go to the pub for ham, egg and chips and half a pint of cider.

Thursday mornings are the highlight of the week.

And we are saving up for a potters wheel and kiln!

 

Lori Shawl

July 11th, 2016 | Knitting | 4 Comments

Yarn420wDid you know I trained to be a knitwear designer? Well, I did and back in the day could design lace, intarsia, cables and garments and all sorts.

These days I still love to knit but always chose simple, off the shelf projects that require no thought from me whatsoever and the Lori Shawl fits the bill perfectly.

LoriShawl420wRow upon row of soothing, mindless garter stitch in beautiful, soft wool yarn and a practical but pretty shawl to wear at the end of it.  

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Archive Quilt

Archivequilt420wOne day I had the brilliant idea of making an ‘archive quilt’ with my Moda fabrics. I thought traditional English paper piecing would be the easiest and most enjoyable method for this long time in the making quilt. One hexagon in every print in every colourway of every fabric collection I ever design. 

And so I eagerly began with my first fabric collection ‘Hearty Good Wishes’ (those whales!) starting with a single hexagon in the centre and am just adding in more rounds as and when I can (mostly when I’m travelling for work).

I love it!

P.S. I am currently four fabric collections behind…

All in a Row Winner!

June 2nd, 2016 | Other | No Comments

AllRow1My sincere apologies for the lateness in announcing the winner of the free Moda All Stars ‘All in a Row’ book. The first edition was unfortunately printed in-correctly so rather than send out a faulty book I have waited for the perfect second edition which arrived last week.

So without further ado, the random number generator chose comment number 74. Congratulations Karrie Smith!

Please email me your address and I’ll get your book in the post to you as soon as I can.

 

Splendid Sampler

March 31st, 2016 | Other | 21 Comments

Header 420wHello and welcome to my day to be splendid!

I’m sure you are all enjoying the Splendid Sampler as much as I am!

Thank you Pat and Jane for creating such a generous and exciting project.

I have been printing the patterns out and waiting until I have a few to make and then treating myself to ‘Splendid Days’. 

Prep420wI for one, am learning new skills nearly every time I make a block and am definitely realising the importance of ‘best practice’ when cutting and stitching these little pieces and seams.

Starch is my new best friend!

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My block is called ‘Flying High’:

My first fabric collection ‘Hearty Good Wishes’ for Moda was inspired by  by my love of the coast in winter with its stormy waves, sea spray, wild salty air and rosy cheeks.

The thrill of seeing my drawings become fabric, thereby achieving a lifelong ambition, shall never be forgotten. It feels a little like these gulls soaring and flying high in the sky- that is to say, simply joyous. Hearty good wishes to you!

‘Flying High’ is made using my fusible applique and free motion sewing technique (tutorial here).

You can of course, use your favourite applique technique but we are only talking about 3 little gulls here so be brave and have a go at something new!

You can find ‘Flying High’ at The Splendid Sampler.

FlyingHigh420wI am really looking forward to seeing all your gulls soaring high without a care in the world!