06 April 2018


I am still finding it hard to settle on a particular project 🙁I have started no less than 3 BOM's this year already and it's only April! I have justified each as they are pattern only and I am using stash only for 2 of them 😀

Two are by Sarah Fielke

In January I started  Simple Folk, a mix of piecing and appliqué

I started with a Nordic inspired Red, White & Blue FQ bundle and then added some Dutch Chintz scraps I had to the mix, I have the first 3 blocks appliquéd and the 4th prepared. After a lot of indecision I am really happy with my colours for this one.

The pieced blocks will stay as Red, White & Blue I think, lots more machine piecing to do!

In February I started Grasshopper, all hand work "It's all about the journey Grasshopper" again a BOM by Sarah Fielke

I bought a gorgeous fabric for the back, the rest is mostly stash

No stitching, but I have prepared some of the border blocks for hand piecing

Finally, in March I started Jen Kingwell's Template only BOM 'Golden Days'

This is her quilt so far

It is a very busy quilt and I love it, but I don't think I have the confidence or experience to mix so many different colours together, so for my version I plan on a limited colour palette inspired by the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage here in the UK of Ivory, purples and greens. (with a sparkle of yellow 😀)

I am almost finished the first block

No new starts in April yet 🤣

17 March 2018

Is it Just Me?

I am waiting for my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt to come back from the long arm quilter; I enjoyed every minute of working on that quilt and now I feel at a bit of a loss as to what to start next; does anyone else miss working on a quilt when it's done or is it just me? Don't get me wrong, I love starting new projects but I am not quite ready to move on yet 😀

I haven't exactly been idle...

I have been hand quilting my Happy Days while I wait, good progress is being made, just one small corner to do and then I need to decide what to quilt in the border

I made a sewing pouch for all my hand piecing/EPP tools, so I can keep them together, this is a Lynette Anderson pattern, I changed the embroidery design to use some of her buttons that I have had for years; it's very useful and holds everything I need.

I also made a thread holder for all my appliqué threads and tools; I bought one about 20 years ago from Pat Campbell, but it had started to shred, so I copied the design and made it a bit bigger (room for more threads 😀) The clever part is the strip of Ultrasuede sewn to each pocket, you can thread your appliqué threads through it and then just pull off a length without opening the pocket.
(I have since discovered that Karen Buckley now sells these, but her's are smaller like the original)