31 August 2015

Pattern is going to be a little late

I'll try and finish pattern tomorrow but just can't get my head around it tonight. 
Sorry everyone, Dr has put me on some medication that has got a few side effects, fingers crossed they settle down later in the week.  I promise to leave this months block up the extra days next month.  Once again sorry.

Here are all the blocks how they should appear in the finished quilt.  There are 4 corner blocks to go and a few more filler blocks to make but I think it is taking shape.

27 August 2015

Workshop with the Amazing Wendy Williams

You all know that I am a bit of an embroidery freak so I have been looking forward to the workshop with Wendy Williams since I booked a place, though I was feeling a bit off Saturday morning, luckily I made my self go and got over it within an hour as I got emersed in Wendy's Quilts.

First we received a talk by Kathy Doughty about colour and inspiration then on to 2 full days of Wool Felt instruction with Wendy and I think I have finally mastered colonial knots.  Luckily I photographed them step by step so I can go back to the pictures later.  There was lots of other Wendy specific embroidery stitches and lots and lots of eye candy on show.

I was very tired by the end of the weekend but had an amazing time.

I have included a few detailed shots of Around the Garden above later in the post the detail is spectacular.  

20 August 2015


I haven't been myself recently, generally unwell and out of sorts with everything.  Dr has me on a course of B12 injections which will hopefully get me out of this funk.  Dr says it will take about 4 weeks for the injections to start to take effect.

It has meant I'm ignoring social media, blogs, my blog, pinterest, I haven't read the paper in over 3 weeks and seen the news in that length of time.  I have been doing a lot of reading and generally trying to escape into my head.  

The sewing mojo has vacated the premises however I did make myself do the next block which you will see below.  I think this is my favourite block of the whole quilt, but that might change.  I was going to do two pieced blocks but I don't think I will be able to so you will only get one this month.

This week is Wendy Williams at Hetties which I have been looking forward to for months and at this point I am going to have to make myself go.

DH has made me book a holiday in October, and I have found the perfect place for Coco to stay while we are gone, so we are heading North to some sunshine soon.

So please forgive my absence i'm just taking a rest from the outside world for a bit.

01 August 2015

Flowers for Alison Block 2

This month there is some appliqué and some more piecing.  You will be making 6" finished Churndash blocks and 6" finished Ohio stars.  The churn dash blocks will eventually border the Flame Flower Block but not this month so just put all the blocks aside for now.  

Please note that the pattern for Machine appliqué and needle turn appliqué are the same this month.

30 July 2015

I'm Published - Footprints in the Sand

During the Christmas School Holidays I worked on a quilt for Handmade Magazine.  In February it was shipped off and it has been a long 6 months or so waiting for the magazine to be published.

My subscription copy of Handmade Vol 33 12 arrived on Tuesday and I opened it to page 28 to see a fantastic photo of the quilt and the instructions that I worked on all those months ago.

Here is a photo I took of the quilt before it was sent off.

23 July 2015

Reminder to Download Month 1 of Flower for Alison it expires 1 August.

Just a reminder that you have just over a week to download the first month's pattern for Flowers for Alison.  Get all the information here and download the patterns for month 1.   If you miss out you can still purchase the patterns for each expired month from my Etsy shop after 1 August.

Here is month 2 and there will be some filler blocks to piece as well.  

20 July 2015

Jen Kingwell Class at Hetties

What an amazing weekend.  Love the class, love the quilts which look so much more in real life than on a pattern or in the book and it was just a great relaxed and informative class.

Jen is my type of quilter and teacher.  She uses lots of fabric in her quilts and doesn't sweat the small stuff... something I am learning to do ... and she is happy to give all her secrets in class  and doesn't worry if her students still do it their way ... which I did with appliqué because I've tried her method and it doesn't work for me but there was still a lots more to learn.

Over the 2 days we picked up lots of tips for hand stitching, appliqué, quilting and putting the quilt together, far more than I thought I would.

Here are her quilts that were on display during the weekend, just amazing.  I may just have come away with a few patterns to add to the todo list.