First finish of 2013….


Diamonds in the Sky, or simply Diamonds as I call her, is now quilted and bound. She now awaits to have a label attached.
She isn’t the largest quilt I have made. She is 46 inches by 66 in, compared to Maple Leaf which is 70 in by 70 in.

Just after Christmas I added to my stash thanks to the sales section at Pink Castle Fabrics the following in 1/2 yard cuts:

Janean Morrison – In My Room, Retreat in green (also in tangerine)

Tula Pink – The Birds and the Bees, Lady Bugs in apple (also in storm*)

Tula Pink – Salt Water, Tortoise Shell in coral (also in aqua & seaweed)

V & Co – Simply Color, Sprigs in Lime Green & Aquatic Blue (also in Lime Green & Navy Blue and White & Eggplant*)
* Sold out!!

My favourites would be the Tula Pink fabrics. I have some of her Prince Charming collection, and maybe later this year I might add more of Salt Water and The Birds and the Bees to my TP collection.

And from Hawthorne Threads:

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Fat quarter bundle of the complete Chicopee collection by Denyse Schmidt (blue/yellow – Morning colourway; orange/pink – Afternoon colourway).
To go into a quilt with my DS Hope Valley fat quarter collection.

All fabric pictures taken from Pink Castle Fabrics & Hawthorn Threads websites.


Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013

Another year gone, and it seems that I haven’t done much quilty wise.  I could use the age-old excuse of my M-F job being a royal pain in the @***, but that wouldn’t be the whole story. There have been times when I just didn’t have the enthusiasm to pick up a WiP or UFO.  To be totally honest, I have spent most of the Christmas holidays relaxing and de-stressing.

From January to April 2013, my job is going to be HELL given all the welfare reforms the current government has introduced (universal credit, council tax support allowance, etc) and the effects that these changes will have on the benefit claimants in Leicester.

I hope 2013 will be a more fruitful year for me quilty wise. I am nearly finished with the quilting on Diamonds in the Sky with the binding left to be done, and Oh My Stars is still a WiP.  With a semi-commissioned quilt to be made for a non-quilter friend in the USA.

I am going to the 2nd Fat Quarterly Retreat in London… got my ticket early as I didn’t want to miss out! I can’t wait to meet my fellow quilty peeps again, both old & new. Just a case of booking a hotel room asap.


What next?

While I wait to receive a mini quilt from someone else in the Brit Quilt Swap (and having posted off one to my secret partner today), I have started on a project which is kind of derived from  my mini.

Meet my new starry project. It already has a name …. Oh My Stars!

I am also waiting for an order from Spoonflower, which I plan to use in making up a small quilt based on a pattern I have drafted. Once that is done I can write and ‘publish’ the patten.

Weathervane Block EPP Tutorial

I have created a free set of instructions on how to make the Weathervane Block using English Paper Piecing.  I would like to thank the Ginger Monkey herself (aka Katy) and Lynne of LilysQuilts for proof-reading a very rough draft of the instructions. I have included links in the instructions to some of the EPP tutorials they have done.

I tried unsuccessfully to post the tutorial directly from Word as a blog post, so I have instead created a downloadable pdf file: Weathervane EPP . So strictly speaking this is not a tutorial, but I couldn’t think of a better title.

I used the Weathervane Block for my BQS 3 mini….

If you have any questions please leave a comment with your email address so that I can reply back.


My mini is all done and is in an envelope waiting to be posted to it’s recipient.

I will leave you with a picture of the finished mini. I forgot to take a picture of the label, but I borrowed an idea from someone else in the BQS group and I did a label using cross-stitch.

I hope to have a tutorial post on how to English Paper Piece (EPP) the Weathervane block I used.

I have started to EPP another quilt, using Weathervane and  the Double Star Patch block (see below).

Festival of Quilts 2012

This year I decided to go to the Festival of Quilts (FoQ) on 2 days instead of the one, which was a good thing as the organisers used the whole of Halls 8 and 9 for the show and vendors, with the food/eating area in Hall 7. However, I have decided that if I go to  FoQ 2013 (which is highly possible), I might stay overnight and save me money on travelling.

As we have just had the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games are in 2 weeks, this quilt was appropriate…

The Quilters Games by The ‘No Name’ Quilters. They won 1st prize in the Group Quilt category, and Best in Show.

Another of the category winner was made the winner of Best in Show last year…

Graceful Dance by Janneke de Vries-Bodsinga.

The following quilt got a lot of attention, and so it should… The architectural outlining was machine stitched over a pieced background.

One of the few I really liked is this one. Again this got alot of people talking.

One was applique and the other reverse applique. The maker’s inspiration was Jacobean crewel embroideries.

In the traditional quilt section was this…. A Dear Jane quilt that took the maker 4 years to make!

There are loads more pictures on my Flickr page.

Brit Quilt Swap – Round 3

I didn’t take part in BQS Round 2 (Pillow Fight), so when Round 3 was announced, I had to sign up straight away.

For Round 3, we have to make a mini quilt (12″ to 24″). So when I got the email telling me who I was make a mini-quilt for, I knew right away what fabrics I would be using and what design.  So I dug out my hoarded fat quarter bundle of Anna Marie Horner’s Innocent Crush and the paper pieces for the Weathervane block.

Ps. Weathervane tutorial coming next week!!