Monday, August 18, 2014

The Farmer's Wife Quilt

...............a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step................!

I bought this lovely book, The Farmer's Wife sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird and it has given me the inspiration I need to start on a new project.

 The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt: Laurie Aaron Hird

The book comes complete with a CD of all the templates that are needed to make the quilt.   One tiny criticism of the book is that each tiny template prints on a whole sheet of paper. (My rudimentary computing skills are not up to transferring more than one of them onto a sheet and at the same time retain the correct size - you may be able to do this easily!!!!)   Now I have printed out and transferred each shape onto template plastic - so it's time to start.  I have gathered together enough of my fabric stash to complete all the blocks so that I can mix and match fabric throughout.    WISH ME LUCK!
I am going to add a photo of each block I finish  -  so watch this space!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Enchantment fabric by Lonni Rossi.

I was lucky enough to be able to buy the shop sample packs for this gorgeous Lonni Rossi fabric, the grey/yellow and the pink/purple. It is really lovely fabric and great quality.   So what to make!  I have two bedrooms with single beds crying out for a quilt each - so that is the plan.  It will have to be machine made - I am already in the process of making a quilt by hand - so these two will have to be super quick to make.   Fortunately the fabric will do the the talking, it is so pretty with just a glint of gold.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

New beginnings............

Well, here I am again, back to blogging after a nine-month break.  During that time we moved back to the UK after our ten year French adventure; we decided that the time has come to be back with family and friends.   We've had a few dramas during that time including losing (for almost a month) and then finding again our little French cat, Ava.  I miss my sewing friends in France but have started to make new ones in my new village.   I have found the time to do some sewing - finishing a couple of weeks ago this quilt.

Sunday, December 30, 2012


My Kaffe Fassett quilt was finished in December but I have waited until now to post the final photo ...... didn't want to spoil the surprise for the person it was intended for, my daughter Kate.   I think she likes it!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I just love Kaffe Fassett fabric, not just the bright and flashy colours but the quality of the fabric as well.   For Christmas I received a subscription from Cotton Patch which means that quarterly I receive in the post a selection of new Kaffe Fassett designs.   Eventually I decided to make a quilt from Kaffe Fassett's book,    Kaffe Fassett's Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts.   The pattern has large lozenge shapes which best display the large patterns on the fabric I've received.   I did top up with some smaller designs from this Etsy shop, lavendarquilts.

Here are some pics of the progress so far.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Scrappy log cabin quilt

I'm much too too mean and stingy to throw away all those small scraps of fabric that are left over from previous patchwork projects.   So, as the scrap basket was beginning to overflow I decided that it was time downsize it.  A log cabin quilt seemed to be a an ideal project for using up my precious scraps.    After cutting all the bits into 1 inch strips I ended up with strips between two and ten inches in length.
 I divided the strips into two piles, one light and one dark.  After printing the log cabin quilt grids I found here onto Carol Doak's Foundation Paper it was time to start.
   You can sew easily onto this paper and it tears off rapidly after the block is finished. It takes me about half an hour to sew each 6 inch block.   Each central square is a nice bright red and then two adjacent sides are in light fabric and the other two adjacent in dark fabrics.
The best bit is that by pinning the fabric strips on the reverse side of the paper and then by sewing along the grid lines on the right side you end up with a very neat and precise square.  So far I have finished 25 squares but I will continue until my scrap bag is empty.

I’m really pleased with the result and especially happy that it costs me nothing – except time and patience.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Miniature Patchwork

I love all things small and was lucky enough to receive for my birthday this year Terrie Sandelin's book - Miniatures in Minutes.   The preparation is quite time consuming, cutting the individual tiny shapes but once done the shapes are sewn directly onto paper which gives a very neat finish.    This is my first attempt.  See if you can spot two mistakes!!!!