Sunday, 6 June 2021

More Happy Day Show and Tell


Such wonderful fabric use by Tracy - stripy border, old fashioned floral background and lots of bright pastels.

Glorious scrappy Halo quilt by Judi O.

Lovely setting of collected embroidery from Beverley

Belinda's striking star begun in a jelly roll workshop with Carolyn Forster.

Happy Day Show And Tell

 Marigold has been super productive and had finished and made lots of pieces:

Such a simple but very effective
arrangement of hexagon rosettes/

Quilt of the Crosses blocks

More EPP

Lovely applique on super background

Circles within circles within circles

Another version of this applique design

Pretty quilt with checks

Happy Days are here again

 We met for only the secomd time since last March and months after our last day sewing together. I took quilts to photograph in the event of a virtual Lullingstone show:

My Celestial Timepiece: I am going to send this to Festival of Quilts

Fried's CafeCurtains an optical illusion quilt

I realised I didn't have a hanging sleeve for Cosmos so will add one and have another go.

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Time away

 After many months of not meeting person (Zoom just doesn't cut it) four of spent four nights together in a cottage on a farm in Tenterden. It was very quiet and peaceful and we looked out onto a field.

A big but very mild
Limousin bull

Maggie and Belinda sewing
Geese and sheep and pond in a dip.

Good friends and good cake

I have a May birthday but  I was still startled to see a cake make its appearance, chocolate topped with icing and smarties.

We managed a little bit of socialising. Friend Judi came round for supper and catch up and earlier in the day we had had a lovely lunch lunch with Marigold and family members. She had a lot to share with us and brought more when she came round for the afternoon next day. Here they are:

Hexagon flowers


Made from a Liberty kit Tracy provided

Lovely Bear's Paw frogs!!

By coincidence three of us had signed up with Brenda Gael Smith to do her Region 2 Geometrix workshop. It was such fun to do it together rather than in isolation. The workshop rattled along at a good pace but with concentration even I managed to cover everything and catch up. I hope to do another one with her. After so much lockdown it's good to have outside stimulation.

My Geometrix samples

These are Belinda's

And these are Tracy's

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Crisscross block

 I've had an enquiry about the block in the Crisscross quilt. It is simple friendship star block but the effects are achieved through the use of value placement of dark, medium and light fabrics. I assembled loads of scraps for this and used a friend's accuquilt die to cut the 3" finished half square triangles.

Here is a single block

Here is a a diagram of value placement. 

Note the arrows indicating pressing direction

Alternate blocks are turned to create the overall sense of interlocking light and medium trellises.

I divided my my fabric into two dark piles each with different fabrics, likewise for the light and medium values. This was so I didn't get the same fabric meeting when the blocks met.

I also pressed the seams on opposite sides of the blocks the same way but differently to the other pair so that seams locked when the alternate block was turned.

I started my quilt in a workshop with Jan Hassard who gave lots of information about fabric values and choice and arrangement of fabric. Pictures from the workshop here were posted with permission.

Jan's talks and workshops are second to none.

Thursday, 29 April 2021



Hand quilting


The Crisscross quilt is done though I have to attach a hanging sleeve and label which are currently ready to go. I quilted by machine in the ditch along the central two lines of the block and then outlined the stars and the corner triangles in perle thread by hand which I much enjoyed.

I cut the binding 3.5" wide and attached it double folded. It's different to the Cosmos quilt wwhich has a binding more like a narrow cord. This and the Cosmos quilt were completed in the same week. I feel as though progress is being made.

Wednesday, 28 April 2021


At last I have assembled the 80" square Carolyn Forster BOM from Today's Quilter quilt as you go fashion which takes quite a time as you have to join  hand sewn edges on the back before you can go on to machine the next lot on the front of the  quilt. I like the colours and especially the retro cheddar fabrics in the chain setting blocks. 

I put a couple of reject blocks on the back and could have done  with changing another one but I'd run out of the check fabric  which I wanted to use.

The back

It's called Cosmos because of the Dan Bennet Cosmos fat quarter pack which I used as my starting set of fabrics along with others.

It;s machine pieced and quilted though the instructions were for hand work.

Saturday, 24 April 2021

Foundation piecing

 I am sewing the block settings with foundation piecing. I drew the lines on the matt side of freezer paper. Next I layered up several pieces with the drawn one on top and sewed through the lines with no thread in the machine so that the design was perforated on each as a guide. 

The first fabric piece is ironed onto the shape on the sticky side and I fold back the seam line along the perforations and trim the fabric (not the paper)  to quarter inch. The next fabric is laid on top of the first one ready to sew the seam. I could sew along and through the drawn line but prefer to fold back the paper and sew right next to the line. Then the piece is folded over and pressed and the next line pulled back and the second fabric piece is trimmed to a quarter inch seam - the quilter's quarter is useful here.

I use the card to place on the line and
pull back the foundation over it.

Paper pulled back

Quilter's Quarter used to indicate the seam allowance

Seam ready to sew

Saturday, 10 April 2021


This is the picture from Quilters' Newsletter magazine that is the starting point of my latest project. I am stacking and slashing four patches. First I cut four repeats of my fabric and layer them. To line up exactly I insert pins through  convenient reference points and secure them with pieces of cut up eraser. This is the kit I hand out to students. I learnt this from Judy Johnson at a Sisters, Oregon, quilt class a decade ago or so ago.

The kit

The securing stitch

Then I place a pin on either side and remove the first pin. Now after a talk by Paula Doyle I then tie the spot with a stitch and remove all the pins. Now I am ready to cut my pieces. The four repeats yield sets of four identical squares and although the sewing is easy it's fun deciding which layout to use.

Two sets of four identical squares

Four Possibilities:

Set A1

Set A 2

Set A 3

Set A 4

SetB 1

Set B 2

Set B 3

Set B 4
And yet another block all sewn up: