Fire & Ice

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Snowflakes: Christmas table runner and bunting

After making a few snowflakes for the ‘fire and ice’ quilts, I became fascinated by their potential. They are beautiful, each individual, symmetric but also flawed, each growing differently but under the same constraints. To make the patterns for my snowflakes, I first looked at close-ups of snowflakes and I just love the diversity. I…

FIRE the Final Stages

When I agreed to take part in this project I was chosen to complete the FIRE quilt. A daunting task without a doubt, but I decided to wait and see what everyone else created before I made my plans. The rows arrived a few weeks before I started work on them, I wanted to do…

Ice, Ice, Baby!

Well, as most of my informative years were in the 80s I couldn’t help but think of this when hearing about the challenge for the Ice Quilt Sew-a-Row, designing a quilt for the UKQU website. You can read the full story of the Ice and Fire quilts in October’s issue of British Patchwork and Quilting…

Fire Crazy

The bloggers were asked who would like to partake in a Sew-A-Row quilt, and I decided to go for it. I haven’t been part of such a group before, and the only Sew-A-Row I’ve done before was one from Popular Patchwork magazine, using scraps. I wasn’t sure what would be required of me in this,…

Animals from the Ice regions

Back in March an idea was floated within the UKQU bloggers community to put together a ‘sew-a-row’ quilt. If you’re not familiar with the concept, it is a quilt made up of different horizontal rows, usually with some kind if sashing and a border. This was a collaborative project between Sue Griffiths, myself, Corinne Curtis,…

Whirlwinds of Fire

When I knew I was going to be involved in putting something together for this quilt, I was both thrilled and apprehensive. When I’m planning or designing quilts at home, they tend to take on a mind of their own as they come together. When you are working with other people, it’s not always that…

Dunedin in the Snow A row inspired by winter in the South Island, New Zealand

 The brief we were given for the Sew a Row was ‘ice’. Now, I live in the subtropics in Australia and it’s a long, long time since I’ve been in the ice and snow. In fact the last time I was in the snow was …. around 1985. At the time I was flatting in…

Sew A Row:  Ring of fire.

‘Love is a burning thing, and it makes a fiery ring.  Bound by wild desire, I fell into a ring of fire.’ (Johnny Cash) I love this song and we regularly blast it out in our Ukulele Group.  Great piece of music and please feel free to play and sing along as you make this row!  (Find chords…

Sew-a-Row

Well, the shout went out for anyone interested in taking part in a sew-a-row where you had to design the row, sew the row and write up the pattern for it. After taking part in a sew-a-row a few years ago and enjoying every minute of it I just knew that this was for me.…

Introducing FIRE

In complete contrast to our first Sew a Row, FIRE will appear in hot pursuit. We asked a new group from the Bloggerati to work on this idea.   Ruth Garner, Sue Burford, Jane Galley, Chris Hutchins and Carol Munroe created this hot little number. Both ICE and FIRE will be displayed at the 2018 Festival…

Log Cabin Glory! – or Court House Steps!!!

Well, following a suggestion from Sue Griffiths, from Australia, the call went out for volunteers from the Bloggerati who would be interested in taking part in a Sew-a-Row Quilt. I have never done this sort of thing before and thought it would be fun to take part, so up went my hand!!!! Due to the…

Introducing ICE

From time to time we aim to bring something exclusive to the website.    ICE is the first of two Sew a row  Quilts that will be delivered row by row over the next ten weeks. Sue Griffiths, Sharon Reid, Corinne Curtis, Gini Scanlan and Helen Kent worked hard to design this fabulous and quite…

“The Coo, the Croft and the Castle”

– a Scottish Highlands and Islands themed row designed exclusively for UKQU by Corinne Curtis The inspiration for this row came from having recently returned to live in England, after living in first the Western and then the North Isles of Scotland for 17 years. I decided to create four separate blocks that could be…