Hi. Thank you for visiting my blog.Let me introduce myself. I am in my 60’s, a mother, Grandmother, step grandmother and a was made a great auntie in December 2017. l have been sewing most of my life since I was given a battery operated sewing machine for Christmas when I was 7 years old. I used it to make lots of clothes for my dolls and not long after that I was making clothes for myself and also for friends, as it was cheaper than purchasing them off the peg back in the 60’s and 70’s with very little money.
It was many years later that I gave Patchwork a go (2010) and have loved it ever since. I have met some lovely friends ever since. I was chosen to be the first Admin in the UK Quilter United on Facebook when our lovely Juliet Nice and Nina Danielsson needed someone to help manage the group. I am still learning and hope you enjoy travelling with me on my Patchwork journey. Have you noticed I haven’t mentioned Quilting?It’s that part of P & Q that really scares me. Lol. To date I have only done straight line quilting with my walking foot. At the festival of Quilt in 2017, I bit the bullet and purchased a Westerly Ruler Sample set to fit my Janome Horizon 8900 from Cotton Patch after Angela Attwood let me have a go and have not had the courage or time to use it yet, but I will let you know very soon on how it goes. I also knit and do Bobbin Lace and still learning to use my Brother V3 embroidery machine.
In 2017 I was badgered by my friends to enter my latest make into the Festival of Quilters at Birmingham NEC. It took me 7 months get this quilt finished. I made it combining the Stack’n’Whack technique as the centre panel and, with Lesley Coles help, we extended her Mongolian Knot pattern to the border and corners.The fabric I used for the center panel was Caravan Dreams range from Blends, from Patchwork Dreamer and the background and border fabric was Klona from Empress Mills. I quilted it with straight lines, and boxes on the black fabric, using my Janome 5900 MC which was a feat on it own as the machine only has a small throat, which prompted me to look for a bigger throat machine and that’s when I found my pre-loved 8900.
I have a habit of buying quilting fabric kits when Craftsy has a sale, like most of us do I am sure. It was 2 years ago when I purchased the “Postcard from Sweden” kit, and got around to taking it with me in September/October 2017 when I attended a sewing retreat at Villivan Crafts in Holsworthy, North Devon. Juliet gave me the idea of making a mini version at the same time as making the big one as there was enough fabric to do so.
Thank you taking time out to read my first ever Blog anywhere.