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On your bike!

I recently had the pleasure of attending a workshop at the swift quilting company shop, owned and run by the sewing quarter demonstrator Emma Bradford. The workshop I was attending with a friend was blossom and blooms bicycle quilt, which we had seen on sewing quarter. This bright beautiful piece is very different to pieces…

Road to Tranquility

Firstly let me apologise for not posting for a long long time.  My life has been busy to say the least both at home and at work.  So I thought I would take you on a  journey through the production of my quilt Tranquility, which was placed 3rd in Catergory at Festival of Quilts and…

Living Wild Quilt 

Have you ever heard of digitally printed fabrics?? The technology these days is moving forward in everything and the production of the fabrics is no exception. I had the opportunity to test a series of digitally printed fabrics called Living wild. It included a gorgeous panel with amazing paintings of animals bursting with colours. The…

Yummy Scrummy Fabrics

Ten days ago I received a real treat. It was a little package of fabric from the Makower “Indigo” range. This is a beautiful 100% cotton range of fabrics in prints encompassing koi carp imagery, chrysanthemum flowers, traditional Japanese scenes and even a hexagon print with some sashiko motifs. It has a lovely soft handle,…

Design your own quilt part 2 Using blocks

I’m trying not to write a book here, but it is difficult as my head is buzzing with ideas. So, this time we’ll look at using blocks – traditional blocks, altered blocks and your own designs. Using traditional blocks is where we all start when designing a quilt and, having chosen our block we then…

Learning to love my walking foot

How’s your day been? On the day I wrote this, mine had been a touch frustrating, so I thought I’d write a blog. Not about my frustrating day, you understand, but about quilting. I suppose my day prompted me to write this blog, as part of my frustration stems from having a thread break on…

Stockpiling quilts

Oh boy, where do I begin? I started my quilting journey less than 3 years ago, and I’m totally hooked, some might even go so far as to say that I’m an addict. I have made quilts for everyone in the family, some members even have 2! I have made quilts for friends, their children…

Makower Cool Cats Product Review

Makower UK have come out with another lovely range called Cool Cats and within the samples to  the left you will find Jumping Cats, Scatter, Parade and a Wavy Stripe.  They are in lovely hues and there are some great designs of our feline friends.  I don’t like animals in general but I can appreciate…

‘Exploding Square Block’ featuring Rhapsody by Makower UK 

Yay, it’s fabric time! I’m hugely thankful to UKQU.co.uk for kindly giving me the opportunity to write this product review for the RHAPSODY fabric generously provided by MAKOWER UK. There are twenty-six amazing designs in this Klimt inspired Makower fabric and they truly epitomise the definition of Rhapsody by featuring two highly contrasted moods and…

Christmas Somerset Star

I found this lovely Christmas Somerset Star after trawling the internet for new ideas for my Christmas themed blog. The original post was on www.sometimescrafter.com and dated back to 2010. I was intrigued by how it all came together and, as I haven’t found anything similar elsewhere, I thought it would be a charming little…