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cut&alter :: Modern Quilts – Fabric Part II

Last week Modern Quilts – Fabric Part I was published and this week we are continuing the theme of fabric. So far I have talked about solids or fabrics that read as solid but that is not to say that prints cannot be used in modern quilts.  They most certainly can! My On the Plus…

Making the Pieces Fit – or What To Do With Those Eccentric Odd Blocks

As requested… These were left over from demonstrating Eccentric Log Cabins (not so much a Log Cabin, more a Pile of Sticks, see the image at the top for my Dusk quilt…) at Festival of Quilts in 2017. Oddments like this are inclined to reappear at moments when I really need to tidy up. I…

Review of Makower UK Pinstripe

I was lucky enough to receive a bundle of Makower stripped fabrics to review, yippee! There were twelve 9.75 – 10 inch squares with a thin stripe design, the colours were vibrant and the fabric soft. The edges were pinked which I am not usually a fan of, as I tend to look as if…

Octagon quilts

The octagon and its tessellating square was a popular design in tiled floors as well as quilts – the kitchen floor in my last (Victorian) house had such a design with terracotta octagons and black squares. In Hannah Hauxwell’s collection of quilts was a red, white and blue one made from large octagons and squares.…

N.S.F.W. (Not sewn For Weeks) Tales of a Part time Quilter. Quilt Bags and Glad Rags – Laptop / Tablet Sleeve and Lunch Bag

Hi Everyone I know it has been a while since I blogged. I would say that life and work got in the way, but frankly, I have just been going through the annual winter blues. I find it hard enough to be motivated to get up and go to work, sewing and the writing about…

Drawstring bag

As I have explained previously, my mum taught me how to sew. She also taught me how to cook, and she was usually quite happy to let me loose in the kitchen, without worrying that I would blow myself up or burn the house down. In fact, it could be due to some of her…

Thirteen – A Nother Digression, About Quilting Your Improv Blocks

Now, as I have spent more time quilting, and as I have learned how to do it better, I find I want to make less and less of a statement with it. It’s really important to quilt your quilt, as it’s not complete without this joining-of-layers and adding-of-texture… Many of my recent quilts are simply…

Part The Dozen, Spiralling Nebulae

Now, I was asked to make a quilt from a pack of Oakshott Fabrics Starshott, which is a slightly odd, subtle coloured selection.. I wanted something simple, and improvised, of course, and trimmable, without doubt.. So, here’s the thing – three pieces 6 by 7 inches, on the mat Right Sides Up, and with two…

Part Eleven – Three Is The Magic Number

This block (Three Becomes One) was probably the first truly “Improv” block I taught – and it is still a favourite Sorry for the small images – I had these prepared, they vanished, I swore, these will Just Have To Do… Start with three squares of nice cotton quilting fabrics. You really need some contrast…

Valentine Day Panic!

Quick free pattern finds. Who else has got to February and not thought about Valentine’s Day? We’re approaching our 25th wedding anniversary (think it’s next year?!) but we do still try and do something around Valentine’s – even if it is just a takeaway! But have I thought about making anything, been out shopping for…

Improv for Beginners and Improvers – Part Eight – Stones That Float

For this block I decided to work away from the more usual squares, and there are two variations – either make some of each or choose which you prefer. These make super borders for all sorts of quilts… Cut For each block One piece 6-1/2 by 2 inches in background fabric One 2-inch square in…

Improv For Beginners and Improvers, Part 7: Yet More Celestiality and a Mini Quilt to make

Now, the nice little game of adding eccentric corners to squares can be taken a little further, like so   Cut a rectangle (this is a charm square cut in half, so 2-1/2 by 5 inches, but any size that pleases you will be just fine. ) The mini-quilt used 9 charm squares and about…

Improv for Beginners and Improvers, Part Six, Celestial Happenings

Last time, we did a regular Wonky Star, if that’s not too improbable.. This time I want to show you the more interesting version. Start with a background square – mine is about 10 inches. If you need a particular finished size, add about 2 inches, so, for an 8-inch finished block, use at least…

Improv for Beginners and Improvers Part the Fifth – Now is the Time For Starry Things

Let’s start with the simplest version of my Wonky Stars Cut 9 squares of equal size, in a variety of colours if you wish. I have used Oakshott Fabrics Ruby Reds, plus black and white, here And 3-1/2 inch squares, but that’s up to you, of course. We are going to add starry points to…

Crossing the Eyes and Dotting for Teas…

So, last time, we made simple crosses, and this time, a few extra ideas… This time, I started with a background square, but I made a strip from three pieces, two white and one red. As before, I cut the square about 1-1/2 inches bigger than the desired final block (so, for a 5-inch finshed…

Machine applique Part 2

Last time we looked at preparing fairly simple shapes, such as circles, leaves, and Scottie dogs, and appliqueing them onto a background. We briefly discussed using fusible web, raw edge applique and how to turn the edges under on these simple shapes so they could be stitched using a decorative stitch or an invisible stitch…

Improv Blocks, Part the Third – Crosses of the Modern Persuasion

Now, I fell in love with these slightly wibbly cross blocks, and one thing led merrily to another, and another, and yet more anothers. Thanks to Heather Hasthorpe, who was instrumental in leading me astray Here’s another another Just compulsive…you have been warned Start with a square of fabric – maybe an inch bigger than…

Improv for Beginners and Improvers – More Tigers

So, having made your Tigers (see this post for details) you will find that there are various variations.. Start by joining the blocks together with all the stripes going the same way – you will note that your eye does not see a straight line where the blocks meet… You can cut this into narrower…

Silent Night – Free Download

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Fruity Friends Messenger Bag – Download

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Fern Garden Messenger Bag – Download

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Bed of Roses – Download

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Foot Loose

Who else has problems with their machine foot pedal walking all over the floor? Do you, like me, start with it in a lovely comfortable easy to use position and whether on carpet, tiles or wood floor, by the time you finish your project you realize you are quite the contortionist in reaching the foot…

Improv for Beginners and Improvers: Part the First, and an Introduction

Why Improvise? Well, firstly, why not? It’s much more personal, and the results tend to be as individual as the maker.. And because it’s actually easier than being precise, and the opportunities to fail are much less available… And because, when all is said and done, it’s Much More Fun Up till about 3 years…

cut&alter :: Rudolph Quilt Block Tutorial – FREE DOWNLOAD

I have been somewhat absent over on this website due to a variety of reasons – not least a house move.  In the end it turned out that we had one week from exchange to completion.  That was one week to pack up my longarm studio, which was large and housed a LOT of things,…

Christmas sewing with children

Long, long ago I was actively involved in the Quilters’ Guild (as it was then) first as a Young Quilters’ Rep for my Region, then as YQ Officer and finally as the YQ magazine editor. At the same time I also ran a little local group of Young Quilters. My Young Quilters all grew up…

Peaky and Spike

This three-triangle unit was, I think, given its name by Doreen Speckmann because the centre triangle resembles a mountain peak and the two side triangles are the spikes anchoring it to the ground. It is not the easiest of units to cut or piece and the most precise way to get those points really sharp…

Scrap Busting #3 – Bee Themed Pocket Postcard

I don’t know about you, but I am completely ‘Easter-ed’ out so I thought I would do something a little bit different for April’s blog/pattern. Our household was very lucky to have received a number of beautiful spring themed Easter cards, which prompted me to think about a fabric postcard. I belong to the UKQU…

Ring Pincushion 

Just a quick and easy pattern for you today, brilliant for appliqué and hand sewing. My friend, Veronica, showed me one she had made and said how fantastic it was. It really is, such a simple idea but you’ll find it so useful. Requirements 4″ Square of fabric. If you have smaller hands, then 3½”…

Square and Triangles unit

This is another very useful unit which crops up in a number of blocks but can make some interesting designs just on its own. It can also be fun to add this unit into traditional blocks – substitute the HST units for this one, or 4-patch units and see what you end up with. There’s…

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…

Christmas Triangles 

I guess you can never have enough Christmas Decorations, can you?? I have a lovely idea for you which have lots of variations. All you need are two fabrics, which contrast with one another and preferably have rather smaller pattern than larger. We will then cut and sew triangles out of them and twist and…

Sew Mindful Quilt

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Love Me Love Me Not Quilt

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Lindos Quilt

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The Water Meadow Table Runner and Placemats

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Bumbleberries Quilt by Sally Ablett

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Woodland Messenger Bag

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Spotty Pinwheels

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Modern Retro

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Japanese Parasols by Lynne Goldsworthy

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Beachcomber Quilt by Lynne Goldsworthy

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Review – “Good Life” – a Makower fabric range

The Makower website describes these colourful prints as celebrating the good life … home grown vegetables, chickens, fruit trees and sunflowers … a perfect range for making garden or kitchen accessories, and bags for your market shopping. As they do with many of their fabric ranges, Makower have provided a free pattern download designed for…

Dream… Designed by Lynne Goldsworthy

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Dream Shopper’s Tote Bag Designed by Janet Goddard

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Ball or Pin-cushion

This is a wonderful project – following the same instructions you can make either a ball for a child or very pretty pincushion for your friend. The ball is wonderful for children from very early age, as it’s made of segments and those can be easily grabbed by very small hands. If you use a…

TOY SOFT BLOCKS

Something simple and quick to make for baby to play with. Cut 6 4”squares for each cube…18 shown for 3 cubes. ¼” seams. Toy stuffing Bondaweb for letters Stabilizer Draw out letters on Bondaweb remembering to reverse. Cut out rough and iron onto wrong side of scraps. Cut out on the lines and iron onto…

Football World Cup and left over hexagons?

Yep, that was football and hexagons in the same sentence! If you have been really bored, you may have found out that a typical football consists of 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons. I say ‘typical’ football, as the older ones were made up of rectangular-ish shapes and the latest one used for the World Cup…

Something Blue BY LAUNDRY BASKET QUILTS

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Bloom Messenger Bag – Designed by Janet Goddard

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Bella-Rina Bag – Studioe

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Sew Mindful Quilt Designed and made by Sally Ablett

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And Z Quilt designed by: Kim Schaefer

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Fabric Review – Makower UK

The lovely people at UKQU HQ very kindly asked if I’d like to review some fabric and I jumped in the air! I’m more than happy to admit to being a fabric addict. The fabrics were from Makower UK and I joyfully received 4 pieces from the Essentials range and a few layer cake squares…

Mad as a March Hare!

There’s nothing nicer on these cold, dark evenings than snuggling up on the sofa, under a quilt, in front of an open fire with a good book. Or in my case, Kindle. I struggle to hand sew in poor light, so this time of year I tend to either read or do other handicrafts in…

English Paper Piecing: What stitch should I use?Duck Creek Mountain Quilting

This is the third post in my series about EPP. This is looking at the type of stitch you might want to use to join your pieces. Traditionally EPP uses a whip stitch, but there are now many alternatives and it’s really about personal choice and what works best for you. What you want is…

Celtic Blessings Cushions

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Gutermann Circus Play Mat and Bag

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Valentines’ Projects

Valentines’ Projects Hello, it’s Fiona from the Sewing Directory here. Rather than being a monthly blogger I’m going to bring you a round up of projects for seasonal events throughout the year. Starting off with Valentine’s day which is just around the corner. I would be remiss if I didn’t start with some great heart…

Chevron table runner

Length 120cm ( 47”) Width 44cm (17 1⁄2”) I love to start by choosing the central fabric which can showcase nice large patterned design as you will need 10″ square of it. You can then use the same fabric for the border and little squares in the middle or just leave it as the feature…

Moda – Verna Bag & Quilt Pattern Download

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Pieces of Eight Cushion Collection – Free Download

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Checkerboard Quilt by Lynne Goldsworthy – Downloadable pattern

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Uptown By Kim Schaefer

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Makower – Blue Sky Tote

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Botanica Quilt

Botanica Finished size 55” x 76” (1.40m x 1.90m) Designed by Lynne Goldsworthy of lilysquilts.blogspot.com using the Botanica collection from Makower UK www.makoweruk.com   Botanica-FTU-Quilt-Instructions Related posts: Moda – William Morris Table Runner Pattern Beth Studley – Arrow Drops Pattern Sundance By Beth Studley Fruity Friends By Lynne Goldsworthy