A new project and the sketchbook challenge update

I am going to start with an apology to all those who have subscribed to my blog for the radio silence of the last couple of weeks. It probably appeared that nothing was happening the studio but this is far from the truth. I was asked to produce some kits and classes to introduce patchworkContinue reading “A new project and the sketchbook challenge update”

Continuous Line Quilting.

The zoom classes for the Ambleside quilt have been going well and it is now time to think about the quilting. Some quilts have to be quilted when all the piecing has been done and the quilt top is complete. Others, like this one, can be divided into smaller, more manageable pieces for a domesticContinue reading “Continuous Line Quilting.”

It was February – now it’s March

The last couple of weeks have gone by in a flash, The weather was quite mild for a while, so I took the opportunity of spending some time at my allotment. I am still harvesting carrots and parsnips and am starting to plan this years crops. I was very surprised to see my small peachContinue reading “It was February – now it’s March”

Fabric Auditioning

Over the last couple of weeks I have spent a lot of time in the studio piecing the block swap quilt. The seam ripper was my constant companion as I kept changing my mind on border widths and fabric choices. This is not how I usually work and so was a new experience. Improvisational piecingContinue reading “Fabric Auditioning”

A Fabric Basket

What do you do with left over blocks? Do you make them into cushions, bags, or something else? Sometimes, when I am designing projects, I have sample blocks left over. I had a block left from the Newlands table runner pattern, which I thought would make a lovely fabric basket or tray to compliment theContinue reading “A Fabric Basket”

WIP or UFO

When does Work in Progress become an UnFinished Object? As a textile teacher I have over the years created many samples, partially finished examples, step by step pieces, and some actually finished. The samples that are finished are not the problem. The step by step examples are. They have a habit of becoming UFO’s. IContinue reading “WIP or UFO”

Newlands Table Runner

I can’t believe that it is Friday already, Where has the week gone? There is never enough time in the day to get everything done. But I started the week with a pile of fabric and have ended with a new table runner. I name my patterns after places in the English Lake District andContinue reading “Newlands Table Runner”

The End of a Busy Week.

Or is it the start of a new one? I am never sure with Sundays. Whatever it is, it is a chance to update my blog. I received another block for the block swap quilt my quilt group started during lockdown last year. I couldn’t resist getting them all out and have another look atContinue reading “The End of a Busy Week.”

Back to cutting up fabric

As usual, after a busy lesson on Wednesday, I ended up with a lot of half completed samples. Yesterday I took the opportunity to sew some of them together and am very pleased with how the blocks are going together and the pattern they are making The image below shows another variation that can beContinue reading “Back to cutting up fabric”

My Sewing Machine is Back – thank goodness.

Last week disaster struck and I broke a needle when finishing some placemats. Not a great disaster but when I changed the needle and re-threaded the machine something fell from the area around the needle shaft. Due to the pandemic, my machine didn’t get its usual service last year, and it was now telling meContinue reading “My Sewing Machine is Back – thank goodness.”