Is it too early to be thinking of Christmas makes?

Every year I make items for the family for Christmas. To me this is as much about Christmas as the actual day itself. It gives me time to think about the recipient whilst I am making the gift. This last year Christmas was difficult and I couldn’t bring myself to even think about it withoutContinue reading “Is it too early to be thinking of Christmas makes?”

Back in the Classroom with the Coniston Cutting Mat Bag

It was lovely to be back in the classroom at Tudor Rose Patchwork today after the Christmas break. Everyone was full of enthusiasm either with new projects in mind or a determination to finish projects from last year. Janet is currently quilting the Coniston Cutting mat bag and Julia decided to get the pattern. LookingContinue reading “Back in the Classroom with the Coniston Cutting Mat Bag”

The Derwent Quilt

Today I have been preparing for lessons this week. As we are revisiting colour theory I started looking through my sketchbooks. One of them has the original designs and ideas behind the Derwent Quilt. It started as a design exercise for patchwork templates for my City & Guilds students. I was so taken with itContinue reading “The Derwent Quilt”

Technology is great – When its working.

Yesterday I had a moment when my sewing machine stopped working, mid seam. Slight panic ensued as I went round the house trying to find out which fuse had blown – Nothing. Back to the machine, still not working. Was it time to get the replacement I had been thinking about for a year? UnfortunatelyContinue reading “Technology is great – When its working.”

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”

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”

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”

12th Night and Three Kings Day

January 5th, or Twelfth Night, is by tradition the time for the Christmas decorations to be taken down. I find it quite a sad day in our household as all the decorations are packed away for another year. Walls and corners or room seem bare as the garlands and the tree are taken down. RoomsContinue reading “12th Night and Three Kings Day”