I wanted to make a hedgehog design on a cushion and decided that by using some patchwork triangles I could add some more texture to the cushion, and lots of triangles later and the hedgehog was completed! Think I might make another hedgehog cushion in the shape of a larger hedgehog and patchwork triangles on… Continue reading Hedgehog Patchwork Cushion Tutorial
I received some lovely Japanese Florals fabric by The Craft Cotton Company and decided to do a fan block quilt. I must admit was a little daunted about all the curves - I don't think I have ever sewn so may curved edges before, however, I made sure I took my time (I'm terrible for… Continue reading Patchwork fan block quilt
When I saw this Bambi fabric by The Craft Cotton Company I knew it would be perfect for making a quilt, I have been looking at doing a tumbling block pattern on a quilt for a while now and decided now was time to give it a go! I have always stayed clear of the… Continue reading Bambi fabric mini tumbling blocks quilt
Since my last patchwork drawstring bag I've been making a bit more progress through the Christmas makes. Am actually getting trough them a bit quicker than I was expecting so am hopeful I might actually get everything finished! I really want one of these bags for myself, but that will have to wait for now!… Continue reading Patchwork drawstring bag – part 2!
It seems to happen every year, no matter how early I start with the Christmas makes I always seem to be running out of time by the end! It's starting to happen already this year and I am seriously starting to doubt whether I will get all the things I had planned made in time… Continue reading First of two patchwork drawstring bags is ready to be wrapped for Christmas, making slow progress on these Christmas makes!
I've had some jelly roll fabric for a little while now and have been wanting to make a quilt with it, but just didn't have time. Finally I've had a chance to put it together! I haven't made my own quilt binding before so I went a bit out of my comfort zone on this… Continue reading New binding challenge completed with this jelly roll quilt!
I love the ombré trends fabric range by the Craft Cotton Company and was lucky to get the chance to use them to make a lovely to tote bag for them using it. The pattern I used to make it was by the Craft Cotton Company and can be found in the vintage floral tote… Continue reading Combining two of my favourite things – bags and patchwork!
A few months ago I was asked by The Craft Cotton company if I would be able to make a patchwork quilt for them using the new Ombre trends range by Heather Jacks. I jumped at the chance to do this, firstly because I enjoy making quilts, second I love the Using The Craft Cotton… Continue reading From a mass of 128 paper and fabric triangles emerged this bright and cosy quilt
The final Christmas quilt I made was a square blocks quilt, I'm was so glad I managed to get it finished in time - I was getting worried it was going to have to be gifted late. Luckily I didn't encounter too many problems with this one, although being squares you would think it would… Continue reading I didn’t think I was going to do it but after some very late nights I did manage to get the final quilt finished just in time for Christmas!
I always have problems wrapping up bottles as gifts, although to be honest anything that isn't a square box tends to give me problems! I can never get the paper to look right without it tearing a few times and rather than just buying a paper bottle bag I thought I would make one. I… Continue reading A drawstring bottle bag, a solution for me to put bottle gifts in this year rather than fighting with a piece of paper!
I saw this pattern in Love patchwork and Quilting magazine issue 20 and really wanted to make it as a gift this year, however, I was really nervous to get started on it as it looked like it would be quite complicated to make - especially with the problems I have encountered and had to… Continue reading Third quilt down only one more to go, this arrow quilt was so much easier to make than it looked too, so glad my fears were unfounded!
I've always wanted to make my own table runner, but it has been on the back burner for a few years now as I get so busy around Christmas with gift makes that I just run out of time to make it, and it just doesn't seem right making a Christmas runner in the summer! I… Continue reading Finally, after making them for other people all these years I have finally got round to making my own table runner. I can’t wait for Christmas so I can use it!
For my second quilt I opted to do a rectangle strip one, I have been wanting to do one like this for a while so was really pleased I could do finally do one! I opted for quite a thick rectangle strip as I didn't want one that was too thin for working with -… Continue reading I’m starting to worry time may be against me but I’ve got the second of four quilts finished for christmas, let’s hope the final two decide to co-operate as nicely!
I'm flying ahead with my Christmas makes so far this year, although I have made sure I have started nice and early as last year I ran out of time. This stocking is the companion to another patchwork stripes stocking over on the Hobby craft blog http://blog.hobbycraft.co.uk/how-to-make-a-patchwork-stocking/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HobbycraftBlog+%28Hobbycraft+Blog%29 made to replace my rather thread bare stockings… Continue reading New stocking all set and ready for Christmas, I’m definitely ahead of schedule this year – fingers crossed it stays that way!
I decided early on in the year that I would make quilts this year for Christmas gifts, by deciding early on I knew I would have plenty of time to get them made. Unfortunately I have been so busy with other makes I completely lost track of time and forgot about getting started on these… Continue reading I have been so busy with all my other makes I forgot about my mass of Christmas gift quilts I need to make! After a slight panic the first is finished – only 3 more to go!
Instead of putting my gifts into paper gift bags this year I have decided to do something a bit different, and make some fabric gift bags, what I like about these is the recipient can also use them after Christmas so they act as a little extra part to the gift too! I use some… Continue reading A fabric gift bag – Perfect for making your Christmas presents stand out from all the other gift bags this year
I have just finished a tutorial for a patchwork stocking which is over on the Hobbycraft blog, really simple to make and perfect for hanging out on Christmas Eve! http://blog.hobbycraft.co.uk/how-to-make-a-patchwork-stocking/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HobbycraftBlog+%28Hobbycraft+Blog%29 There are loads more fantastic tutorials to check out over on the Hobbycrfat blog too.
I was so pleased with my quilted patchwork spider I decided to make another fabric spider for Halloween. I wanted this to be a bit different to the previous spider so decided to make the body out of patchwork hexagons using one of my favourite patch working methods - English paper piecing. I really enjoy… Continue reading Following the success of my patchwork quilted spider I decided to make another – you can never have too many spiders at Halloween – only fabric ones that is!
I started my Halloween makes a little later than normal this year, I normally like to get started nice and early as I have quite a few to do each year. This year however I have lost track of time - the year is just going by so fast I am loosing track of what… Continue reading Halloween will soon be upon us so it’s time for a bit of a spooky Halloween craft takeover, scuttling in first is a quilted patchwork spider!
I'm slowly starting to make a bit of a dent into my to do list - it maybe only a small dent but it's all progress! The number of animal makes I have completed and have still yet to do is just insane, although finally they are starting to reduce in number and I have… Continue reading Another animal make – I know they are really starting to get out of hand now, but I really couldn’t resist these dashingly cute dachshunds!
I saw these in Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine issue 12 a while ago and they looked so cute I really wanted to make them. However, I haven't really made much patchwork apart from quilts and a couple of Easter eggs so I wasn't too sure how well I would fair making them, especially as… Continue reading Two patchwork rabbits: I took on a bit of a challenge with these two and by the time I finished then I was hopping along in excitement with them!
A few weeks ago I was in Hobbycraft looking at their fabric bundles and saw a set of stripy fabrics which I just had to get to make a quilt with! This fabric is from The Craft Cotton Company, I just love their range of fabrics! After my first successful attempt of making a… Continue reading Triangles and stripy fabric – think I was being overly ambitious with this being the second quilt I have made using the machine, I’ve managed to do it though……just!
I was browsing while walking past craft magazines the other day and was stopped suddenly in my tracks by one of the cutest quilted octopuses! I quickly grabbed a copy of Quilt Now magazine issue 11 and was so keen to get started on it I started it as soon as I got home -… Continue reading Swimming in amongst the crochet flower makes, a super cute pair of quilted octopuses!
After the disappointing attempt at cracking on with my quilt last time I decided it was time to have another big push at trying to get it finished, and after 4 evenings of dedicated patch-working I have made quite a step forwards towards the completion of this project hand have got another 9 squares completed… Continue reading After falling short last time I’m back again to try and scale a bit more of this quilting mountain! Let’s hope I keep a tighter hold of the ropes this time!
I've been working on a quilt for myself for a while now, squeezing in making a few squares whenever I get the chance between other projects. However, as I am doing these squares with the paper piercing method progress has been slow. So I decided over the bank holiday weekend to focus on getting some more… Continue reading Harness…check, helmet…check, ropes…check – it’s about time I resumed climbing this mountain of a quilting project
I finally managed to bring myself to get out my table topper and get to unpicking the horrible quilting I had damaged it with the last time! I hate unpicking especially when it seems to be never ending! Luckily it didn't take as long to unpick as I had expected, although it is not the… Continue reading After a bit of a wobble on its road to completion, my quilted table topper is finished and was definitely worth the upset!
After the quilted table top fiasco - which I still can't bring myself to even look at let alone unpick l! I was reluctant to attempt to finish another quilting project incase that too turned into a disaster, however, I knew I had to get back on the quilting track before I put myself off… Continue reading From a quilting disaster to a quilting success, it’s amazing how one project can help to restore your confidence in your sewing!
I have recently redecorated my dining room, and have been wanting to make a new tablecloth centrepiece using the colours I now have in the room. I decided on doing a quilted table topper using a hexagon pattern, as I thought it would be the best way to include all the fabrics and colours I… Continue reading When going unnecessarily complicated and not paying full attention when quilting backfires in a big way!
I have finally found a bit of time to put a few more patchwork squares together to go toward my quilt! I always find my quilting tends to be the unlucky craft which gets put to the wayside when I have a lot of crafts on, I'm not to really sure why this is as… Continue reading Update: my quilt is slowly coming together, another 4 more squares in the finished pile!
I saw the pattern for these eggs in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine issue 19, and knew I had fabric which would be perfect for making them. The only problem I had was whether I would get them finished in time for Easter with it being only a week away! Luckily I had a little… Continue reading Didn’t think I was going to make it, but just in time for Easter 12 patchwork eggs!