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
I've been looking at folded star/pine burr quilt designs for a little while now and have been wanting to see if I could make one. I received some gorgeous floral fabric from The Craft Cotton Company and decided it was now or never and would give it a try by making a cushion cover. I… Continue reading A few triangles later a folded star cushion emerged….
Following on from camel bunting, sprocket cushions and camel toys I also used the Moroccan Bazaar fabric by The Craft Cotton Company to make a mosaic effect patchwork cushion. I would have loved to make a quilt in this pattern but it would have taken me much longer than the time I had, especially since… Continue reading Mosaic patchwork cushion tutorial
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
I recently put together a tutorial to make a sort stop for The Craft Cotton Company using their lovely Just Bake fat quarter set. I was fighting a loosing battle against the wind and trying to keep a door open today until I remembered I had recently made this - problem solved! It also reminded… Continue reading Patchwork door stop sewing tutorial
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!
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
I got the idea for this quilt from a quilt I saw in Love Patchwork and quilting magazine issue 19. I really liked the way of adding patchwork detail to a piece of fabric by stitching on patchwork designs made using the English paper piecing technique, this created a quilt effect which was a lot… Continue reading In a vain attempt to try and use up some of my fabric scraps before they completely take over the house I am making some more quilts
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 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!
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!
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 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!
My friend absolutely loved the case I made for her for her iPad (along with many of my other friends who have now put in a request for one to be made for their birthdays!) and asked if I could make one for her dad for Father's Day, no problem I said, the only catch… Continue reading It all started when I made a iPad case as a gift, now the requests are coming in! This one is a great one for Father’s Day
A friend of mine had a birthday coming up and I had been trying to think of something to make for her - she always likes to receive the gifts I have made for her and I try and do something a bit different each year. Then I found out she was receiving an iPad… Continue reading Quilted iPad case – a perfect make for gifting
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 managed to get some time today to add my house detail onto my patchwork quilt background which I started last weekend. As mentioned in its previous post the idea for this quilt came from All People Quilt Magazine http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/quilt-patterns/wall-quilts/home-last?page=0%2C2 by Jaybird Quilts http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/2011/11/home-at-last.html?m=1. For these houses I chose to use the same colours that I had… Continue reading The houses have been built and the doors are on, it’s finally starting to all come together!
As I have so many quilt makes on my list this year I was slightly worried that if I did them all by hand using the paper piercing method that I have always used I wouldn't get them all finished in time. I have also wanted to try making a quilt from scratch using a… Continue reading Carrying on with my crafting marathon weekend but running out of time and sewing out of my comfort zone!
I know it's only been a few months since Christmas but I have so many makes I do for Christmas I have to start planning early! I have been thinking about what to focus on this year as last year I seemed to focus on sets of crochet coasters and cross stitch cushions for people -… Continue reading From the year of the coasters and cushions to the year of the quilts!