La Passacaglia Quilt

Never one to dwell too much on past experiences, it’s always best to move on and try again or try something new. I picked up on the trend for La Passacaglia Quilts and was absolutely amazed by them. The detail and the work is beautiful. I bought the first of Willyne Hammersteins Books Millefiori Quilts. I had some fabric left over from The Beast (see below!) so thought I’d give it a go. I ordered from Messe Jesse’s Shop a set of the paper pieces and off I went. I have to say that I’m thoroughly enjoying the slowed down process of cutting the fabric shapes, gluing them on to the paper shapes (I use a sew line glue pen) and sitting sewing them together in the evening. It is a very relaxing way to spend some time. I have also ordered and just received a set of clear perspex templates to make cutting out the shapes easier. These were from Sunset Seams in Australia and are available on Etsy. Delivery was quick to the UK and they really help when fussy cutting shapes etc. Anyhow….here’s a picture of my efforts so far. I’m now deciding on what fabric to get for the next rosette – any suggestions?


The Beast !

Well ho hum, I think I’ve just made the worse thing I have ever sewn, not in the worst – it’s actually fabulous way, or the friend who says excuse the mess when their home is like a show home, but more in the I’m actually embarrassed this quilt went so bad way. From a distance I guess it looks ok, but on closer inspection, triangles don’t match up, squares are higgledy piggledy, there’s lumps and bumps all over the place. I had to add extra pieces to get the blocks to fit correctly and by the time I got to the actual quilting the quilt became an unwieldy beast. I decided to randomly sew the quilting as none of the lines matched up anyway and a twin size quilt on a home sewing machine was a bit of a struggle for me especially when you are seriously out of love with what you are sewing, two broken needles later and it’s quilted, well sort of, well enough to do. Just the binding left now, can I be bothered, I’m not sure … I guess in my mind this quilt was going to be fabulous in reality I think I’ve bitten off more than I could chew. I’ve definitely learnt a lot by doing this and really really need to work on my cutting skills, as although I tried to cut accurately I think that is fundamentally where the problem started. So, does anyone have any top tips for cutting pieces for quilts, if so I would love to hear them. In the meantime, this quilt is going quietly on a shelf not to be spoken of for a while ! x

blue quilt

I thought I would put up some pictures of the quilts I made for my three kids for Christmas. I used the lovely Moda Kate Spain Sunnyside fabric, Moda Chantilly and Moda Barcelona. I did find it quite difficult to find fabric suitable for a teenage boy. There’s plenty out there for younger kids and lots of florals. I think the Barcelona works well and I kept it simple with just a patchwork pattern. The Jelly Roll patterns I got from the book Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam & Nicky Lintott. Great easy to follow patterns.

Moda Chantilly
Moda Barcelona
Moda Kate Spain Sunnyside

British Patchwork & Quilting Magazine…

This arrived the other day (March 2015 issue) and I have to say I was really impressed with the content. Some fabulous quilts to make and some really interesting articles on Japanese fabrics and quilts. I would really love to go to Japan it looks so interesting.  There was also a lovely make of some Omiagi Bags which used Sashiko embroidery which look great for stuffing full of little Easter Eggs. I’m going to raid the fabric stash and have a go at these too, but the sun is shining today and a very dirty car is looking at me after being up at the stables in the mud so if I clean that first then I can justify an afternoon of sewing – yes??bags


Out and About Toy Carry Bag

It’s my nephew’s birthday coming up soon and what do you get a 4 year old nowadays? My kids are all in their teens so it was a long time ago for me. However I do remember my handbag being full of crayons, cars and bits of lego, so when I saw this tutorial on it was perfect for me to have a go at

As you can see, my version is slightly different, I added a back pocket for essential notepad and crayons as well as rolling up a bought road mat and making a velcro tag to hold it in place. I also popped a little handle on the top to make it easy to carry about.

carrier closed
All packed up ready to go!
toy carrier
Ready to play!

Fab Fabric Delivery…

I love it when fabric arrives through the post! I’ve got 10 fat quarters of the Makower Oriental Blue range. I’m just looking at quilt patterns before I actually cut the fabric (always makes me slightly nervous). The colours are lovely and fresh and I think will make a great summer quilt. I’ve ordered a copy of British Patchwork and Quilting Magazine where a saw on the cover a quilt using these fabrics designed by Lynne at Lily’s Quilts hopefully that will arrive soon and I can get started.



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