I've now been quilting for three and a half years. This blog is my personal quilting diary, that charts my progress (and occasional regression) from the start. I use it so I can look back at my past projects...and hopefully see my skills improve!

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Maling Road

I have finished Maling Road 1 year and 5 days after starting it at a workshop with Di Ford Hall.  I mostly used her fabrics but changed some of the colours and used a few fabrics from my stash.

I really enjoyed the hand applique.  Because I used wash away applique paper and glue, I washed the top on a delicate cycle in my washing machine before sandwiching and quilting.  The laundering is very important, as the paper and glue make the appliques stiff.  Washing the top leaves them lovely and soft.

Maling Road is a very 'busy' quilt, so I kept the quilting simple - echoing and a small stipple  around the appliques.  Most of the rest of the quilt was quilted with my walking foot.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

2019 and Review of 2018

Below I copied and pasted my 2018 Plans.  Where did the year go?

I think it would  be fair to say that 2018 was a quilting disaster.  We decided to put the house on the market.  We found a buyer the first day (last June), but are still waiting in a chain.  Here we are on the 2nd January, 2019, and we still don't know if the sale will go through or if the chain will collapse.  It is impossible to plan anything...and all the hassle can be overwhelming! ...Oh, and I am waiting for surgery on both feet!

Enough excuses.

2018 Plans

WIPs and UFOs carried forward
TQS 2017 BOM - HALF COMPLETED - sewing machine -Have finished the beauty block border this year.
Passacaglia quilt - NO PROGRESS - hand work - No progress
2015 Quiltmania Mystery Quilt - NO PROGRESS - hand work - Still no progress.
Hexi wallhanging - NO PROGRESS - hand work - No progress
Phoebe quilt - NO PROGRESS - mix No progress
Rambling Ways - TWO BLOCKS DONE - hand work No progress
Etoile rouge - 3 MONTHS DONE - sewing machine No progress
Quiltmania 2016 Mystery quilt - NOT  STARTED - mix No progress
Amish II Nancy Rink Quilt - NOT STARTED - sewing machine No progress
Diamond Hill by Esther Aliu - ONE BLOCK ONLY DONE - hand work No progress

Priorities for 2018 - first 3 months

Sewing machine
Finish large feathered star quilt - Finished
International Miniature Quilt Exchange Finished
Etoile rouge - 3 MONTHS DONE
Hand work
Hexi wallhanging - NO PROGRESS
Rambling Ways - TWO BLOCKS DONE
So - I was awful at progressing my Wips.

What did I start and finish in 2018?

 Feathered Star
 Playing with Jacquard Dye-na-Flow
 Inktense pencils
 Inktense pencils
 Tiny mosaic
  Playing with Jacquard Dye-na-Flow
 Bally Birds
 Mini swap - first attempt
 Mini swap - 2nd attempt
Drunkards path
Failed attempt at stack and cut.
Pythagorus' paper piecing nightmare
Playing with Jacquard Lumiere paints and swallow block
First attempt at mini swap
Second attempt at mini swap
Improv quilt

OK...so I did get some quilting done...but there is no coherence...just like my life...chaotic!

Plans for 2019

Is there any point in making any plans with life in limbo?  I shall just plod on doing what I can until my life sorts itself out!

I have started  a Skitch a Day project with GourmetQuilter.  I have done the first week's little skitches.

I also want to get properly to grips with EQ8.

Happy New Year! x

Monday, 31 December 2018

A Finish for Christmas 2018

I have dipped my toes into the improv method of quilt making.  I have started this adventure with a Slash and Insert attempt.  I wanted to make a bed quilt for my son, Peter.

The piecing was fun and quick.  I used a Craftsy layer cake, about half of a Kona jelly roll and additional yardage in black for the sashing and borders.

The piecing was quick and fun.  I used one inch strips for the inserts - some cut straight from the jelly roll. For others, I pieced scraps and then recut into one inch strips.

The piecing went well, but then I had a two week wait for my backing fabric.  Eventually, because there was only 1 week left until Christmas, I ordered 4m of black Kona cotton from another online shop.  My original fabric arrived the day after I pieced the backing.  C'est la vie!

I pieced a strip of 12 inch blocks for the back of the fabrics from the jelly roll to give the backing a bit more interest.  I used random widths of coloured  fabric and blocks cut from some fat corners.

Sunday, 18 November 2018


Sometimes it is fun to play.  I bought a  lovely pattern called Garden Pond Pillow by  Katrina Hadjimichael.  It is so pretty.  I fell in love with it!

I wanted to make a 24" mini quilt, rather than a pillow, so made some extra stars.  I used a stack and whack method rather than fussy cutting.  I'm too mean with my fabric to fussy cut.  There is no waste with stack and whack.

I used the top part of a clamshell template for cutting the scallops.  The fabric is Moda Morris Holiday Metallic.

I used English Paper Piecing to create the stars.  I hand appliqued the stars and scallops to the plain, white background. 

I am disappointed with my FMQ.  I wish I hadn't added the random feathers in the corners.  I think it is too much.  Too late now.  I can only hope I learn from my mistakes. 

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Fun with Lumiere

I saw the Chimney Sparrows block some time ago and wanted to make a wall hanging using it.  The piecing is tricky. I felt I wanted a quick, trial project, so instead of piecing each block, I painted each block with Jacquard Lumiere fabric paint.  I then pieced the blocks together on point.  I sandwiched with 2 layers of Hobbs polester and white cotton backing.  The really fun part of the project was the quilting.  I love thinking about how to show off the blocks to their best advantage.  Any excuse to quilt feathers! :)  I probably should have used my rulers to quilt this, but decided to 'wing' it and just  FMQ by eye.

I still need to add a binding...

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Not much time to Sew

The last few weeks have been extremely busy and I have found little time to sew.  Our house is sold subject to contract and there is so much to do as we are downsizing - 21 years worth of 'stuff' to part with. 

I have managed to finish piecing Pythagoras' Lute and am presently quilting it.  The photo below was taken before it had been sandwiched.

I have signed up for the UKQU Winter Mini Swap.  It will be my third mini swap with UKQU.  I have 4 different plan possibilties based on my swap partner's likes and dislikes.  I am presently making small samples before I make a final decision.  I always have to question my motives.  I want to make something my swap partner will love...but I also want to challenge myself by making something I haven't tried before. 

Thursday, 23 August 2018

From the Ashes

I wanted to try to make my first One Block Wonder quilt.  I had some lovely Jinny Beyer border fabric that had been sitting in my stash for a long time.  I knew that as much as I loved the fabric I would never use it because I didn't have any fabric in my stash that worked with it. So, I bought a book and watched some videos and started piecing my hexagons.  When I put them together Irealised I had made a big mistake.  Regardless of how I moved the hexis around, it was too much and giving me a headache.

What to do?  I can't bear wasting fabric - especially lovely fabric.  I wondered if I could break up the hexis with a second fabric.  I decided to go with black and try to make a medallion quilt out of it.  It was fun trying to reverse engineer the dimensions of the quilt so that the hexis would fit.

Anyway, the result is below.  No longer a 'one block wonder', but now more 'stack n whack'. I am now working on a second attempt at a OBW, and I think this one is looking more promising.

What have I learned from this disaster?  Fabric choice is everything.  Fabric with lots of straight lines don't work - at least, not for me. You don't necessarily need a lot of different colours, but variations of tone and saturation are needed if I want to create the kind of effect I have in mind.  Onward, ever onward!