Sunday, December 21, 2014


I was thrilled to bits to see I have been given a mention over at les soeurs anglaises
I have travelled over there a couple of times to do workshops
This year was with Janet Bolton.

My series of little angels is inspired by Janet's methods. 
  Remember I started them back here and here?

Christmas is coming ready or not!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


I love making little things
 and small quilts. 
Have you noticed?

This is my Christmas Star.
I couldn't show you before this
because that would have spoiled the surprise.

 I  made up kits for my loyal students who come to classes every week.
I had fun hand drawing the pattern and the instructions 
and printing them on nice paper.
A bit old fashioned looking.

This one is a bit easier for the newer girls.

I have done quite a few....

 I always think small quilts look good as part of a collective.
And I gave the kits to 4 of my sisters, who are quilters as well.
Ooo I hope they don't see this post before Christmas.

Monday, December 8, 2014

what do you think?

I want to start quilting this quilt,
by hand 
as usual, for me.
This is my favourite thread at the moment.
It's "spagetti thread" by Aurifil.
Ideally I would like to use dark blue so as not to interfere with the fabric,
So I get texture rather than the stitch taking over.

I used it back here.

Lovely thread...

But I can't seem to get my first choice....

Any suggestions?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

now where was I?

Oh yes...
I have finished the quilt top!

56 x 10 inch blocks

 A nice big quilt

I think I will call it "constellations"
and now I have to get down to all that Christmassy stuff.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

coming along

My latest quilt is coming along nicely....

These are 10" blocks but I am planning lots more.

Here's something I found while playing on the internet the other day:

It doesn't have to be louder, brighter or more didactic...
but it can be pushed.
It can be taken further.
It can be better, stronger,
even more deceptively simple.
But it needs to go to the next level.

        Andrew Salgado

Thursday, November 20, 2014

all in together

I have been planning to do a quilt like this for some time.

I have started with these four 10" Court House blocks

then nine...

 and lots of scraps.
What do you think?
Too scrappy?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday night already

This week I have:
finished a quilt top
and started a new one
and drove more than 1500 kilometres, 
on my own,
to go to a funeral.

You know what I like about hand sewing?
It is portable,

and small.