Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Merchant and Mills Ellsworth Shirt

I made it without any modifications, just to test it out. The only modification I would make, if I made it again, would be to add an inch to the length, especially at the front. I was between sizes so I decided to size down as it is so roomy, and I am glad I did.
There is not much else to say. The instructions are good, I love all the linen from Potter & Co, and I found the perfect green buttons in my stash. I definitely recommend making one.


Saturday, June 12, 2021

Autumn Daisy - a foundation paper pieced pattern

Introducing my latest foundation paper pieced pattern - the Autumn Daisy!
The pattern includes templates for two finished sizes - 8"x8" and 10"x10".
You can find the pattern in my shop
I made 9 of the daisies using Ruby Star Society fabric to make this sweet little quilt. 

A single block would be great as a pot holder or used to make a pouch. 
 It's such a fun pattern to make and works equally well in solids or prints.  

Friday, June 11, 2021

Tulips and Hearts Paper Pieced Patterns

While finishing off my latest foundation paper pieced block pattern (a flower - coming soon, hopefully tomorrow!) I realised I had never blogged by heart or tulip patterns. 
So here they are!
A lovely heart block, in several different sizes - 6"x6", 8"x*' and 6"x8". 
You can find the pattern for sale in my shop

A Tulip block in two sizes - 4"x6" and 6"x8". Find the pattern here. 


Friday, May 21, 2021

Fibonacci quilt

As a Science teacher I love the idea of quilts with links to Maths and Science. This Mini quilt is based on the Fibonacci sequence. 
This was a fun project - I used scraps of solids and kept adding blocks until it felt like a decent size. 
I'm definitely a convert to spray basting after quilting this quilt. So much quicker when you don't have to remove safety pins and so many less wrinkles. 
I think this might be oft hang in my Science Lab for a while!


Saturday, May 15, 2021

Spray Basting Quilts

I've always pin basted my quilts, and it's always been my least favourite part of the quilting process. So instead of continually whinging about it I thought I should try spray basting. 

Best decision. So much easier and my quilt tops are so much smoother. 

I've been spraying outside and then bringing the pieces in to the living room on the wooden floor to 'stick' the batting, backing and quilt top together. A quilt ruler is really handy to smooth out any wrinkles, then it just needs a quick iron and it's ready to quilt! 

I haven't quite finished the daisy quilt yet, but I've quilted the Fibonacci quilt below. It was so nice to just quilt without stopping all the time to take pins out, which always made my lines go quite wonky. 

 I've yet to do a really big quilt, but I think I am a convert!

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The Windflower Quilt

Introducing the Windflower Quilt!

The Windflower Quilt is a modern take on the Orange Peel block. Instead of sewing, or appliquéing curves, the blocks are foundation paper pieced. Then the blocks are all machine sewn together with sashing.
The finished quilt measures 57" (145cm) square which is perfect for a gift, a baby, a child, or on the couch or sofa.
I have included some instructions for foundation paper piecing, but I also have a simple tutorial here. 
You can use choose coordinating fabrics or scraps for the blocks. You could also choose 16 fat quarters and use the rest of them to make a scrappy binding.

The Windflower pattern is available now in my shop. 

Sunday, March 07, 2021

Through the Square Window

One of the first quilt patterns I wrote was the Through the Square Window pattern that uses layer cake or 10" squares. I thought it was time to redo the pattern with better illustrations and instructions.
I made this small version using Social by Melody Miller from Ruby Star Society.

I have made so many quilts from this pattern over the last 11 years. The medium size is perfect for as a lap quilt.

I have made so many small size versions over the years. They make a perfect baby gift. 
This pattern works with every layer cake and in every colour combination, and is the perfect pattern for a beginner quilter. 

Buy the pattern here!