Thursday, 26 September 2013


I've been seized by an overwhelming urge to simplify this week. Look at my lovely tidy shelves! I've had a MAJOR de-stash. Literally my whole dining room has been COVERED in fabric for three days. I have sorted through my stash with a merciless eye. Every colour family has been ruthlessly decreased. Lots of old favourites have gone (small sob) but I've decided its time to make way for new inspiration.

Now its all bundled up and ready to go to new homes. A big old basket of these lovely colour bombs will be available at the Sewing Bee next week or at my PlainStitch classes, priced between £10 and £15 for around 20 different fabrics.

I'm hoping that they make an easy affordable way to instantly build your stash when you are just starting out - or my personal favourite is always a scrappy rainbow quilt like this or this and a few of these bags mixed in with a plain or polkadot would be a ready made quilt, no?

I can't wait to see what they become in the hands of my fab students and Bee-ers!

** Linking up to Molly Flanders' Blog where you can see everyone's favourite quilts **

Monday, 23 September 2013


I've been having a little play in my scraps bin, trying out a different technique. Ohh its fun! 

I must confess it was a bit daunting going wild with the tension dial on my usually beautifully behaved sewing machine, but heh, if that's as wild as it gets I don't think I'm in any danger of  going off the rails do you?

How small does a scrap have to be before you throw it away? Loving making teeny tiny freehand embroidery quilt squares.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Heather Ross Honeycomb Hexagon Quilt

After a full summer of English paper piecing my Heather Ross HoneyComb HexiQuilt top is all finished and ready to be quilted. I have my backing all made up and I just need to get it basted together and I'm completely ready for some lovely autumnal hand quilting. I tend to sew with the seasons. Now I think about it I tend to make quilt tops in the spring and summer when the creativity is humming, then hunker down for the winter to hand-quilt, it's interesting to note how the rhythm of the year affects my making. How about you?

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Long Hot Summer..........

I'm back at the computer screen after a lovely long hot lazy summer hanging out with my kids and family. It's been wonderful. I've done ooodles of sewing and have so much to show you over the next few posts but wanted to pop back in quickly today to remind everyone local that the Sewing Bee is back next Tuesday at 9.30am at St Annes Hall in Wendover. Will be lovely to catch up with everyone and see what else you've been sewing this summer. I'll be showing off my Hexi Honeycomb Quilt which I'm itching to get on and start quilting when my backing fabric comes into stock, it's a shot of summer to keep me going through the winter as I hand quilt it in readiness for an English Paper Piecing class next year. Enjoy the last blast of this summer sun today, you'll be reaching for a warm quilt tomorrow if the weather forecast is right!