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Candy Chains

Hello, long time no see. Sorry it’s been so quiet around here. I’d love to say that I’ve been off gallivanting but in reality I’ve been reclining on the bed watching Korean dramas due to a severe bout of fatigue associated with anaemia. I’ve only been venturing out of the house to attend hospital/ doctors appointments and sewing has been minimal so there hasn’t been a great deal to talk about. However, I have finally got something to share with you, I’ve got a project in Issue 39 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine.

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I started work on this project in April so it’s been a long time coming. Candy Chains is a two block design that produces a rather pretty Irish Chain variation. I used various prints from Cotton + Steel collections, generously supplied by Fat Quarter Shop, to create a giant cushion and lap quilt.

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I quilted the cushion with Aurifil thread using a basic straight line pattern but I had the good sense to send the quilt off to the amazingly talented Trudi Wood. As expected the results were awesome!

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Here’s a close-up of Trudi’s quilting.

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The bonus of having projects in print is always the professional styling.

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I’ve got more projects to share with you so I’ll be back soon with another post. Hoping all is good in your corner of the world. Catch you soon x

 

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We have a winner

Better late than never I’ve drawn a winner for the FQ bundle.

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Random number generator chose number 7.

Patti I’ll send you a message requesting your postal address but if you see this before I get in touch please feel free to drop me an email.

Sorry you couldn’t all be winners. There’ll be another giveaway soon as we belatedly celebrate our 6th blogiversary so watch this space. Catch you soon x

 

 

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Finally, a finish!

Issue 27 of Quilt Now magazine dropped through my door yesterday, so that means that I can finally share the finished BOM quilt with you!

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This quilt was a bit of a departure from the norm for me as I usually avoid sashing like the plague. This time around I felt that it was necessary to sash to bring all the colours of the different blocks together. There was plenty of negative space too so when I sent this away to Trudi for quilting I just knew that it would come back utterly transformed. I thought you might like to see the treatment that Trudi gave to each block so prepare for photo overload.

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Quarter log cabin block

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Chevron block

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Flower patch block

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Dresden doughnut block

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Friendship star block

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Ribbon dance block

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Bullseye block

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Flower weave block

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Economy cross block

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Flying away block

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Star central block

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Flying geese block

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Negative space panels

Trudi introduced so much texture with her beautiful quilting, it really makes the Kona solids sing. As per usual the quilt was pieced and quilted with Aurifil. I used the Emily Cier Kona solids bundle from Robert Kaufman to make this version of the quilt and I have the added bonus of having a full fat quarter stack bundle left over so I thought it would be nice to celebrate the end of this BOM with a giveaway!

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You can have up to 3 chances to win this fat quarter bundle:

  1. leave a comment to let me know what you would make if you won the bundle
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The winner will be chosen at random after 6.00pm (BST) on Sunday 31st August 2016. Open to all. Please be sure to leave a contact email in case you win, I will re-draw if I am unable to contact the original winner.

Catch you soon x

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A picture is worth a thousand words?

It’s been very quiet in our corner of blogland for the last few weeks, partly due to secret sewing deadlines but mainly due to a particularly crappy run of ill-health for both me and Jess. This is a flying visit to provide proof of life (if you need it). I’m also feeling a little philosophical today. I’ve heard the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” many times and I usually agree with that sentiment, however, today I’m sharing a picture that I think deserves an explanation. This is our gorgeous Jess. Today she managed to get dressed for the first time in almost 3 weeks. What this photo doesn’t show is the tachycardia and dizziness that she is experiencing from sitting upright and the constant pain in all her joints. It also doesn’t show you that immediately after this was taken she had to lie down and has remained in a reclining position for the rest of the day.

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We’re no strangers to chronic ill-health, our family is riddled with it, long term readers will know that myself, Jess and Yvonne all struggle to varying degrees on a daily basis. I’m not posting for sympathy, rather to remind myself and others that life may look shiny and perfect in photographs but they are merely a snapshot. If you know someone who suffers from a chronic health condition I would encourage you never to say “but you don’t look sick”, “you look well” or any other derivative. It’s a sure fire way to increase their blood pressure and potentially cost you a place on their Christmas cards list. Instead you could consider telling them that you like their outfit or their hair or some other compliment that acknowledges the effort they have made to look fabulous despite feeling like shit. This has turned into more of a rant than I had intended and I was going to edit it but I actually feel a lot better for getting this off my chest so I’m leaving it as is. I couldn’t leave on a negative note so here’s a photo of the first rose that bloomed in our garden a couple of weeks ago.

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I hope you all have a good weekend. I’m hoping to return to share some actual sewing progress in the near future. Catch you soon x

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Too many WIPs

You know you have too many WIPs when you have to consult your own pattern to finish off a project!

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This Doris Project bag has been cut out and partially pieced for well over a year. I had to give up on this one when I partially tore the tendons in my shoulder after making 5 of these in a row on top of a major foundation piecing project. I’m hoping to sneak in some selfish sewing time today to cross this one off the to-do list. I hope you’re all finding time to stitch this weekend. Catch you soon x

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Getting organised

I have a lot of balls in the air at the moment sewing-wise, so in an effort to maintain at least a small degree of sanity I am trying to be organised. My default setting is organised chaos so I’m having to work on dialling down the level of chaos!

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These fabric swatch organisers are my new best friends. They helped me through the last Quilt Now BOM and now they are going to keep me on track with the next one. I can’t wait to be able to share the details with you…

Catch you soon x

Finished technique sampler

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I’m planning ahead for my stand at the West Country Quilt and Textile Show and hoping that you’ll help me with a pattern dilemma. I have been contemplating writing up a comprehensive pattern for this technique sampler.

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Part of me is really keen to do it but the fatigued part of me is thinking is it worth the effort, would people actually be interested in buying a pattern for this? There are 12 techniques featured in this quilt so it would be a lengthy pattern, more like a short book really.

The techniques covered are: curved piecing, freezer paper pieced Dresden fans, bias tape vines and needle-turn applique, raw edge applique, Suffolk puffs (yo-yos), gathered patchwork hexagons, Bargello technique, reverse applique, EPP Dresdens, fast flying geese, Trapunto style bows and Crazy patchwork hearts.

So it’s over to you now, should I expend some precious energy on creating this pattern or not? Thank you in advance for your help. Catch you soon x

 

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Elizabeth

True to my word, I have finally finished up my Tula Pink Elizabeth version of the Nellstar.IMG_1090

Variegated pink thread, crazy straight line quilting and a hot pink binding were the perfect finishing touches.

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I don’t know why I procrastinated so much over this one. Catch you soon x

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Black and white mini

I gave myself a break from pattern writing yesterday evening  and turned my attentions to the Nellstar block that I made a couple of weeks ago.

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I got busy with my favourite crazy straight line quilting and finished up with the skinniest binding I have ever done. This little mini is approximately 8″ square.

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I’ll be shipping this one off to a new home shortly. I think it’s inspired me to finish up the original Elizabeth version as a mini quilt rather than a cushion. If you fancy making a Nellstar project of your own you can find the instant download PDF template set here. Catch you soon x

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Ninja Star

I’m still plugging away at deadline sewing that I can’t share yet but yesterday my sewing machine munched one too many pieces of fabric for my liking. To prevent myself from launching the machine out of the window I grabbed a pile of pretty fabric and drew up a new EPP block to try out.

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I posted a progress picture on Instagram, where Lucy suggested that it looked like a Ninja Star so I’ve taken that name for this block.

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It’s an octagonal twist on the ever popular Hexiestar block. Now I’m left with a dilemma, I want to make a cushion and can’t decide whether to make more scrappy versions of this block or to stick with the prints I’ve used already and change the placement in subsequent blocks. What would you do? I’ll look forward to your suggestions. Catch you soon x

Edited to add: If you sign up for our occasional newsletter you will received a free PDF download of the printable Ninja Star EPP templates.