You can go your own way

Well, I survived the West Country Quilt show! It was exceptionally tiring but worth it to meet so many like-minded people and at this point I’m thinking I’ll do it again next year.

Today I thought I would share with you my progress on the newest round of the Quilt Now BOM. I was listening to Fleetwood Mac while I was designing the quilt this time so it seemed only fitting to call it “You can go your own way”. I was determined to sneak in some EPP blocks so I decided to design two blocks each month; one machine pieced and one EPP. I’m using Art Gallery Fabrics solids for the magazine version but really wanted to make a print version for myself, so I’ve started digging into my favourite fabrics for this project.

It’s been a bit tricky to get decent photographs of the colours in these blocks due to the dreary November light but you’ll get the idea. This is month 1.

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Month 2

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Month 3

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Month 4 is this month’s project so I’ve got a finished machine pieced block…

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and the EPP block is a work in progress.

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I’m really loving how all the blocks look together. I think this will be a special quilt when it’s finished.

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Catch you soon x

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West Country Quilt Show 2016

I’m busily preparing for my first trade stand at the West Country Quilt and Textile Show at UWE, near Bristol. I signed up in March in a fit of madness and since then things on the home front (family health issues) have been less than favourable but not wanting to be a quitter I’m gritting my teeth and getting on with preparations. The show runs from 11th-13th November and is open 10am-4.30pm each day. Tickets are £11 on the door but if you buy in advance from the West Country Quilt show website, using code QSA, you can save £2.

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I’ll be on stand 125 all weekend where I’ll be demoing a couple of my EPP designs and generally having a nervous breakdown. The first Quilt Now BOM quilt will be coming with me along with Kaleidoscopic so if you fancy getting a look at them close-up come and find me. A slightly more bedraggled version of me than this photo shows will be more than happy for visitors so please do stop by to say hello if you’re passing.

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Catch you soon x

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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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

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

Finishing up

I’m in the process of finishing up the current Quilt Now BOM. There are three 3 blocks remaining before readers will put their blocks together to finish but I’m obviously working ahead. I thought I’d give you a sneak peek at my finished top because I’ve received the most awesome package of quilted goodness from Trudi Wood.

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I’m not usually a sashing and borders kind of girl but this quilt really called for the extra breathing space to make the blocks work together. I sent this top off to Trudi to work her magic and as usual I was bowled over by her skills! Here’s a sneaky peek to show you what I mean.

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I am really looking forward to sharing the whole thing with you in a few months time! In the mean time I’m going to be stitching away madly on the next Quilt Now BOM. I’m thrilled to have designed the third BOM and really hope that some of you will stitch along with me again. Catch you soon x