Sunday, 8 February 2015

Finished At Last!

The City Sampler is finished at last!
It's taken 10 months off and on.
I'm really pleased at how it's turned out and also with my choice of quilting design which is so simple (naturally for me!) but looks really effective.
I chose a bright multicoloured yarn from the Superior King Tut variegated range and it's perfect.  
It looks great on the black background.

For anyone who would like to make their own City Sampler this is the book I worked from...

(click on the link above to take you to Amazon UK)

All the blocks are 6" square and some are quite fiddly to make but well worth the effort :-)

I've also recently finished another couple of pairs of socks for a toddler pair...

These for my son...

...and these for my little grand-daughter made from left-over yarn from a pair I made myself.  I've found that from 100g I can get one pair of ladies socks and once pair of toddler socks.  
Unfortunately I don't seem to have enough left from a pair of men's socks :-(

I've been asked if I would like to contribute to Fabrications Quilting For You magazine so I'm now working on a couple of projects for them along with Popular Patchwork and British Patchwork & Quilting...well, it keeps me out of mischief ;-)

My next project to be published is a bed runner in Popular Patchwork March issue.  I will post photos when I can - I'm still waiting for the January issue to arrive with my baby play mat in so will post that too when I get it.  In the meantime here's a computer generated image of the bed runner made with Stonehenge fabric...

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
Have you all recovered?  Well the decorations are all down and out away until next time and I've been hitting the sales - the online fabric sales ;-)

The first to arrive was this beauty from 

...a Kona Solids jelly roll, a couple of metres of Kona solid white and a bolt end of a Moda Snowbird design to add to the fabrics for a quilt for my daughter's bedroom once it's been decorated.
There are a couple more orders on their way too :-)

We saw Isabelle at the weekend and gave her her Christmas gifts at last!

...a large Paddington floor cushion I made for her

...and a pair of pink tiger feet socks
were amongst her many gifts.
She's been spoilt this year and she's loved every minute of it!

I'm aiming to finish the Tula Pink City Sampler quilt soon.  
There are 100 blocks in all and I now have 30 left to make.
I've now decided how I will put it together so that's encouraging me to carry on!
Here are the 8 blocks I've done so far this year - my aim was for one a day so I'm ahead of myself so far :-)

I'm still making blocks for the Quilting Bee which ends in March I think.
I had my month in November but still waiting for 4 blocks to arrive so I'm glad I didn't go for Christmas fabrics to make a Christmas quilt as I'd originally thought.  My theme is black and white fabrics and the block is Trellis Crossroads
This is my block...

...and this is what the finished quilt should look like - I will be putting 9 of the blocks on the front and 3 on the back...I have my reasons...

I won't be signing up for any more quilting bees :-/

I believe I have a quilt in January's issue of Popular Patchwork magazine although I haven't had my copy yet.  Here it is...

They have another of my quilts too - a bed runner inspired by Stonehenge & Avebury stone circles, so I'll let you know when that's published too

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Long Time No Blog...

First of all I hope you all had a lovely Christmas!
Ours was very quiet with a lot of coughing and spluttering and I expect a lot of the country had the same :-/

I decided this year that I would make myself a Christmas quilt as I've never made one, so I bought a layer cake with my birthday money in November and set to designing in the hope of getting it finished in time.  I managed it with just two weeks to go and I used the leftovers to make matching cushions
(photo above)

Spurred on by the cushions I decided to spruce up the sofa with more new cushion covers made from some Moda fabric I bought in Anglesey in September...I will blog about that later :-)

I'm still knitting socks - one pair after another!
These are all birthday and Christmas presents made over the last six months.

...including a pretty pink pair of tiger socks for Baby Belle!
I was going to make the next pair for myself but I think a certain daughter of mine has her eye on them ;-)

One of my New Year resolutions is to update my blog more regularly - at least once a month if not more...let's see if I can manage it ;-)

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and creative 2015!!

Monday, 15 September 2014

From Kindle to Pouch

After the disappointment of my sale on Friday I decided to cheer myself up by buying a Kindle Paperwhite as I wanted a lighter version than my Kindle Fire to carry in my handbag.

But, OH persuaded me that I didn't need one and suggested I use my original Kindle instead.  

So, I dug it out, reorganised all the books, made it a lot more user friendly and today made a new pouch for it to match the one I made a few weeks ago for my phone.

£169 saved...result!!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

A Very Happy Customer!

After the disappointment of yesterday's sale at the hospital I was thrilled to bits today to see these fantastic photos of my 
'Hebridean Wall' 
textile art piece which was purchased by a lovely lady on Thursday.

She chose the frame even before it arrived today and doesn't it set it off well?
I'm so happy she loves it...she's made my weekend!!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Going, Going, Gone!

Long time, no blog...I'm sorry!
Apart from suffering with a nasty cold virus that's still lingering after almost 4 weeks, I've been organising my crafts for my next sale at the hospital on Friday.
I've also made the decision not to close my 
but to downsize - a lot!
I'm going to concentrate on quilts and textile art more - I'll also keep the cards as I also enjoy making them

Everything else must go!

So on Friday I will put my shop into holiday mode for a couple of weeks while I re-organise and re-stock.

So as everything is drastically reduced until then please take a look - you might see something you fancy - but remember there are only 2 days left of these silly prices!

I made a few Christmas cards and tree decorations for Friday's sale and if there are any left I'll list those too.

Hopefully I'll be able to settle down and get back to quilt-making and textile-art creating from now on

Tuesday, 12 August 2014


You may have noticed that I've added a tab to the top of this page named 

Here you can browse my selection of hand made cards from fabric to photo.  They are all offered at a very reasonable price and reasonable postage costs which won't increase no matter how many you buy.

I can also add greetings to any card...just let me know what you would like it to say.

Please email me at
with your requirements
and I will send you a PayPal invoice.

As time goes by I'll be adding more tabs featuring various items for sale.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Greetings Cards From Textile Art

After visiting the Great Dome Art Fair in Buxton at the weekend I got the idea of cutting up some of my photos of my textile art pieces and turning them into small greetings cards.

Each card measures 4" square and comes with an envelope

I thought I would sell them in my 
for £5 per pack of 3 
with free postage to the UK

And until the end of July...that's just one more week...

...there's a 10% discount off everything when you use the code
at checkout!

So why not pop over and have a look at my may just find what you are looking for

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Catching Up!

Please forgive my silence again over the past couple of weeks!  I have been so busy with everything but finally I can relax a little.
In a couple of weeks time it's Isabelle's first birthday and I wanted to make her a special quilt.  I bought the fabric on my last holiday to Anglesey - Moda Printemps -  and was going to make something lovely for me...and then I thought about Sunbonnet Sue!  I inherited all my mum's Sunbonnet Sue quilt books - 4 in all and a lot of the designs are rather intricate so I chose this simple design for Isabelle's first never know, in the future I might make one of the more intricate ones ;-)

So, I chose this appliqué pattern then put my own quilt design around it. 

 It's backed with a beautiful lemon fleece which I love for baby quilts. 

I've also been knitting some cardy's for Belle...a short sleeved lacy summer cardy and a long sleeved one for those cooler days...

Also a couple of weeks ago hubby reclaimed an office chair from a skip at work (after asking permission first of course!)
I found a 
showing how to cover an office chair exactly like this so I took less than 1/2hr and I'm really happy with it

Lastly...I'm still knitting socks...
I've just finished a pair for hubby...

...and now finished the first one of a pair for me.  I've also just ordered some more sock wool (I think I'm hooked!!) to knit some little socks for Isabelle too - nobody escapes!!

So...there we go - that's what I've been up to!  And now I really must get on with a couple of projects I promised to the editor of Popular Patchwork ages ago! Plus another design for Joanna at Patchwork & Quilting.

How did I ever find the time to go to work?!!