Monday, 22 August 2016

Registration open for Patchwork in the Peaks! 📌

There is something so special about quilters coming together to inspire, learn from each and sew together. Even better when it's in stunning surroundings and I am super excited to share that I will be teaching at Patchwork in the Peaks 10

September always feel like a new start for me, as an ex-academic and now mother, it is the beginning of the school year and a time for fresh starts, setting goals and opening up to insights and creativity.

The lovely Elita of Busy Needle Quilting hosts this semi-annual quilter's retreat, a four day weekend in the French Alps. With classes and plenty of time to work on your own projects and relax in good company, it will be a rejuvenating creative get away. There is so much going on at the retreat and some lovely extras, like onsite shopping, massages and a nail service! To read all about Patchworks in the Peaks click here.

There are lots of exciting elements to the retreat; Secret Sisters - to provide encouragement, Finished Up Lottery - a chance to win a reward for finishing projects, and I am particularly looking forward to Show and Tell to see what everyone will be working on!

It looks completely blissful and I can't wait to meet everybody, do some sewing and enjoy the get away! If it is something that sounds good to you too, check out all the details and register now as there are few places remaining.

My class 'Fussy Cutting Snapshots' on Saturday morning will focus on the fun of fussy cutting fabric. We will be making make some Polaroid blocks and also explore how you can incorporate fussy cutting into your quilts. 


I've been pulling out some favourite fabric in preparation. I am also thinking about what projects to finish on the retreat, I have a couple of quilts in mind!

I would love for you to join us on this quilt retreat for a chance to unwind, quilt, chat and to have some sewing adventures! Click here to book your place:

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Trenton block mini quilt and a winner

I am very excited to share my Trenton block mini quilt, which is featured in Love Patchwork & Quilting, Issue 38 - out today in the UK!

Hand piecing has become a passion of mine, I have a tutorial here on my blog and now a technique focus in Issue 38. I would really encourage you to try hand sewing if you haven't before. It's a nice change of pace from machine sewing and it's fun to be able to take projects on the go!

I love making traditional quilt patterns with modern fabric and the Trenton block seemed like a cool one to try out. Curves are relatively easy when hand sewn and I have tips to ensure pretty points!

It took me a while to get the dimensions right and I pulled out all my school stationery!

Finally I had a draft of the block I was happy with and could use for templates:

The templates and a step by step tutorial with pictures, are in the magazine and it's really not a complicated sew!

There are so many ways you could quilt this mini. I chose to do some straight line quilting and echo inside the curves by hand quilting with black perle thread. I also added a few cross stitches for fun.

I really love the simplicity of the quilting, it works well with the fabrics and showcases the petal shapes nicely.

size - approx 19" square
fabrics -
The Essentials Graduations by Caryl Bryer Fallert for Bernartex from Patchfinders
Wild Goose with Black Spots, Just A Speck by Jen Kingwell
Ladder Lines in Sage, Doe by Carolyn Friedlander
backing fabric - Rock Salt with Black Spots, Just A Speck by Jen Kingwell
binding fabric - Mini Pearl Bracelets in Heather by Lizzy House
hand pieced with Aurifil 50 wt thread and hand quilted with Finca perle thread

Also in this issue, the Love Patchwork & Quilting team used my pattern to make a couple of Stitchy Pie needle cases with Cotton Candy by Dashwood. They are so pretty, love those fabrics!

To purchase the Stitchy Pie pattern click here or visit my Etsy shop!

And today Angela of Heart of Charnwood further brightened my day when she shared her impressive version on instagram...

I adore this so much and isn't her embroidery gorgeous?!

She also cleverly added a loop inside so you can hang it up or attach it to something.

When she sent me this picture I actually laughed out loud:

Funny, cute and beautifully stitched! Thanks for letting me share Ange :)

Finally I have to announce the winner of my Tilda giveaway...

Congratulations Martina! I have sent you an email.