What an exciting time I'm having! Today I got to meet Anna Maria Horner who made a special guest appearance on Sewing Quarter. She was genuinely so lovely, it was a thrill to meet her and see her beautiful quilts up close because I have long been a fan of her designs and work.

Of course I was there demonstrating projects I have made using her latest collection Floral Retrospective.

Greek cross quilt

This quilt is made up of 12 traditional Greek Cross quilt blocks and you can click here to get the block instructions

Greek cross quilt block

I fussy cut the larger flower prints for the centres, framed beautifully by the Overachiever print. The background fabric is Linea in Lichen by Makower, which compliments the greens so well.

Keeping with the colour scheme I used a lovely soft green #2840 Aurifil 40 wt thread to quilt around the diamonds. It would be a great quilt pattern to do some free motion quilting or hand quilting because of those nice spaces and the geometric shapes.

The quilt is 36" x 48".

Next I made a cushion cover (shown here unstuffed!) with butterfly blocks and I really like the folksy vibe this has:

I hand stitched the antennae and did some hand quilting around the wings using perle 8 thread. I actually did the quilting sitting in a games shop while my son was learning to play Dungeons and Dragons. I asked about sewing in public on instagram and generally people always seem to have good reactions, which is brilliant. Leave a comment below if you sew/craft in public and tell me what your experiences have been like, all good?

And I only just clocked that John matched his shirt to the cushion, butterflies everywhere!

If you would like to watch Anna Maria Horner talk about her career, design process and take a look at some drawings that are part of her next fabric collection then click play below!

Tomorrow I am heading to Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham (mostly to finally meet fabulous Clare - Selfsewn, another quilting heroine of mine) and also to look at all the gorgeous quilts on display. You can follow along on my instagram as I will be adding pictures/videos to my story while I'm there and I will do a blog post soon too of course!

I hope you're all having a nice start to the weekend, happy sewing!