the joy of teaching…

Did I mention that I started teaching again recently? It feels wonderful to be in a room full of creative individuals, all beavering away on something unique and personal, and to share my love, knowledge and experience of quilting.  I have a lovely group of novice quilters who are making great progress in their chosen projects. […]

very productive day…

I have been procrastinating and neglecting this spot recently, in part due to our building work which hovers on the horizon and many other reasons I could blame.  Then on Friday, I received this lovely postcard from Italy. It was from my partner in The Big Stitched Postcard competition. Oh!  I hadn’t even started.  Galvanised into action, my […]

nine patch block

Having spoken about the Irish Chain last post, I was keen to try it out, so today I have a little tutorial for you – the nine patch block. This block is made by combining two “strip sets” which themselves are created by combining three strips.  Sound confusing?  It’s really not.  It is just a […]

why, who, when

Many years hence, when I am dust, my quilts will be here.  Perhaps they will be sold on Ebay as collectible pieces of that quaint art called Patchwork, perhaps they will travel abroad.  Though they may change hands, pass out of the family, and become soft and worn, it is my hope that they will […]

tea cosy tutorial

Tea cosy/tea cozy?  Anyway, here is the tutorial that I promised last week.  Don’t be daunted – it’s really quite simple, only 4 bits of fabric and it looks fantastic.  Read through the instructions a couple of times to understand them before starting.  Here’s what you will need: Outer fabric – cotton or linen /  Lining fabric […]

Under the frankincense tree

Copywriter by day, aspiring children's author by night. Part-time student, full-time mum. A publishing journey.

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stash busting patchwork and projects

Does my bum look 40 in this?

stash busting patchwork and projects