Looking for a good read?

Grab this months issue of British Patchwork & Quilting magazine (out now), its packed full of inspiration and articles.

Projects from Julie Alderson, Kristen Clay and Debbie von Grabler-Crozier.

Inside you’ll also find my ‘Caribbean Whirlwind’ quilt. Its an magnificent 62″ square quilt, made using ‘Sweet Shoppe Too’ fabric from Makower. Quilted using Vlieseline cotton mix batting and Aurifil threads.

This months magazine also includes features from Janet Goddard – Lets go shopping to Stitch and Knit and Quilts for Veterans by Helen Kent.

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Michelle

Cheeky Frog Quilt…

A little something to make you smile, during these tough times, which are proving to be very stressful, as we are now in our second full lock-down, and homeschooling the kids again.

Introducing my ‘Cheeky Frog’ quilt, this blanket is 40″ x 40 , making it a perfect lap size/ cuddle size quilt.

Made using the gorgeous fabrics from Craftcottonco, Wadding from Vlieseline and threads by Gutermann.

If you would like to make your very own ‘Cheeky frog’ quilt, you can download my free pattern using the link below.

Don’t have time to sew, place an order here on my website, to purchase one. (fabrics subject to availability).

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Michelle

Cosy pram quilt…

I would like to wish you all a very happy new year, and share with you my first quilt of 2021

Do you need a cosy pram quilt for your baby/toddler, when going for walks to get your daily exercise?

Here is my free pattern, made using the gorgeous newborn Elephant fabric from Craftcotton, super soft wadding from Vlieseline, all sewn together using Gutermann threads. Don’t have time to sew, place an order here on my website (fabrics subject to availability)

Other items available to purchase in this collection

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Michelle

Do you love elephants?…

I’ve created an Elephant Tassel table runner, using the amazing new monochrome prints from Craftcottonco, paired with some ‘brights’.

Click the link below to download my free tutorial

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Michelle

Garden Party Bunting…

I was given the opportunity to play with the new ‘Alice in Wonderland’ fabrics from Craftcotton – (Fabric image below, care of Craftcotton)

They are super cute, I knew straight away I wanted to create bunting, I could visualize it being draped round garden fences and tables at a tea Party

Following my tutorial below to create your own…

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Michelle

A little weekend inspiration…

Welcome to October… a month that’s a little bit special, as its my birthday!

With the sewing/quilting magazines back up and running in the UK, I was thrilled to get two of my quilts featured inside, one in this months and one in last months issue of British Patchwork & quilting.

My Marrakesh bohemian quilt is a great geometric quilt, a great alternative to a flowery quilt, made using the stunning new collection from Petal Signature for Spoonflower. 48″ x 48″ finished size. Using Gutermann threads and Vlieseline 278 soya mix batting. Find it inside the September issue.

My Colour Brush quilt is a simple, classic nine patch block, using the modern new collection from Stoffabrics. Sewn together using Aurifil threads and Vlieseline Cotton mix batting. This quilt is a lovely 54″ square, perfect for a cosy night in. Find it inside the October issue.

Thanks so much for stopping by, wishing you a lovely weekend.

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Michelle

Jersey fabric pencil cases…

Hey, hope you’re all well.

Thanks for stopping by… today I’m sharing with you a really simple pencil case, its a perfect little project for the summer holidays

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Using Vlieseline Jersey stabilizer H609, and the beautifully soft Vlieseline Soya Mix batting. The fabrics I’ve chosen are jersey fabrics from Stoffabrics.

To download my step by step tutorial, simple click the link below. I would love to see your finished pencil cases and to see what gorgeous fabrics you choose

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Michelle

light at the end of the tunnel…

Can I see the light at the end of the tunnel?

Quilt Now have just released its first publication since lock down, and the magazine is absolutely packed full of inspiration and exciting things to make… and I’m thrilled to be featured inside, in fact I have my first pull-out supplement…

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Inside you’ll find information about the history of the Dresden quilt, the Dresden ruler and my pattern to make the quilt with matching cushion, using the beautiful fabrics from Riley Blake ‘Sweet Honey Kisses’

These beautiful photos were taken by Quilt Now…

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A little something I’ve been working on…

Hey, hope you’re well, thanks for stopping by to read my blog today.

I wanted to share with you something I’ve been working on while the UK magazines have been put on hold, I can only show little bits of it, as the pattern will be available soon.

Its a gorgeous little table runner, made using a new collection from Makower called ‘Sunny Bee’, the vibrant pink is from a new collection called ‘Sweet shoppe too’ also available from Makower.

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Due to the weather being so glorious here in the UK, I decided this was going to be a hand sewn project, using needle turn applique.

I used Gutermann threads, to hand sew this project

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I couldn’t resist capturing the finished top piece in the sunshine

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Michelle

 

Island Batik June Challenge…

Can you believe its June already…

If I’m honest everyday seems to feel the same at the minute, but today I will celebrate June by sharing with you my Island Batik June project

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This months challenge was a ‘free’ theme, that meant we could make anything, using any fabric from box 1… I couldn’t resist using more fabrics from the stunning ‘Northern Lights’ collection from Kathy Engle for Island Batik.

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I had been given a sample of Vlieseline R200, a new thermo insulating wadding… Its is lush. Vlieseline have developed two new thermo-insulating waddings made using 100% recycled polyester: R80 and R 200. These exceptional waddings have a high migration resistance so they will retain their shape and smooth handle, even after washing. They are suitable for use with all fabrics and are great for quilts, patchwork, bag making and garment applications. R200 is a more substantial, extremely bulky wadding with a soft handle.  It can be hand sewn and is washable to 40°

I chose to make a cat bed, I have four cats, and they love to sleep on my quilts (usually when I’m trying to quilt them), so this one could be theirs…

I made a row of 6″ hearts using different fabrics form the collection

I quilted the row of hearts and this created the surrounding edge for my cat bed

I self covered 4 small buttons, and these were added to the base of the cat cushion

I hand sewed the surrounding edge to the base, and the cat bed was ready for its first guest…

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One very happy and comfy mog

I couldn’t resist sharing a few more photos of my cat making herself comfortable

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Michelle