The next four….

Well the next four blocks for the CQJP 2013 have finally been sewn.  These blocks have been in the thought pipeline for ages and as usual I have just finished them by the deadline.  I spent Monday sewing them together, in a frenzy, whilst at Braintree Quilt Club. They continue to record my year, as you can see.


Every May I remember the May Day celebrations at primary school. No doubt time blurs the memories, but the sight of the first bluebell always takes me back to gathering bluebells to take to school, along with an afternoon of maypole dancing.

This year I spent a wonderful afternoon with a friend wandering through a wood that was carpeted in masses of bluebells. The wind was softly whispering through the trees and the smell was soooo delicate and fragrant.


June means holidays…

We spent a week of lazy sun filled days, with sangria evenings in Majorca.

Next we went to Brighton, so I just had to include the GROOVY material, along with the union jacks.  I bought the seaside fabric in the North Lanes – yes, I was planning this block!

July saw us in Rutland.  We had a lovely time at Rutland Water wandering along the paths. It was soooo hot!  I just had to include the first mate fabric as I made Farris a couple of dribble bibs in it.


Well, August is the time we quilters love with the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.  I cut and sewed the peachy 8″ block at the Sizzix stand.  I love my Sizzix Big Shot Machine and am saving hard for more dies!

My September block is going to be sewn around friendship.  My fellow quilters at Braintree Quilt Club are all giving me some fabric to sew into the block. They are choosing the colours they like and work with. Watch this space to see what it looks like!

I hope you have enjoyed  looking at the next four blocks.

Have a fun bank holiday!


Braintree Quilters

Another busy week for us all!


Some club members were making a carry tote for their cutting mats and rulers.  I am very proud that they have chosen to use one of my own patterns. Members will all be able to personalise their totes to ensure they fit their own rulers and cutting mats.


Launa is quilting the outside of her tote.  It will be a lovely bright tote, as she is using some of the cotton fabric her Mum bought in India.

Linda and Diane were in great discussion about Linda’s quilt top, which is absolutely beautiful. During the day Linda busily pinned the wadding and backing on.


Grace is hooked on attic windows! She has chosen to use the fabric she bought in Australia and New Zealand.  There will be lots more photos in the weeks to come as she works on it.


Pat, one of our newest members, is busy hand sewing her cushion top.


We have enough members now to start a waiting list, which is very good for a club that is only four and a half months old!  Friendships are being formed as we sit, sew, quilt, hand stitch and chat!

Happy sewing and quilting to you all!

CQJP2013 the next three blocks!

Well, its been a long time coming as I’ve been sooooo busy sewing for Farris.  The blocks for February, March and April are finally finished.  I have been trying to make my hand sewing stitches more even.

It was hearts for Valentines day…


It had to be Peter Rabbit for March, as I’d just finished my Peter Rabbit quilt for Farris!


In April I decided to use the lettering stitches that came with my Bernina machine. Looking out into the garden and seeing all the spring flowers inspired me.   I used a King Tut multicoloured thread to spell out the flower names: daffodils, crocus, tulips and primroses.

As to the next block, all I keep remembering is my primary school May Day celebrations, when I enjoyed joining in with the maypole dancing.  My favourite flower from childhood is the bluebell, so watch this space to see what I design!

Happy sewing to all!