Wow! Where did 2013 go? Did anyone else think the year just flew past? One year ago I started this blog. I have really enjoyed sharing my quilting adventures with anyone kind enough to drop by. I set my self a challenge of a quilt a month and I am happy to say all the tops are finished. I am yet to quilt some of them and am well behind in blogging about them. I will catch up on blogging over the next few weeks and hopefully will have pictures of fully completed, quilted and bound quilts to share. I do have pictures of a few projects to share though. 
2013 was my oldest son's first year at school and it was the best possible start to his education. The reason he had such a brilliant year was down to the care and efforts of his wonderful teacher. As a token of how much we appreciated her efforts I made her a table runner. I had so many idea and really struggled with what to make. I happened by chance to spy a charm square pack at my local quilt shop and that was it. I knew what I wanted to make. 
At the beginning of the year, Mrs Dunn gave all parents a lovely poem about how she would care for our babies and attached to the letter was a little butterfly. At the same quilt shop I happened to spy a butterfly stencil and knew I needed that too. I quilted this simply the straight lines except for the butterflies. I hope you can see them in the photo. 
The picture above is a quilt I quilted for the lovely Angie of GnomeAngel. It is a gorgeous quilt. I was so anxious about quilting for someone else, although it is a direction I want to go in. I still have great doubts about whether what I did is good enough but it was honestly the best I could do. I quilt on a home domestic sewing machine and I like doing it that way. The problem is that big patterns like these circles are hard to keep smooth as I have to pause and re-position my hands often. In hind sight I should have done a smaller pattern so it would be smoother and less 'organic'. I probably also should have done something I had done before and knew I could do well. Saying that, I think the quilting looks like I imagined it would and I will use this pattern on one of my quilts in the near future, possibly my 'Scrappy Trip-A-Long'.  I was aiming for the circular rippling pattern that rain drops make in a puddle - circles to contrast with all the squares. 

Welcome 2014!  May you bring lots of sewing!



02/01/2014 9:52pm

I love the table runner, and I think the ripple effect on the quilt is absolutely perfect! It made me determined to practise my machine quilting... Happy blogiversary, you started your blog on the same day as I did!

03/01/2014 8:48pm

Thank you Sandra

Very kind of you to visit. Happy Blogiversary to you too. I had a look at your blog, you do gorgeous work. Lovely hand sewing - it is one of my goals in 2014 to learn to hand quilt and maybe some sashiko, so I will check your site out again for inspiration


I would like to order one of your works! I need a king size bedspread! My countryhouse needs something like your works to look perfect!

25/03/2015 12:13am

This is the reason I always proud to be a woman. Women build and create art from nothing in such a delicate manner that you will never guess how much effort is put inside. It always seems that this is as it should be. Quilting is a great vacation that can bring not only some additional income, but grow a crafter of great pieces of art and a serious entrepreneur. For additional income, you usually use something simple, like short-term loans, for example, from But when it comes to quilting, it’s not just something to add or to do while sitting at home and caring for kids. It’s art, cotton-natural, velvet-soft and feminine art which can bring benefits. Good luck to you!

05/04/2015 6:45pm

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very interesting post.this is my first time visit here.i found so mmany interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion..thanks for the post!


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