Monthly Archives: July 2010

Kaffe Fassett Simple Shapes Quilt Along


Everyone knows how INSPIRING a KAFFE FASSETT book is

but this is exceptional

and working on the most basic simple shape …. the square

I have just finished my Kaffe Fassett Quilt Along quilt

and I just  L O V E,  L O V E,  L O V E it!

That’s not to say everything on my quilt is perfect …..  Nope, it never is!

No, what I so love about it is the glorious colours

and that is all down to Kaffe Fassett, nothing to do with me!

Watch the video about the inspirations he found on his travels

at his web site

but just for now

just have a feast for your eyes with this intense colour

on the small quilt in his book.

My quilt is mainly oranges, reds and greens ……

with the bits I had left over I made a lap quilt ready for the colder evenings to come …..

and from the scraps I had left from the lap quilt ….

I made a new bag for me   :0)   …. photos of these to come soon!

He is right though isn’t he? Kaffe I mean …

When you look at the things around you,

whether on holiday or not,

you see shapes, colours and textures that can inspire those of us

who like to make quilts ….

perfect ones (like the ones I see everywhere in Blogland)

or imperfect ones I see in my home!

Whatever you are doing today, enjoy looking for the unexpected shapes around you ….

and be inspired!

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2012 Olympic Quilt


I am really quite excited about the Olympic Quilt Project.

My choice has been red, white and blue – well it is very British isn’t it?

The top is coming along and I am rather pleased with the outcome.

I will put up some photos soon but in the meantime I wanted to share what it is all about,

in the hope that it may inspire others to sign up on the dotted line.

So …..

here are some extracts from the website

the Patron is …….

Kaffe Fassett …. of course!

The Organizers are Sharon Garrick and Jenny Rundle

and the essence or spirit of the idea can be summed up in these words  …

“The Olympic Spirit – is a bringing together of nations and people

from all over the world.

One of the joys of patchwork and quilting is that it knows no boundaries”

Isn’t that exciting!

Well now, 500 quilts are needed and 280 have registered.

So far they have recieved quilt registrations from as far apart as the Isle of Wight to Scotland; the

Channel Islands to Norfolk, Holland, Germany and the USA!

BUT  there is still time!

Don’t miss out on this exciting blessing!

You may be wondering  “Where will my quilt go?”

I think this is very exciting  because here is the answer …..

“Each quilt will be given a number and each country attending the Games also given a number,

these will then be drawn out of a hat so that no personal selection is undertaken.

Allocation will be completely random.

After the draw has been made we will contact each quilter maker

to let you know where your quilt has gone.”

It is planned that a book of the quilts will also be published.

Reading through the “News” on their website is interesting to see how individuals

and groups are getting involved.

These words from Holly Anderson have really encouraged me and I am looking forward to

sharing a similar experience for myself  ….

“Words just cannot express the excitement and joy we experienced

by providing quilts for the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996.

I’m thrilled to see that quilters of the UK will once again make quilts as a way to welcome

the athletes to the 2012 games!

If you haven’t committed to this wonderful project, don’t delay!

Some of the Atlanta quilters still communicate with the recipient of their quilt!

Holly Anderson, VP Georgia Quilt Project.”

(Holly Anderson was one of the instigators and organisers of the Atlanta Quilt Project 1996)


If anyone reads this posting and is inspired and encouraged  to add your name to the

growing register and promise a quilt from your own fair hands ….

please let me know so that we can encourage each other along.

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gorgeous fabric swatches from

my own quilt photos ….. coming soon!

Happy Quilting ….. Val

Quilt as you go Quilt Along


quilt as you go |quilt-along| part one

I don’t think I’ve posted on this Quilt Along from Sew Take A Hike

but I’ve really enjoyed making

my blocks with Penny. They grow very quickly, are quite random and fun to do.

Penny’s quilt looks great on her double bed – take a look ….

take a look at week 4.

I love visiting her blog, it is so inspiring!

Anyway,  my quilt  …..

The blocks are made partly from a Jelly Roll Urban Courture

by Basic Grey for Moda ….

and partly from some fq’s – a bit of a mixture really, but they seem

to work ok, the blocks are 14″ and I really like them!

I decided to make them into a sofa throw ……

But then I was a little sad when I had made my sofa size ….

So ……

I decided to keep on going and make a single bed size!

so I made some more 14″ blocks and two borders of 6″

I am just about ready to buy some backing fabric and binding!

Not being a “precise” person

(much as I marvel at those who are blessed with such a gift)

this method suits me – a bit higgelty-piggelty,

but the overall look is quite pleasing.

I’ll picture it when it’s done.