Category Archives: Quilts

Quilt as you go Quilt Along


quilt as you go |quilt-along| part one

Well, at last my attempt at  Quilt as You Go Quilt Along with Penny at

is finally finished

here on the line ……

and is now doing a good job on my bed ……




Why not take a hike over to sewtakeahike and join in

it’s not too late!

20 Minuters


I have been busy for a while now, off and on, making paper pieced Dresden Plates.

I really enjoy the experience of hand piecing.

Tacking the fabric shapes over their backing papers and stitching them together to create a new textile ….. yes, it is very absorbing and satisfying.

You can become totally immersed in the process of

choosing the scraps …….

tacking on to the papers …….

then arranging each piece into the desired sequence for your plate ……

Yes, it  is very rewarding and the slower pace than machine patching is quite therapeutic.

When it’s all put together, I think the softer look that the stitches produce lends charm and individuality to the finished piece. Well, I hope so anyway! But  I don’t know what they will end up being – a quilt, a throw, place mats ??? Who knows! I am happy to be making them just now so I will wait until I have enough to decide. :0)

It is thought that the Dresden Plate design originated in America in the 1930’s when it would have been made up using small scale dress prints on a white background.

So here are two of my plates coming along,

bit by bit,

20 Minutes at a time!

What do you think?

Click to enlarge photo

Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt-Along


“Friends are those who nourish the spirit.”

It’s not often that a collection of fabrics makes you all warm and fuzzy inside. This recipe has a spoon full of sugar that melts the heart and soothes the soul. Bright, happy colors and beautifully painted motifs designed by Mary Engelbreit for Moda.

I love this range, my curtain in the kitchen is a patchwork of “Recipe” charms and it just makes me smile  – even on a grey day!

I bought my JR at sale offer price – it doesn’t seem to be around any more – so if you find it I would seriously recommend you push your boat out and buy whatever you can afford … it’s so worth it! And it will make YOU smile on a grey day!  :0)

I have used my Recipe Jelly Roll for the Jelly Roll Quilt Along from

The second block has been designed by April Mazzolini who gives quite a frank account of how she designed it! So encouraging to read how she “Made do and mended” her original block. Her blog is at

Here is my second Jelly Roll Sampler Block …..  the green one ……  hope you like it!

Jelly Roll Quilt Along


As I only had one Jelly Roll and it  seemed too special to use for

no particular reason ….  when I saw this idea from Konda at

I decided to join in this Jelly Roll Quilt Along as I thought it would be a

good use of my Recipe for Friendship JR!

Each block will be designed by a different person.

So here is my first 12″ block

and tomorrow we will get our instructions for the next block design.

It is really inspiring and fun ….. from a Crafty Person’s point of view!

Soldier Quilt to go!


A new Soldier Quilt to go. This one is mainly blue, green, black and white, again in strings – with a few lighthouses, boats and puffins. :0)  I love stringing along!

The back is polar fleece in bottle green.  I hope it is acceptable. I feel it is a privilege to be able to make and give such a small token of appreciation to those from whom so much that has been given.



During the summer my Daisy Patch friend, Linz,  holidayed in Florida and had a wonderful time in the realm of American Patchwork shops! She had a hard time to choose, but eventually settled on some gorgeous batik fat quarters for us to share together.

So here is my work in progress for a summer sofa throw …..

With a little help from Bella!

Soldier Quilts To Go!


I am so happy to now have two quilts Ready to Go!

Whilst waiting to photo the first one, the second came along and was finished in time to post them both together  :0)

When I was growing up a favourite  record my Dad often played was “The Deck of Cards”  by T. Texas Tyler.

I have never forgotten this “story” and Googled to find the words – I am printing them to send along with every quilt I make.

It starts like this:

“The Cards” is set during World War II, where a group of Army soldiers, on a long hike during a campaign in southern Italy, had arrived and camped near a town named Cassino. While Scripture is being read, one boy who has only a deck of playing cards, pulls them out and spreads them in front of him. He is immediately spotted by a sergeant, who orders the soldier to put them away (thinking he’s playing cards in church). The soldier is then arrested and taken before the Provost Marshall to be punished.

The Provost Marshal demands an explanation, to which the soldier explains the significance of each card:

Ace: The one true God
Deuce: The Old Testament and New Testament in the Bible
Trey/Three: The Holy Trinity;  the Father,  the Son,  and the Holy Spirit/Ghost ………..”

The spoken word listened to over and over again is very memorable.

Another song my Dad loved was “There’s Always Room At Our House” by Guy Mitchell – singing of sharing hospitality.

My two sailor uncles used to sing “Clink Clink another Drink”  by Spick Jones and The City Slickers – but I think I’ll just include The Deck of Cards with my Quilts!

I was surprised that you can actually buy all of these “Oldies” on iTunes!

Soldiers Quilt


What a privilege it has been to be able to make such a quilt!  I don’t know who will receive it, but I hope that he likes it.

As I look at the different fabrics (I can’t count how many)  I see handbags and quilts that I have made in the past. What makes up this quilt are the tiny strips of fabric that I had left in my “bits basket.” This kind of patching is known as “Strings.” There are many inspiring blogs with tutorials on how to piece these together – either paper backing or thin fabric backing.  I prefer to use a fabric backing as I don’t fancy taring off all the paper bits. Click on HeartStrings button for tutorials and String ideas.

Apparently String Quilting has a history going back to the early 1900’s in America.  I found some interesting comments:

“When quilters combined their scraps into a string quilt, it may have been nothing special to them. Yet, the quilts dazzle the eyes of outsiders and art collectors who see them as wall art today. When the country was enduring the Great Depression, women combined their scraps into string quilts, which were seen as utilitarian and still are.

The common thread in string and selvedge edge quilts, is that their popularity came about at the time of an economic downturn or a War, or both. The materials used in each were throw-aways being put to use, as a quilt or decoration for women’s homes, and they were there for the taking.

Women did then as they do now — they got creative and sewed together the fabrics they had, including scraps.”

That could relate to modern times!

An Old Fashioned String Quilt from the 1920-30’s

Wanda Pintar's string quilt

My own quilt is waiting for a photo – then posting off without delay!

Soldier Quilt news


Threads and Patches

Here is a link from Sally at Threads and Patches and a course she is running soon –

Making a Soldier’s quilt Course

Quilts for Soldiers Sat and Sun 13th and 14th Feb 2010 10am - 4pm

Sally says:-

“Join us to make quilts for soldiers returning from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

We shall make quilts using donated fabrics. Brenda who organises this then takes the

quilts to the military hospital to be given to wounded soldiers.

We will get you started on a quilt you can make fairly quickly, and plan a date for their

return for distribution at the hospital.”

If you would like more details about the Threads and Patches shop and workshops go to:

My own quilt top is finished – now need some wadding and a backing so I can start to quilt.

Soldier’s Quilt


Here is the progress so far…

I am really excited to be able to make  this Soldier’s Quilt – which as can be seen is just in the beginning stages.  I am using scraps in a string quilt and will post its progress in the next few weeks.  It is a privilege to be able to be involved and I am pleased with how it is turning out, if you are interested you can find out more on the Charity link at

String Quilts are a great way to use up heaps of small bits and are so original – for inspiration take a look at