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  Posted: Aug 21, 2012 8:12 PM FEED
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I have set my husband to work making some tessellations for me. We started off competing against each other...but now I'm just cutting the shapes for him.

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Posted: Oct 17, 2017 7:32 PM
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The Village Haberdashery are hosting a book launch for the V&A’s Patchwork & Quilting, A Maker’s Guide (mentioned in my last post) and its beautiful sister book, Embroidery. If you’d like to come along, it would be really lovely to meet you :) More details over on @vhaberdashery’s feed.
Posted: Oct 16, 2017 7:39 PM
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This is one of my English paper pieced quilt blocks, which appears in the V&A’s newly-published book, ‘Patchwork and Quilting: A Maker’s Guide’. You can read more about the book (and see my other blocks) over on my blog. #vammaker #epp #englishpaperpiecing #libertyfabric #libertytanalawn #tanalawn
Posted: Oct 8, 2017 2:03 PM
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Sunday afternoon stitching, inspired by @karenbarbe’s beautiful book. Scroll left for more 👀. #karenbarbé #miniatureweaving
Posted: Oct 5, 2017 9:19 PM
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A beautiful goldfish, designed and stitched by my super-talented friend, Tabitha (@mrssrock4t), who brought him over to live with me when she visited :) Where is the orange heart when I need it? 🍊 🍑 🥕
Posted: Oct 4, 2017 9:13 PM
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Last weekend, celebrating my mother-in-law’s 70th birthday: we haven’t stayed anywhere with the sea right on our doorstep before, so a few of us raced out of bed at dawn to go for a walk (scroll left). I love how dramatically a seascape changes over the course of a day.
Posted: Oct 3, 2017 8:17 PM
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1/8” hexagons. I’ve realised that if the pieces can be wrapped, they can definitely be sewn :) #epp #englishpaperpiecing
Posted: Sep 23, 2017 8:01 PM
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Day 23, Favourite Mini Quilt. I found this hard to choose as I realised I feel more fond of my small projects than I do my full-size quilts - I like that they allow for smaller piecing and also a more limited palette of colours and prints (I know full-sized quilts allow for these things too, but my attention span may not). This one is my #perpetualspringepp - I like how it changes in different lights (scroll left for the Bath of Sunshine version) and also that it looks quite simple on the wall, but was a satisfying challenge to sew with all the curves. After spending a year above our bed, it’s spent several months hidden down the side of a sofa waiting to be hung elsewhere. #greatbritishquilter #perpetualspring #epp #eppeverywhere #englishpaperpiecing
Posted: Sep 22, 2017 7:30 PM
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Very belatedly, Day 20, Longest Work in Progress. I have two - the first is my #lapassacaglia, which is currently living in a cupboard about three years after it was first started; the second is a quilt (scroll left) that took so long to make that I’d fallen out of love with it by the time I came to put the binding I somehow haven’t ever done that one small final task. It’s a little shocking to realise that all those hours of hand-sewing and beetling away have ended up abandoned in a cupboard, but it’s probably more about the process than the finished quilt for me anyway...I’ll finish them one day!
#greatbritishquilter #epp #eppeverywhere
Posted: Sep 20, 2017 10:17 PM
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Catching up on #greatbritishquilter, Day 19, Can't Live Without. I'd initially assumed this question was about sewing supplies, but then found it's intended to be more wide-ranging, so here’s a potted list: family and friends (obviously, the only true essentials on this list); my camera; central heating; podcasts; autumn and winter; huge pans for cooking; a walk with a view; Ugg slippers; scrambled eggs; black eyeliner; frost; hand-sewing; proper handkerchiefs; Radio 4; Adobe Illustrator; a rotary cutter and mat; a shower (never a bath); photographs; gluten-free bread; sunsets; the ability to touch-type; books; a sense of home; rain; salt; conversations that make my stomach ache with laughter; solitude; a dictionary and a thesaurus; cleaning (not the day-to-day drudgery, I mean time for proper deep-cleaning. It's like meditation); text messages; a kitchen table; Nell (our dog); a passenger who can map-read; a blog (or somewhere to write); London; weekends; board games at Christmas; cheese.
Posted: Sep 17, 2017 7:01 PM
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Day 17. Favourite British Fabric Designer. For me, it's the amazingly talented @abigailborg. I spend an inordinate amount of time wishing for her designs to also appear on a quilting-weight substrate, but for now, I really enjoy the cushions I've made from her upholstery weight fabrics. I also love this print (scroll left), by @patbravodesign, probably for similar reasons that I love Abigail's and Liberty's prints - that lovely fine black outline that seems to offer so much elegance (and sometimes sobriety if the colours are quite bright). Nb. Pat isn't actually British 😊#greatbritishquilter
Posted: Sep 15, 2017 7:37 PM
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Today's topic for #greatbritishquilter is Print or Pattern. It's definitely pattern that really makes my heart leap, particularly these big bold prints by Kaffe Fassett. Scroll left for a few photos and also a totally gratuitous one of Nell, as a puppy, on the Liberty print patchwork bed I made for her. I found this when I was scanning through my library for a photo and realised I'd forgotten quite how small she was! She has long since outgrown that bed, but it was so densely quilted that it proved indestructible and so I was able to frame a portion of it and it now shows no hint of having once been used as a dog bed! #kaffefassettquilt #kaffefassett
The only safe option for those of us who hurl our pins to one side wildly, because sewing feels too exciting to pause for a moment to place it in a pin cushion nicely... Day 14 of #greatbritishquilter using #boomerrang. #merchantandmills
Posted: Sep 13, 2017 8:13 PM
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Today's #greatbritishquilter topic is Works in Progress. All of mine are EPP-related at the moment - there are two different versions of my #eightdials pattern and then the red one is going to be something really tiny to go in a frame.
#englishpaperpiecing #epp
Posted: Sep 13, 2017 3:38 PM
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Catching up with yesterday's #greatbritishquilter photo, which is a favourite sewing tool. An 18mm rotary cutter may be my favourite - it's so good for tiny pieces and curves! In joint second place, this tiny ruler is handy for adding seam allowances; Dovo scissors make everyday life feel extra special; and these baskets (which came in a set of different sizes) are really handy for transporting my EPP from room to room when I'm at home. I forgot to mention Sewline glue pens...but maybe that would be like listing oxygen as one of my favourite tools ;)
Posted: Sep 11, 2017 8:57 PM
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Catching up on four days of #greatbritishquilter (sort of). One of the days was Show Us Your Fabric Stash - this rather moderate-looking little basket masks a shameful/wonderful (delete as appropriate) amount of fabric that can be seen by scrolling left. So much...and yet so often I still don't have quite the right piece! How can that be?
One of the other prompts was about shopping online, so this photo is multi-purpose. Much of my quilting stash (dressmaking requires a different set of sites) has come from these wonderful shops: @misformake, @vhaberdashery, @celticfusionfabrics, @sewhotuk, @thefabricfox @fabrichq and probably a few others that I'm forgetting. Oh, and @tikkilondon and @cottonpatchuk are also really lovely and are both fantastic sources of Kaffe Fassett. #fabricstash
Posted: Sep 7, 2017 9:07 PM
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Day 7 of #greatbritishquilter is A Favourite Quilting Book. I've chosen three: at the front is The Patchworks of Lucy Boston by Diana Boston. It's perfect bedtime reading and I always really enjoy absorbing all the lovely details about Lucy's life and work, alongside her beautiful quilts; in the middle is the Japanese book, '163 My Favourite Patterns'. The blocks in this book are all hand-sewn and I love studying the stitches and admiring the reverse of each block, which is always so neat with perfectly pressed seams - it never fails to keep my attention whenever I open it; at the back is The Gentle Art of Quilt-Making by @janebrocket - I adore the way Jane uses colour and pattern to elevate classic designs into something quite glorious and the photography and staging in the book are also a real treat. My copy has a beautiful hard cover, with one of the quilts from the book printed onto it, which makes it feel even more special. Scroll left to see an image from inside each book 👀.
Posted: Sep 6, 2017 7:18 PM
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Day 6 of #greatbritishquilter is Favourite UK Place. There are so many places I really love, but ultimately I'm such a homebody that my favourite place is always going to be my own house. Preferably with the heating turned up very high, my family all pottering about, rain battering the windows, all the lights turned on, and some piecing waiting to be sewn (in an ideal world, I'd also be wearing that elusive clothing that feels like pyjamas but offers total respectability for door-opening). The heat and light requirements may sound excessive, but I feel certain they're offset by fewer journeys venturing outside.
Posted: Sep 5, 2017 7:58 PM
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This is a flyer for a book by the V&A museum, which was something of a dream project to be involved with. Contributors were invited to choose something from the V&A's collection and create a piece inspired by it - one of the English paper pieced blocks I made in response to this brief is peeping out at the top left. I haven't seen any of the other projects in the book yet, but being familiar with the work of some of the people who've created them, I know they will be wonderful. I cannot wait for the real thing to land on my doorstep! It's being published by @thamesandhudson on October 5th and is available on Amazon for pre-order now. #vandamuseum #thamesandhudson #epp #englishpaperpiecing #vammaker
Posted: Sep 5, 2017 7:29 PM
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Day 5 of #greatbritishquilter is My First Quilt, which for me was made in 2008. When we moved house, the curtains I'd made for my daughter no longer fitted her window, so I cut them up and turned them into a quilt for her. As curtains, the fabrics had been aged quickly by the sun, so the quilt has always had a delicious worn softness to it with areas that are quite faded. The design is very naive and basic, but I remember really enjoying making it - I always find that the first time I do something I'm much less self-critical. I still love the fabrics (mostly from Ikea), which evoke so many memories of her early childhood and our old house. My daughter is now nearly sixteen - this isn't the quilt that she keeps on her bed (I made her another one a few years later) but it still occasionally comes out of the cupboard.
Posted: Sep 4, 2017 9:01 PM
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Day 4 of #greatbritishquilter is My Sewing Space. After years of sewing in our bedroom and my husband unexpectedly relocating misplaced pins when they implanted in his foot/arm/bottom, it feels like such a luxury (for both of us) to have a dedicated sewing room. A few years ago we converted our attic and I now sew up there, next to my daughter's bedroom. Both of us have rooms that swing between freakily tidy and catastrophically messy, with very little middle ground (I'm still aspiring to tidying-as-I-go), so she's my ideal loft companion. These photos were all taken at various moments of tidiness over the last few years.
#sewingroom #designwall