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Creative Week 25

This weeks quilt idea – Easy Calm

Easy Calm Quilt Top

Easy Calm Block Sketch 8 inch square

This quilt is made with 2.5″ strips so is ideal for jelly rolls or yardage.

Follow these links for fabric requirements – Easy calm Fabric Requirements Cutting info – Easy Calm Outer Border top and bottom Easy Calm Outer Border sides Easy Calm inner border top and bottom Easy Calm inner border sides Easy calm Fabric Requirements Easy Calm Block 4 Rotary Cutting info Easy Calm Block 3 Rotary Cutting info Easy Calm Block 2 Rotary Cutting info Easy Calm Block 1 Rotary Cutting info


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Creative week 24

This weeks quilt idea. 3D Deception.

3D Deception Quilt Top

3D Deception Block

3D Deception Block Sketch

For cutting info click on this link – 3D Deception Cutting info inner border sides 3D Deception Cutting info inner border top and bottom 3D Deception Cutting info outer border sides 3D Deception Cutting info outer border top and bottom  and for fabric requirements in yards – 3D Deception Fabric Requirements and this one for templates – 3D Deception Templates

Thanks for dropping by. x


Creative Week 23

And the fine, hot weather continues.  After all the rain we had last year and during the beginning of this year our water company has now issued a warning for people to conserve water!  We have only had about 2 weeks of good weather – are they mad?


Oh well, at least the flowers are thriving.  I need to get out there and dead head the roses, the lupins and the tree peony – later.

This last week I have been working on bags.  I needed a bag for traveling on planes, that was big enough to carry my tablet computer, my ipod, my camera, all the travel documents, my knitting, my purse, keys and all the kids stuff too, so I made one and a couple (so far) of attachable inner bags.

Bag 1

Tablet bag

Travel Documents bag

Just a few more inner bags to go, then I’m done.  I am attaching D rings to the inside of the main bag to clip the smaller bags to so I don’t loose anything, well to try not to anyway.  The outer bag is so big I need all these inner bags to keep track of everything.  They can be taken out as necessary whilst we are traveling.

This weeks quilt idea -: Sends Your Eyes Funny 2

Sends your eyes funny 2

Follow the links for the rotary cutting info-: Block Corner triangles Setting triangles inner border sides inner border top and bottom outer border sides outer border top and bottom and the fabric requirements-: Fabric requirements  The quilt measures approximately 80″ by 91″ but can be made smaller or larger just by adding more blocks, you will, of course, need less fabric or more depending on size.

Here is another version of this quilt which still makes my eyes go funny!

Sends your eyes funny!

All made with one block

Block drawing

that is turned to create the pattern, although the second quilt idea is set horizontally whereas the first one was set on point, both make my eyes hurt.

Enjoy your week, thanks for visiting. x

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Creative Week 22

Now we have good weather (finally) in the UK it is good to see a line full of clean laundry drying in the sun.

Nothing like a line full of clean washing

This line is now even longer as I have to take every opportunity I can to get the laundry dry in the fine weather.  Nothing smells as fresh as line dried clothing.

Since last time I have cut up all the halloween fabric and constructed the quilt top, as per usual it is waiting for layering up and quilting, but this will have to wait until things cool down a bit.  Oh and it needs to have its lime green borders added.

Halloween Quilt top

This weeks quilt idea is Floral Squares.  The quilt idea uses just one block set on point and turned to create the pattern.  The size for this one is 85.5″ by 102.5″ approximately.

Floral Squares Quilt

The block

The block

Block sketch of block

Please click the following links for all the info-: Rotary cutting – Rotary Cutting info, Fabric requirements in yards – Fabric requirements

Until next time, thank you for visiting. x

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Creative Week 21

Lovely Sunday morning spent with my husband watching our little son playing cricket, at Rectory Park, Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands.

Sunday morning cricket 30th June 2013


Here he is just about to start

Little son just about to start playing his cricket match


The rest of this past week has been spent on trying out different/new ways (to me) of doing old things.  For example, tube piecing to make diagonal striped squares.

tube piecing 1



I also made a couple of pineapple blocks I always thought these were to much like hard work to construct, what with all those angles to be cut, how wrong I was, this technique is so easy and quick to do, all using 21/2″ strips.

pineapple 1



pineapple 2

I’ll be turning these to into cushion covers but now I realise how easy this is construction is I may make a whole quilt this way.

I have cut the fabric for the next project, it is sitting waiting on my table, but as the vacuum cleaner has decided to breakdown this could be stitched a lot soon than I expected – Hurray!

the next project cut

This weeks quilt idea I have called Peaches

peaches quilt

This quilt measures 52″ by 52″ but could easily be adapted for different sizes.

peaches block 1


peaches block 2

The blocks are 10″ square (finished) The quilt has two borders- the inner border measuring 2″ wide (finished) and the second 4″ (finished)

Follow these links for the fabric requirements – peaches fabric requirements For the rotary cutting instructions – peaches block 1 rotary cutting info  peaches block 2 rotary cutting info For the templates peaches templates

Before I go here is the cricket tea I produced on Saturday for the Olton and West Warwickshire Cricket Club 3rd Eleven and their Opposition, there wasn’t much left – the scones and cakes (all home made) always go down well.

cricket tea 29th June 2013

The cakes this week were – vanilla with chocolate butter cream, sticky ginger cake, my special lemon drizzle and apple with a hint of cinnamon and of course scones with either raspberry or strawberry jam.

until next week. Thanks for dropping by. x