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Creative Week 34

There is a definite chill to the air now here in the UK.  Although the sun has been out all day today we have had a steady breeze, it has ensured the temperature has been held down.  I did manage to take a few photos of the very last of the flowers before the rain starts again.

dahlia 1 dahlia 2

The dahlias are still in flower but come the first frost they will be gone.

My last 3 roses

My last three roses for this year.

my last strawberry

My last strawberry!

drooping sunflower

The head of this sunflower is so heavy it has made the whole thing droop.

the one still to come

We do still have this one to come.


Still in full flower, as are

The last of the nasturstions

and so are the sedums


You know when you wake up sometimes there is a remembered thought whether it be from a dream or something else, well last night was very restless and when I woke all I kept seeing/remembering was this little devil…..

One of the little devils that started it all

Obviously it wanted me to do something, but other than plant it out I could only think to try to recreate it in a quilt somehow.  Here are my drawings……

Basic sketch

         The basic sketch, which then moved on to ……

Block drawing

which then became this ……


which got put into this quilt diagram…

That pansy that kept me awake pieced quilt

Then I moved on to looking in the EQ7 block section for their rendition of a pansy, I found 2, one pieced and one a motif.

EQ7 pieced pansy

EQ7 applique pansy

from these I came up with these……..

That pansy that kept me awake EQ7 block quilt

and this …….

That pansy that kept me awake applique quilt

I drew the bee, my little son chose the colours.

The bee…

the bee

This last one is this weeks quilt idea – The Pansy that kept me awake.

It measures 27″ square approximately and is ideal for a table topper.  It needs fabric in the following amounts

  • Background – blue a 24.5″ square
  • yellow 3/8ths of a yard
  • pale mauve 1/8th yard
  • dark mauve 1/2 yard
  • black 1/8th yard
  • very pale beige 1/8th yard

The inner border cut from yellow need 2 pieces for the top and bottom 25.5 ” by 1″ and for the left and right 24.5″ by 1″.  The outer border, in dark mauve for top and bottom 27.5″ by 1.5″ and the left and right 25.5″ by 1.5″

A piece of batting and a backing fabric, both 29″ square.  Binding approx 130″ by 2.5″ wide.

Here are the links for the templates,

the large pansy:- Pansy that kept me awake templates flower

the small pansy:- Pansy that kept me awake templates flower small

the bee:- Pansy that kept me awake templates bee

the placement diagram:- quilt layout for the pansy that kept me awake table topper

Talking of table toppers, little son is off to Germany soon to stay with a family who’s son stayed with us in May.  So, I thought I would send a present for his mother over with my son.

Table topper

The pattern (yes I know I don’t usually follow commercial patterns but…) is from Patrick Lose’s website as part of his Party with Patrick scheme.

The close up….

table topper detail

This turned out to be a very, very quick project and I have not only finished this one but made (and finished) another ready for the Myton Hospice Christmas Fair.

This week I have also gone through my knitting yarns, gathering all the leftovers from projects and have found enough of one to make a cardigan, again as a gift so I don’t have to spend anymore money buying yarn at the moment.  I did find some that will be sold very soon as I don’t need/like/want it anymore, that will happen soon when I can get DD to upload it to Ebay for me.

That’s all for this week, thanks for visiting. X


Creative Week 33

This weeks quilt idea Hidden Depths. This design is based on the fret work on the windows of many of the hotels in Singapore, as many of the buildings there seem to have a space around them between the exterior and the interior, presumably this is done to help with the heat.  Very Art Deco ish.

Hidden Depths Quilt

This quilt measures approximately 60″ by 60″, of course, it could be made large with the addition of more blocks or adding borders.  The fabric requirements would be need to be added to.  This block would also make a great cushion cover by increasing the size of the block, adding borders and/or flanges.  The black bars give the appearance of receding whilst the orange come forward, but it could just be my eyesight – I am writing this without my glasses on!

Follow the links for the rotary cutting info – Hidden Depths rotary cutting info per block.  The block diagram – Hidden Depths Block. The fabric requirements in yards – Hidden depths fabric requirements (yards)

This version highlights the use of  Art Gallery Fabrics range Oval Elements and gives an impression of being woven.

Scrappy Hidden depths

Again it is approximately 60″ square.  The fabric measurements needed can be found here – Scrappy Hidden Depths Fabric requirements (yards)


This time I have added an applique version

Applique Scrappy Hidden Depths

This could be done in any number of ways, for example using the patterned fabric as the background with fuseable bias tape for the bars, or by cutting and fusing, then stitching the patterned fabric to the white background fabric.  There are of course other ways of doing applique work.   I have had in mind fusing the patterned fabric to the background then stitching around each piece, this again throws up a number of ways to carry out the task, using a fuseable web to the entire back of each piece or add just a strip of web to the the centre, then making sure the edges are thoroughly stitched in place to prevent fraying; or just stitching around each shape slightly in from the edge to encourage fraying.  Then of course there is the choice of which stitch to use – oh the possibilities.


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Creative Week 32

I have spent the weekend going through all my UFO’s sadly there are very many of them, so I have made a decision (I think!) not to start anything new until at least half of these UFO’s are finished.  The intention is there, we’ll have to see how I hold up.

This weeks quilt idea is called Criss Cross. 

Criss Cross


Criss Cross Block

The block layout

This quilt measures 48″ square.

The following links are for

I then changed the colours to give a more autumnal look

Criss Cross 2a

This version measures 76″ square.

The fabric requirements are here (again in yards) Criss Cross 2 Fabric requirements

The addition of borders has enlarged the quilt.

The first border requires the fabric to be cut as follows;- for the left and right borders cut 2 borders 48 1/2″ by 2 1/2″ and for the top and bottom cut 2 pieces 52 1/2″ by 2 1/2″

The second border has 2 pieces cut at 52 1/2″ by 1 1/2″ for the left and right borders and 54 1/2″ by 1 1/2″ in cream fabric

The third border in gold the strips are all cut 4 1/2″ wide the left and right require a length of 54 1/2″ and the top and bottom need to be cut at 62 1/2″

The fourth border in cream is again cut at 1 1/2″ wide for the left and right borders the length is 62 1/2″ and the top and bottom 64 1/2″

The fifth and final border is 6 1/2″ wide and (for left and right) 64 1/2″ long and for the top and bottom 76 1/2″

The layout can be changed as shown below.  The fabric requirements and border dimensions remain the same.

Criss Cross 2b

Criss Cross 2c

Criss Cross 2d

Criss Cross 2e

Criss Cross 2f

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Creative Week 31

This week I have two quilt patterns for you, both based on the same block just twisted about and one is set on point.

The Block

The Block

The quilt I have called Twist and Turn Harvest   The first one is set on point and measures approx 73″ square.

Twist and Turn Harvest. 1

These are the links for the fabric requirements in yards:- Fabric requirements for Twist and Turn Harvest 1 

The rotary cutting information:- Twist and Turn Harvest 1 Block Rotary Cutting info for the quilt centre, border 1 in pale orange is cut 55 7/16″ by 21/2″ for the top and bottom and 51 7/16″ by 2 1/2″ for the left and right.  Border 2, orange is cut 61 7/16″ by 3 1/2″ for the top and bottom and 55 7/16″ by 3 1/2″ for the left and right.  Border 3, light green is cut 65 7/16″ by 2 1/2″ for top and bottom and 61 7/16″ for left and right.  Border 4 dark green is cut 73 7/16″ by 4 1/2″ for top and bottom and 65 7/16″ for left and right.

The templates can be found here:- Twist and Turn Harvest Block Templates should you wish to make the blocks with paper piecing. 

Twist and Turn Harvest 2 

Twist and Turn Harvest. 2


Rotary cutting is the same as for the above quilt.  The fabric requirements are;- Twist and Turn Harvest 2 and 3 Fabric requirements.  The borders are cut as follows;- border 1, orange 64 1/2″ by 2 1/2″ for top and bottom and 84 1/2″ by 2 1/2″ for left and right.  Border 2, pale orange 70 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ for top and bottom and 88 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ for left and right.  Border 3, orange 74 1/2″ by 2 1/2″ for top and bottom and 94 1/2″ by 2 1/2″ for left and right.  Border 4, green 86 1/2″ by 6 1/2″ for top and bottom and 98 1/2″ by 6 1/2″ for left and right.

Twist and Turn Harvest 3 is a variation on 2 all the cutting information and fabric requirements are the same, just a different layout.

Twist and Turn Harvest. 3


 I hope you like this weeks ideas.

Until next time, thanks for dropping by. x






Creative Week 30

Warning  a Christmas alert!

On Wednesday it is only 16 weeks until Christmas!

Should I make a start on the preparations yet, I wonder.  If I ask my big son he’ll go bah humbug right up until Christmas Eve, my DD maybe a bit the same now as she works in retail so will be surrounded by Christmas very soon, but if i ask my little son he’ll be all for it!  Perhaps I’ll wait awhile, keep things fermenting in my head a bit longer.

This weeks quilt idea is, I think, different, for me anyway.  When I get around to making it I’ll be using linens.  Let me know what you think.

Art Deco  

Art Deco Table Topper


I have designed this to be a table topper – it measures approx 20″ by 20″

Follow the links for fabric requirements in yards – Fabric Yardage for Art Deco Table Topper

For the centre – Centre corner blocks Rotary Cutting info cut 4

Centre Side panels rotary cutting info cut 4

Centre Square Rotary cutting info

For the outer borders – Top and Bottom outer borders rotary cutting info cut 2

Outer side panels rotary cutting info cut 4

Outer Corner Block Rotary Cutting Info cut 4

Left and Right Outer Border cut 2


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