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Creative Week 46

A week late, ooops!

Christmas in our household was a quiet affair, as dh and I have been ill, again! Why is it at this time of year one or all of us are ill or coming down with something?  I think it is because once everyone has finished work for the holidays they relax and the bugs attack.  The UK needs a really hard cold spell to get rid of all these bugs, not the horrible wet and windy weather we have been having that has caused so many problems for so many over Christmas.  I am now counting my blessings.

Well on to this weeks quilt idea, which I have called Lots of Diamonds.

lots of diamonds

This quilt idea is approximately 51.5″ square, with the 12″ (approx) blocks set on point.

lots of diamonds block

Follow this link for the quilt layout – lots of diamonds quilt layout.JPG

This one for the fabric yardage – lots of diamonds fabric yardage

The rotary cutting info for the block – lots of diamonds rotary cutting info whole block the setting triangles – lots of diamonds rotary cutting info setting triangles the corner triangles – lots of diamonds rotary cutting info corner triangles

The templates for hand piecing are here, whole block – lots of diamonds whole block templates the setting triangles – lots of diamonds setting triangles templates the corner triangles – lots of diamonds corner triangles templates

Below is another variation of Lots of Diamonds, the rotary cutting and templates are the same as is the size.

lots of diamonds 2


The fabric yardage is here – lots of diamonds 2 fabric yardage

Well that’s it for this week, thank you for dropping by. X






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Chocolate Fudge Icing for Sarah

Just a quick post for the lady we met in Tesco’s this morning with a tub of pre-made fudge icing in her hand!

50g butter

2 tablespoons milk

2 tablespoons cocoa

250g icing sugar

Put the butter, milk and cocoa in a pan and heat gently until melted.

Cool slightly, then stir in the icing sugar, beat until smooth (I would sift the icing sugar first to get rid of any lumps).  Spread/pour over the cake, the icing is quite runny so will run over the sides of the cake.  Cover your cake with all things chocolate – crunchie bites are really good, as are bits of flake and minstrels.  Enjoy!  I hope you and your husband have a really great Christmas.

A trick for really good butter icing beat with a mixer on full for at least 4 minutes to create fluffy icing.  If using butter you can actually see the colour change – it gets lighter the more it’s beaten.

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Creative Week 45

This week quilt idea is a simple snowman and tree runner.

snowman table runner 12.5 x 60.5 inches

This runner is approximately 60″ by 12″.  All the appliqué is set on 12.5″ squares. The fabric yardage is here:- fabric yardage you will also need bond-a-web or similar to fuse the applique motifs to the fabric squares and batting.

snow manSnowman block, the templates are here:- snowman templates

christmas treeThe tree templates are here:- tree templates

That’s it for this week, thank you for visiting. x



Creative Week 44

I wish it would snow!

Here in the UK we have not yet had a decent frost which is unusual for this time of year.  Yes, we have had a cold snap but nothing that has killed off any of the plants in the gardens, even the birds are foraging for themselves rather than eating the offerings laid out for them by us and our neighbours – so it must be mild.

This weeks quilt idea:- Hidden Circles (not the most inspired title)

Circles 1

The quilt measures approximately 51 1/2″ square.

Here are is the usual info required to make this quilt should you wish to.

Fabric needs in yards:- Circles 1 Fabric requirements.JPG

The quilt layout:- Circles 1 Quilt layout

The rotary cutting info:- Circles 1 corner triangles rotary cutting info

Circles 1 rotary cutting info

Circles 1 setting triangles rotary cutting info

The above quilt has its block laid on-point, below is another idea with straight blocks

Doras Delight


This one measures approximately 48.5″ square.

Dora’s Delight Block diagram

Dora’s Delight Fabric requirements Fabric needs

Another layout, this one measures 60.5″ by 72.5″ approximately.

Doras Delight 2

Fabric needs are here:- Doras Delight 2 Fabric Requirements.JPG

The layout once again is straight with 5 blocks across by 6 down.

In the following quilt I have removed some of the lines from the blocks to make construction easier.

circles and diamonds

This one again measures approximately 48.5″ square.

The blocks look like this:-

circles and diamonds block 1

circles and diamonds block 2

The fabric requirements are here:- circles and diamonds fabric requirements

The rotary cutting info for block 1  circles and diamonds block 1 rotary cutting info

The rotary cutting info for block 2 circles and diamonds block 2 rotary cutting info

The quilt layout is here:- circles and diamonds quilt

That’s all for this week folks.

Thank you for visiting. x




Creative Week 43

Advent has arrived!  Some of our Christmas decorations are up.  The trees in the front and rear rooms are done as is the one that hangs on the front door and my little son has his up in his bedroom with presents already under it!  Big son has cleared and cleaned his desk in preparation for his tree.  The lights are up on the stairs, landing and in the hall,  we just have to put the lights up outside and on the tree outside – new for this year as I managed to find some very bright solar lights.  DH usually hangs lights around the kitchen and the rear room but ran out of time yesterday – we sat and watched a silly film yesterday afternoon.  I have been making Christmas tree quilts with lights – 1 is finished, the blue and red ones have to have the hand stitching done but now the sewing machine is away from the holidays I have plenty of time to do this.

Tree quilt Green1

Tree quilt Green 2

It doesn’t hang as flat as I would like due to the wiring at the back, something I’ll have to look into for next time – maybe LED lights perhaps buried in the quilt sandwich.

This weeks quilt idea:- Magic Carpet

Magic Carpet

This quilt measures 45″ by 54″ and uses Art Gallery Fabrics form the Legacy range by Angela Walters – the requirements can be found here:- Magic Carpet fabric needs with the layout here:- Magic Carpet quilt layout  It is made up of just three different blocks.

Block 1

Block 1 rotary cutting info:- Magic Carpet Block 1 rotary cutting info

Block 2

Block 2:- Magic Carpet Block 2 rotary cutting info

Block 3

Block 3:- Magic Carpet Block 3 rotary cutting info

All that is left is the binding which is cut into 2.5″ strips across the width of the fabric from a piece measuring 15″, this will yield 6 strips. Join these diagonally end to end, press in half along the length attach to quilt edge as required.  Enjoy.  Still time to make one before Christmas!

Until next time, Thank you for visiting. x