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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

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Creative Week 42

This weeks quilt idea Gated Squares

Gated Squares Quilt



This quilt measures approx 84″ by 106.5″

Gated Squares Block 16 inches square


The block is 16″ square set on point.

Follow these links for the fabric requirements:-Gated Squares Quilt fabric requirements in yards.JPG

The rotary cutting instructions:-Gated Squares Rotary Cutting Info

Gated Square setting triangle rotary cutting instructions

Gated square corner triangles rotary cutting instructions

The left and right borders 2 x 8.5″ by 91″ and the top and bottom borders 2 x 8.5″ by 84 3/8″

Binding will need an additional 30″ of fabric cut into 12  2.5″ strips across the wide of the fabric, joined together.

Quilt Show Reminder

28th – 30th

West Country Quilt Show

Shepton Mallet

Until next week, thanks for visiting.


Creative Week 41

This past week has rushed by, so fast I don’t know whether I am coming or going.

I have been selling things on Ebay to try to make room.  If you’d like to buy any embroidery yarns, patchwork and quilting items, knitting yarns, and games follow this link. (You may have to copy and paste.)

This past weekend we went back to Hatton Country World for the Christmas Food Fayre.  What can I say other than we’ll be okay for drink over the festivities!

We also called in to Wyndleys Garden Centre on the way home.  They don’t have their own website (strange in this day and age) but here is a guide

It has certainly improved since our last visit some years ago, having a much better selection of gifts, Christmas items and of course plants, we will be going back to pick our yearly Christmas decorations.  This is a family tradition, each member of the family gets to pick a new tree decoration every year, we now have a variety of different items on our trees!  When we decorate for Christmas we have at least 6 trees in the house, this year I have managed to get agreement that we will be lighting the tree right outside our front door. Yeah!  I bought the solar lights a couple of weeks ago.  My neighbour already has her house decorated and lit up, she and I have had discussions on when we should put ours up, sadly my big son is a Grinch only wanting to talk about and be involved in celebrations from Christmas Eve until Boxing day (26th) Bah humbug!  Our decorations will be going up on 30th Novemeber -son you have been warned!

This weeks quilt idea:- Overlap

This quilt can be made in two ways- flying geese or squares on-point.

Flying geese overlap

squares on-point overlap

The following information relates to the flying geese version.

The quilt layout:- Layout flying geese overlap which measures approx 72″ by 81″, of course by adding columns and/or rows the quilt can be made larger or remove them to make it smaller.  Changing the size of the block will also achieve this.  Fabric needs will change if any of the dimensions are altered.

The block diagram

Flying geese overlap block

The block rotary cutting info:- Rotary cutting info for flying geese overlap.

Fabric needs in yards:- Fabric requirements in yards for flying geese overlap.

Here is the information for the squares on-point version.

squares on-point overlap block

As can be seen the block is a simple 9 patch, it is the placement of the fabric colours and turning the block on-point that makes the pattern for this quilt.

This link gives an indication of the fabric colour placement to assist with the pattern creation:- Layout squares on-point overlap

The fabric needs:- Fabric requirements in yards for Squares on-point.

The rotary cutting info

Block for squares on-point

Corner triangle for squares on-point

setting triangle for squares on-point

I have included a version of the flying geese done in various shades of one colour.  Measures 48″ by 54″ I have changed the block size to 8″ by 4″

one colour flying geese version

The fabric requirements are here:- Fabric for one colour flying geese overlap

The block rotary cutting info is here:- Rotary cutting info for flying geese overlap 1 colour version

And finally a square on-point version in various shades of one colour

one colour squares on-point overlap

This quilt measures 51″ by 63 1/2″ approx.  The block measures 9″ as before but I have reduced the number of blocks from a layout of 6 across by 7 down to 4 across by 5 down.

The fabric needs are here:- Fabric for one colour squares on-point

the block, setting triangle and corner triangle are the same as the multi coloured version above.

If I were to make this Overlap quilt I think I would personally choose to make the flying geese version.  Please let me know which you would go with.

Quilt show reminders.

21st – 24th

Knitting and Stitching Show


Until next week, thanks for visiting. x