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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

Creative Week 35


One of the biggest UK textile events of the year happens this coming week –

The Knitting and Stitching Show

10th – 13th

Knitting and Stitching Show

Alexandra Palace, London

This week has been a week of harvesting the last few tomatoes and making chutney.

Big son has finally planted the daffodils we bought together last week, not many only about 200 in our small front garden.  I won’t show any photos now as there is nothing to see but wait until next spring.  He has also revamped this garden, moved plants and changed the lawn from an odd shaped rectangle to a circle, which to me seems to be getting smaller by the day – He assures me it isn’t.

Today’s roast dinner is in the oven along with a loaf of bread for sandwiches for everyone to take to work tomorrow.

Roast Pork and Bread

This weeks quilt idea has been designed using Art Gallery Fabrics from their Elements range.

I have used PE – 440 Macchiatto, PE – 422 Chocolate, PE – 421 Honey and PE – 436 Creme de la Creme from their Pure Elements

GG – 8520 Dark Glitter from Living Elements and

LE – 209 Ebony from Lace Elements

I hope you like.  All the usual info will follow the photos.

Coffee and Cream Medallion Quilt.

Coffee and Cream Medalion Quilt 72 inches square

This quilt is made up of 4 blocks.

Coffee and Cream central block

Central medallion block

Link for rotary cutting info – Coffee and Cream central block Cutting info.JPG

Coffee and Cream block for borders 1 and 4

Block for borders 1 and 4

Link for rotary cutting info – Coffee and Cream block for borders 1 and 4 Cutting info.JPG

Coffee and Cream block for border 2

Border 2 block

Link for rotary cutting info – Coffee and Cream block for border 2 Cutting info.JPG

Coffee and Cream block for border 3

Border 3 block

Link for rotary cutting info – Coffee and Cream block for border 3 Cutting info.JPG

The following links are for the fabric requirements in yards – Coffee and Cream Fabric Requirements Yards.JPG

Until next week , thanks for visiting. X

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