WIP Wednesday

This week I’ve been working on some cushion covers. Ages ago a friend mentioned she’d like some green, geometric, 1950s inspired cushions for her couch.  

So I got out my Hex n More ruler for a bit of geometry, some left over jelly roll strips in varying shades of green and some Tula Pink ‘The Birds and Bees’.

I added in some Alison Glass fabric as well.  
 I don’t want to trim the points. Should I add interfacing to give some rigidity. Anyone have any tips?

This week I’m linking up with Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday

Sunday Stash

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a bundle of Lotta Jansdotters fabric Stella from windham over on Silly Mama Quilts. Brooke designed the beautiful Stars for Stella quilt using the fabric.  

The fabric has a lovely soft palette that I think lends itself to a baby quilt or items for a nursery.  

 The pretty butterflies and elephants are complimented by stars and vines.

I’m joining up with Mollie Sparkles Sunday Stash.

Summer Breeze finish

I was going to take my quilt top to the beautiful Barnard Castle in town to photograph it. 

But as usually happens when I finish something and want to photograph it, its rained all day. I therefore had to photograph it on the floor at home. 

I have loved this quilt design ever since I saw pictures of it online from a host of reviews from the Portland quilt market a few years ago. I’m so pleased with how my version turned out.

WIP Wednesday


I’ve been making progress with my Summer Breeze quilt this week.             I’ve added my raw edge appliqué sea horses, sea urchins and starfishs and have finished my corner blocks.   

Dear Stella

This week I started cutting into my Piper fabric from Dear Stella. I love this fabric but I couldn’t decide what to do with it, so it has sat in my fabric stash for quite a while. A dear friend of mine has dropped subtle hints, major suggestions and a few full on requests for a quilt. But I am a very slow quilter, if I finish two a year I’m doing well and if it’s three I’m on fire! So although she selected this fabric sometime last summer I am only now getting around to cutting it up. 

Fiona and I met at birthing classes and in the three and a half years since our daughters were born we have become very special friends. On those days when I was struggling Fiona would magically appear with a take out coffee and a stew for dinner, when I couldn’t cope with lack of sleep from night feeds she would breeze in and take the girls to the park so I could take a nap. Her kindness has truly sustained me and I’m making this quilt with mixed feelings. Complete joy and celebration of an amazing friendship but also sadness. My husband and I will be moving soon and my friend will soon be a four hour drive away rather than a five minute pushchair stroll. 

 Our daughters will no longer see each other daily and enjoy the wonderful carefree friendship they currently enjoy. 

As I was cutting this fabric it dawned on me that it’s from Dear Stella and Fiona’s daughter is called Stella. It’s therefore especially appropriate.

I’ve chosen to make Hexagon Park from a free pattern by Lynne Goldsworthy from the Moda Bakeshop. I think the plus sized hexagons will show off the delicate fabric designs.

A little trip away and a few purchases

I just got back from a wonderful holiday in the USA catching up with old summer camp friends. 

With a couple of days in New York and a road trip to Maine and a week in Boston we packed a lot in. The weather was awesome so my little lady got a lot of splash time.

I knew I wanted some pretty Alison Glass Ex Libris to back my butterfly quilt so I did some online shopping at Hawthorne Threads and purchased some Art Theory before I left the UK and had it delivered to my friends house in Maine. 

 I couldn’t resist adding a bundle of Fawn their in house printed fabric. This is great quality and much better texture than the on demand printed fabric I’ve purchased before from other companies. They 

Stash Fabrics also had a sale on so I purchsed a bundle of Brambleberry Ridge and some coordinating solids. I love the blingy gold accents.  

 It was so exciting to get to Maine and have all this yummy fabric waiting for me.

In New York at the City Quilter I had bought some coral reef fabric from Michael Miller that I think will be perfect for part of the pieced backing to my Summer Breeze quilt.

In Belfast, ME I got to visit Fiddlehead Artisan Supply and I’m so glad I did because they had the Ex Libris Geometry in Sunset fabric I wanted to bind my butterfly quilt. I’d tried to buy this online but it had been sold out.

   I also grabbed 2 yds of Wee Gallery from Dear Stella.

I’d seen this  Dress Me Up tutorial online and thought it would be super fun but couldn’t get the fabric in the UK.

I also treated myself to a quick curve ruler and a couple of patterns. Can’t wait to have a play with these. 


Linking up with Sunday Stash