Ready to leave your mark? Which tools to use when marking for quilting?

About five years ago I tried hand quilting for the first time, working on a cushion cover I had hand pieced from a kit.  The only information I’d found about marking a quilt pattern advised using a template and a water soluble pen.  So I did!  And it worked ok although I did find the pen lines needed quite a bit of water and friction to disappear! I then … Read more

A couple of finishes and a WIP

My teacosies for Christmas are coming along!  I’ve had fun putting together some panel prints given me by a kind aunt and some charm squares from a fabric sample club. My WIP – just the binding round the bottom to handstitch now. (Working with the navy blue lining in artificial light was a bit tricky!).  I decided to quilt in the ditch rather than stitch over the panel pictures. … Read more

I need to eat my words!

Yesterday I waxed lyrical about reproduction Civil War fabrics; how much I love them; how trends in fabric designs have changed in the five years; and how the modern bright geometric fabrics ‘remain for me something to be admired but not used’.  Er! Rewind, ‘admired but not used’?  What was I thinking?  I only had to look at the photo at the top of my Facebook page to realise … Read more

Happy to be ‘off trend’ and thinking Civil War style

There’s a lovely thrill to opening a parcel of fabrics!  I treated myself to a batch of 10 Moda fat quarters from the winter sale section of kalquilts – .  The range of fabrics called ‘Perennials’ is quite old now and fits into the category of ‘reproduction Civil War prints’ -which I just love!  It’s the deep warm tones and ditsy prints that appeal to me. I think … Read more