The gifts of friendship: sharing experience and knowledge

I’ve enjoyed a particularly sociable week!  Patchwork has been wrapped around and even threaded through some of these social occasions. Wednesday morning was the first in this terms fortnightly meetings of Focus – a women’s Bible study group at Church.  Of course, being a group of 40 or so women meeting together, there is ample opportunity to chat, drink tea or coffee and eat cake before and after the … Read more

Finish with a label

The final instruction at the end of the beginners quilt course was, “Make a label to sew to the back of the quilt”.  As a newbie to quilt making I did as instructed by Flip & Chris, choosing to create a label by transferring my limited ’embroidery’ skills to the newly revealed world of patchwork and quilting!  It has to be the most elaborate label I’ll ever make! Now, … Read more

Crazy Patchwork – a quick tutorial

Crazy patchwork was all the rage in Victorian times (go to this link to see pictures of antique crazy patchwork).  In her book ‘The Crazy Quilt Handbook’ Judith Baker Montano maintains: For the last quarter of the nineteenth century, crazy quilting was definitely the ‘in’ thing to do.  Every woman had to have a crazy quilt.  The more intricate and busy it was, the better.  It hit every echelon … Read more

One Work In Progress Leads to Another…

This week I have been taking advantage of the warmer temperatures, longer daylight hours and Dear Hubby being a 12 hour flight away to set my alarm early and do some pre-dawn creating!  This morning has been particularly satisfying as I’ve finally made and machine stitched the binding to a quilt I’ve been working on for over 18 months! The patchwork was a quick pattern started at a fun … Read more