Monday, 25 January 2016

How my journey began, and how it is today

From humble beginnings

My quilting journey began about 15 years ago when I took a course at a local high school.  In three terms I made a hexagon pincushion, a dresden plate table centre, a cushion, and a carry bag for my mat and ruler.  Not good, all I have left is the carry mat which turned out small so the mat and ruler peak out at the top, I still use it though.  Get those fabrics!!!  I had a lot to learn except I like the blue one with the daisies and insects in fact I still have a piece.

One house move later I found a local shop which did classes and signed up for a handmade sampler quilt, this was better.  I purchased the fabrics and was told to choose a few I liked and a background fabric.  When I turned up at the class everyone had shades of blue and white, pinks and creams, that sort of thing…………I had blue,  green. yellow, burnt orange……. well, she did say choose what you like!  So mine turned out a little different, and I loved it, in fact I still think it’s the nicest quilt I ever made.  I had a go at hand quilting it as I had an older Singer machine but it didn’t work out and eventually Aileen from Border Quilts in Eyemouth in the Scottish Borders did it on her longarm and it was transformed.

Its a world away from my latest finish with circle of squares blocks .  I found it in a Stash Bee tutorial, the link is

I was participating in Online Quilt Magazine’s 2015 global swap and the theme was autograph quilts, it was perfect. posted a pic as a 6 by 5 block quilt named Circle of Friends which is wonderful, mine is a 3 by 3 wall hanging the blocks made by my bee mates except the centre one which I made as someone needed to drop out.
.  I spiral quilted it on my Bernina 440QE, don’t laugh, it was my second attempt at a spiral (the first was a 12 inch square) and it’s admittedly a bit wonky in the centre but I’m so happy with it, it’s me!

Like the rocking chair?  Its my favourite place to sit and sew in my sunny window.

The colours on the back are rather washed out in the pic, it’s a dull day here in the UK, in reality it’s a strong bright green.  

Tell you more in my next post,


  1. That quilt is GORGEOUS! I love the round quilting!

    - Carmit

  2. Your mat and ruler bag turned out great. And so handy for going to classes. But what really grabbed my attention is the spiral quilting on your latest quilt. Good for you! Spirals aren't easy and you have nailed it!

  3. Love the flying geese on the bag! So perfect for you quilty gear.


  4. Circle of Friends is a new favorite of mine. Thanks for introducing it to me.

  5. Replies
    1. Thank you. I am having a journey of discovery and it's been a long time coming. I still feel a little shy about it, hence the profile pic hiding behind my sunglasses, but I'm having so much fun I wish I had done it a long time ago.


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