Monday, 23 March 2015

UK Mini Swap - three weeks left

We are all busy

The activity on the Instagram hashtags has been increasing as we are coming closer to the end of the first UK Mini Swap. Here are some of the progress photos found when searching for our hashtag on Instagram.

For the latest entries, please see

New partners 

A few people have dropped out and we have reallocated partners. A HUGE THANK YOU to those who has accepted making for a new partner this late in the process. Hopefully, this way, everyone who is making a mini, should also get one back.

Labelling your mini

How you label your mini is completely up to you, but as a minimum I suggest you add your name and that of the receipient plus UK Mini Swap. Perhaps also add the name of the mini, the date, your web page, etc.

Earlier on, I was asked if I had any templates for the labels. I am no graphic designer, but as I like to try to be helpful, I have made two different designs; in colour and pure black & white. Feel free to download and adjust as you like.

To download the PDF file with all labels, one per page (A4), please click here.

If you have any problems, just let me know as sometimes google docs just doesn't work from some browsers.

If you search online, there are lots of tutorials on how to print on fabric, e.g. WikiHow and Instructables. Please note that not all printers may like fabric being sent through them....

Have fun and good luck all!

Friday, 6 March 2015

Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia, London

Today I was at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia helping out as a Steward for the Quilters Guild. This was my first time, and definitely not the last. It was great fun; and I was allowed to wear those magic white gloves!

There were lots of lovely and inspiring quilts; and even more "I could never do that!!!" quilts. 

Here are some of the ones which caught my eyes (and which ended up OK with my camera phone). 

This is part of the BACK of the quilt above!

Sorry ladies and gents if yours is not included, but I struggled somewhat with the lighting. I also completely failed in writing down (or taking photos of) the names, makers and stories behind each of the quilts. 

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Modern Insta Bee - January

For January, Lynne asked us to make the Trellis Crossroads block in blue and purple flowery fabrics on a white on white background. Checking my stash, I had surprisingly many flowery fabrics, but most of them where full of other colours too and not nicely blue or purple. Saying that, I still had plenty to pick from.

Starting this block I was not at all sure about the colour combination, but making the block and seeing the others from the bee, I have changed my view. This is going to be one STUNNING quilt!

Here's my block for Lynne:

As before, the pattern can be found in the book "Modern Bee - 13 quilts to make with friends", by Lindsay Conner.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

The fabulous mini I was sent in the IG Mini Swap (catch-up post)

I am finally having some time to catch up on blogging and here's the long over due blog post about the fabulous mini I received in the IG Mini Swap. Apologies for the delay Suzie!

Having waited, what felt like forever, for the mini I made to arrive in Australia, there was suddenly a note in the letter box about a parcel for me. It had to be picked up at the local delivery office, as the UK customs thought I should pay a bit for the pleasure of receiving a gift.

I am one lucky lady!!! 

The intriguing and fabulous ribbon star block was popping up in my Instagram feed, but it was either green or in black/white so I didn't think it was for me. Someone was being a bit sneaky….

I had to retake the photo three times as I forgot to add all the extras… The red beaded bookmark was gorgeous on the Etsy site when I looked to vote for my favourite; it is even better in real life!  There was also a bobbin box, which is perfect, as I recently had a delivery of 25 bobbins without a case. Add to that the Christmas ornament, lovely coloured ribbons and buttons, plus a lip balm; I do love red, white and blue. Thanks also for the lovely letter to me and the thoughtful gift for my Elsa crazy daughter. You did a brilliant job in stalking me!

Even the back is spot on with sailing boats and really showing off the quilting. 

Thanks also for adding the left over sailing boat fabric! The mug rug will always be mine, unless one of my Nina friends steals it… Perfect colours! No need to worry about tea stains being visible. 

I am so so grateful for all effort you put into this!!

It's such a generous, well thought through and gorgeous package. 
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU ever so much Suzie.

If you'd like to see more of Suzie's fantastic work including her beading, head over  to her Etsy shop or check her out on Instagram

Modern Insta Bee – December

For December, Kerry asked us to make the Cordelia’s Garden block. This is the same block as I asked for in August when I was the Queen Bee. That time we used blue, yellow and beige.

Kerry asked to use grey, navy, coral and aqua. I had a dig through my stash and realised I had plenty of grey fabrics, but not that many coral or aqua. I made the following pull and asked Kerry which she'll prefer.

She opted for the lighter grey option in the bottom right corner. This grey fabric is a favourite of mine as it's slightly uneven and therefore forgiving when using it in geometric blocks. It's from the Architextures collection by Caroline Friedlander.

This is who the block looked when finished.

As before, the pattern can be found in the book "Modern Bee - 13 quilts to make with friends", by Lindsay Conner.

To find out more about these blocks and the quilt Kerry is putting together, please head over and visit her on the blog or Instagram.