Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The Easy Swap UK ( #easyswapuk)

Back by popular demand! Slightly amended, but still hopefully lots of fun! This time you can select what you'd like to swap. The options are:
  • Mini quilt - 300 to 500 square inches, any shape!!!
  • Zippered pouch - any design but one zip must be at least 12" long. 
  • Tote bag - to fit at least an A4 note book and to have at least one pocket. 
To make this a stress free and fun swap, please select the item you are most comfortable making.

No matter which item you select to swap, please use quilting techniques to some extent. After all, most of us are quilters.

You agree that this is a swap for all abilities and that you are likely to be matched with someone less or more experienced than you.

To take part, and to remain in the swap, you commit to being active on Instagram. This includes posting inspiration photos/mosaics, progress photos and commenting on other swapper's pictures.

This is a secret swap.  You should not reveal who you are making for until in the package you send off. You know who you are making for, but not who is making for you. You agree not to tell anyone who you are making for.

Also, you agree to include only one extra item at a value of max £5 or something which took max 1 hour to make. It would also be great if you added a note or letter so your partner knows who made them the surprise.

I am hoping to allocate partners during the final week of July.

Send date is 20 to 24 October 2015.

Residential UK postal addresses only (no PO box please). 

Further information will be posted on and

Sign-up is now open.

(( Link to sign up ))

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Modern Insta Bee - April (catch-up post)

April was our last month in the Modern Insta Bee, UK Hive 1. Queen Bee was Rosanne. She bravely asked us all to make the Baseball Curves in solids.

I guess I wasn't the only one who had looked at all the blocks in the book and slightly dreaded anyone picking this one.... Well, no one did, for eleven months....

I set off making a test block.

It got a bit too small, and a bit wonky.... Perhaps I should have ironed the fabrics beforehand...

Thanks to Google I found a brilliant tutorial by Fiona at Benidgolioness providing tips on how to get the block perfect.  She has some great pointers and advise. Saying that, I preferred cutting my blocks with the grain line, i.e. as stated in the book.

As I didn't have that many "sunglass worthy" colourful solids at home, I went to The Village Haberdashery for some shopping therapy...

Once I sussed the block, it was super fun to make. I had quickly made three blocks...

Three blocks laid out, didn't make any fun pattern, so I made another one which meant I could play a bit with the layout for the photos.

All four blocks were sent off to Rosanne. To see her work with the quilt, head over to Instagram or her blog.

Thanks Rosanne, for picking this block!!!

Monday, 22 June 2015

Modern Insta Bee - March (catch-up post)

March saw Joanna picking the Mosaic Tiles, a block we hadn't yet made during the past 10 months. It was also one of few in the book (Modern Bee: 13 quilts to make with friends, by Lindsay Conner) without any half square triangles...

Joanna asked for them to be made in scrappy beige / cream low volume background with hot pinks and bright oranges for squares.

I find it really useful to audition fabric on Instagram before I make the blocks and this was the selection I showed Joanna:

As this was a new pattern, I made a test block in red and white.  

Cut up and rotated, it looked like this, which means I have another block for my "sampler quilt".

Noticing that the block seemed a little bit boring with only three different fabrics, I decided to use quite a few extra fabrics for the proper block for Joanna. This also meant I had lots of extra sub-blocks. In the end I sent Joanna two finished blocks, plus some left over sub blocks. 
(Picture from Joanna's Instagram as I forgot to take photos of the finished blocks)
To see the final quilt, hop over to Joanna's blog

Modern Insta Bee - February (catch-up post)

Where has time gone??? It's already June and I haven't yet blogged about the blocks I made for February, March and April in the UK Modern Insta Bee.  Let's see if I can get a few post made today...

Here's February!

Julie picked the Triple Star by Elena Roscoe of Hot Pink Stitches. To match with Julie's home, she asked us to use black for the background and hot pinks, not too girlie, but more lace and leather.

To be on the safe side, I picked out a few pinks from my stash and asked Julie which ones she'd like.

Then the cutting commenced....

Layouts were tested...

Here's the middle star; there are some seriously small squares... Centre fabrics is by Karen Lewis Textiles. If you haven't seen her screen printed fabrics before, go and have a look at her home page. They are absolutely gorgeous!!!

Quite a few seams later, here's the final block! It is a really vibrant block, with very strong pinks against the solid Kona Jet Black. Unfortunately, the camera didn't cope very well with all the black.

Here from another angle,  which seems to show the colours a bit better.

Hopefully, we'll see the finished quilt in Julie's Instagram feed soon...

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Green shirt quilt for a Deacon

To celebrate that Camilla, one of the members at the Swedish Church in London has been ordained, the "sewing grannies" / stitch and bitch / the sewing club / Syjuntan made her a surprise gift and memento of the event.

Those who could contributed a block with a green shirt. I turned them into a wall hanging which we gave to Camilla today.

In the Swedish Church, the deacon wears a green shirt, hence the symbolic choice of block and colour.