Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Attic Windows

The next block on our Lynne Edwards, The Essential Sampler Quilt journey will be Attic Windows found on page 192 of the above book.

Here is my Attic Window block

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Folded Flying Geese

Our next block from Lynne Edwards The Essential Sampler Quilt Book is the Folded Flying Geese block.

Found on page 169.

To make the block you need to choose
1 or possibly 2 fabrics for the background of the 'geese'.

Anything from 1 to 5 fabrics for the 'geese'

And 1 central square.

In this picture (my block) I have used
1 fabric for the backgrounds.
5 fabrics for the geese.
And a different fabric for the centre square.

Have a look at the quilts on pages 131, 155, 165, 197, to see different versions of colour ways.

I'm sure the Eagle eyed among you will have noticed I've added the inner border to this block. I'll be telling you about that next.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

The Quilters Knot

I'm often asked to show people how to do the Quilters knot.
It's an easy and quick knot to do.
I managed to confuse the quilter who tried to teach me this knot many years ago now.
The poor lady spent ages showing me how to make this knot, but every time I tried it my knot disappeared.  In the end we gave up.

When I got home I was telling my son about how I couldn't learn how to do the Quilters knot. I wondered if it had anything to do with me being left handed.
My son said show me how you do this knot.
So I duly demonstrated me not making a knot.
At this time my son was quite into magic.
And as he saw my knot fall off the end of my thread he said. 'Mam, your not making a Quilters Knot - your making a Magicians Knot'!
You must have all seen it when the magician ties a knot in a rope and then it magically disappears off the end.
We'll I can do that! Apparently it's something to do with slight of hand - I can't tell you how that's done, I'm sworn to secrecy; ) 

Anyway today I give you my little video on how to make a Quilters Knot.

Yours in Stitches,  Joy

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Applique -Tumbling Blocks

Hello there my Quilty Friends. Today I'm going to share with you how I

 A. Join  e.p.p.'s together.

And B. How I hand stitch them to the background.
It's a 're-cap for those of you making the Lynne Edwards Sampler Quilt.

And for those of you making Gaynor' s Christmas Wall Hanging
here is a picture of the layout you asked for.

A short and sweet post but hopefully helpful,
Yours in Stitches, Joy

Friday, 25 September 2015

Holiday and Paper Piecing

Well my Quilty Friends I'm all rested and relaxed after my little holiday to Zante. 

I took some hand stitching with me to create some samples for the first block on our Lynne Edwards Sampler Quilt.

There is a little video recap below to remind you how I Paper Piece.

But first I'd like to share with you a couple of pics from my holls.

The computer decided the video must come first!

Rexaling by the pool

Down on the beach
Some stitching on the balcony
Just been for a swim in the sea

Off to read up what's next on the Sampler Quilt
Yours in Stitches, Joy

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Getting ready....

Ok my Quilty Friends - in 24th September we shall be starting our Thursday project.  The Lynne Edwards Sampler Quilt.

We are starting with the Tumbling Blocks block. 

On that day you will need three different fabrics for for the tumbling blocks (see example below).

You need enough of each fabric to cut six 3" squares.  That's 18 squares in total. 

The blocks do need a 17" sq of background fabric but don't worry too much about bringing that along - you won't get to that stage on the day.

You'll need hand stitching kit (needle, thread, scissors, pins) pencil and ruler.

 And a small amount (about A5's worth) of paper for the piecing, the front cover of a nice magazine works well. Don't fret - I will have spares with me.

I'll bring everything else.

Do you like my stripy sox?

Wednesday, 9 September 2015


Ok my Quilty Friends I've been working out how many 17" squares you can get out of a piece of wadding ready for the Lynne Edwards Sampler Quilt we are just about to start making.

Many of you will know how wonderful I am with figures so I won't be offended if you feel the need to double check me.

So here goes.

Crib (60"x45") Six

Twin (72"x90") Twenty

Queen (90"x108") Thirty

King (120"x120") Forty nine - this number worries me!

Then by the metre

90" wide Ten

108" wide Twelve

120" wide Fourteen

How much wadding you need will depend on how big you want your quilt to be.
A lot of the quilts in the book have 20 blocks in. But REMEMBER you will also need wadding for the borders.

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