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.

Friday, 4 September 2015

First Day Back

We had a lovely first day back yesterday at Joyofquilting Thursday Class.

There was much excitement about our next project - The Essential Sampler Quilt from the Lynne Edwards book. And it was great to see that lots if you already your copy of the book.

Thank you to Jean Pitman who came along and showed us her one and a half sampler quilts!
We are all fired up and ready to quilt now.

Monday, 24 August 2015

New Project

Ok my Quilty Friends.  I promised we would start a Sampler Quilt when  Thursday class starts back in September.
We'll be using blocks from The Essential Sampler Quilt book by Lynne Edwards

Currently the book is £14.99 on Amazon.

Of course there are many other places you can buy this book from.

Jean will be bringing along her Sampler Quilt on Thursday 3rd September to whet your appetites. 

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Mid Summer Stitching

Ok ladies, as there is no 'Actual' Thursday class over the summer holidays.
On Wednesday the 12th August I will be holding a Sit and Stitch Day.
It's from 10-4 and we will be having a Hope Lunch (asking everyone to bring a plate of food and 'Hope' there is enough).

The idea is that you bring along some sewing to get on with and we sit and stitch and chat.

I will be bringing along a couple of small projects I have been working on which you can make on the day if you want.

Either this unusual Cathederal Window Pin Cushion

For this you will need 
Eight Two and a half inch squares of plain(ish) fabric
And Eight Two and a half inch squares each a different fabric (see below)
One four and a half inch piece for the back
A Four and a half inch piece of wadding and a small amount of stuffing.
And a couple of buttons.
This beautiful little Secret Garden Box
To make this you will need
Six five and a half inch Squares
Six generous three inch squares
Six three inch squares of Wadding
For my virtual ladies I'll be posting some how too' s after the event.

Meanwhile, I've been enjoying some uplifting music the last few days - It's All About the Bass

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Stunning Book Covers

So proud of every one who brought in their finished book covers last week. Well done ladies.
And they make a stunning display.   Great gift ideas.  I hope you're inspired to make some.

A chance to use some of the lovely fancy stitches on your
 sewing machines.

Although Thursday Ladies have broken up for the summer,
I'm plotting and planning our
Summer Sit and Stitch Day
Wednesday 12th August.
Full details soon,
Yours in Stitches, Joy

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Part Two - Book Cover

Ok ladies here is the video for part Two of the Book Cover.
The Thursday Ladies done well.
Below is a selection of their book covers all stitched and ready to make up.

And this is one finished

Click below for the Video

Hope you enjoy - Feel free to ask any questions.
Yours in Stitches, Joy

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Patchwork Book Cover

Some of you will have made this Book Cover with me before.
Gloria asked me for the instructions and I though it would make a nice little project to take my Thursday Ladies up to 16th July when we break for the summer.
We did this first part in class this morning.
So this is a recap. But I think the instructions are clear enough for any of my readers to follow along with us.
They would make fabulous Christmas/Birthday presents.
I'll post part 2 next week.

I'm feeling rather mellow tonight - I think I fancy listening to some Jason Mraz   I'm Yours

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Quick and Easy Block Keeper

My video today shows you how to make a quick and easy Block Keeper
Below is a short video on making simple handles
I have just realised the three step zig zag video is on my old sd card, so I will have to sort that out for you tomorrow.

Yours in Stitches, Joy

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Flying Geese

Today we are making Flying Geese.
Click on the link below to watch my video and join in with us.

To make the block below, your will need:
To make up18 Flying geese units

So cut out 36 two and a half inch squares for the background

And 18 four and a half inch by two and a half inch pieces for the geese.
(I have cut six of one colour and twelves of another in the block below)

I wil post my video on how to join the geese  together without loosing you points very soon.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

How to attach your binding to your Quilt

And now my dear Quilty Friends, following hot on the heals of my How to make/cut a quilt binding,

I give you my How to Attach your Binding to your Quilt Video

I'm thinking it would be a good idea for those of you new to this technique to make up a sample piece. What do you think? I could talk you through that if you wanted. Let me know.

Yours in Stitches, Joy

Binding Matters

OK my Quilty Friends, as some of you are ready for binding your quilts, today I give you my How to cut/make quilt binding video

Nothing more to say about that really, except if you have a any questions please feel free to ask them in the comments section.

And now hopefully, you'll want to find out how to Attach your Binding to your Quilt.  Well - Just click here. to find out.
Yours in Stitches, Joy 

Wednesday, 4 March 2015


Thursday Ladies are doing themselves proud with their first quilt project.
We have lots of Spools quilts in various stages of completion.
Here are two completed tops
Well done Karen & Yvonne.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Spool Block

Here is how I put together the spool Block we are making from The Beginners Guide to Quilting book we are using at the moment.
SCROLL to the bottom of the page for my Top Stitching Tip AND Today's musical interlude.
Here are all the pieces for one block

Below they are laid out as per the finished block
 Take the centre square and stitch on the two sides
 And Press
 Take the four small squares and place them on either end of spool top and bottom
Mark a diagonal line with your fabric marker of choice 
 Stitch along the marked lines
Trim off excess fabric
 Quarter of an inch is good
   Press open
Line up and stitch to middle section
One at the top and one at the bottom
 And hey presto
You have a spool block
Here is the book we are working from.
It's proved rather elusive.
The book of the same name on Amazon is not the same book.
This book is actually classed as a bookazine - not quite a book, not quite a magazine.
It was published last year (2014) through Future Publishing
Although no longer in stock on line with them. 
It is often available in W.H. Smith in the UK
Usually amongst the magazines. 
Almost everyone in actual class now have a copy.
But if I'd realised how difficult it would be to get hold of.....well...
Top Tip
To avoid your machine chewing up the beginning of blocks sewn on point.
Start your stitching onto a piece of spare fabric (make sure it's two layers of fabric)
 and continue without stopping onto your actual block - see pic below - green fabric is the spare piece.
You simply snip the spare fabric off once you've completed your stitching.
Yours in Stitches, Joy
Somewhere over the Rainbow - with the lovely mellow voiced
Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole
Click on the link
Relax and EnJoy
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