Fat Quarters book & giveaway

I’m pleased to be part of this gorgeous new book from Lark Crafts. Fat Quarters, Small Fabrics, More than 50 Big Ideas comes out this week and I have contributed three projects.

Fat Quarters book

Fat Quarters book

My projects are:

A patchwork pieced tie, using complicated bias cutting and lovely fabric from Lu Summers.

An origami-style folded decoration on a cushion. I love the styling of this project on the yellow chair.

A little bag with oval floral pockets which is looking for a new home – see below

There are lots of nice projects in the book including some gorgeous quilts which I am tempted to make and a pincushion by my friend Heather, which I will *definitely* make.

 

 

I’m giving away the bag to one lucky reader (UK only please). To enter, please share this post online and comment below, telling me approximately how many fat quarters there are in your stash! Giveaway open until Midnight Tuesday 31st March.

Ruth Singer bag

Daily Make (10)

The last few weeks have had a lot of the petal-making for Interlace. We’re now into the final days before the exhibition so mounting and finishing is the order of the day. I’m lucky to have had two work experience students working with me in March, who have been invaluable in the exhibition preparations.

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Making mounts. Unglamorous but very necessary. #dailymake2015

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The students and I have also started transferring textile memories onto cloth.

In between all this I have made a little progress on my two patchwork projects, and finished knitting a cowl on the last day I was off sick last week.

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Tiny bit of patchwork before bed #dailymake2015

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Log cabin quilt

Just occasionally I get to do a bit of fun sewing. Not often enough. I had a bit of time off over Christmas & had a lovely few hours making a quilt from my friend’s baby, Tillie, who was born in early January. 

Quilt for Tillie

Quilt for Tillie

The bugs fabric is by Paula Ozier, there’s quite a bit of Cloud 9 in there too, as well as some Liberty, Kaffe Fasset & Amy Butler, and some plain organic cottons and the yellow border fabric (and backing) fabric is an old curtain. The blue with black sprigs is a V&A heritage print. 

Quilt for Tillie

It is quite unusual for me to use so many shop-bought fabrics but mostly they were scraps left over from other projects or samples I bought to find out what the quality was like. Or just because I loved the idea of fabric with bugs on it for a baby quilt. 

Quilt for Tillie

I am pretty obsessed with irregular, improvised log cabin patchwork at the moment; I’ve got a massive quilt on the go but can’t work on it until I have moved into the new studio where I’ll have space to spread it out!

Quilt for Tillie


I’m sharing the love with a workshop on this very technique in April.

Log Cabin Patchwork Cushion
Sunday 28th April
10am-4pm
Discover the delights of this traditional patchwork technique with a contemporary twist. You will learn how to create irregular, freestyle log cabin patchwork, incorporating beautiful vintage and upcycled fabrics, and make the finished piece into a cushion cover. This is patchwork for those that enjoy improvised designs, exciing colour combinations and hate fussy measuring and cutting.
£55 including materials
Intermediate (suitable for those who have used a sewing machine before)
 
Quilt for Tillie

My inexpert quilting efforts are very much inspired by the amazing Lucie Summers. I adore her colour combinations and designs. If you can get there, I strongly suggest you try and make a trip to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham in August. Inspiration, fabric and lovely people. What more could you ask? (oh, and I will be teaching there too!)

I’ve also just booked a teaching slot at Fat Quarterly Retreat too, so I hope I can learn a bit more while I am there!