long delayed

Having been overtaken by events in the last two weeks, I haven’t had a lot of time to do things worth blogging about…

But a few events stand out:

firstly I had a fab morning at St Dominick in Cornwall, learning to use the fabulous long arm quilting machine. Janet, of Eightmaidsaquilting, and her daughter were so welcoming and encouraging; I had a great time, and quilted the whole of my orphan-block quilt (specially made for this session) in about 2 hours. It was such good fun, and now I feel able to carry on producing large quilt tops, as I now have a way to quilt them which doesn’t involve days of backbreaking work guiding them through my home sewing machine

finished top
fresh off the quilt frame
bound and finished!

It was such good fun!


The other thing I did was to take part in the Wild Dart Swim, 2.5k swim and 5k run back to Totnes, also good fun; they gave me a lovely wooden medal.

Since then, in between the other stuff, I’ve made two patchwork napkins


Look how sunny it was that day!

and a zipped purse1467657763610

and have started cutting and sewing blocks for a new quilt

and I made a cake for tea




Uphill work



Took part in the 10th Dartmoor Classic Sportive last Sunday. As ever, great fun! Over 4000 riders tackling either 50k, 100k or 100 miles across Dartmoor. Lovely scenery, a few challenging climbs and generally a good day out.

I also managed to find the time to finish my orphan quilt top

Slab Dab

It is now awaiting quilting; I am going to try a new idea with the quilting….I thought an orphan block quilt would be a good one to use for practice.

I also bought some heat-resistant batting because I wanted to make some oven gloves; the 1st prototype is done;


made form a piece of improv-pieced patchwork that was in my stash; I think I need to make the division between the thumb and the main part of the glove a bit deeper. Now to test it “in the field” and see if the heatproofing actually works.

And I need to prepare an easy to sew project to dip into over the weekend in between shift working …..