Starting out in patchworking

Because I’ve been sewing and making things nearly all my life, I can’t always remember learning or being taught how to do these things, These days there is a wealth of knowledge available on the internet, for anyone who wants to learn, or improve their skills (me).

“Selfsewn” doesn’t seem to blog any more but she has a good tutorial on how to do English Paper Piecing here. It was one of her quilts that inspired me to get back into patchwork, and my first, EPP, quilt in 2014 was the result


The quilt top, which I had long-arm quilted.

A very good cutting tutorial, here, explains use of a rotary cutter and mat.

Diary of a quilter has a good series of tutorials,  here , with clear explanations of what to do and why, as well as a useful list of the equipment needed.

Missouri Star Quilt Co has lots of tutorials using precut fabrics to make quilts from simple to very elaborate, though they are more focused on the design than quilt making basics.


It doesn’t always go right first time……. 🙂





Another day of bits and bobs. More quilting, a few new plants to add to my pots, coffee and tea cakes, and best of all, sunshine. The swimming pool was very busy this afternoon, as was the garden centre; nice to be out and about enjoying it!


My blanket box is finished, I’m rather pleased with it, and it’s already in use


I’ve started cutting pieces for a new (quick) project



I’m hoping to get this small patchwork item pieced in the next day or two….

Lately, I’ve been…



Another weekend spent catching up with real life. Various items have been ticked off the to-do list, and others added.


My new bolster/draft excluder/patchwork ornament is finished; I’m pleased with it. It’s mostly made from a pack of 10, 10″ squares of yellow fabric, bought from Pelenna Patchwork, an ideal way to bring lots of variety into a small project. I added in a few other fabrics I had, including the green, to blend in with previously made items.


And here is the top for my blanket box, under construction. Lots of low volume neutral prints. It will be quilted in closely spaced lines, and stretched over the backing board; hoping it looks as good in reality as it does in my mind’s eye! Painting of the blanket box is under way……..


Not much to report

Haven’t done very much today worth reporting; it was an overcast, grey , cold day here, not very inspiring. Went out for coffee (again) and bought a few more plants, had a little nap, and started prepping my newly acquired thrifted blanket box, ready for painting.


I’ve also been trying to get my little compact camera working as I think it might lead to better pictures. Not much progress yet, watch this space.

Next item, making a list of future sewing and craft projects, which is looking a bit daunting at the moment, but at least I won’t run out of things to do in the near future….

Also I need to get out and do some gardening, and paint some woodwork, and clean the house…