Bells Christmas Wall Hanging Pattern

Bells Christmas wall hanging

I've made the Bells Christmas Wall Hanging mainly so that I could show you an unusual way of placing a border on a quilt block.  I first came across this technique at a quilt show many years ago and I've always liked the idea. This idea would only … [Continue reading]

Quarter Log Cabin Quilt – Free Pattern

Quarter log cabin quilt

The quarter log cabin quilt pattern is just what it says - blocks made in the traditional log cabin style but representing only one quarter of a completed log cabin block.  This allows you far more freedom to rotate the blocks, allowing many new … [Continue reading]

Visiting Oslo – Norway – Photos

Oslo fort

Visiting Oslo last week was an amazing experience.  It was my first visit to any Scandinavian country and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I couldn't decide which photo to use to head up this article but finally decided that this one of the fortress defined … [Continue reading]

Shoulder Bag Pattern – All Machine Sewn

Shoulder bag pattern

I like my shoulder bag pattern - it's going to be really useful when I'm travelling.  The only hand sewing I used was for the fastener.  The shoulder bag has two compartments and a long strap to go on the shoulder or across the body.  The body of the … [Continue reading]

Salem Quilt Block – Free Pattern

Salem quilt block

I love the Salem quilt block - such a pretty block and really very easy to make.  It's classified as a nine patch block and I've made it here as an 18" square finished size.  I was curious as to the history of the block but couldn't find any … [Continue reading]

Disappearing Five Patch Quilt Pattern

Disappearing five patch quilt

This disappearing five patch quilt is my take on the better known disappearing nine or four patch quilts.  I don't think that I've seen one using a five patch block and I'm quite pleased with the way it has turned out.  The quilt measures about 47" … [Continue reading]

Handmade Christmas Table Napkins

Handmade Christmas table napkins

Handmade Christmas table napkins are lovely to use and they also make great gifts.  I've made these ones using 22" squares of white linen and a star embroidery stitch from my domestic sewing machine.  You could make them using a different stitch for … [Continue reading]

Reversible Butchers Apron – Free Pattern

Reversible butchers apron

I've made the reversible buthers apron as two distinct aprons in different colour pairings.  Then I sewed the two sections together.  This meant that I had no hand sewing to do and the neck loop and waist ties were all sewn in at the same time. I … [Continue reading]

Ducks Foot in the Mud Quilt Block Pattern

Ducks foot in the mud quilt block

The name Ducks Foot in the Mud quilt block conjures up lovely images of a duck's foot (or any foot) going splat in the mud.  I just had to make this one.  I've made it here as a rather large 21" square. It's a traditional block, classified as a … [Continue reading]

Rainbow Medallion Quilt Pattern

Rainbow medallion quilt

The Rainbow Medallion quilt is a big, bright and cheerful rectangular quilt suitable for a double or queen sized bed.  I have used all the colours of the rainbow - Richard Of York Gained Battles In Vain.  I've begun with red in the middle, working … [Continue reading]