Oak House Museum – West Bromwich – Photos

Oak House Museum

Oak House Museum is a wonderful museum quite near where I live.  I had never even heard of it, never mind visited it, before this week.  What a treat it was!  It's a 17th century farmer's house which is classified as a Grade II listed … [Continue reading]

Meetinghouse Square Quilt Block Pattern

Meetinghouse Square quilt block

The Meetinghouse Square quilt block is rather a large block but it is easy to make as it is such a regular block.  I have made it here as a 27" square finished size so that the photos and instructions would be as clear as possible.  The secret to … [Continue reading]

Paper Pinwheel Quilt – Free Pattern

Paper pinwheel quilt

The Paper Pinwheel quilt is made using two versions of the block of the same name.  It was the name of the block that attracted me - the design looks like those paper whirligig things that I can remember from my childhood.  The quilt measures 54" … [Continue reading]

Reverse Applique Cushion – Easter Bunny

Reverse applique cushion Easter bunny

I've made this reverse applique cushion using the Easter bunny and four Easter egg shapes.  It's a very simple cushion cover but I wanted to show you not only how easy reverse applique is but also that you can have more than one colour showing up in … [Continue reading]

Visiting Blenheim Palace – Oxford – Photos

Blenheim Palace

Visiting Blenheim Palace was an extraordinary treat for me.  I lived in Oxford for a small time many years ago, but somehow I didn't manage to visit the Palace.  It was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh and the grounds were designed by Capability Brown.  … [Continue reading]

Four Corners Star Quilt Pattern

Four corners star quilt

I've used three different blocks to create the Four Corners star quilt pattern.  The central block contains a star and then I have created a second star around it.  The quilt measures 60" square, using 1.1/2 yards each of light blue and white with … [Continue reading]

Cushion Cover With Piping Added

Cushion cover with piping

For this cushion cover with piping I have used a very simple pattern for the cover so that the piping stands out against it.  The cover is made for a 16" cushion pad and I have used about 3/4 yard of silk together with 2 yards of piping.  I made two … [Continue reading]

Wonky Log Cabin Quilt Pattern

Wonky log cabin quilt

I have made this wonky log cabin quilt in its most simple form.  My main aim was to show you that you don't have to use foundation piecing.  This simple rectangular quilt can be made with normal piecing - and it's great fun.  I used it as a scrappy … [Continue reading]

Multi Coloured Hawaiian Applique Wall Hanging

Palm tree Hawaiian applique

The multi coloured Hawaiian applique wall hanging comes as a result of my recent visit to the Canary Islands.  I was fascinated by the variety of palm trees.  I've made Hawaiian applique before, but always in one colour only.  I decided to experiment … [Continue reading]

Visiting Fuerteventura – Canary Islands – Photos

Fuerteventura

My flying visit to Fuerteventura was an attempt to escape the winter here in Birmingham for a few days.  I hadn't realised that Fuerteventura actually means strong winds and I certainly came across those.  However it was still way warmer than home … [Continue reading]