meow quilt

hanging out


I made the most of the warm weather over the weekend by spending lots of time outside, including going for a fun cycle ride around our new neighbourhood with my littlest daughter and spending a little time finishing up the binding on my Meow quilt, sitting out on a picnic blanket in the back garden chatting with my girls.


I finally sorted out a quilt hanging solution for my sewing room.  I invested in a custom made curtain track and paid to have it fitted for me by the folks at John Lewis.  I'm still using the silver hanging clips that came with my Ikea Deka hanging wire, so the purchase did come in handy after all.  The track is called Silent Gliss 1080, is really sturdy and takes the weight of the quilt no problem. 


The bendy look of this shot is all down to my photo taking skills, the track is thankfully nicely straight.


I quilted this one with an all over flower pattern which was quite easy.  I'm not sure if is was the best option for this quilt as the design is lost in amongst all of the prints but I hope once its washed and a little shrunk the flower pattern will stand out more.


Meow for now :)

hey there lonely star



I've been dreaming of sewing up a lone star for a good while now, I thought I would start slowly with a pillow version first but this block ended up far too big.  Whilst I decide what I'm going to do with it, I've hung it up on my new pinboard to add a hit of colour to my sewing room walls.  I'm kind of just liking it as decor..



I also basted up my Meow quilt at last, I got the urge to do it right before I started on dinner last night so I did what any right thinking quilter would do.  I ran up and down the stairs cooking and basting at the same time.  Dinner got cooked, quilt got basted and I got myself some good excercise.  Win win win!


Today, I started quilting it.  I'm going for all over flowers, inspired by the amazing Angela Walters Free Motion quilting book. They are going really well but they are not going to quilt themselves so I suppose I better get back to it!

Meow quilt


This quilt started in my head several months back when I started to think about quilts I could make in my forthcoming line Hello Petal (especially with those Kitty Cat prints).  Once I got the idea of using the sillouhette of a cat face as the basis for a quilt block I couldn't wait to put one together.  I had never seen another cat quilt block but I am certain that many have been sewn over the years because cats and quilts go together like tea and sugar.


I made a few practise blocks, wrote up the pattern and lots of work deadlines got in the way until finally last week I was able to sew up the blocks.


As I don't have any Hello Petal fabric just yet I decided to make this quilt top from a mix of some of my other lines.  Mostly Sherbet Pips, Little Apples and Posy.  It's been fun to see how these lines combine with each other.



These blocks are simple to put together.  They involve only the most straight forward piecing, no tricky templates or paper piecing.  Their big size means they come together quickly and they are ideal for using even large scale prints.

The pattern is now on sale in my shop and is an instant download PDF so you can buy, download and start sewing straight away.

If you'd like to see how the quilt would look made up in Hello Petal the cover image below gives you an idea.  I will definitely be making another in December!

Meow pattern cover







This is what I am up to today.  I've finally sliced up a little time out for myself and have been busy cutting and chopping up fabric.  Bliss.


I'm doing something I've been itching to get on with for a while.  Making a quilt (or two or three) using a mix of fabrics from all of my lines.


It's fun to see the fabrics all mingling and hanging out together, it will be interesting to see them in new combinations.

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These two pictures are what I have been up to the last couple of days - making kitty blocks!  I thought up this idea a while back to make out of hello petal but since fabric is a long way off from arriving, I thought I'd make one up from my current fabrics for now.

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I'm loving how the blocks are looking together, so much fun to make too!  More details coming soon.