Siblings Together

Quilts for Siblings Together 2017

I completed two quilts for Siblings Together last year, Greenfields and Jewel Box, which were sent off at the beginning of June in time for gifting at the summer camps.

The Greenfields quilt top (previously seen here) was paired with an orange polkadot backing and jade green binding. I machine quilted it with a simple grid of horizontal and vertical lines.



Finished size 160 x 195cm. Completed 23/03/2017.

April was my month to request blocks in the Siblings Together Bee 2. I asked for Jewel Box blocks from this pattern using bright prints and a white background. This was my sample block:


...and the finished quilt:


You can probably see it was a bit of a windy day for photography! This one has a blue polkadot backing and a Kaffe Fassett vintage bead stripe for the binding. I machine quilted it outlining the diamond shapes formed wherever four half square triangles meet.

Finished size 160 x 200cm. Completed 20/05/2017.


I previously showed some of the blocks I made for other members of the bee in this post. The "bee year" runs from September to September and I have decided not to rejoin this time around, as I was struggling a bit for time and strangely fabric (no shortage of that as such, just that I never seemed to have the right colours/prints!).

So in the interests of completeness here are the bee blocks I made for 2016/17:



















Quite a variety! I learnt that I struggle with the concepts of "wonky" and "low volume". I think the daisies and butterflies were the most fun to make!

Greenfields quilt top

Hello there! I can't believe how quickly time is flying by, 20th of February already and this is my first blog post of the year!

I have decided that 2017 is the year I am going to attempt to face up to the scrap "situation" and to that end I am going to try to link up with Nicky and Leanne for Scraptastic Tuesday each month (yes I know I missed January altogether and that I am pretty close to the deadline for February,  but I will try harder!).

I started off by sorting out the rattiest, stringiest bits from the tangled scrap boxes (i.e. the least appealing bits) and found a good pattern in Kathy Doughty's "Making Quilts" book which looked like it would use a lot of scraps!

So this is the completed top of my "Greenfields" quilt.


It took me from 2nd of January until the 16th of February to complete,  I think that there are a lot of pieces in there, but it doesn't seem to have made much of a difference to the scrap "situation"! It was a good opportunity to use up bobbins with weird coloured thread, and half empty one's too.


This will be heading off to Siblings Together when it is finished. I have just ordered some backing fabric for it, so I can get it quilted in the next few weeks.

Linking up with Nicky and Leanne for Scraptastic Tuesday, just in the nick of time!

Scraptastic Tuesday

Dog Gone Cute - a finished quilt



As mentioned previously April was my month as bee "Mama". I requested dog blocks made using this great pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts. My only stipulation was that the background colour should be bright and that a narrow border be added to the top and bottom edges (so that the sashing could be eliminated). I received some really great dogs!


This was my first experience of making a quilt from bee blocks and it hadn't occurred to me that there would be a discrepancy in the size of blocks (duh! In a block that has over 30 pieces!) and I can see why many people select blocks that can be trimmed to size. But I think it was worth the extra brain power it took to assemble,  it turned out better than I imagined and the dogs have so much more personality than if I have just made 12 blocks myself.

The quilt is bordered with steel grey Moda bella solid and bound with Moda dottie in black both purchased from Backstitch. The backing is an older Joel Dewberry print in orange and yellow.


It finished up slightly wider than long... 58.5 x 60.5 inches.

Linking up to the Siblings Together quilt group blog...

Siblings Together Quilt Linky Party


...and YIPPEE this is one of my finish along finishes! I will be linking up at the end of the quarter :)


FAL 2016

Busy as a bee!

This year I joined a bee (my very first!) that makes quilts for the UK based charity Siblings Together. The charity help brothers and sisters who have been separated from one another by the care system maintain contact. You can read more about their work here, and find out about the quilting group here. More quilts are needed to reach our target of 100 for this years summer camps, so please do get involved if you can!

I have had fun trying out new-to-me techniques, and raiding the stash for appropriate fabrics each month. Here is a round-up of the blocks I have contributed so far...







April was my month as Mama, which I alluded to briefly here. The quilt top is complete, I'm hoping to get it quilted soon!



I look forward to seeing what my bee-mates have in store for me later on in the year!

Q2 FAL 2016 - better luck this time!

FAL 2016

So one finish and THREE roll-overs this time, plus a few extra projects for good measure...

  1. Giant dahlia quilt (wall hanging) in shot cottons (from this free tutorial). DSCN0645
  2. Wild goose chase quilt (2 blocks so far!). DSCN0646
  3. Dog Gone Cute quilt (for Siblings Together). I ended up requesting these as bee blocks, so I should have a whole quilts worth by the end of April :)DSC_0005
  4. Adam and Eve sampler. I have had pattern and supplies for this since 2008 and have declared my intention to get it done already before. It is at least started now! DSC_0004
  5. Small scrappy rail fence quilt. This just needs trimming and binding. DSC_0002
  6. New mattress cover of the dogs bed. I have some heavy duty canvas ready to go and plans sketched out, just need a bit of time!

Linking up with the rest of the Finish-alongers here.

Q3 FAL 2015 - serious startitis

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

So quarter two was as predicted with 2 finishes and 2 roll overs.

My list is a bit longer this time around as I have been a bit distracted by new ideas and have several barely started projects.

  1. Kingfisher tapestry (for mum). I have progressed slightly on this, but haven't taken a new photo. I am going to try to do a few stitches each and every day in the hope that it will eventually be DONE!SAM_2062
  2. Delectable Mountains quilt (as proposed here). Still currently no more than a pile of triangles. SAM_2204
  3. Duvet cover for Daisy (the dog). Currently a bunch of nine-patches. 20150629_073956
  4. Dresden quilt. I bought a new ruler and this happened. I have a plan, I think it's going to be great!20150709_175756
  5. Merchant and Mills Madison dress. This appeared on a list I made way back but I have only just bought fabric for it a couple of weeks ago; I purchased the pattern in April 2011!
  6. Artisan Apron, made as a bit of a dressmaking warm-up before tackling the above project, it is in need of a serious bit of embellishment before I can properly call it finished! 20150709_200638
  7. Scrappy spiderweb quilt. I have a bunch of "middles" done, I am thinking that this will be next years Siblings Together quilt, so I am not really expecting it to be done this quarter, but I am adding it to the list just in case it turns out to be the project I feel like working on most. 20150709_200726

Linking up with the rest of the Finish-alongers here.

Blogger's Quilt Festival - St. Louis 16-patch

Hello, and welcome! I would like to share with you a simple but jolly and bright quilt I made (with some help but I'll come to that later) for a very special cause.

 Introducing the Acacia 16-patch, my entry into the large quilt category of the festival:


 I wanted to make a couple of quilts for the UK based charity Siblings Together which helps maintain contact between brothers and sisters who have been separated from one another by the care system. You can read more about their work here, and find out about the quilting group here. More quilts are needed to reach our target of 100 for this years summer camps, so please do get involved if you can!


Quilt stats:

Pattern: St. Louis 16-patch

Fabric: Acacia by Tula Pink (top) and Birds and Bees also by Tula Pink (backing)

Quilting: very kindly and beautifully done for me by the lovely Mal after I posted an S.O.S. to the Flickr group for help

Binding: Scrappy, made using leftovers from the piecing of the top

Size: 56" x 70"


Labels for the quilts are generously provided by Spoonflower and provide the perfect finishing touch. Rebecca from the Spoonflower team has recently written a great post about the Siblings Together quilting group which features a piccy of the other quilt I made and additional details about how you can get involved :)


Thanks for reading, I'm off to have a look around the rest of the Quilt Festival now!

Finishing this quilt was one of my quarter 2 finish-along goals and I will be linking up this post at the end of the quarter ;)