I am so excited to announce that I have written a book!
Quilts with an Angle - A Field Guide contains fifteen quilt projects and has lots of how-to photos and explanations.
It will be released in February 2019 by C&T Publishing - look out for it in your favourite quilt shop, book store and online!
The last few months have been really busy with the New Zealand Quilt Symposium plus a trip to Quilt Market in Houston where I was lucky enough to meet up with Kristy Lea of Make Modern Magazine. When I got back home I was excited to see the launch of Issue 19 of the magazine which contains the first block of my Mini Wonders sampler.
This sampler is made using my 60 degree patchwork technique, which is also the method for my Modern Triangle Sampler quilt.
Make Modern is a digital magazine, which is fabulous as you get a huge amount of content in each issue and can just print out the patterns you are interested in. Subscribe to this magazine by following the link on the right hand side of this page.
I hope you will have a go at Mini Wonders. I love the beautiful Alison Glass fabrics in the project, the ones in the photo are Sunprints, and I am now making another using her latest Diving Board range. Another really exciting part of going to Houston was meeting Alison, and I came...
This week I have been fussy cutting hexagons for the new triangle blocks I designed. I wanted to share with you the really easy technique I came up with. I'm sure this must have been done before but I haven't seen it around.
For the new blocks I released last week I have decided to use Tula Pink fabrics. There are so many wonderful motifs just perfect for fussy cutting and I wanted to explore this for the triangle based pieces in my quilt.
Here's the hexagon I cut out with just two cuts:
Isn't it cute?
So here is how I did it:
My hexagon needs to have a finished height in the quilt of 4". I cut a 4 1/2" strip, fitting in the pattern I wanted:
Fold the strip of fabric in half - note, the fold is at the bottom of the photo.
Place your 60 degree ruler on top of the strip. Line up the centre line of the ruler with the centre of the pattern you want to fussy cut.
If you have a ruler with a tip like the C&T ruler here, put the 4 1/2" line on the fold.
This month I have been visiting family in England, and while I am here I have been teaching my Triangle Block Party class.
My walk this time doesn't include a quilt, but look at these beautiful native bluebells that adorn many English woods at this time of year
When I was a child, we would gather armfuls of bluebells to enjoy, but these days it's not allowed, and really so much better to see them in swathes in their natural setting. My sister, great niece and I loved our adventure in the woods, and the added bonus was a beautifully built wooden playground.
After a bit of catch-up time, I was off on the train to Huddersfield. Nestled in the Peak district in the North of England, Huddersfield was at the heart of the wool trade in the nineteenth century, and many mills have now been converted for new purposes. Four trains from Bedford, I arrived in the village of Slaithwaite (pronounced 'Slawett'), and met Justine and Lisa, who run Simply Solids. It's a great shop stocking a fabulous...