Jane Update

Welcome :)

I’m still enjoying working on my Dear Jane quilt – long may it last.

Since I last posted I have been trying to do a few trickier blocks and I’ve caught myself having ‘the self persuasion chat’ with myself. You know the one where you say, ‘If I do this hard block next then I can do this easier block afterwards as a reward.’

Please don’t tell me that it’s just me who has this conversation with myself!

Here are a few of the blocks I’ve been getting on with;


K11 Columbine – foundation pieced and appliqué (the appliqué is the square in the centre of the block, I made a mistake when I made it up so the square is my attempt to make it look right!


L10 Nan’s Naiad – foundation pieced. A tricky little block to say the least.


M9 Fan Dance – Foundation pieced


M5 Mother’s Point – pieced


D8 Dee Dee’s Delight – appliqué


E13 Moth in a Web – EPP

As you can see I’ve been concentrating on the dark blue blocks, I love the colours in this fabric.

I’ve also branched out and started something new. Some ladies in my Thursday Quilt group have challenged themselves to make a hexagon flower a week for the whole year and last week they asked me if I wanted to join them – well what could I say but yes, so Jane has been in competition with hexagons as I’m attempting to catch up all those weeks worth of flowers I’ve missed.


I’m going to try to use up some of my scraps on this project, as long as I can get six hexagons out of the fabric then it has a good chance of being included!

It’s going to be lovely working with old favourites again :)


So far I’ve made one flower but the others are all prepared so just need to be stitched together which is a good evening activity while I watch a bit of mindless TV!

The same quilt group have also voted 2016 to be the ‘Year of the Finish’ so we are all encouraged to declare one WiP a month and work on it throughout the month ready to show to the group the following month.

The hope is that we’ll finish something every month but we’re accepting progress as being a success too.

I chose an almost finished project for February as I still want to spend most of my sewing time with Jane. Here’s a little peep of the WiP I’m working on this month.


I’ve linked this post up to Anthea’s ‘Piece Yourself Together’ at Hibiscus Stitches which is celebrating English Paper Piecing in her bi- monthly linky party.

Until next time,

Chris x


Memories of Grandad

Welcome :)

Back in December I started making these little flowers and I thought you might like to see what I eventually did with them.


They reminded me of chrysanthemums which in turn reminded me of my Grandad who used to grow them in his garden. I have lovely memories of playing in his garden and seeing all the huge flowers tied up to sturdy supports.

So this is what I made,


A bunch of Chrysanthemums in autumnal colours all jostling for space in a plant pot,


with a cheeky little snail hoping for some lunch!



Eagle eyed long term followers might recognise something rather familiar about this wall hanging as I made one similar to it a little while ago.


I have plans to make a third one too, I’m pretty sure what flower I shall be doing – one that reminds me of my Grandma, but haven’t decided on the type of container it’ll be in.

What reminds you of your Grand parents?

Until next time,

Chris x




Dear Jane

Welcome :)

I’ve been busy with Jane this week and am slowly weaning myself off doing the easy blocks, as you can imagine this has slowed me down considerably!

So far this week I’ve done…


B4 Chris’s Soccer Field – Foundation pieced


A5 Cathie’s Campfire – Foundation pieced and pieced


A10 Which Points West? – English Paper Pieced and appliqué.


B8 Water Lily – EPP and appliqué


A1 Pinwheel Gone Awry – Foundation pieced


B5 Hot Cross Buns – pieced and appliqué

Nothing too tricky yet but it’s only a matter of time ;)

I’ve got a few more all prepared and ready to sew at my quilt group today – happy days!

Until next time,

Chris x


Up On the Roof Top

Welcome :)

I’m still busy working on my newly started Dear Jane quilt but thought you might like to see this little wall hanging which was secretly stitched as a Christmas present.

It was finished way back in June last year after attending a workshop in April (or was it May?) I did post a picture of it here as a work in progress.

As soon as I saw it I knew it had to be a present for my daughter and her husband on their first Christmas as Mr and Mrs.

Now before I even show you this photo may I apologise for the quality! I took it on a very sunny day in the summer and the colours are all out of kilter, but as it’s the only one I have of it it will have to do!


These ones show parts of the wall hanging and the colours are much more realistic.


I’m happy to report that they liked it :)

Now, back to Jane!

Until next time,

Chris x




Welcome and a very Happy New Year to you all :) I hope your Christmas and New Year celebrations were full of joy.

I was spoilt rotten with some lovely presents from family and friends. The main present which will impact what crafty goings on I’ll be getting up to is that I received the Dear Jane book by Brenda Manges Papadakis.

I’ve been following a few bloggers as they’ve been working on this iconic quilt and they have inspired me to give it a go. How far I shall get with it is another matter but at the moment I’m really enjoying making the blocks.

Luckily I’ve discovered a few blogs where kind folk have posted helpful instructions and hints and tips on how to make the blocks which as you can imagine will be very helpful. If you know of any then please let me know – the more help the better :)

I started off by making what Anina from That Quilt called an easy foundation pieced block and ended up making it twice because I messed up first time round! I’m hoping that was only because I haven’t done much foundation work before and I’ll get better over time (fingers crossed!)

This block is called Florence Nightingale.


It will come as no surprise to people who know me that I’m making the quilt in white and blue.

Here are the first few blocks I’ve done,


Uncle Homer – an easy pieced block


Aunt Exie’s Phlox – appliqué.


Tinker Boy – English Paper Pieced.


Hunter’s Moon – pieced and appliqué.


Batchelor Buttons – appliqué.


and Jane’s Tears – very similar to the last one – pieced and appliqué.

As you can see I’ve chosen fairly simple ones to get me into the swing of things but I think it would be wise to get started on some of the more complex blocks too – I don’t want to be left with all of those at the end!

I dare say that once the first flush of enthusiasm wanes I shall be working on other projects but at the moment this is all that’s on my work table.

Until next time,

Chris x