The Cross and The Crown

Welcome 🙂

I hope you’ve been well while I’ve been away from the computer.

You may recall my little Blog Hop a week or so ago where I managed to over stretch myself and ended up not quite finishing my Blog Hop quilt.

I’ve been busy doing 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there quilting away and without realising it I’ve finished all the hand quilting – so with apologies to those of you who saw it first time round, here is my little lap quilt all completed.


The red quilting stitches really finishes it off and adds that little bit extra.


All that’s left to do is to decide what to write on my quilt label (a block I cut too small during construction!) and then sew it onto the back.


Any ideas?

(UPDATE – This quilt seems to have captured people’s imaginations over on Pinterest so for those who want to know, this quilt is based on a freebie pattern. The link to the pattern is on this blog post here. Happy making!

Oh and if after having a look around my blog you like what you see why not come and join me at my new blog The Mulberry Mouse just here 🙂 )

Last night I went to my monthly quilt group and learnt how to do Somerset patchwork. I thoroughly enjoyed the sewing and chatting that went on. The lady who taught us went to a lot of trouble in preparing the tutorial, even making up a board for us to refer to as we stitched so a big thank you to her.


I came away with a partially completed project – as ever!

However today I managed to finish it off and here it is,


It just needs to be made into something now – watch this space 😉

What have you been up to lately?

Until next time,

Chris x

Tilda Candy Bloom Blog Hop Day

Welcome 🙂

The sun is shining and I’m happy  to reveal that after a bit of a last minute panic I’ve sort of finished my make with the lovely Tilda Candy Bloom fabric ready for my Blog Hop day. ‘Sort of’ because the quilting isn’t finished but what can I say, work got in the way of creating!

Natalie from Stitch Craft Create generously sent me oodles of this fabric and I initially struggled with just what to make but the colours of this line are red white and blue and our Queen is celebrating her 90th birthday this year so I decided to go patriotic.

A Union flag cushion was my first thought and then I heard about a book published about the Queen’s Christian faith.


and this quilt block seemed very appropriate


The Cross and the Crown

I wouldn’t consider myself to be a royalist but I do admire all the Queen has done for the country and how tirelessly she works, I mean how many 90 year olds do you know who work to the extent she does! So in honour of the Queen I give you the Cross and the Crown lap quilt.

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If you’d like to make one for yourself then the pattern is a freebie from MacCall’s Quilting and can be found here. I added a wider border and four churn dash cornerstone blocks to make it a bit bigger. Those churn dashes pick up the central design of the other blocks well don’t they?



I’m not really a ‘red’ person but these reds are a lovely soft red, I think the one in the above photo is my favourite but it’s hard to choose because they’re all so nice!

My plan for it now is to do some hand quilting using red thread to highlight those crowns – watch this space 🙂

As Natalie was so generous with the fabric I’d like to offer some of the leftovers as a give away prize. All you have to do is comment on this post telling me where you come from and what you’d make with it – easy!


I shall draw a name out of the hat on 26th May so you’ve got a bit of time to enter.

And for another chance to win some of the Tilda fabric go here to join in with Stitch Craft Create’s own give away.

There is one day left of this Blog Hop and tomorrow it’s the turn of Ali from Very Berry Handmade.

Until next time,

Chris x


Catch Up Jane Day

Welcome 🙂

I’m still quietly getting on with Jane although she has rather been pushed to one side as I’ve branched out and started making other bits and pieces.

I have a brand new great nephew and so I wanted to make him a little cot quilt. As his granny is also a quilter I decided on making something quite simple and quick leaving it for Granny to make the ‘special’ quilt!

I had some beautifully soft flannel in baby blues in my stash which just called out for a simple pattern. I’ve backed it with super soft fleece and quilted it in straight lines. It will be cosy and cuddly and easy to wash – an essential for baby quilts!


Here are a few of the Dear Jane blocks I’ve been busy with,


K12 Doris’s Dilemma – EPP. This one is a bit of a dilemma as I made it using the pattern in the book only to realise afterwards that the blue shape in the middle of the design is a square in the actual quilt! I may redo this, I may not – but I was a little cross that the book wasn’t accurate.


L11 Caitlin’s Rose – foundation pieced. You can just see where I had to unpick a seam and redo it, thankfully those little holes do close up when I dampen the fabric 🙂


L3 Reflection’s Abound – Foundation pieced


B2 Sweet Tater Pie – pieced and appliqué.


C5 Eye of the Cyclone – pieced, appliqué and reverse appliqué.


E5 Rising Sun – foundation and appliqué. I do like this one, I wonder what a quilt of these blocks would look like? Hmmmm!

Have a great week end.

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



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