Well I have a husband who just loves sport – but these days it’s more from the comfort of the sofa !   This weekend has been dominated (in our house) by the snooker so I got to be useful in my sewing room.

First I enjoyed using the new bundle of 10″ squares from Oakshott, in Autumn colours;  I made this simple slash and sew quilt,

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and then quilted it trying out some free motion in the style of flames.


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Some of you will be able to work it out from the picture, but for others I will be sharing this with Michael at Oakshott as a free pattern, and for those who like demonstraitons/videos I got the idea a while ago using other fabrics – so keep watching.

BUT you can purchase the Autumn Colourshott squares by clicking here:


THEN, I set about layering up a my latest scrap quilt, Reverse Stars which was made from 2 1/2″ squares that in turn were made from fabric that a friend gave me as leftovers from her larger quilt


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This is now ready for quilting, but again we filmed a ‘how to’ so keep watching.


THEN, I dug out this really old, but fun quilt top that was made from the panels and matching fabrics inspired by the poem by Jenny Jones ‘When I grow old I will wear purple…..’;  I have loved these but they got buried (as things do in my workroom) and overtaken by newer stuff.   However, I am now on the case again, and will enjoy quilting this – the panels always make me smile.

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(and you can see Kissie is checking out that I’ve layered it correctly!).   In fact I used some very thin wadding and a bright red fleece backing (purchased from Cargo) which was just the right size! – so it will be very cosy when it’s finished.


AND FINALLY – I got to do a bit of gardening;  not too honorous – just putting in my Tower of London poppies – I think they are in the perfect spot (and thanks Lyn Butler for being an earlybird and alerting me to the sale of these).


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After all that I feel a sit down is in order – all those little micro-taks need to be taken out of the Autumn Crosses quilt!