Kitty Kitty Christmas and Friends.

12 Aug

Just in time for The Great Northern Quilt Show I have received the Kitty Kitty Christmas range from Loralie Designs. There are two panels and I have also obtained the tossed fabric and three different colours of paw prints.

kitty panel

These make perfect pockets for gift bags.


Or maybe a Christmas apron with the coordinating fabrics.


white cat panelThis panel is good for use with HeatnBond Ultra as detailed in my last blog. You have 20 different cats to fuse onto gift bags. Or you could just use it as yardage.


Wine gift bags.

IMG_0017Or anything that comes to mind really. I could see a table runner working too.

Other fabrics in the range make good coordinates as on the apron and bags above.

Black tossed cats black

red paws

black paws

green paws

Last Year I featured Very Fairy Christmas whcih is also a very christmassy fabric.


very fairy panel right

very fairy tossed

very fairy holly

verey fairy canes

very fairy red scroll

very fairy green scroll




Loralie Designs Meets HeatnBond.

10 Aug

When I receive a new bolt of Loralie Designs panels quite often the top and/or bottom row is unusable as a panel as they are not often cut completely straight before rolling. I have made a few crazy patch quilts with them. This covers up any missing bits as you can see but what I really needed was to use up odd panels not whole quiltsworth.


When I was trying to decide what to do with the Gypsy Chique (not my spelling) fabric I watched a video by Loralie. In it she used the no sew version of fusible web to fuse figures onto another surface.(I use HeatnBond Ultra) You can see these in my blog on the fabric. In case you are in a hurry this is what the finished bag looked like.

IMG_0093I was sorting through my ‘reject’ pile the other day and came across more panels that I could use in this way. I had also kitted up some cot quilts when I first opened the web shop and I saw that the colours in one of these were perfect to use with the panels. These panels are from the ‘Fast women Portrait’ collection and the fabrics mostly from Benartex fossil ferns. They matched perfectly and used up most of the kit in three bags which will now take pride of place on my stall at The Northern Quilt Show in Harrogate (4th to 6th September).

IMG_0006In progress.




They work really well and in my case help me avoid my temperamental machine that does not seem to like satin stitch. It is also a good way of using some of the Loralie panels that are actually rows of fairly large figures such as the Gypsy Chique and also one you can see in my next blog about Kitty Kitty Christmas.


IMG_0018It is all getting a bit seasonal on here so I will go and draft a proper Christmas blog as you need to start now if you are going to make Christmas goodies.

Maybe I will see you at Harrogate. It is a really good show. Take it from someone who drives 6 hours to get there every year. The layout will be a bit different this year if you are looking for your favourite stalls. The reason is that they are replacing the old hangar type building with a proper one so this year we are in a temporary building whilst they finish it. I will be more or less in the same place as before but as they have moved the quilts to the other end you might need a minute to acclimatise before the onslaught.

Loralie Designs Church Ladies.

28 May

The latest addition to me web site fabrics is another Loralie Designs.

Church Ladies by Loralie Harris is a fun fabric with a stained glass feel. ‘Happy and colourful’ is how I would describe it. Let’s see what you think.

Here is the panel church ladies panel


church ladies panel 2

church ladies panel copy

Matching tossed figures


What is church without a hat? Here are a few to be going on with.


Is it is or is it isn’t great fun? Well I think so but then I always did have a weird sense of humour. It cheers me up anyway and I’ll take anything that does that.

I have had a few new Loralie fabrics in since my last post so it might be worth a trip over to

Farmyard Frolics with McKenna Ryan

28 May

If you follow my blog you will know that I finally braved a McKenna Ryan pattern in December 2012. I admit it was daunting before I started but it was one of the most rewarding quilts I have made. It was called Chrissie Down Under.Chrissie Down Under


Lately I have been trying to find another one to do but have failed completely. Not one to give up easily I decided to stock them on my web page and at shows so here are the ones I have chosen. I love the farm ones best I think.

Back to the Farm Back on the farm copy Storybook Farm Storybook Farm copy Next Favourite – Beach Walk Beach Walk copy In Full Bloom In Full Bloom copy Bella GardenBella Garden copy More birds with Fields End Fields End copy Then some Christmas ones When Friends Gather copy Once upon a Star copy

Journey to the light copy I also have a few singles of seaside subjects.

Whether you use traditional satin stitch as I did or follow McKenna Ryan’s own method you will definitely end up with an heirloom. It won’t be finished in an afternoon but then you wouldn’t expect it to be.  If you are up for the challenge take a peek at my website

Or come to Harrogate in September or Exeter in April.

Branching Out With Butterflies.

20 Jan

I have repurposed one of my quilt kits to give it a new focus.

I have taken my mixture of butterflies and fossil ferns and transformed it from this single bed quilt.

Butterfly quilts

To these combinations of cot quilt and baby bag.



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The fabrics are still amongst the prettiest I have seen in the years I have been quilting and this way there is no need to lose out just because you don’t need a single bed quilt. There seems to be a steadily growing if  imported trend for baby showers. What better than a set for travelling. You won’t get one of those at Mothercare and there is little chance of anyone giving the identical gift.

The only problem might be actually giving it away.

Crazy Patch Flower Power

15 Dec

I have just received the contrast fabrics for the Gypsy Chique panel that I used to make the bag in the last blog.

They are, predictably reflections of  60’s fashion.

Paisley was popular in those days but translates well to the modern day.

paisley black

Matching butterfly themed fabric.

flighty black

The same fabric in another colourway.

flighty cream

And of course the panel.

gypsy panel

I decided to use them in a crazy patch quilt top as this is a good way to showcase fabrics.

IMG_0097And there you have it.

Find the fabrics here.

And here at the bottom.

Gypsy Chic and a Carousel

23 Nov

Loralie Designs has started reissuing older fabric designs and one I have been using this week is one called Gypsy Chique (sic). I decided to make a bag using no sew fusible web. I have never used it despite selling it on my website.

First  cut out the figures from the panel fabric leaving fabric all round. Then iron it onto the fusible web and cut round the shape accurately.

Back View


Front View


Cut 4 pieces of cream fabric and two of wadding and make up pockets for the front of the bag. Put two of the cream pieces right sides together and a piece of wadding on top. Stitch through all layers, turn and press. Quilt through all layers in whatever pattern you like.

Arrange figures on the front of the pocket and fuse.




Cut four pieces the same width as the pockets and a few inches higher depending on the size of bag. Take one piece and a matching piece of wadding and quilt. Repeat with one other piece and two pieces for the sides and one for the base.


The other pieces are for the lining.


Place one pocket piece on each of the matching front/back pieces – wrong side of pocket to right side of bag front/back. Add sides then base to make a bag shape.

Make the unquilted pieces into a matching structure without pockets  or wadding for lining.

Place lining wrong sides of lining to wrong side of bag. Pin or baste.

Cut 2.5″ strips of matching or contrasting fabric and stitch together to make a piece long enough to go round the top of the bag. Fold in half lengthways and press. Place strip with the raw edge against the top of the bag and stitch. Turn inside and stitch again either by hand or machine depending on the look you want.

Cut two 2.5″ strips of fabric for each handle. Cut a piece of Rigilene Polyester the length of the handles you want. Sew the handles right sides together and turn and press. Thread the Rigilene inside, distribute the gathers and stitch to the bag.

Voila one large bag perhaps for shopping.



You can of course make a smaller one with one or two figures on the pocket.

As for the Carousel in the title. Just a new fabric from Loralie Designs.








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