Thursday, 20 April 2017

Concentric circle quilting for my new Snowballs Around the World Quilt Kit

For my second new quilt kit of the month (!) I decided to develop one of my existing patterns, Snowballs in Spring, this time using these gorgeous Papillon fabrics from Makower. I've named this kit Snowballs Around the World as the blocks are laid out in an off-set Trip Around the World - can you see the centre snowball five rows down, three in? This quilt finished at approx. 52" x 61" so will sit comfortably on top of a single or double bed.

Each of these kits contain 104 pre-cut 5" squares, plus 2.10m of solid ivory for the corners and borders, so you'll have some cutting to do yourself! The kit also includes a 50wt thread, six binding strips in that cute stripe and of course, full colour instructions.

To accompany this new release, I thought I would do a quick tutorial on quilting concentric circles to accentuate the off-set Trip Around the World layout. I know Twiggy & Opal wrote a similar tutorial last week which you can read here, mine is more or less the same, I just start differently.

To create my first circle, I use freezer paper as a guide. Draw around something circular - a cup, glass, use a compass - onto the paper side of the freezer paper and accurately cut out. Use a hot iron to press this into place where you would like your circles to grow out from, in my case it was the centre square of my Trip Around the World pattern.

This quilting is done with a walking foot and with the machine's teeth up as normal, so no clever free-motion business here! The trick is to just take it slowly and to gently manoeuvre the quilt around to create each circle. This gets easier the larger the circles become.

When you wish to start quilting anywhere on your quilt that's not off the edge into the wadding, you need to bring up your bobbin thread to the top so you can move both top and bottom threads out of the way before you start stitching. So, holding onto your top thread, place your needle down where you want to start sewing, bring the needle up and pull up your bobbin thread, tuck both threads under your foot and out of the way.

How you secure your threads is up to you, on my Snowballs in Spring quilt I left all my ends long and like a good girl, stitched each of them into the wadding at the end - hard work! Luckily my Janome machine has a 'locking' stitch so I decided to use that this time at the beginning and end of each row. This basically just sews a few tiny stitches on top of each other to secure the thread, which you can still do yourself if your machine doesn't have this function. Just take the stitch length down to say 0.6, sew three or four stitches, then take it up to your chosen length for the main stitching, I think I had mine on 2.8 - you don't want them too long else you'll lose the smooth curve in the circle. 

Moving slowly, stitch around the outer edge of the freezer paper, when you come to where you started, Jayne of Twiggy & Opal had a great tip, if you hold your starting thread ends in front of the foot, you will be able to see your starting point and where to stop sewing. Secure and break thread, and remove the freezer paper.

To start your second row, move your quilt so the left edge of your walking foot is sitting against your first line of stitching which you're going to use as your new guide. Secure your threads as before, and slowly sew your second circle. Try to move your quilt round in small increments to avoid getting sharp angles in your circle.

Carry on sewing circles - when you get to an edge you'll be able to start and end your threads into the wadding which makes life so much easier! As long as you keep that edge of your walking foot against the preceding line of stitching as a guide, your concentric circles should be nicely evenly spaced.

This is a great quilting pattern for so many quilts and always looks impressive!

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I'm also having a fat quarter bundle sale this weekend, with all these new fabrics flying in, I want to share the fun! Use the code Bundle20 until midnight on Monday (24 April) and get 20% off all fat quarter bundles.

This week I'm linking up with Let's Bee Social, Midweek MakersNeedle & Thread Thursday and Main Crush Monday

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Tiling inspiration

As I may have mentioned, we've recently moved into a new house, well an old house really by today's standards, a 1930s semi complete with artex ceilings and wood chip wallpaper! Joy! We're slowly making progress on the wood chip - eucalyptus oil works wonders - but after a day of stripping I was really missing a bath. The house came with a large walk-in shower, which while nice, didn't come close to a long hot soak. So this week I'm very pleased to say we now have a bath! Yay! Originally we planned to try and fit it ourselves, however, one look at the pipework and weird boiler, we soon decided to get help. While they did all the complicated stuff, we thought we'd at least have a go at the tiling, I've done a bit before, though they were large tiles with a normal layout... this time, we went for the small 'metro' tiles in a brick formation... hey, I'm a quilter used to lining up seams and points, how hard can it be right?? Famous last words...

Wanting to get the plumber back to finish the job before he forgot us, we were under a little pressure to get the tiling done, so I decided to start on my own - let's just put it this way, everything I could get wrong, I did wrong - I was so paranoid about getting the verticals lined up with every other row, I forgot to check the horizontals - you would think I'd know better! Then we'd picked the wrong spacers, way too big! When I realised I'd gone wonky, I tried to readjust, so we have a nice curve now! Justin helped finish tiling the second wall that night, then I went on to the grouting... into those huge spaces! Thank goodness I didn't go for the grey grout in the end. Having pulled and strained every muscle in my body, I left Justin to grout the second wall. I suppose with the white tiles and white grout, it doesn't look too bad.. but never again!

Anyway, why should I mention this in a quilting blog you may ask. Well, it seems that the brick-like design crept through the pain and into my subconscious and while I was struggling to come up with a design for some new directional prints, this one sprang to mind.

My original plan for these Coonawarra Red prints from Red Rooster Fabrics was another version of the All Squared Up quilt kit, but I thought the directional patterns may cause problems, so thought they would be better kept in one largish block. I then added some simple sashing between each one and laid them out in this brick pattern. I then worked out how to make sure the horizontal sashings all lined up and I think the effect works really well! This will of course soon be a quilt kit and is much larger than my other kits - I had so many people at recent shows ask for double or king size quilts! 

Today I've been sewing a meandering free motion design over the whole top, and hopefully I'll get the binding on tonight in front of the tele.

I've also uploaded these pretty Coonawarra Red fabrics into the Sewmotion shop to buy by the metre, as well as some additions to the lovely P&B Blenders collection. Why not go and have a mooch - while you're there, you could treat yourself in my Easter sale! Simply use the code Easter20 at checkout to get 20% off everything in store (offer ends at midnight on Monday 17th April).

I do hope you all have peaceful and creative Easter weekends, I have a feeling mine might involve painting the bathroom... Happy Easter to you all. xx

Linking up with Let's Bee Social, Midweek Makers and Needle & Thread Thursday

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Pre-Cut Party Pattern and a New Kit

Doing these monthly free patterns certainly makes the year seem to fly by! April - sunshine and showers, and flying geese? This cushion is inspired by the ever useful fat quarter, though you can also use long quarters for this one. If you've been tempted by a gorgeous FQ bundle at a show, brought it home, then thought what on earth am I going to make with that?... then this is the project for you. Or of course, you could go for brights as I did - these Spectrum Solids from Makower are now available on the website.

The PDF pattern includes a quick and nifty way to make four geese blocks at once - it did make me smile to see Angela Walters using this same technique in her latest Midnight Quilter episode (total coincidence, promise!) If you've missed these YouTube shows for Craftsy you must watch them, totally hilarious, and definitely my kind of quilter!

Anyway, for your free pattern, simply subscribe to the Newsletter where you'll find the link for your free download, plus news on latest products, events and special offers.

Talking of new products, here is the latest version of my All Squared Up Quilt kit, this time featuring these glorious Sun Prints fabrics by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics. I've paired these with a lovely dark rich grey that I think makes the fabrics shine so beautifully! 

The kit includes all the pre-cut 2.5" strips, border and binding strips you need to complete the quilt top, plus a reel of 50wt thread and full instructions. I have also put together a fabric pack to make the back pictured above. The layout and instructions are included in the kit anyway, so now you can also grab these fabrics, which include a grey blender from P&B Textiles' Bear Essentials collection and nine Sun Prints strips.

Fancy a 15% discount off this kit and backing? Subscribe to the Newsletter now for the code!

Linking up with Let's Bee Social, Midweek Makers and Needle & Thread Thursday

Thursday, 30 March 2017

New Quilt Kits Coming Soon

I've dedicated this week to quilting, and getting some more quilts finished to make into kits, and boy do my shoulders ache! The new house sadly doesn't have a bath, but we're definitely now making that the priority job, oh, how I've missed a long soak... anyway, back to the quilting.

Having more or less sold out of my All Squared Up kits (I have one left in the American Patch fabrics) I'm working on replacements, and couldn't resist these Sun Prints by Alison Glass with this sumptuous grey from Makower, it seems to make them shine doesn't it!?

I seem to be addicted to this wavy line quilting, it may take a while, but it really is so easy, and so effective, and going from my experience at recent shows, it really sells the quilt. And of course, I couldn't resist a pieced backing...

You know when you love the back as much as the front?! You can see the instructions for this backing here in my free tutorial for this All Squared Up quilt.

For new quilt kit ideas, I've turned to my quilt patterns for inspiration, and decided to make a slightly larger version of my Snowballs in Spring pattern using this gorgeous Papillon range from Makower along with a couple of their blenders.

This one is now basted to ready to quilt, my job for today. I hope you're all having a creative and productive week, if you have more time for quilty chat and inspiration, why not pop along to these linky parties and say Hi:
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication and Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

New Show Dates & Works in Progress

Well I think spring might be here, though they were talking about snow this week so who knows! What I do know is that the cute little garden at our new house is full of buds - I have little idea of what most of the plants are or what they'll do, but that's all part of the fun! I did plant some spring daffs and tulips so there's some colour for now at least.

So with spring comes more quilt shows, yay! I've just booked Sewmotion into the Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show at the Harrogate International Centre on 11th - 13th of May. This is a new venue for this show, but with impressive events at Birmingham's NEC and London's Excel, I'm sure this one will be as successful - and it's also nice to have some more creative events happening up here in the north! For more on this show and to buy tickets, click here.

A week after this, the 18th - 21st May, we'll be at Quilts UK in the beautiful town of Malvern. I've worked this four-day event before for Doughty's, but this time I'll be there with Sewmotion! For more details and tickets, click here

I've then got a little rest until we're at the National Quilt Championships at Sandown Racecourse on 23rd - 25th June - for more info and tickets, click here. 

As you can see, I'm going to be very busy in the next few weeks...! As well as cutting and folding pre-cuts, I'll be working on some new kits and patterns to add to my collection, including this funky take on my All Squared Up quilt kit, this time in Alison Glass's Sun Prints collection, with a lovely rich grey, and don't forget, I know have a gorgeous fat quarter bundle of these fabulous prints in the shop.

Then there's a bright and summery new Hexy Cushion Kit to finish...

...and of course, more free patterns for my Newsletter subscribers - April's pattern will be this funky flying geese cushion - to get this free pattern and more, why not sign-up? It's absolutely free, you get a pattern based on my love of pre-cuts every month, with access to previous months' patterns, and you also get to hear about my latest news, events and products with special discount offers! To subscribe, click below.

So, I best get on with some sewing/cutting/folding eek!!! If you're looking for more quilty chat and inspiration, why not visit these fab linky parties!

Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Pre-Cut Linky Party Time

It's been a while since we've shared some pre-cut love, so let's have a party!! Before the sharing begins, I just wanted to show you a couple of pics I've recently been sent by Sewmotion customers, funnily enough based on the same pattern, my disappearing four-patch quilt, Square Dance.

Kath is a lovely lady and fellow quilter at my local quilt group, the Village Quilters in Middlesbrough. A prolific quilter, if she's not making beautiful quilts for family and friends, she's making the cutest Christmas items, in fact, we call her Mrs Christmas! This is her version of my Square Dance quilt, complete with the linear quilting, isn't it beautiful!!

My second project is from another lovely lady we first met at the Harrogate Autumn Quilt show last year. Jan bought my Charming Vintage Rose quilt, sadly now out of stock. I love how she changed the layout so the colours run diagonally across the quilt. Jan also made this gorgeous cushion to match, those stars are so cute!

Linking up with Let's Bee Social, Midweek Makers and Needle & Thread Thursday

So now it's your turn... 

Thursday, 9 March 2017

New Strips & Kits

Wow, what an incredibly busy couple of weeks! What with the quilt show in Harrogate, then the next weekend in Duxford, I'm a little worn out, and getting very low on stock!! I've completely run out of my Japanese All Squared Up quilt kit, and have only one left in each of the American Patch All Squared Up, the Monochrome Sunset and the Charming Vintage Rose... I think I best get sewing up some new patterns and kits!!

And what better place to start than with these gorgeous new fabrics from Alison Glass, her Sun Prints range comes in these beautiful jewel-like colours - I'm thinking maybe an All Squared Up kit with a dark grey as the blender... for now I have made up this 24pc strip set, available on the website for £20.

Another plan I have is a new zigzag quilt made in this bright and fresh 40pc strip set in Basically Hugs fabrics from Red Rooster. These colours just remind me of springtime - this strip set is also available on the website at £35.

If you attended either of the recent quilt shows, you may have seen my new EPP Diamond Cushion Kits. Similar to my Hexy Cushion kits, each one includes the fabric, templates, thread, wadding and full instructions to complete the cushion front. These make great portable projects, and are also a great introduction to English paper-piecing. Both are available on Sewmotion for £23.00.

Right, I better get on with some sewing - for more quilty chat and inspiration, check out these linky parties;
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
MidWeek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

March's Free Pre-Cut Party Pattern

As predicted, February has flown by! Which means it's time for my next free pre-cut pattern! This pretty charm square quilt is called Mosaic Garden and uses a 48pc charm pack, or a 42pc with a feature fabric used for the centre squares of each block.

At a finished size of approx 43" x 55", this project would make a lovely baby or child's quilt, or maybe if made in a smaller version, say 3x3 blocks, you could make a wall hanging using those precious fabrics you bought on holiday! What a lovely momento!

To get this free PDF, and many more patterns, simply subscribe to my Newsletter below. 

This quilt is also available as a full kit which includes the 48pc charm pack made from Michael Miller's Henna Garden collection, a solid white for the sashing and borders, a 50wt thread and six binding strips. This kit is available at £35.00, (£30.00 to Newsletter subscribers).

We had a great time at the Spring Quilt Festival in Harrogate last week, it's so lovely to meet my subscribers and hear how much they enjoy getting their newsletters, thank you all for your kind words! And also a huge welcome to my new subscribers, I look forward to inspiring you on your next project!

Looking for more quilting chat and inspiration? Why not pop along to these linky parties and say hi!
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation

The Pre-Cut Linky Party will be back soon, so if you've been inspired by a fabric pre-cut to make something beautiful, get ready to share!

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Copenhagen Part II - Designing our future

Our second day in the beautiful city of Copenhagen started with a hearty Danish breakfast at our Tivoli Hotel, offering anything you could want, including smoked salmon, cheese and meats, hot eggs and bacon, and gorgeous yoghurt and fruits - this would hopefully keep us going for a while. Today was my actual birthday and we decided to walk across the river and onto Christianshavn, one of the city’s prettiest quarters, and also home to the world renowned restaurant Noma. Ooh, birthday lunch I thought… alas, they seem to have lost our reservation… Haha! At over £300 per head, I think this one will have to wait awhile… though, following in Justin’s hero, chef Rick Stein’s footsteps, he had his photo taken in front of the building, that will have to do for now!

Walking along the river we came across the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC), a very interesting museum asking “how does architecture address challenges such as climate change, urbanisation and social segregation?” Using the city as their main exhibition, guided tours illustrate why Copenhagen and other Danish cities are praised around the world for their visionary way of combining liveability, growth and sustainability – surely topics that every country should have high on their agendas for the future. Even though we didn’t go on a tour… one of the many reasons to go back in the summer… we did see a fantastic exhibition called Wasteland – from Waste to Architecture in which architectural practice, the Lendager Group takes a look at how waste can create new architecture and even become a new resource in its own right. 
Courtesy of Kristina Neel at DAC
This upcycling process doesn’t just re-use materials as you would in recycling, but forms the basis for new, improved materials, often lengthening the life span of both products. For instance, by mixing new concrete with old, recycled concrete, you can make the material stronger than ever. Or, rather than trying to recycle house bricks one by one where often the mortar is stronger than the actual brick, they suggest cutting out a whole piece of wall as one unit and re-using it as a panel.

Throughout the exhibition there were some pretty frightening facts about world growth - did you know that the world's population is growing by five school classes per minute, or that it took only three years (2011-2013) for China to use more concrete that the USA used in the entire 20th century? It should be pretty obvious that our planet can not sustain this growth, and something has to change! Look at the housing crisis we have in the UK alone! Sorry, I’m getting a little passionate now, but this exhibition really did open our eyes, though maybe this is also because we’ve always been excited by modern, or different design, and some of the ideas that were featured made from upcycled materials were just genius!
Courtesy of Kristina Neel at DAC

The exhibition is themed around six different materials, including glass, wood, concrete and plastic. First we see the materials as by-products, then we follow their transformation into new materials, new buildings, and even new urban spaces.

One of my favourite ideas was this textured wall made from  different sized strips of wood attached to a frame. It is then treated to create this beautiful panel that I would love to have in my home! This is another factor that the Lendager Group focuses on, not only how to use waste as a potential resource, but also how to make these resources architecturally and aesthetically attractive. After all, waste is certainly a resource we will never run out of, and if smart and daring designers can come up with beautiful, practical and comfortable homes that we would happily live in, then this must be the way forward...

I have had a quick look to see if there are many UK initiatives following this idea, I found a couple of blogs about reupholstering chairs and repainting household items, but much of this is seen as more of an artform, with many pieces costing more than the original item, I don’t think this is the answer. This interesting post on Sustainable Build highlights the problems in the UK’s construction industry, such as the lack of information on sourcing and how to use these products in design, and also the cost of deconstructing a building rather than the cheaper option to demolish and destroy. I see so many boarded-up old houses where I live, and it makes me sick to see them just sitting there empty when we’re in such need for housing, both social and private. Yet the current answer seems to build inefficient box houses that all look the same, have no character or design, and call themselves four-bed detached dream homes.

Wow, this is supposed to be a quilting blog!! Apologies for going off-topic this week, I just felt our adventure in design and our discoveries had to be shared! This week I'm at my first quilt show of the year, the Spring Quilt Festival at Harrogate - I hope to see you there!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Land of the Chair - My Birthday Surprise!

I may have mentioned that it was my birthday a couple of weeks ago, and that I was being whisked away for a few days, but had no idea where. My husband is such an old romantic, and had planned this trip months before, only telling me that I would need my swimsuit and a winter coat… I knew we were flying somewhere for a couple of days, so it had to be Europe, but when we got in the car and drove south down the M1, we obviously weren’t going from Newcastle, then we passed Leeds Bradford airport, then East Midlands airport… it soon became clear we were heading for London, Luton to be exact!

We stayed in a nearby hotel that night, which obviously meant an early start the next morning - looking at the departures board gave me too many options, Gdansk? Brno…?? I literally didn’t know until we headed towards Gate 2 – Copenhagen! Yay!!! So happy!

After an easy flight, and short train ride into the centre of town, we dropped our bags off at the Tivoli Hotel (4 star no less!!) and headed off for a mooch. We both love ambling around European cities taking in the architecture and design, always remembering to look up as well as around! Justin had a few visits planned, the first of which was to the fantastic Design Museum. Before we looked around though we needed sustenance and a chance to catch my breath, this meant a gorgeous hot chocolate with lots of cream, followed by some traditional Danish open sandwiches, the salmon and beef were amazing, not too sure about the herring though!

The Denmark Design Museum is amazing and well worth a visit if you love modern design and crafts as much as we do. Collections include the works of famous Danish designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Jacob Jensen and Kaare Klint. One of the current exhibitions, Danish Design Now was particularly inspiring and featured a selection of modern pieces from all areas of design – furniture, graphics, fashion and product design. 

As you can see, a predominant feature of Danish design is the chair – I’ve never seen so many, or so many beautiful pieces! We have always loved the curves and style of these Arne Jacobsen chairs, and it was wonderful to see them in person. 

From what I can gather from the museum’s website, there is normally an exhibition dedicated to the Danish Chair, but sadly we either missed it, or it’s not on at the moment.

There were also some very interesting textile designs that caught my eye, most of these were print designs, these cushions I thought were quite pretty. And this wall hanging was actually velour! How striking are those colours!

A new permanent exhibition is Fashion and Fabric, a chance to discover 400 years of the history of fashion and textiles in Denmark. One of the main themes is Handicraft and Industry, and it was great to see this beautiful English hexagon quilt dating from around 1800. There was also an accompanying film showing the process of EPP which ended with an interesting 3D technique, once I've had a go myself, I'll share it with you.

The museum is also home to the largest library in Scandanavia dedicated to the decorative arts and industrial design, and the shop includes an impressive number of books on crafts and design as well as a wide selection of industrial design, ceramics, textiles and of course postcards.

After this design feast for the eyes and soul, we returned to our hotel room where the lovely girl on reception had left us a bottle of fizz to celebrate my birthday! The Danes aren’t called to happiest people in the world for nothing!

The next day was all about architecture and food… more about that next week!

This week I'm linking up with Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication and Needle & Thread Thursday over at My Quilt Infatuation.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Pre-Cut Party Free Pattern & Linky Party

I had a wonderful surprise birthday trip last week, a little cold but I did need my swimsuit…. More about that next week, now it’s Pre-cut Party time! I am aware that many quilters don’t actually use many pre-cuts, either they like doing their own ‘thang’ or they don’t know where to start with a strip set or charm pack. The idea behind my Pre-cut Party is to show you and inspire you to use these fabric gems. At the beginning of every month, I send out a free pattern to my Newsletter subscribers, each PDF includes full colour instructions and where needed, full-size templates. Patterns are based on one or more pre-cut formats and range from quilts and cushions to table runners and purses. 

So this month's pattern, a little late due to mentioned birthday trip, is a hand-sewing project and features an English paper-pieced Dresden plate to make up this gorgeous cushion. I have then used more 'wedges' to create a pretty border. I have made mine from my beautiful strip set in Henna Garden from Michael Miller, but you can use fat quarters, charm squares, or even scraps from the stash.

If this project takes your eye, or you would like access to past Pre-Cut Party patterns, all you have to do is subscribe to my Newsletter – it’s completely free, and what’s more you’ll hear about my latest products and events, plus some great subscriber-only offers. Click below to subscribe now! 

To keep on theme, I’ve decided to make the Pre-Cut Linky Party a monthly thing, linking up with that month’s free pattern. So, now it’s your turn, remember, it doesn’t have to be a finished project, it could even just be a pre-cut you’ve bought and have no idea what to make and you're looking for inspiration!

Also linking up with Let's Bee Social, Midweek MakersNeedle & Thread Thursday & Finished or Not Friday.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Pre-Cut Party Time, and so many HSTs!

Before I say anything else, can I just thank all you lovely people out there who took the time to read and join in my first Pre-Cut Linky Party last week. As a new venture, I was a little worried that it would go unnoticed, so when you joined in I was over the moon! As well as some link-ups, you also left some interesting comments (again, thank you) and it does seem that many of us buy these scrumptious looking fabric bundles because they look so cute and pretty, but then put them on a shelf and never use them.

Well, hopefully this will be the chance to change this, if we can share as many pre-cut projects and ideas as possible, together with my free monthly patterns (subscribe for free here) we can all bring those beauties off the top shelf or from under the bed, unwrap them and get cutting!

To get started this week, I thought I'd share some of the beautiful linkies from last week... who would have thought the humble square could look so good!
Table runner using a batik charm pack, Mountain Quiltworks

Christmas ornaments using mini charms, From Bolt to Beauty
Prairie Dance blocks using fabric strips, Domestic Felicity

This week I've been working on a new quilt pattern using my 12pc fat quarter bundle in these bright prints from Red Rooster's Basically Hugs collection. This pattern, which will hopefully also be a kit, uses the ever-versatile half-square triangle. There are so many ways to make these little gems, but my favourite is still the foundation-piecing method, you can read my tutorial and download templates for seven different sizes here.

Each of my sixteen blocks are made up of 28 HSTs which makes 448 in total! ahhh!! Good job these templates make 12 at a time! Wish me luck :)

My wonderful husband has just sprung a surprise few days away for my birthday next week, so rather than invite folk to a party and then not turn up myself - how rude - I'll see you again in a fortnight, but back to today...

Now it's your turn - grab the button below for your sidebar, and join the party! Don't forget to check out these other great linky parties too - Let's Bee Social, Midweek Makers, and Needle & Thread Thursday.

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