Thursday 2 July 2020

Back on John Scott's Sewing World

It's been such a busy month, yet most of my sewing has been secret so I haven't been able to share much. A couple of projects are my new Diamond Star and Hexy EPP Cushion Kits which I demoed on John Scott's return show after lockdown. We were all happy to be back in the studio, but it felt very weird not being able to hug anyone - it is lovely to realise how much hugging is done in the sewing world though. 

Anyway, we managed ok, if you missed the show you can watch the show on YouTube here - I'm on in the second hour where I show how to hand piece the diamonds and hexagon shapes together using two EPP techniques. The Cushion Kits are also still available to purchase on the Crafter's Companion website here and include all the Alison Glass Sun Prints fabrics you need for the front, plus the grey background fat quarter, pre-cut paper pieces and full instructions.

I have also been keeping my Newsletter subscribers busy with my free lockdown mystery quilt, Hope in the Stars. You can see some of the latest blocks below, aren't they beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing (clockwise from top left) Bev, Carol, Helen T, Ruth, Helen L, Andrea, Elaine, Jayne and Gracie.

If you would like to learn more about this hand sewing block-of-the-fortnight quilt, free to my Newsletter subscribers, sign up now by clicking here for the latest block, the Le Moyne Star, plus links to all past blocks.

As we are now in July, although it feels more like October here, I think we're now allowed to mention the C word, us makers have permission to start Christmas projects early don't you think!? I have a long list of projects and kits to get on with, including a new Christmas Wreath Table Mat kit, to be featured and demoed on my next appearance on John Scott's Sewing World on 14th July. Kit production is in full swing, which included cutting 600 2.5" fabric strips, ahhh!! 

So, I best get back to it, I really hope you are all keeping well, managing to stay safe and sane during the madness, hopefully through sewing, and hope that we can soon look forward to better days. Best wishes to you all xx


  1. OF COURSE you can mention "the C word" -- I keep thinking of that song from the movie/musical Auntie Mame: "We Need A Little Christmas NOW!"

    For I've grown a little leaner
    Grown a little colder
    Grown a little sadder
    Grown a little older
    And I need a little angel
    Sitting on my shoulder
    I need a little Christmas now

    In any case, I'm excited to see your Christmas wreath table mat project. It reminds me of a quilted Christmas table mat that my grandmother used to have out at Christmas, shaped like a poinsettia and made from red poinsettia fabric. My mom won't give it to me, but maybe I should beg her to let me borrow it so I can try to make one just like it!

    1. Oh what a lovely poem, you're very right, we could all do with some Christmas joy at the moment, in fact I think we definitely have more reasons than ever to get started on some Christmas projects :) I do think you need to borrow your grandmother's mat and replicate it, what a wonderful tribute that would be, thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words. xx

  2. Your cushion is absolutely beautiful and I just had to come and read all about it when I saw it on showcased on NTT today. I too love doing EPP (though I'm pretty slow at it). I shall go and look at the YouTube link now.


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