Today we're going to take a look at some examples of historic quilts made by quilters. First up is this lovely album quilt by Sarah Ann Wilson: (image by The Art Institute Chicago) This elegant quilt, featuring delicate floral and animal motifs, is notable for its depictions of black people in the central row. The … Continue reading Black History Month: Sarah Ann Wilson and Harriet Powers
This is just a quick little project when you just want to relax and sew. Nothing difficult to find, you can just do it! STUFF YOU NEED Background fabric (plain) Wadding or another fabric layer Backing Sewing machine and thread Pens Stamps and ink pad Embellishments Wool scrap HOW TO MAKE THIS Take … Continue reading BBC Get Creative DAY 7: Graffiti Doodles
Are you one of those people who can't draw to save their lives? Me too! But then I had a go and it turns out, it's not actually all that hard. Apparently the skill of sketching is not part of art degrees anymore, which seems a shame as it is so useful. It can be … Continue reading BBC Get Creative Day 4: Make a sketch!
It's World Book Day today! In honour of this event, I will share one of my latest obsessions: wonderfully illustrated (children's) books. There are some gob-smackingly gorgeous ones out there, and here are some of my favourites. I find them very inspirational in terms of colour, blocking and lines - I am thinking of copying … Continue reading World Book Day
Of course many of us make personal resolutions for the new year but what about making a quilting resolution? Why not set a creative goal for yourself this year? Finish that project you've been meaning to complete or learn something new! We'd love to hear your resolutions, leave us a comment below telling us what … Continue reading Happy New Year!
If you want something beautiful, spectacular, colourful and starry to look at, check out the Hubble Space Telescope advent calendar .... Woah. Plenty of inspiration for colour palettes here!
So the weather is absolutely awful at the moment, and it's dark all the time! Time to get baking, because what else is winter good for if not for eating, right? These are my favourite cinnamon rolls: 500 gr flour sachet / heaped tsp dried yeast 250 ml milk 50 gr butter (unsalted if you … Continue reading 3 days till Christmas
I'm one of those people who responds really strongly to colour. I love bright colours, the brighter the better, mostly! Pink and orange is my favourite colour combination, and subtlety is not really in my palette. However, it has been such a beautiful autumn so far, and I can't help but be drawn to some … Continue reading Colour
Laura - I'm not entering a quilt for the Festival this year as I sadly ran out of time, so I thought I would talk about my entry for last year. I decided to enter a quilt for the Quilters' Guild challenge on the theme of 'Free'. Every year there is a theme and only … Continue reading My FoQ quilt
Anyone else feeling the cold? We've had hail, snow, freezing winds. So top of my to-do list are these adorable handwarmers from Rae Ann Kelly. They are super-cute, ....and super-cozy!! They're also valentine themed so perfect for today!! Click on the image to take you to her tutorial.