A New Quilt Plus a Pinwheel Tutorial

CIMG3839This is the contents of the charm pack I used to make the pinwheels for this quilt.
CIMG3876If you haven’t made pinwheels from charm squares before, here is one method.

Put each charm square with a square of the same size of plain fabric, right sides facing.


Draw along one diagonal with a pencil.


Sew one quarter of an inch from both sides of the diagonal and through both squares.


Cut along the diagonal line.


Turn the triangles so the darker fabric is on top.


Lift the darker fabric and press away from the seam. Trim the tails.


I usually do these steps with all of my charm squares on a sort of assembly line. That is, make all of the pairs. Then draw all of the lines. Then sew all of the seams. Then do all of the pressing and so on.


Lay out so that opposite sails are the same.


Sew pairs together. Press the seams towards the patterned fabric.

Then sew the top and bottom rectangles together.


The back will look like this. It is tricky to press the last seam without getting a

lump in the middle caused by all of the layers of fabric.


Look where my pin is pointing here. Those two stitches on both sides should

be unpicked. You will then be able to press your pinwheel lovely and flat. Be

careful not to take out too many stitches. You can always take out another

one if you didn’t do enough but it won’t be easy to put it back again!


If you press it correctly, you should have a mini pinwheel in the centre.


Here’s what mine looks like on the back with all of the pressing done.


Almost finished.


You just need to to square it up now and make more.


Scrappy Stars

Hi everyone! I’ve been such a busy girl in the sewing room over the last few days which means I have a new quilt to show you.

I made the quilt top some time ago and stored it in my box labelled “To Quilt”. I already have a tutorial at the right of this page showing how I made the stars. I know there are several other ways to make this star block but my idea this time, was to use a complete charm pack plus dark and light solids.


I split the charm pack into 20 light and 20 darker squares and paired the light ones with burgundy solid and the darker ones with ivory.


I used the patches as a kind of grid to position the swirly quilting.


I didn’t actually like this charm pack very much when I opened it up but I think it coordinates really well with the solids I’ve chosen.


I like to use a solid fabric for the back as it really highlights the quilting. This leaves no room for errors!


The binding is also ivory solid, sewn to the front by machine and hand-stitched to the back. I hope you like it Smile

I’m linking up with the February Made It Challenge over at Woolhogs. It’s just a bit of fun but if you want to win a gorgeous prize, enter your own February finishes. Maryanne has pulled out all of the stops again to bring us all a fine bunch projects to ogle. Hop across and take a look for yourselves NOW! If you want to enter, there’s only a few days left so get a move on 😉

Happy stitching,

Avis x

Friends Across the Sea

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s been a very busy couple of weeks in this neck of the woods. I’ve been working hard to keep up with my target of one stripe per day on the crocheted ripple blanket and I’m only just managing. I’ve also been stitching the 1st stage of Cirque des Cercles and I’ll be ready to post about that on my other blog next weekend.

Finally, I’ve been busy designing and making this table runner for my daughter to take to India as a gift.


I had originally planned to have pointy ends but then as I laid out the blocks to be sewn together, I quite liked the idea of framing the octagons.

Here it is just before quilting. I love these greeny blues Smile The background is actually ivory cream but it looks white in the photos.


The quilting up close.

runner 3

Finally, the back and the label. I almost forgot about the label!!


My daughter took it to India on Friday and it will be gifted when she meets up with Friends Across the Sea. I hope they like it Smile Maybe she will send me a photo of it in situ when she hands it over. If she does, I’ll add it to the end of this post. It would be lovely to see it in the Indian sunshine.

I hope you are having a wonderful crafty weekend!

Avis x

Something to look forward to…..it’s a mystery!

Happy weekend everyone!

Where did that week go? I hope you are all well and happy and you are getting lots of lovely sunshine as we are, here in the UK.

I have a couple of small finishes to share with you this week. You may remember my Strawberries and Cream post here. I’ve now finished the two table toppers. The larger quilt top will have to wait a little longer 🙂

First up is the scrappy one.

ImageI enjoyed experimenting with the free motion quilting.

ImageHere’s more detail.


I think it might work well with the plain side up for a change. Two for one……bargain 🙂

Next, the hexagonal kaleidoscope strip style one.


I played safe with the quilting here.


Also, binding the unusual shape was a new challenge for me but I found there was very little difference to binding 90 degree angles. You all know how much I love to bind 😀


So, I had fun, fun, fun! I hope you have all had fun this week too 🙂

My Starry, Starry, Night quilt has been entered in this months “Made It” challenge at Woolhogs. You can pop over and vote for your favourite projects, which are not all sewing and quilting, and visit lots of lovely blogs.  The nice thing is that the winner is chosen at random. The voting is just for fun 🙂 So enjoy!!

Some of my regular readers will know that Claire recently introduced me to blackwork embroidery. You can see a couple of my finished pieces here and here. If you visit Claire’s blog you will see lots of progress from all the stitcher’s on the latest “Stitch Along” here. There are still a few stages to go. What a difference a change of colour makes.

Also, today I’m letting you into a little secret 😉

In a few weeks time, when Claire’s SAL is finished, there is going to be a Mystery Blackwork SAL here. It will be a small project, designed by me and it will last for about 6 weeks, with the chart being released in installments. That’s the mystery part! So, you all have plenty of time to sort out some embroidery floss and a small piece of aida fabric. You could also use linen or evenweave or your other favourite cross stitch fabric, though there won’t be any cross stitches. I’ll give more details later but would love to know if you’d like to join in the fun. I expect the stages to take about an hour per week to stitch so everyone will be able to find time to stitch along.

It’s going to be another busy week ahead for me. I hope I manage to get time some time to sew.

Thank you for all your lovely comments and emails. They make me very happy 😀

Happy crafting!

Avis x

Who could wish for more?

Good morning bloggers 🙂

Just popping in to let you all see a present from my daughter. Aren’t they gorgeous? Six red and cream Moda fat quarters just dropped through the letter box. Who knows what they will turn into….. Any ideas? I can’t wait to play 😀


Avis x

I’m not a cat lover….honest!

Hello everybody!

We are very close to the end of 2012 now and I won’t be making any New Year resolutions. However, in 2012 I rediscovered my love of knitting and crochet which I had put to one side for many, many years. The ripple blanket which I started to crochet and the scarf I knit for my sister’s birthday have helped to rekindle my enthusiasm for the crafts I had put into hibernation in favour of quilting.

So, when I saw these, I just had to make them! I have no idea why, they just purred “Make me”.

Meet Yin and Yang 🙂 The pattern is available here.


I have no idea why I wanted to make one of these let alone two of them! I don’t really like cats and they definitely don’t like me 😦 These two are being rehomed very soon as I have no desire to have cats in my house but they were so much fun to make. Like I said, the intention was to only make one.

I am sure you can see why they are called Yin and Yang 😀


My other half cannot believe I have made cats and heaved a huge sigh of disbelief with a shaking of his head when I announced they had names he-he 😆 Isn’t it great when making things gives us so much pleasure and the only cost is a little time while watching telly?

I’ve really enjoyed reading all of your lovely blogs this year. My blog was one year old on Friday and I’m surprised that I’ve posted over one hundred times. The blogging community has been  so positive with their comments and support and I am so glad that my daughter persuaded me to start writing this blog (it did take her quite a while). It was only really meant to be a record of my craft projects as I made them  but it has turned into so much more!

To all of my friends around the world……Happy New Year 😀 I hope 2013 is wonderful for you and all of your families and that you will continue to visit my blog often. I will certainly be reaching out for even more inspiration by reading all of your fabulous blogs.

I’m off to quilt now!

Avis x

Just a little giveaway!

Hello to all of my lovely readers 🙂

I can’t quite believe it but this is my 100th post 😀

I started this blog on the 28th December 2011 to record the creation of a few crafty projects. It was meant to be a sort of diary/scrapbook for me and my family but has evolved into much, much more! I’ve really enjoyed meeting lots of new friends, even though most of you are in the virtual world as well as finding other blogs out there which are truly amazing!!

To celebrate this milestone, I’ve decided to have a small giveaway.

I must admit, I enter very few giveaways myself. This is usually because the rules for entry amount to a list of “like”and “follow” etc. on various social media sites as well as on the giveaway blog and to post on your own blog about it.

You don’t have to do any of that to win here 😀 All I would like you to do is leave a comment to tell me and other readers about the best gift you were ever given. Let us know the occasion (if you wish) and why the gift was so special to you. That’s it! If you then choose to “like” or “follow” my blog or any other social media sites, then that is up to you and I really appreciate it, thank you. The winner will be chosen at random by my OH from a list of names in a bowl. The draw will take place on the 3rd of December 2012.

Here is the giveaway prize.

The solids are all by Moda and the prints are all Michael Miller except the purple cats, which is Benartex. The prints are all 10 inches square except the cats which is much larger. The solids are a variety of sizes, perfect for small projects or stash builders. I’ve tried to match the solids with the prints so you can get started on making something nice even if you don’t already have a stash of your own.

Here they are in close up photos.

I do sell all of the above fabrics (except the purple cats) so if you want some, just contact me.

Enjoy the giveaway and good luck!

Avis x



Hmmm……This one is ready to go but…..

I’ve just got this one loaded onto the frame but I can’t decide how to quilt it so I’m taking a break and I’ll go back to it tomorrow. I know I’m going to use a gorgeous Nature Colors thread called Sea Foam 🙂

The colours are bright and fresh and the background is a buttery cream, not as light as in the photo. This is one of three quilt tops I made from the same layer cake. It is called Santorini by Moda and, yes, it was another bargain. I think I paid about £18 for it. I cut the layer cake squares in half twice to get four 5″ x 5″ squares from each 10″ x 10″ square then made half square triangles with the cream using a chain sewing method. 

One of the others from the same layer cake is this one. I love pin-wheels and I like to separate them with sashes. This one has a white background and little squares from the same layer cake.

I have also made a disappearing nine-patch quilt top but need to take another photo of it! I can’t find it in my clever?? filing system! Actually, I wonder if it is still in the camera………..I’m off to find out!

Yey!! I found them. I’m including a couple of close ups as well.

And here’s how bright the colours really are……

anf finally…

So there we are, all three from one layer cake (not a scrap left), plus the white or cream. These were all really easy to put together.  Just need to get them finished now:-) I’ve just remembered, I also made my daughter a cover for her Kindle from her two favourite squares, so it was four items altogether.

My favourite part is hand stitching the binding to my quilts. I suppose it is the finishing touch. Does anyone else like binding?

I wonder what I could make with these. Can you help?

Here they are!  My Moda remnants. Seven half metres in all. I don’t usually go for these colours as they are so “traditional”. However,  I see it as a challenge and I’m looking for suggestions on how to “spice” them up a bit. Should I stick to a traditional pattern or go for the more modern look? Anything patchwork and quilting and only adding white and/or cream, if anything, are my rules. Go on, tell me what style or pattern you would use. Thank you 🙂 in advance. I’m waiting to be inspired.


%d bloggers like this: