European Patchwork Championships

Really enjoyed visiting the Alsace region of France attending the Sainte Marie Aux Mines quilt show with Steve as the driver and Claire as my shopping partner. The quilts were beautiful and inspiring including a 10 metre long single square quilt that took the maker exactly 10 years to create! (Not sure why she’d want to do that but mine is not to reason why.) And, yes, the photo of the woman with blond hair is painted in the background but quilted with details – amazing eh? Claire and I also took a class with Edyta Sitar and we both came away with another project to do! Edyta is an enthusiastic, very talented quilter and teacher and even this old hand benefitted from her methods.

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Birds in hand

Birds seem to be a part of my sewing activities these days – on the bottom an appliqué border that needs a vine and more leaves. On the top is my first attempt at crewel work – a pattern I got at a sewing show in London only a few months ago. Some people drink wine to relax I just grab a bag of Fruit Pastilles and keep working on my latest project!

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Recently finished quilt tops

I had a sewing marathon and finished the following four quilt tops this week.  Some of these have been sitting around for two years – which is probably how long it will take for me to get them quilted.   At least I now have a sense of closure!

Provencal Therapy reborn (based on a Kim Diehl pattern)

Diane’s Garden with button-hole applique (Details by Diane pattern)


Japanese Elegance with Sashiko (Seattle Quilt Company class)

Glacier (Lisa Moore pattern) – started on the day when we should have been in Rome for Christmas but, fittingly, there was too much snow at Heathrow so our flight was cancelled.