New York beauty baby quilt

Michael our guild president and his wife had their first baby recently so what does a quilt guild give as a gift? The answer is obvious.  Lots of secret conversations were had and because Michael is a New Yorker I chose the New York beauty block. I might have been sworn at by the other ladies, but I think they all enjoyed it once they had finished it. We used a variety of different blocks found at this site. The remit was to make it scrappy and leave the outside edge off so they could all be done the same.   Then the blocks began to arrive and I had fun auditing background fabric. I was keen on this green, but it didn’t quite seem strong enough.

new york block1However, this blue worked a treat.

new york2I started sewing the blocks to the background, it was a daunting task as I had I think 23 blocks to do and I’m not a big fan of sewing curves. However, I discovered it is a lot easier when you starch the fabric. It helped so much to stop it stretching out of shape.  Then it was back to the design wall to settle on the design. I have to admit this took me a good few attempts but finally decided on this.

new york3I also mulled over the quilting design for a few weeks but eventually I got inspired and went for it over a marathon 24 hours.  I chose feathers around each block with a swirl inside and a zigzag in the negative spaces.

new york4Once the binding was on it was finally delivered to Dad who sent us this lovely picture of baby on his new quilt.

new york5I wonder how many readers like to plan everything about a quilt before they start it. Maybe reading about the process behind this quilt lets you see that sometimes, the fun is in not knowing and enjoying the surprise on what it turns.

Written by ShevvyLondon

Urban Views review


Urban Views published by Stash Books and written by Cherri House picks up where City Quilts left off.  Whether simple or more complicated, the quilts are all made in Kona Solids and brilliant for a new or more experienced quilter.  In the book there are 12 quilt patterns, although there are lots of tips and ideas so everyone can personalise their quilt design and make them unique.  Cherri shows how to use a colour wheel to balance colours, whether you go for complementary, monochromatic or a dolly mixture.


City Rain photograph C & T publishing

City Rain was inspired by the Emerald city of Seattle.


City Bridge photograph C & T Publishing

City Bridge was inspired by the many bridges of Portland, Oregon.


City Hall photograph C & T Publishing

City Hall was inspired by the two most frequently used words from any City/town hall – red tape.


City Beat photograph C & T Publishing

City Beat represents the nightlife of every city, just like Picadilly Circus at night.


Electric City photograph C & T Publishing

Electric City lets diagonal images crisscross the lightning in a thunder storm.

At the back of the book there is a section called Useful Techniques and this is invaluable, notes on pressing, rotary cutting, construction and pinning to get the best finish to every quilt.  Tips on boarders, backing, batting, basting and quilting.  All the quilts throughout the book are professionally quilted by Angela Walters.  I really enjoyed this book and the tips and information make it a very good all round quilting must have and if your like me and love instant downloads there is a kindle version.

Kaffe Fassett exhibition

Last week I went to the Fashion and Textile Museum to see the Kaffe Fassett exhibition.
It is incredibly inspiring. I’m a 50/50 fan, some of his work I love, some I’m not so fond of, but I’m completely fascinated by the way he works.
There are references to painting and ceramics throughout and you can really see the work unfold from the original inspiration.
The quilting was so varied, simple geometric shapes are brought to life with a bold use of colour.
The exhibition is very rich and you will see some wonderful still life paintings, mosaics, tapestry, knit, quilting, ceramics and of course the inspiration behind so much of his work – nature.
 It’s on until the 29th June, if you get a chance to go you’ll definitely be inspired.

The Winner is…

We have a winner, I won’t keep you hanging, but just a little recap of the terrific prize…

a place in this class, where you will learn to make these beauties which will enable you to go on to make oodles of fabulous quilts in the future.



So the winner is



which is Angela who said

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Congratulations Angela, we’ll be in touch soon.

Thanks to Annie from The Village Haberdashery for providing this amazing prize.

Giveaway – Modern Quilting Sampler class

The lovely Annie from The Village Haberdashery is hosting a fabulous giveaway for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway day.
The Village Haberdashery provides a one-stop shop for the modern crafter with a delightful selection of fabric, yarn, haberdashery and trims.  Classes are now being offered which range from knitting to quilting and to celebrate this and the new extended opening hours, Annie is offering one place for the Modern Quilting Sampler class led by popular quiltingblogger and author Katy Jones.
This class will provide you with an exciting introduction to the world of modern quilting using the half square triangle piecing technique! Half square triangles are one of the most important building blocks of patchwork – and the variations of blocks you can create using them are endless.
More details can be found here  and here.
The class will be held over two days 10am-4pm (Saturday18th and 25th May) and takes place in West Hampstead, London so please ensure if you leave a comment that you are able to travel there for the set time.
There are two chances to win:
1. Leave a comment on this post telling us what crafty skill you would like to learn in 2013.
2. For a bonus entry sign up to the The Village Haberdashery newsletter and leave a comment telling us you have done so.
Giveaway is open to UK  residents only and will close on the 10th May at 6pm and the winner will be chosen by Mr Random Generator.
Good luck!!
Giveaway Closed – thanks for entering