Archive for January, 2011

And now for something completely different

Posted in The Start of 2011 on January 6, 2011 by sticklane

The start of the new year has given me a little time before the children go back to school and I go back to teaching. With “Big Daddy” having some time off work, I was able to begin my New Year’s project. First on my list is something that I had bought at the Knitting and stitching show at Alexandra’s Palace back in October last year.

On one of the stalls was a lovely wall hanging of a Union Jack which had been designed by Liz Hands. The fabrics used were from the Moda collection Rural Jardin. I fell in love with the design and wanted to have a go a making it. However, the fabric is no longer available in the UK but, I was able to obtain a jelly roll from the US.

The instructions were a little hard to follow but I got there in the end, mostly by relying on the photograph rather than the instructions. So the quilt top is now assembled and I found some matching fabric from my local patchwork shop. The quilt now has batting and is basted, so the next step is the quilting. I think that I will stitch in the ditch, but which ditches I will stitch in remains to be seen.

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Onward into 2011

Posted in Uncategorized on January 6, 2011 by sticklane

Father Christmas was good to me on the sewing front this year. A new cutting mat, rotary cutter and several bundles of fabric were amongst my gifts.

The end of 2010

Posted in The end of 2010 on January 6, 2011 by sticklane


The last few weeks have flown by. My first term back of work was hectic and the children started at school, so it was whole new start for us. Anyway, forgive me if I am repeating myself the arrival of the end of term meant that it was time to start making gifts for Christmas.

First off, presents for the Teaching assistants. I decided on making some wall hangings out of scraps of fabric and batting that I had in my stash. The pattern was a “House on the Hill” design and only took a couple of hours to do.

I did not have so much of a choice with the pieces of fabric for the second one, so I personally prefer the original.

Next on the list were presents for the teachers. I had previously ordered two Moda charm packs (Hunky Dory and Pure). Being a bit pressed for time I made them into table runners both in different designs. Unfortunately, I forgot to take some photos of the second one! But here are the photos of the Moda Pure one that I made.

It was such a pleasure to quilt this, I just love the brown stitching on the pale squares and the teal backing.