Footloose in the garden

Footloose in the garden

I enjoyed stitching the mini Footloose cushion so much, I decided to make the full size version as a birthday gift for one of my nieces. The colour palette is based on her sitting room – I think she has sophisticated taste!

The Papper Sax Sten Drunkard’s Path templates always make such neat curves, and the top came together very quickly.

The quilting is based on one of the designs in Jacquie Gering’s new book Walk 2.0. It’s a series of interlocking circles which make a flower blossom.

I wanted to make one large flower to cover the whole quilt, so used the lid of our laundry basket as a template. The quilt needed a bit more quilting, so I echo quilted each circle in a teardrop shape.

This was a lovely quilt to make, and my niece was delighted with it!

Mini Footloose cushion

Mini Footloose cushion

One of my friends made me a beautiful bunch of paper anemones earlier in the year. When I found out she was having an extra special birthday this year, I knew I wanted to make her something too.

I decided to make a cushion, and remembered I hadn’t yet made the Footloose quilt by Jenny Haynes (Papper, Sax, Sten). Sized down with Jenny’s mini drunken path templates, it is a perfect fit for a 14.5″ square cushion pad.

The fabrics are Alison Glass, with some Moda Confetti (Enid likes a bit of bling!), some gorgeous burgundy shot cotton, and a Cotton & Steel background.

I machine and hand quilted it through the centre.

The finished cushion. I’m delighted to say that she loved it – especially the gold dots!

Sunflower cushion

Sunflower cushion


From the moment I first saw Jenny Haynes’ – Papper Sax Sten – beautiful Sunflower pattern I wanted to try it.  I bought her Drunkard’s Patch templates last year, took Toby Lischko’s Clever Curves Craftsy course and set to work.

I’m delighted with the way it looks on this cushion, and a larger quilt is definitely on my list now.

The cushion brightens up this comfy reading corner


I’ve been a ‘straight lines only’ quilter until now, but those curves needed something different so I had a go.  Addictive!


All the fabrics are from my stash.  There’s some Alison Glass, Cotton & Steel, Dashwood Twist and Essex Linen.  The back (not shown) is silver and black sparkly denim.

I’ve set up a new section on my blog called 2018 Stashbusting Challenge so I can keep tabs on what I use.  Will greatly help if I stop adding to it – ahem!