Simple Sampler qal – my quilt is getting bigger!

Simple Sampler qal – my quilt is getting bigger!


My original plan for this quilt was a lap quilt to keep me cozy when I’m hand sewing.  Then Kerry published an extra tutorial for partial seam sashing, which I love and it fits in with the scrappy look of my quilt very well.

Partial seam sashing increases the size of the quilt though, and as you can see above, it’s getting close to double bed size.


I noticed when I laid all the blocks out that I’ve used far more neutral colours than I originally thought I would.  It’s funny how the look of the quilt has evolved naturally as I’ve gone along.  And this means it looks good in the guest bedroom.  It brightens the cream, green, gold and grey colour scheme without overpowering it.  I like the quirky edge it gives – we were getting a little bit too tasteful in there!


My plan now is to make another eight blocks.  I don’t want to repeat any blocks, so I’m on the look out for ideas.

So far I’ve made Anna Maria Horner’s Folk Flower and Whippersnapper blocks, both from CreativeBug.


If you’ve got any ideas of blocks I could make, do let me know in the comments!


My blog post talking about the Corfu inspiration for my quilt

Simple Sampler quilt along

The quilt of purpleness

The quilt of purpleness


My Mum loves purple.  I don’t – or didn’t.  After making this quilt, I’m coming around to the idea!


It was truly a pleasure choosing the fabrics to make a lap quilt for her birthday, and I love the way they work together.  I added in some pink from my stash, but everything else was bought for this project.

The pattern is adapted from the Day to Night Quilt from Quick and Easy Quilts  by Lynne Goldsworthy.  It’s a great book, because it combines some more tricky techniques with simpler ones, making the quilts relatively quick to make, but still being interesting to look at.


The triangle/pinwheel centre took some time, but the brick pattern around the outside was very quick.


I backed it with some daisy print cotton in grey/blue, made wider with a line of colourful bricks.


And finally, some scrappy binding!

Quick and Easy Quilts  by Lynne Goldsworthy

Purple fabrics from Sew Hot

Union Jack Quilt – finished!

Union Jack Quilt – finished!

I finished my first quilt! Very very happy with it, and I loved the whole process.
The pattern is the Union Jack Quilt from Hexa-go-go by Tacha Bruecher. I especially like the combination of hand sewn hexis (sewn in the evening mainly, in front of the TV) and machine sewn borders (because there came a point when I just wanted to get it done!).
I bought most of the cream fabric and three FQs of blue, but everything else is made from scraps or small stash pieces. I was able to include plenty of the vintage scraps I’ve been hording, including some seventies Laura Ashley.
The back is made from two large pieces of batik (intended for a dress, but it was too heavy) with a strip of blue squares down the middle.
I had no idea how to make a large quilt when I started, so I broke the process into sections and learned each one as I went.
I was most intimidated by the quilting, and how to handle the bulk of the quilt on my machine. I watched a Creative Bug class on machine quilting basics which was brilliant. Much easier than I thought it would be. I quilted three lines across the cross and diagonal lines, with some triangles on the blue sections.
For the binding, I cut alternating strips of vintage Laura Ashley sprig and some modern quilting fabric and used Kerry’s tips from the Simple Sampler QAL. Very pleased with my mitred corners – and they weren’t difficult.
Hexagogo is a lovely book, with lots of ideas for combining hand and machine sewing. I will certainly make another of the quilts one day, but my next project is the Simple Sampler QAL. If you’d like to keep up with my progress, I am dottie_doodle on Instagram.
Simple Sampler Quilt Along

Simple Sampler Quilt Along

I was on holiday in Corfu when Fiona announced the Sewing Directory Simple Sampler Quilt-Along. I love the sampler quilt look and there are some interesting techniques I haven’t tried before.


Colour inspiration was all around me.

Blues, greens, sun bleached stone, bright pink flowers, and some sparkle.

I’m also including the amazing teal/sea green I see when I’m swimming in the sea – bit difficult to get a picture of that!


I love scrappy quilts (and I’ve got a lot of scraps to use up!), so I’ve pulled out some smaller pieces from the big bag in the cupboard. Liberty Lifestyle, Amy Butler, screenprints from Umbrella prints and some scraps of pink Gypsy Bandanna from around 6 years ago.

Metallic Essex linen for the golden light and sparkly sea. Pictured with Moda Mixologie green and stone scraps.


These are bigger pieces. The blue floral is Liberty City Poplin (from a dress which didn’t suit me), chambray left over from a skirt, Rifle Paper Co Rosa Floral and Rhoda Ruth Starry Sky in teal and shadow.


I’m looking forward to taking part, and seeing all the other lovely colour combinations.

Link to the Simple Sampler Quilt-A-Long

Hexagon Union Jack quilt

Hexagon Union Jack quilt


I’ve started my quilt!  I don’t usually show you works in progress, but I’m so excited about this one.  Plus, it’s going to take months to finish, and I can’t keep it quiet that long.

Mr D was working on Saturday, and I took Hetty to a dog show in the morning. So I had quiet time in the afternoon to sort fabrics while the pooped pup slept it off behind the sofa.


It is so satisfying to turn piles of unused fabric (some of which I’ve had for years) into hexagons ready for stitching.

I bought three blue fat quarters for a bit more variety, and the two Moda Comma cream and black prints are new.  Everything else is scrap/stash.  I’m planning a simple square patchwork for the back, and I’ll have enough fabric left for at least part of that.

This is the centre –


And you can begin to see how the lines and colours are forming here –


The book gives very clear instructions on how to sew the flag in sections and then piece it together.  I haven’t been following this as I wanted to get an idea of how it would look.  But I’m getting in a bit of a muddle now, so will be following the pattern more closely!

Here is the finished quilt in Hexa-go-go.