Having really enjoyed the discipline of machine patch working I wanted to be able to do more, so I bought an acre of cutting mat and a rotary cutter. Whoops!

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Since our indulgent weekend of sewing I have started another quilt top using the same Mandy Shaw pattern, it is almost ready to be backed and quilted. This one is destined to join the tapestry cushions and joyous colours on my sofa.

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In the mean time I have also adapted the pattern and made a baby quilt for a wedding gift for friends who are expecting their first baby in February. Rather than cutting the blocks in a crazy paving style I adopted a simple geometric design…

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And chose the softest shades of stone, duck egg and cream with just a tiny ‘pop’ of red in the chicken fabric and to use in the skinny border and bindings.

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I’m rather pleased with my adaptation but am still in love with Mandy’s original design. The way the colours jumble up is genius!

We are planning another patchwork weekend workshop in April, if you’d like to join the fun then please get in touch. But I warn you, it is totally addictive!!


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